“The issue of consent becomes the key question,” Putnam said.
In the days since the initial Register report, President Barack Obama has called for all college campuses to review their sexual assault policies. Central has engaged the outside firm of trainED, based in Minneapolis, Minn., to lead its policy review.
While Obama has called for this review, Central College has revealed that 10 percent of its operating budget is spent meeting federal, state and local regulations. Oftentimes, there are various agencies that seek compliance, though there is redundancy, overlapping and conflicting requirements the college is expected to meet.
“We do our work and we try to do it well,” Putnam said. He said he understands the need for regulations, but the college would love to have a more clear pathway to meet government expectations. Title IX and FERPA are just the beginning, and legislation can sometimes be unclear.
“It's a wide interpretation zone,” Putnam said. The 10 percent burden, just from government, is a factor in increased tuition costs.