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"Yes Means Yes": SUNY Adopts New Sexual Assault Policy

Posted on Oct 03, 2014

Suny *UPDATE: In July 2015, Governor Cuomo expanded this to all New York colleges and universities.

This week all 64 SUNY state campuses adopted a new policy in an effort to help curb the epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses.

Sexual assaults on campuses has long been a serious issue (statistics estimate 1 in 4 women on college will be a victim of sexual assault), but the problem has been put in the spotlight as more woman have come forward, not just to tell of their campus rape but also of the poor mishandling of the case by the university.

The new policy includes a new, uniform definition of consent: “yes means yes,” which is said to leave less ambiguity than the “no means no” standard that has been in practice. The policy also includes a victims’ bill of rights, immunity against any drug and alcohol punishments for those who report sex crimes and retraining of college administrators and other employees.

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