Lawmakers target violence at community colleges


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Worried about violence on community college campuses, state lawmakers are proposing to make it harder for those who are expelled to enroll in a different college.

Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Sunnyvale) said 46 community college students were expelled in 2007-09 for violence, but students are now able to enroll in a different campus and college districts are not sharing data on problem students.


In one case, a student was expelled for assaulting a dean at a campus in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District in Santa Clara County and later was able to enroll at a nearby college, Fong said.

Fong has a bill that allows college districts to require students seeking admission to disclose previous expulsions and allows denial of enrollment for those with violent records within the previous five years. It also allows districts to share information on those expelled for violence.

‘It is to provide protection to the student body and personnel at California community colleges,’ Fong told the Senate Education Committee this week before it voted to approve AB 2171. The measure has already been approved by the Assembly.


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