campus crime

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been stumping for federal legislation to address sexual assault on college campuses for more than a year. Today, ahead of a Senate hearing on the matter, she held a conference call to preview her testimony.

Matt Ryan

New York state leaders have reached a deal to impose a new campus sexual assault policy on private colleges and universities. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the deal Tuesday after negotiating the details with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Leader John Flanagan.

New York is implementing new rules to address sexual violence at its state universities. The policy will include a statewide training program for campus police, and the creation of a single, statewide definition of sexual consent for all of the 64 SUNY campuses.

Each campus will also have to ensure students can report sexual violence to campus law enforcement or the local police department.

Kirsten Gillibrand via facebook.com

Colleges and universities could be held more accountable to rape victims under legislation introduced Wednesday by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators led by New York's Kirsten Gillibrand. 

"My office has heard from many survivors about campus sexual assaults in America. These young women have been demanding that Congress help stop the endless wave of campus sexual assaults, and I share their outrage."  New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, charges America is going through an "epidemic of campus sexual assault." 

Robert Rizzuto / The Repulblican/Masslive.com

Though just 21 of the 55 arrested at Saturday’s Blarney Blowout are enrolled at UMass Amherst, roughly 100 students marched across campus Tuesday demanding an apology from Amherst police for what some students are calling excessive use of force. Amherst police were the lead agency in responding to the alcohol-fueled outdoor daytime party that drew more than 4,000.

WAMC

Officials at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have released an independent report on residence hall security.  The review was commissioned following an alleged gang rape in a residence hall last year.

UMass will spend an estimated $2 million over the next three years to improve security in the residence halls on the flagship campus as recommended by the 214-page report.  UMass Amherst Police Chief John Horvath said there will be new guest registration procedures, changes to the physical layout of residence halls, fixes to problems with doors, alarms and access cards.

WAMC

Four teenagers have been arrested for the rape of an 18 year old UMass Amherst student in a campus residence hall.  University officials say they’ll undertake a comprehensive review of security.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.