Two Hudson Valley Colleges are coming together to combat sexual assault on campus.
SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Ulster are adopting a program that will improve reporting sexual assaults on college campuses.
The project will cost more than $140,000 over two years under the Enough is Enough Program.
The funds will help provide an independent counselor on campus to serve as a certified rape crisis counselor and be a liaison to law enforcement agencies. Cindy Craft, a probation officer of more than 15 years will be first to fill that role.
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein says the money will be well spent.
"So I stand before you, not only as a county executive but as a parent. We understand how important this is for every parent, as they send their child off to college. This is something everyone is concerned about, all of us are concerned about it as individuals, as human beings, and again, we stand united as a community,” Hein said.
There were more than 5,000 reports of sexual assault on New York college campuses last year.
More than 11,000 students are enrolled on both Ulster County college campuses combined.