Mayor Lovely Warren sent a letter to 19 Rochester area college presidents, urging them to support the Campus Accountability and Safety Act.
The measure was introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and is intended to strengthen how college campus respond to alleged sexual assaults. It provides support for victims and training for staff. Colleges are required to conduct their own investigations.
Warren said as a female mayor and mother, she wants to be sure the students who come from all over the world to local colleges are safe.
"We need to make sure our colleges in our area have in place the systems and protections for people who are victimized. That's just not for girls, but for boys as well. We want to make sure our campuses are safe," the mayor said. "College is a wonderful experience. We want it to be enjoyable for all of our children."
The president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges was among the presidents to receive the letter. The New York Times ran a front-page article critical of the way the school handled an alleged rape case.
Copyright 2014 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.