Model MOU between Colleges & Rape Crisis Centers

Model MOU between Colleges and Rape Crisis Centers or Other Advocacy Organizations

Pursuant to funding distributed under New York Education Law 129-B, funded organizations must develop an MOU with their partner colleges.

In 2022-2023, The Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) will require all funded EIE organizations to use the following tools (EIE Partnerships Toolkit Letter, MOU GuideModel MOUNeeds Assessment GuideNeeds Assessment Tool) in reviewing and updating existing partnerships as well as to enter into new partnerships with colleges in their area. The tools are starting places, and EIE organizations and colleges should feel free to amend these documents to capture their own specific agreements and needs, with a goal of sustainable, productive collaborations in service of students.

The Model MOU‌ is available for an organization and college to use as a beginning point in negotiating an MOU. No included concept or sentence is required, it is model language that may be used or modified as the organizations see fit (some elements may not be required by the other party to a specific MOU or may be beyond the capacity of a specific college or organization). The document includes instructions to make drafting easier, and is developed in a “fill in the blank” style for ease of use.  Certain colleges and organizations will have additional terms that must be included. SUNY campuses must include Exhibit A‌.

This document was jointly developed by the State University of New York and New York State Department of Health with input from the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault. Thanks to Stacey Lococo, former intern with SUNY Office of General Counsel, for her work researching and drafting the document.

This document may be publically shared and used for non-commercial educational purposes including use of all or part as well as derivative uses. All questions should be directed to the Office of General Counsel at