7 I-Team: Hochul says there is 'zero tolerance' for NCCC sexual assault comments

Could be more fallout from victim-blaming scandal
Posted at 6:23 PM, May 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-05 18:30:33-04

Just over a week ago, Niagara County Community College President James Klyzcek resigned shortly after the 7 Eyewitness News I-Team played audio recordings where Klyczek could be heard blaming the victim of a sexual assault on campus.

Klyczek is no longer president, but that doesn't mean the shake-up at NCCC is over.

Security director Francis Giles and vice presidents Michael Dombrowski and Julia Pitman were also caught on tape making remarks about the victims of sexual assault -- and all three of them remain in their positions at NCCC.

The college board of trustees meets next week and is expected to talk about personnel behind closed doors. We asked Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul what should happen to the administrators who were involved in the scandal at the state-funded school.

“We will let that investigation take its full course,” Hochul told 7 Eyewitness News. “It's obviously too early for me to comment on the results of an investigation. But in general...zero tolerance from anyone, whether it's student on student, whether it's adult on student, whatever it is, particularly from people in positions of power, there is zero tolerance.”

The lieutenant governor went on to say the state’s “Enough is Enough” legislation is changing the culture that allows sexual assault on college campuses.

Experts say that culture comes from the top down.

Students say it's going to take more than the removal of one college president to change that culture.