Sexual misconduct is allegedly rife in New York universities, according to a new state report.
Research reportedly shows that in just the first five months of this year, 100 sexual misconduct complaints were made at New York University. Of those incidents, 52 took place off campus and 48 on campus.
Still worse, Cornell University reportedly had 199 incidents reported from January through May 2018, for the dubious distinction of first place in the state. Columbia University received 43 such complaints.
The state’s “Enough is Enough” law requires all colleges and universities to report the number of sexual assault, stalking, domestic or dating violence complaints made to their Title IX offices.
Two more incidents reported, with one student being expelled, at the Salvation Army College for Officer Training in Rockland County
In all, some 1,762 complaints — involving alleged misconduct against a student by another student, a college employee or an unknown assailant — were filed at 233 schools across the state during this five-month period. A dozen students were expelled, among them a trio at upstate SUNY Cortland and one from CUNY’s York College in Queens.
“It surprises me and it’s alarming. I really hope it’s not true. Living alone it’s not nice to hear that stuff,” Tazeen Siwani, 23, an NYU graduate student, told the New York Post. “Because of the (#MeToo) movement, the university is a lot more vigilant and open to hearing the victim’s side of the story,” added NYU freshman Alexia Arrizurieta.
New York State has the most aggressive policy in the nation to fight against sexual assault on college campuses. By standing up and saying “Enough is Enough,” officials made a clear and bold statement that sexual violence is a crime, and students can be assured they have a right to have it investigated and prosecuted as one.
The Enough is Enough legislation requires all colleges to adopt a set of comprehensive procedures and guidelines, including a uniform definition of affirmative consent, a statewide amnesty policy, and expanded access to law enforcement. With this law, government hopes to better protect all of New York’s college students from rape and sexual assault.
The problem is serious and pervasive. According to the state’s Department of Health:
– 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men will be sexually assaulted while in college.
– More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault.
– More than 50% college sexual assaults occur August-November
According to the National Institute of Justice, rape survivors knew their attacker as a…
Classmate/fellow student: 25.9%
Boyfriend or ex-boyfriend: 27.4%
– 43% of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors (physical, sexual, technology-facilitated, verbal or other controlling behavior).
– 13% of female college students have been stalked at school.
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