LOS ANGELES (AP) A law school in Los Angeles will be able to offer a class on sexual harassment and assault as part of a new sexual harassment policy that takes effect Jan. 1.
Lawyers for the law school will have the final say over whether to change the curriculum, which they say will allow them to better train the graduates in sexual harassment law.
The policy, which is in effect through the fall, was developed by the Office of the Faculty Provost.
It was approved by the school’s faculty and staff on Jan. 6 and will take effect Jan 1.
The policy will apply to all undergraduate and graduate students.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the policy includes a section on “sexual harassment” and a section that addresses “harassment and assault.”
“We believe that the University of Southern California, as a public university, is well positioned to offer an appropriate, high-quality education that provides an accurate, balanced, and comprehensive account of sexual harassment,” the law students and faculty wrote in a joint letter to the dean of the law department.
The law school has been under fire from conservative groups over its handling of sexual assault allegations and rape allegations against students.
Law professors have called the policies “unethical” and “unfair.”
Critics of the new policy argue it will only help students who already have a criminal history, and that the law will not provide a path for the students who have been accused to get a fair trial.