SUNY says it will reform the way it handles reports of sexual violence and harassment on its 29 campuses.
The State University system reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education to put in place a uniform set of rules to ensure student and staff safety.
The new policies require SUNY to conduct investigations promptly rather than wait for the results of criminal probes.
SUNY is also required to provide support for the complainants, among other mandates.
The deal comes after a three-year review found some cases where SUNY was not handling sexual complaints according to federal requirements.
The system has nearly 219,000 students and 70,000 staff members.