SUNY Cortland assesses crime factors
While no trends were apparent in an annual review of sexual harassment and sexual crimes on the SUNY Cortland campus, alcohol and social media seemed to play a role in the incidents, according to college administrators.
There were no discernible trends among the incidents last year, said Virginia Levine, a Title IX co-coordinator for the college and the executive assistant to the president.
“But the common denominator appears to be alcohol,” Levine said, adding other SUNY schools are also finding alcohol is involved in their complaints. She added social media is also contributing to the problem, since it is a venue for harassing posts and photos.
Each of the State University of New York campuses was required to submit an annual review of sexual complaints after the U.S. Department of Education determined a year ago SUNY’s grievance procedures did not provide prompt and equitable resolutions to sexual harassment, assault and violence complaints, according to the federal agency.