SUNY mandates reporting of child sex abuse

The State University of New York is now mandating the reporting of child sexual abuse on university property or at university-sponsored events.

SUNY's board of trustees Monday adopted the policy, which board Chairman H. Carl McCall says goes beyond reporting requirements mandated by state law.

The policy directs all of SUNY's 64 campuses to require employees, students and volunteers to report any reasonable suspicion of child sex abuse to university police.

The resolution is a response to the Penn State scandal in which former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys, some on campus.

A bill to mandate reporting of child sex abuse on all college campuses in New York didn't become law last year but may be introduced in the next legislative session.