University accidentally bans sex with people with disabilities

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Image of a person with a disability in bed with partner

Image of a person with a disability in bed with partner

On its face, Armstrong State University’s Student Sexual Misconduct Policy [PDF] clearly bars consensual sex with people with disabilities.

The policy, which went into effect in September 2014, states that “persons who have a physical and/or mental impairment are unable to give consent.”

The statement comes two lines below where the policy discusses impairment caused by alcohol and drugs.

Samantha Harris, director of speech code research with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, first noticed the wording, highlighting in a Tweet the morning of July 15, prompting a firestorm in response.

When asked by the Washington Examiner for clarification, the university’s Title IX Administrator, Deidre Dennie, said the wording was a mistake.

“Unfortunately the policy you have was corrected but not re-posted to our website. The words ‘that inhibit’ were added to clarify this specific definition,” Dennie said. “I apologize that our website was not kept up to date with the actual policy in circulation.”

The University, which is part of the University of Georgia system, is currently revising its larger sexual misconduct policy.