1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Education
  4. Title 7: State and City Colleges and Institutions-cornell University
  5. Article 129-B: Implementation By Colleges and Universities of Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking Prevention and Response Policies and Procedures

Section 6445 Campus climate assessments

Education (EDN)

1. Every institution shall conduct, no less than every other year, a campus climate assessment to ascertain general awareness and knowledge of the provisions of this article, including student experience with and knowledge of reporting and college adjudicatory processes, which shall be developed using standard and commonly recognized research methods.

  2. The assessment shall include questions covering, but not be limited to, the following:

  a. the Title IX Coordinator's role;

  b. campus policies and procedures addressing sexual assault;

  c. how and where to report domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault as a victim, survivor or witness;

  d. the availability of resources on and off campus, such as counseling, health and academic assistance;

  e. the prevalence of victimization and perpetration of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault on and off campus during a set time period;

  f. bystander attitudes and behavior;

  g. whether reporting individuals disclosed to the institution and/or law enforcement, experiences with reporting and institution processes, and reasons why they did or did not report;

  h. the general awareness of the difference, if any, between the institution's policies and the penal law; and

  i. general awareness of the definition of affirmative consent.

  3. Every institution shall take steps to ensure that answers to such assessments remain anonymous and that no individual is identified. Institutions shall publish results of the surveys on their website provided that no personally identifiable information or information which can reasonably lead a reader to identify an individual shall be shared.

  4. Information discovered or produced as a result of complying with this section shall not be subject to discovery or admitted into evidence in any federal or state court proceeding or considered for other purposes in any action for damages brought by a private party against an institution, unless, in the discretion of the court, any such information is deemed to be material to the underlying claim or defense.