Assemblyman John Ceretto joined a bipartisan effort to pass legislation that would better protect college students from sexual assault by implementing stricter procedures and policies at every college and university in New York.
Assembly Bill 8244 implements specific response policies and procedures for sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking prevention for colleges and universities in the state.
The bill passed in both the Assembly and Senate and has been sent to the governor's desk to be signed into law.
"We have all heard horrific stories of unspeakable sexual abuse incidents on college campuses," Ceretto said. "Parents should know that their children are safe while they reside on a college campuses. I'm proud the Legislature took a stance to protect the safety and well-being of college students. New York state needs to continue to set a precedent that sexual abuse will not be tolerated."
"New York is fortunate to be home to over 300 colleges and universities. A uniform sexual abuse policy and procedure will provide a more efficient process to combat sexual abuse on college campuses," he added.
Ceretto said, "As a father of two daughters, I applaud Gov. Cuomo for spearheading this important initiative that will make New York's colleges and universities safer for all students, and I look forward to seeing this bill signed into law."