The institution, which is part of the State University of New York system, has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault and collected resources online. In 2014, the university's associate vice president, Barbara Ricotta, told a radio station that the institution's sexual-assault policies were "light-years ahead" of other colleges.
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.
In 2015 the university's student assembly passed a resolution in favor of including information about sexual-assault response on professors' course syllabi.
This 11-page document bundle includes letters from the Education Department to the university and complainant informing them that an investigation is being opened.
This investigation is based on a federal complaint filed by a female student in March 2016 alleging that the university failed to respond appropriately to her report of sexual assault, subjecting her to a hostile environment. The complainant also alleged that the university retaliated against her by "notifying her that it could bring disciplinary action against her."
The Office for Civil Rights opted not to examine the complainant's allegation that the university retaliated against her by "'possibly' not thoroughly investigating concerns" about retaliation by the accused student and his friends.