Statement from SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson on Proposed Changes to Title IX

November 17, 2018

"SUNY, the largest higher education system in the nation, adopted a uniform policy and program for its 64 campuses, to prevent and respond to sexual and interpersonal violence. We are proud to live and work in New York State, where we are leading the charge in protecting students on campus. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State enacted 'Enough is Enough', the most comprehensive legislation in the U.S. to combat sexual assault on public and private college and university campuses statewide.

"SUNY has released web-based tools to support victims and survivors of sexual assault or interpersonal violence, including the Sexual Assault and Violence Response, or SAVR, which includes important policies translated into 120 written languages and American Sign Language. It also issued a Sexual and interpersonal violence Prevention and Response Course, or SPARC, a free online resource to help train educators and students in the prevention of sexual, interpersonal, and related violence.

"SPARC is being provided to other colleges and universities free of charge. It was developed by SUNY in partnership with the City University of New York, and with the support of individual campuses and the New York State Department of Health. The program encompasses training requirements under Title IX, the Clery Act as amended by the Violence Against Women Act and, for New York State colleges and universities, the Enough is Enough legislation.

"It is from this foundation that we will present our expertise during the public comment period for the Department of Education’s proposed regulations for Title IX and look forward to submitting comments that are reflective of the views of our campuses, students and their families."

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2022, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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