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State reviewing sexual-assault law compliance at colleges

Area colleges — including Hobart and William Smith, where an alleged sexual assault drew national attention — will be the subject of investigations by the Cuomo administration to see if they are complying with a state law addressing the issue.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered a comprehensive review of compliance under the Enough is Enough law at all higher-education institutions across the state.

The administration said the statewide inspection “will ensure that all colleges and universities are fulfilling their obligations under the law to protect students from sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, and are taking every measure to properly investigate allegations of sexual assault on campus.”

At HWS, the issue of sexual assault took center stage in 2014 when a campus freshman reported she was raped in public by football players in September 2013.

Charges were never filed in the case because Ontario County District attorney R. Michael Tantillo said the evidence indicated the sexual encounter was consensual.

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