BINGHAMTON, NY – Aside from new policies and procedures to address the coronavirus pandemic, Binghamton University has also instituted a new approach for addressing sexual assaults on and off campus.
The university released a 12 point plan to reduce the instances of sexual violence or debasement after a survey showed a significant number of students, primarily female, have experienced some form of unwanted or criminal behavior.
According to the poll taken last Spring, about 18% of female students reported being sexually assaulted by a male student during their time at the school.
23% of all students said they had been the victim of unwanted sexual contact or comments.
BU says the results show that the school has a lot of work to do.
The plan includes enhanced training and double the investment in programs that teach students about sexual assault prevention.
The school is also creating a council to meet biweekly to discuss sexual assault cases and is hiring a new counselor, 2 new investigators and an outside consultant to review its practices.
And BU has created an anonymous online reporting site and vows to suspend any Greek organization that is connected to a case of sexual assault.