Monday, March 02, 2015 - 7:36:06 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


Additional Articles


Walton Man Sentenced for Killing Dogs VIEW VIDEO
In Delaware County court Monday a Walton man was sentenced in the shooting deaths of two Siberian Huskies.     35-year-old Jared Boice was sentenced to 24 days in jail for each of two counts of... more

Cuomo Outlines Potential Property Tax Savings VIEW VIDEO
With budget negotiations underway in Albany, Governor Cuomo is pushing his property tax relief program by breaking down by county how much homeowners could save.     According to the Governor's... more

State Police ID Body in Hancock VIEW VIDEO
State Police have identified the man whose body was found in Hancock last week. Police say 60-year-old Arthur Ballard of Read Street in Hancock died of a combination of hypothermia and acute... more

Blood Stains Center of Harris Trial Testimony VIEW VIDEO
Blood staining found at the Harris home is once again the main focus of testimony as the trial of Cal Harris enters week number 4. Harris is the Owego business man charged with the murder of his... more

Littly Italy II Owner Plans to Rebuild After Sunday Fire VIEW VIDEO
The owner of a Hancock restaurant that caught fire yesterday says he plans to rebuild the business. Little Italy II owner Andrew Grigoli did not want to speak on camera but says his restaurant... more

Village of Hancock Restaurant Catches Fire VIEW VIDEO
Delaware County Sheriff's officials say Little Italy II restaurant in the village of Hancock caught fire just after midnight Sunday morning.   Officials say several agencies including Hancock... more

Jewish Community Members Celebrate Purim VIEW VIDEO
The Jewish Community Center in Vestal is hosting its 32nd annual Purim celebration.  Although there's plenty of action, the carnival-like celebration is more than just costumes, food and games.... 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...