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SUNY System Backs Federal Campus Sexual Assault Victims Bill

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The SUNY system is throwing its support behind the federal Campus Accountability and Safety Act.

The law gives more power to colleges and universities to help sex assault victims by offering new resources and support services, and requiring on-campus personnel to undergo new training.

It also creates stiffer penalties for colleges and universities that fail to comply. New York colleges reported 365 forcible sex offenses in 2012.

SUNY officials and lawmakers say the overall goal of the bill is to reduce that number.

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