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NY Lawmakers Reach Agreement On Campus Sex Assault Policy

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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.

The policy includes a "yes means yes" definition of sexual consent requiring a clear, affirmative agreement between partners. It also creates a victim's bill of rights and boosts training for law enforcement, students and administrators.

The policy was implemented at public colleges last year. Expanding it to cover private universities was a top priority for Cuomo, who enlisted the support of student groups, pop artist Lady Gaga, and U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to urge passage of the measure.

The bill awaits formal approval in the Legislature.

(C) 2015 AP

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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