Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Information for Professionals

College Campuses

Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines

New York State laws require all colleges to follow minimum guidelines regarding intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  Individual colleges may differ in how they implement these policies.

NYS Colleges Address Domestic Violence/Stalking Chapter 13/2009 - Education Law §§6431(3) and 6432)

Requires NYS colleges to address domestic violence and stalking by:

Note: OPDV has produced an electronic document called “Implementation Guidelines for Revision to Education Law: Addressing Domestic Violence and Stalking on Campus.” It has been distributed to all colleges in New York State. If you represent a college and you either didn’t receive one or would like another copy, please send an e-mail to:

Student Access to Campus Crime Statistics (Chapter 597/2003 – Education Law Article 129-A and General Municipal Law §209-aa(1) and (2))

Requires any NYS college that receives state aid to inform students and prospective students on how to access campus crime statistics. These crimes are now reported to the US Department of Education (as required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act). The Jeanne Clery Act (20 USC § 1092(f))
The Clery Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.

Full Faith & Credit (18 USC § 2265)

The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Violence Against Women Act requires law enforcement officers and courts to enforce orders of protection from other states. On a college campus, where many students are from out-of-state, some may be the subject of a protective order. Others may be protected by an out-of-state order.

National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit