The New York Governor’s Office announced on Tuesday that hundreds of colleges across the country have downloaded a SUNY-developed course to prevent sexual assaults on campus.
The course, called SPARC, is free and helps train students on how to prevent sexual assault incidents.
“New York’s ‘Enough is Enough’ law equips colleges and universities with some of the strongest guidance in the country, and SPARC is one of several resources developed by SUNY to not only ensure that our campuses are in compliance, but to share what we’ve learned with our peer institutions throughout the country,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “Each of SUNY’s efforts in this area are driven by prevention, doing all we can to prevent violence before it occurs, and SPARC is leading the way. By continuing to build awareness and sharing resources, higher education will better ensure safe learning environments for all students.”
Since New York launched SPARC in April of this year, representatives from 140 colleges across the country, which educate more than 1.5 million students, have downloaded SPARC and are actively customizing the SUNY developed training for their own use.
Another 250 registrants from colleges in 35 states and three Canadian provinces are actively investigating using SPARC.