Benton Harbor college bans convicted sex offenders


A community college based in Benton Harbor is banning people convicted of sex crimes against children from attending classes on its four campuses.

The Herald-Palladium newspaper in St. Joseph reports that Lake Michigan College officials made the decision in February after a registered sex offender tried signing up for classes.

The school says three students have been suspended under the new policy. They and other sex offenders will be allowed to take online courses.

U.S. Department of Education officials say they don't know if other colleges or universities have similar rules.

An attorney with Legal Aid of Western Michigan says the Lake Michigan College policy is too broad and could punish people who pose no threat to children.