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Cuomo announces new anti-sexual assault measures on SUNY campuses

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Governor Andrew Cuomo made a rare appearance before the State University of New York Board of Trustees and convinced officials to pass a system-wide set of policies on how to respond to sexual assault and rape on campus.

The policy includes a better definition of what it means to consent to sexual activity, immunity for students who report an assault or a rape, and a new Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights.

The governor, citing a “disturbing”  “epidemic of sexual violence in this country," says the state university system can be a leader in finding solutions.

“This is a societal problem,” said Cuomo. “This is Harvard and Yale and Princeton, as much as it is Albany, Buffalo and Oswego.”

Cuomo says the issue is personal for him. He has two daughters in college, and one more in high school.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. WBFO listeners are accustomed to hearing DeWitt’s insightful coverage throughout the day, including expanded reports on Morning Edition.
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