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Bill requiring schools to adopt consent policies progresses

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HARTFORD — Connecticut is moving closer toward requiring public and private colleges and universities in the state to adopt clear policies regarding student consent to sexual activity.

The House of Representatives on Thursday voted 138-7 in favor of legislation requiring affirmed consent to be the standard in determining whether someone has agreed to sexual activity. Affirmed consent is described as an “active, clear and voluntary agreement by a person,” or “yes, means yes,” according to the bill’s proponents.

Under the bill, this affirmative consent can be revoked at any time during the sexual activity.

Rep. Gregg Haddad, a Democrat from Mansfield, says most colleges and universities in the state already have similar policies, but he says it’s important that all schools adopt the same standard.

The bill now moves to the Senate.