Lady Gaga and Andrew Cuomo advocate for NY campus sexual assault policy

June 11, 2015

Lady Gaga and NY Governor Andrew Cuomo have joined forced to advocate for the passage of a state law designed to address the problem of campus sexual assaults. In an op-ed published in Billboard magazine, they encourage lawmakers to extend an affirmative consent policy already in place for the state’s public universities to apply to the private ones as well. The new policy would also create a victim’s bill of rights and increase training for students, faculty, and law enforcement. “We all have a responsibility to make sure that the strongest possible laws are in place to safeguard our students,” they write. Toronto Star (AP) | Inside Higher Ed | Billboard

Postscript: July 8, 2015

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill extending the state’s affirmative consent policy to include private colleges, in addition to the public colleges already covered by earlier legislation. The law also creates a victim’s bill of rights and increases training for faculty, students, and law enforcement. “A woman isn’t going to be made to feel guilty or complicit or fearful if she goes forward,” Cuomo said. “We’re not going to allow the schools to cover it up anymore. Those days are over.” New York Times (AP) | Albany Times Union