N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Orders Sexual Assault ‘Enough is Enough’ Review
Cuomo says the review will improve sexual assault prevention on college campuses in New York.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked for a review of colleges’ compliance with the “Enough is Enough” sexual assault law.
The review is aimed at determining if colleges are complying with the sexual assault prevention and education requirements in the law passed in 2015, reports the Democrat & Chronicle.
The “Enough is Enough” law requires all colleges to adopt a uniform definition of affirmative consent, a statewide amnesty policy and expanded access to law enforcement. The law also mandates student and staff sexual assault training, campus climate surveys and the adoption of a student Bill of Rights.
The state put aside $10 million to help institutions of higher education comply with the law. It applies to both public and private schools.
Officials from the State Police, the Department of Health, the Office of Victims Services, Divisions of Human Rights, the Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Education Department will take part in the review.
“Enough is Enough” also earmarked $4.5 million for the creation of a sexual assault victims unit within the state police. The unit visits colleges in the state conducting educational presentations and training.
“New York led the nation by signing into law the strongest policy to combat sexual assault on college campuses, and now we are ensuring every university fully meets their obligations under that law,” Cuomo’s statement announcing the review said.
U.S. Department of Education data indicates 712 cases of forcible sex offenses, rapes and fondling occurred at colleges and universities in the state.
A preliminary report of the review is expected to be completed by Sept. 1.
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