Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when a local radio station reported on the case of a male student who was accused of assaulting another student. The police charged him with felony sexual abuse, and he was ordered to leave the university. His case sparked a controversy on the campus.
The university has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and strengthened its education and prevention programs, among other things.
At the direction of the state’s governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, the SUNY system established a working group in October 2014 and introduced a new set of policies on sexual-violence prevention and response, including an affirmative-consent standard, in December 2014.