COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri branch of the NAACP is backing legislation to change how colleges and universities handle sexual assault and harassment complaints.
St. Louis County NAACP President John Gaskin III in a Friday statement said black men are disproportionately impacted by "denial of due process." He says the bill would "protect students on every college campus."
Supporters say the goal of the legislation is to make procedures for handling Title IX complaints more fair for the accused.
Title IX is a federal law that bans sex-based discrimination in education.
A House proposal would guarantee those involved in complaints the right to an attorney and the right to cross-examine witnesses, among other things.
Universities and victims-rights advocates have criticized the legislation, saying it could dissuade victims from coming forward.