Cal Matters: Private colleges want more power to police trespassers. Here’s what you need to know.
May 31. 2022
The open nature of campuses makes reining in trespassing “a very difficult line to walk,” said Jessica Ramey Stender, policy director and deputy legal director of Equal Rights Advocates, a gender-justice nonprofit.
“I think it shows the difficult position that universities are in, in trying to ensure that they keep their students safe,” she said.
Equal Rights Advocates also decided to support the measure, Stender said, based on what it has heard from students who are victims of sexual assault or harassment. Sometimes, the attacker will return to campus to continue harassing or even assault them again, she said.