An alumna and alleged victim of sexual assault has sued the institution for mishandling her report. She has spoken publicly, saying she was required to prosecute the student she accused. According to a university official, the campus process “enables complainants to determine the level to which they participate in the hearing.” In March 2016, a federal judge ruled that the lawsuit could proceed.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and chronicled its efforts to improve the campus climate.
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.
The investigation was resolved through early complaint resolution, which means the institution reached an agreement with the complainant(s), and there is no letter of findings or resolution agreement from the Education Department.