Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul discussed a new Cuomo administration effort related to campus sexual assault prevention and policies at New York State’s private colleges at a meeting in March with a group of panelists and members of the Daemen College community.

Hochul’s visit to Daemen was the first to take place at a Western New York private college as part of a statewide tour to talk about elements of the proposed legislation. With this, a new state policy implemented in December at SUNY campuses would be extended to include private colleges statewide so that uniform procedures and guidelines are in place at both private and public institutions.

Hochul emphasized that “to best protect our students on New York State’s campuses, our goal is to have the same comprehensive sexual assault policies and pro-cedures applied at both public and private colleges. Conversations like this one are vital to learning how we can work together to make this happen while also re-specting the rights of victims so they have the resources and support available that will allow them to heal.”

At Daemen, to enhance the college’s already com-prehensive measures, a Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Task Force has been formed and charged with taking a holistic look at the college’s poli-cies, procedures and services. Also, a campus climate survey was completed to determine ways to improve the college’s educational efforts and programming.“

As a college community, we have always taken the welfare and safety of our students very seriously and it is essential we provide a safe, supportive campus where they can live and learn,” said Dr. Greg Nayor, vice president for student affairs, who is now leading the college’s efforts in collaboration with Dr. Kathleen Boone, associate vice president for academic affairs/associate dean and the college’s Title IX coordinator.

Note: At the time of production for this issue of Daemen Today, the vote on this proposal was pending.