SUNY’s Approach to Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response: a University-wide Mission, an Ongoing Commitment

Session Abstract: SUNY created a uniform policy on sexual violence prevention and response. The policy was created by a working group of three dozen professionals and students from across SUNY and four external experts and advocates. Andrea Stagg and Joseph Storch of SUNY, two coordinators of the group, and Laura Dunn of SurvJustice, an external expert member of the group, will describe how SUNY created comprehensive policies that apply at all colleges. SUNY leadership focused on buy-in and setting a tone from the top, and the group found extraordinary value in outside voices and expertise. We will also explain how SUNY’s policies formed a backbone for statewide legislation that applies to all colleges and universities in New York and touch on some of the resources we have developed.