The law also says anyone asleep, unconscious or intoxicated is unable to give consent.
Sexual assault survivors groups delivered petitions with thousands of signatures to Brown’s office Sept. 16. The presidents of the University of California, California State University and California Community College systems all backed the bill, too.
“The State of California will not allow schools to sweep rape cases under the rug. We’ve shifted the conversation regarding sexual assault to one of prevention, justice, and healing,” de Leon said in a statement late Sunday.
The new law applies to all colleges and universities that accept any funding from the state. The policies those colleges must adopt will also be required to include victim-centered sexual assault response policies and prevention programs.
The bill was one of 48 Brown signed into law Sunday, two days before a Sept. 30 deadline requiring him to act on legislation passed this year.