Friday, May 29, 2015 - 4:25:03 PM

Local News

Print Friendly | Bookmark and Share

Senator Gillibrand Announces New Legislation

It's called the Campus Safety and Accountability Act, and the 8 Senators in charge of co-sponsoring this legislation say colleges need to be held accountable for the large numbers of sexual assault that happen on university campuses.
"Right now 1 in 5 college students are being raped during their college career--it should not be the price of a college education to be raped and sexually assaulted," said Senator Gillibrand.

The legislation will include many provisions, including new training standards for on campus personnel, and a new anonymous yearly survey that will be published online--so that parents and prospective students can make college choices with these responses in mind. Schools who don't comply with certain requirements under the bill may also face a penalty of up to 1% of the institution's operating budget.

Officials locally at Binghamton University say they have many systems already in place to fight sexual assault on campus, but they can't claim to have solved the problem--and welcome Senator Gillibrand's efforts.

"We'd like to create an environment certainly where they don't happen in the first place but when there are instances of sexual violence or interpersonal violence we want students to feel comfortable that they can report them and that in reporting them that they'll receive the confidential and supportive response," said Vice President of Student Affairs Brian Rose.
 
All schools under this legislation will be required to use one uniform process for campus disciplinary proceedings as well, and will no longer allow athletic departments or any other subgroups to handle sexual violence cases.

Students on campus at BU say they hope this new law will help students feel as safe as they do on their campus.

"I'm on the dance team and we have practices late at night from like 9-12 so I actually end up going to the library after I walk to and from the library all the time...I live in mountain view apartments...it's about a ten minute walk and i've never felt safer," said Anjali Pillai.



VIEW VIDEO

View Related Articles: Binghamton or comment on this one below.

blog comments powered by Disqus


Back Back

News system programming and website hosting by EFX internet  EFX internet


Breaking News


BMets Settle Lawsuit. No Details Available
No word yet on the future of baseball in Binghamton as a lawsuit between the Binghamton Mets and a group looking to buy the team in order to move it to Wilmington, Delaware has been settled.   This according to a document filed in federal court Friday. However, we as of yet don't have any details on the settlement between BMets ownership and Main Street Baseball. Main Street had said BMets owners reneged on a deal to sell the team. The team disputed this, saying a window on a deal had... more

Additional Articles


Two Binghamton Men Facing Felony Burglary Charges VIEW VIDEO
Two Binghamton men are facing felony burglary charges after police say forced their way into a man's basement apartment at 18 Thorp Street and robbed him. Authorities say it happened around 8:30... more

Unadilla Man Charged With Stealing an SUV and Selling It VIEW VIDEO
A Town of Unadilla man has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property. Chenango County Sheriff's say on April 27th, 39 year old Jacob Conklin and another person stole a 1997 Toyota Rav... more

Life Long Binghamton Resident to Run for City Council VIEW VIDEO
A local member of the Binghamton City School Board announced his campaign for Binghamton City Council.   Eastside resident Tom Scanlon announced his candidacy Thursday afternoon.    Scanlon is a... more

Emotional Testimony in the Calvin Bell Murder Trial VIEW VIDEO
It was an emotional day in Broome County court as an eyewitness recounts the events leading up to the death of Bretnie Owens. This is the 2nd day of testimony in the trial of Calvin Bell who is... more

Acclaimed Author Visits Local High School VIEW VIDEO
An acclaimed author paid a visit to a local high school to shed light on both the mechanics and the business of the writing game.     Mary Sangiovanni, author of the novel "the hollower" and... more

Foundation for Community Betterment Needs Community Support to Win Grant VIEW VIDEO
A local group that supports those in need due to illness, flood, or fire is looking for a helping hand of it's own.     The Binghamton chapter of the Foundation for Community Betterment wants... more

Train Derails in Marathon VIEW VIDEO
Eight train cars derailed on East Main Street in Marathon at around 7:00 Thursday morning.     No one was hurt in the accident, and there were no hazardous materials aboard any of the derailed... more

Click here for more local news...icon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 A News Story

If you are looking for a copy of a news story that we recently aired, simply click here to find out how.

Breaking News

Do you have a tip or information about a breaking news story? Contact the FOX 40 News Desk at 607.798.0070 or send us an email .




Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Stumble It More...