- Associated Press - Sunday, October 12, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York senator says only 5 percent of college sex assaults are reported to police, a majority actually occur off campus and in 80 percent of the cases alcohol is involved.

Sen. Ken LaValle, a Long Island Republican who chairs the Senate Higher Education Committee, says it’s a pervasive problem and after talking to experts and reviewing the laws he has drafted a list of recommendations.

He’s calling for better enforcement of campus policies against underage drinking, expanded use of nurse examiners to collect evidence of assaults, better public awareness efforts, standardized college disciplinary proceedings and a clearer definition of consent for sex.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo established a new policy last week for New York’s 64 SUNY campuses that says in part that silence cannot be interpreted as consent.

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