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Professor, Survivor and Activist to Speak During Sexual Assault Awareness Month at SUNY Canton

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

A noted author, English professor and a sexual assault survivor is sharing her story of trauma and recovery at SUNY Canton.

Laura Gray-Rosendale, Ph.D., will be speaking at 6 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The presentation will be free and open to the public.

Laura Gray-Rosendale

“Sexual violence is among the most crucial issues of our day on university campuses across the United States,” Gray-Rosendale said. “Now is the time to work together against a rampant rape culture, to put in place policies and practices that will better aid survivors as well as foster more community and harmony at all of our universities.”

Gray-Rosendale is the author of “College Girl: A Memoir,” published by the State University of New York Press. The book details her brutal rape while she was a student at Syracuse University. Although it offers insight into her personal devastation, it also tells the story of her friendships and hope. She has spoken frequently about the need to bring the worlds of survivors and academia together in the hopes of a better future for both.

“It is important that we as a college community listen to Dr. Gray-Rosendale’s message,” said Courtney B. Bish, vice president for student affairs. “Although it is not an easy topic to discuss, rape and assault must not be overlooked.”

The author’s presentation is one of the ways that SUNY Canton is recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness month. Representatives from the college, including President Zvi Szafran, have joined with the Associated Colleges of St. Lawrence County to advocate for awareness for an upcoming special edition of “Public Eye” on WPBS.

 

About Dr. Laura Gray-Rosendale

Laura Gray-Rosendale is a professor of English at Northern Arizona University and a President’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow. She has published numerous articles and several books in addition to her award-winning memoir. Gray-Rosendale has spoken with students and faculty at campuses around the country about issues related to sexual violence, consulted with administrators on issues related to Title IX compliance, and published articles about sexual violence in The Chronicle of Higher Education as well as Thought & Action.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Endorses Governor Cuomo’s Sexual Assault Prevention Policy

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that the SUNY Board of trustees approved a statewide policy to combat sexual assault, which will establish a uniform set of practices throughout its 64 campuses, including SUNY Canton.

New YorkThe resolution includes implementing a uniform, system-wide definition of consent that is required between participants before engaging in sexual activity; an immunity policy to protect students coming forward to report sexual assault; a statewide training program for campus police and administrators regarding how to address sexual assault incidents; a public campaign to increase awareness among students and parents; and a uniform Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights that will, in clear and specific language, inform a student of his or her rights following an attack including the option of approaching State Police.

“SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall said it best when he noted that keeping our students safe is our number one priority,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Having uniform policies and a standard definition of consent will help us educate our students about making the safe, and ultimately right, decisions. Over the next few weeks, we will be promoting a campus-wide campaign involving students, faculty, staff, and alumni aimed at increasing sexual assault awareness, education and prevention.”

SUNY Canton already meets many of the criteria outlined by Gov. Cuomo and SUNY. The college plans to adopt the new measures outlined in the new policy.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said, “SUNY is committed to providing the best tools, resources, and services for students to protect them from sexual assault and support them in the event that an incident does occur. Governor Cuomo has helped us develop a comprehensive plan for increased awareness and police training that will complement our existing efforts and enhance our national leadership role in combating sexual assault and violence. We are proud to implement this new policy in partnership with the governor and the presidents at each of our 64 college and university campuses across New York State.”

Campus sexual assault prevention measures on a national level have also gained momentum. Szafran represented SUNY in August during an announcement of support for the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, a bill co-sponsored by New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, which strengthens accountability for institutions nationwide in reporting sexual violence on campus, among other measures.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.