Rape reported on SUNY Cortland campus

CORTLAND, N.Y. — A SUNY Cortland student reported a rape incident that occurred on Sept. 28, according to the University Police Department.

The suspect was known to the victim prior to the incident, which took place at a residence hall on campus.

Campus security authorities are required to report certain crimes that take place on campus in accordance with the federal Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

The University Police Department offers the following suggestions for preventing sexual assault:

  • Make sure you have consent. Consent is a clear and freely given yes, not the absence of a no.
  • People who are incapacitated by alcohol or drugs cannot give consent.
  • Practice being assertive about your boundaries and trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, call for assistance.
  • Be active in supporting a safe and respectful community. If you see others engaging in disrespectful or inappropriate actions, speak up and get involved or contact someone else to assist.