New York State Colleges Address Domestic Violence/Stalking – An Overview
Sections 6431 and 6432 of New York Educational Law Article 129-A have required campuses and colleges to address sexual assault through the work of an advisory committee on campus security and the provision of prevention information. In 2009, amendments were enacted that add similar requirements for addressing domestic violence and stalking. The two sections are summarized below; newly-added material appears in italics.
S 6431The Advisory Committee on Campus Security will review current campus security policies and make recommendations for their improvement. Specifically, the committee will look at policies and procedures for:
- Educating the following on sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking:
- the campus community
- security personnel
- staff who advise or supervise students
- Educating the campus community about personal safety and crime prevention
- Reporting incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking and assisting victims during investigations
- Referring complaints to appropriate authorities
- Counseling victims
- Responding to inquiries from concerned persons
The committee shall report in writing to the college president or chief administrative officer at least once each year and make this report available upon request.Nothing in S 6431 changes existing standards for civil liability.
S 6432Colleges shall inform incoming students about sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking. Information shall include:
- Applicable laws
- Penalties for committing these offenses
- The college’s procedures for dealing with these offenses
- Availability of counseling and other support services
- General information on the issues
- The ways in which the college updates students about security issues.