(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)
The state university system has agreed to improve the way it handles reports of sexual violence on its 29 campuses.
The agreement follows a compliance review by the U.S. Education Department's civil rights office.
It reviewed 159 cases of alleged sexual harassment from four SUNY campuses. And it found instances of complaints not being investigated quickly or thoroughly enough and of complainants not receiving notice of the outcomes.
The federal agency says the review of State University of New York practices wasn't triggered by a specific complaint, but was undertaken because SUNY is the nation's largest public higher education system.