Sexual Misconduct

This policy applies to all Excelsior College staff, faculty, and students.

Statement of Policy

Excelsior College seeks to provide a safe environment for employees and students and to ensure that no student, faculty, or staff member is excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of the College’s program or activities on the basis of sex. Accordingly, the College strictly prohibits sexual misconduct, which includes, but is not limited to, the following offenses: (1) sexual assault, (2) domestic violence, (3) dating violence, (4) stalking, (5) sexual harassment, and (6) sexual exploitation.

Though Excelsior is a nontraditional college community and its students learn at a distance rather than on a campus, the College is always mindful of issues of personal safety. Nontraditional students are not immune to incidents of violence. Everyone in the Excelsior College community should be educated about the issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking with the goal of becoming knowledgeable and responsible for their own security and personal safety, as well as the security and personal safety of the students and colleagues with whom they work and interact.

Upon learning of a possible violation of this Policy, the College will take immediate action to address the facts presented, offer resources to any victims, and take action against any individual within the jurisdiction of the College who has been found responsible after the process established in this policy.

The College prohibits retaliation against any individual for reporting an incident of sexual misconduct or for participating in any investigation or proceeding related to any such report.

This policy applies to all students, faculty, and staff, as well as to visitors, guests, vendors, contractors, and other third parties. Under certain circumstances, conduct and behavior at off-campus activities and programs may be regulated by this policy. The College may take action pursuant to this policy with respect to any behavior regardless of where and in what context it occurs if the conduct has an impact or effect on or poses a risk to the work or learning environment of persons covered by this policy. Therefore, this policy may be violated even if the prohibited conduct occurs off-campus or during an individual’s off-duty time.

This policy applies regardless of the reporting or responding Individual’s sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, creed, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, national origin, religion, disability, or other status protected by law. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to individuals with disabilities when necessary to allow them to fully utilize this policy (e.g. to make a report, file a complaint, participate in investigatory interviews, and exercise other procedural rights).

This information is provided to assist in the prevention of violence in any form, while meeting requirements of state and federal law.

Procedures

Enforcement of Policy

The College’s Title IX officer oversees compliance with all aspects of this policy. Questions about this policy should be directed to the Title IX officer.

Definitions

Domestic Violence: Domestic violence is defined as felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence (whether federal or New York State) committed by, between, or among current or former spouses or an intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the State of New York, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the State of New York.

Dating Violence: Dating violence is defined as violence or threats of violence by, between, or among individuals who have a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim (such relationship status to be determined based on the statement of the reporting individual and taking into account length of relationship, type of the relationship, and frequency of contact within the relationship). Two people may be in a romantic or intimate relationship, regardless of whether the relationship is sexual in nature; however, neither a casual acquaintance nor ordinary fraternization between two individuals in a business or social context shall constitute a romantic or intimate relationship. This definition does not include acts covered under domestic violence.

Reporting Individual: A reporting individual is usually an individual filing a complaint about a violation of this policy. In some cases, such as when the person involved in the incident does not wish to participate in the process but the College decides that the alleged misconduct needs to be investigated, the College may serve as the reporting individual. In those cases, the College may extend the full rights of the reporting individual as defined in this policy to affected parties as deemed appropriate by the Title IX officer.

Responding Individual: A responding individual is an individual alleged to have violated this policy.

Sexual Assault: Sexual assault includes both nonconsensual sexual contact and nonconsensual sexual intercourse. As set forth below, this definition encompasses the violations of rape, fondling, incest, and statutory rape and is not limited to male-female interactions but may be male-male or female-female interactions.

  • Nonconsensual Sexual Contact: Any intentional touching for purposes of sexual gratification or sexual intent, however slight, of the private body parts of another individual without affirmative consent. This may include non-penetrative acts, touching directly or with an object, and/or touching the private body parts of another over clothing. This may also include forcing or causing another without affirmative consent to touch one’s own private body part.
  • Nonconsensual Sexual Intercourse:  Any sexual intercourse, however slight, with any object or body part by a person against another person that is without affirmative consent and/or by force. Sexual assaults of this type can be sub-defined by the following:
    • Rape: The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim, or where the victim is incapable of consent due to mental or physical incapacity.
    • Statutory Rape: Sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent. In New York, the statutory age of consent is 17 years old.

Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and is unlawful under federal, state, and (where applicable) local law. Sexual harassment includes harassment on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, self-identified or perceived sex, gender expression, gender identity, and the status of being transgender. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome conduct which is either of a sexual nature, or which is directed at an individual because of that individual’s sex when:

  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work/academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work/academic environment, even if the reporting individual is not the intended target of the sexual harassment;
  • Such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or term or condition of certain academic achievement; or
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for decisions affecting an individual’s employment or academic record.

A sexually harassing hostile environment includes, but is not limited to, words, signs, jokes, pranks, intimidation, or physical violence which are of a sexual nature, or which are directed at an individual because of the individual’s sex. Sexual harassment also consists of any unwanted verbal or physical advances, sexually explicit derogatory statements, or sexually discriminatory remarks made by someone which are offensive or objectionable to the recipient, which cause the recipient discomfort or humiliation, or which interfere with the recipient’s job/academic performance. Sexual harassment also occurs when a person in authority tries to trade job/academic benefits for sexual favors. This is also called “quid pro quo” harassment.

Any individual who feels harassed should report it so that any violation of this policy can be corrected promptly. Any harassing conduct, even a single incident, can be addressed under this policy.

Sexual Exploitation: Sexual exploitation occurs when, without affirmative consent, an individual takes sexual advantage of another.

Stalking: Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress.

Affirmataive Consent

Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary, and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in the sexual activity. Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent. The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Code of Conduct in Relation to Consent:

  • Consent to any sexual act or prior consensual sexual activity between or with any party does not necessarily constitute consent to any other sexual act.
  • Consent is required regardless of whether the person initiating the act is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Consent may be initially given but withdrawn at any time.
  • Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated, which occurs when an individual lacks the ability to knowingly choose to participate in sexual activity. Incapacitation may be caused by the lack of consciousness or being asleep, being involuntarily restrained, or if an individual otherwise cannot consent. Depending on the degree of intoxication, someone who is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants may be incapacitated and therefore unable to consent.
  • Consent cannot be given when it is the result of any coercion, intimidation, force, or threat of harm.
  • When consent is withdrawn or can no longer be given, sexual activity must stop.
  • Being intoxicated or impaired by drugs or alcohol is never an excuse for violating this policy and does not diminish one’s responsibility to obtain affirmative consent.
  • The existence of a dating/romantic relationship between the persons involved or the existence of a previous sexual relationship does not establish affirmative consent for future sexual activity.
  • Silence is not considered affirmative consent.

Drug and/or Alcohol Use Amnesty

The health and safety of every student of the College is of utmost importance. The College recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that violence occurs, including but not limited to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault, may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. The College strongly encourages students to report domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to institution officials. A bystander acting in good faith or a reporting individual acting in good faith that discloses any incident of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to the College’s officials or law enforcement will not be subject to the College’s code of conduct for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the commission of the domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault. The College reserves the right to provide students with amnesty in other appropriate situations.

Student Bill of Rights

All students have the right to:

  • Make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police;
  • Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault treated seriously;
  • Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by the institution;
  • Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard;
  • Be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services, where available;
  • Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations;
  • Describe the incident to as few institution representatives as practicable and not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident;
  • Be protected from retaliation by the institution, any student, the accused and/or the responding student, and/or their friends, family, and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the institution;
  • Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination;
  • Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused, or responding student throughout the judicial or conduct process, including during all meetings and hearings related to such process;
  • Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or judicial or conduct process of the institution.

The College will provide reporting individuals with written information about resources, including intervention, mental health counseling, legal services, and medical services, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid, and other services available to reporting individuals, which shall include information on whether such resources are available at no cost or for a fee. Reporting individuals will be provided information on sexually transmitted infections, sexual assault forensic examinations, and resources available through the New York State Office of Victim Services, established pursuant to section 622 of the executive law. Reporting individuals will be provided information explaining the scope of confidentiality protections.

Statement on Confidentiality and Privacy

All College employees (faculty and staff) are expected to immediately report actual or suspected discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct to the Title IX officer or VP of human resources. Any College employee who is not designated as a confidential resource under this policy is required to share a report of sexual misconduct with the Title IX officer. The Title IX officer or designee will conduct an initial assessment of the conduct, the reporting individual’s desired course of action, and the necessity for any interim remedies or accommodations to protect the safety of the reporting individual or the community. The goal is to eliminate any hostile environment.

The College is committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals involved in a report under this policy. The College is committed to providing assistance to help reporting individuals make informed choices. With any report under this policy, the College will make reasonable efforts to protect the privacy interests of the individuals involved in a manner consistent with the need for a careful assessment of the allegation and reasonable steps available to eliminate the reported conduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.

If a victim discloses an incident but wishes to maintain confidentiality or requests that no investigation into a particular incident be conducted or disciplinary action taken, the College must weigh that request against the College’s obligation to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all members of the College community, including the victim.

If the College honors the request for confidentiality, a victim must understand that the College’s ability to meaningfully investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator(s) may be limited. In some rare instances, it may be possible for the College to maintain the reporter’s confidentiality and still take responsive action, including disciplinary action if appropriate.

The Title IX officer will evaluate requests for confidentiality. When weighing a victim’s request for confidentiality or that no investigation or discipline be pursued, the Title IX officer will consider a range of factors, including the following:

  • Whether the accused has a history of violent behavior or is a repeat offender;
  • Whether the incident represents escalation in unlawful conduct on behalf of the accused from previously noted behavior;
  • The increased risk that the accused will commit additional acts of violence;
  • Whether the accused used a weapon or force;
  • Whether the reporting individual is a minor; and
  • Whether the College possesses other means to obtain evidence such as security footage, and whether available information reveals a pattern of perpetration at a given location or by a particular group.

If the College determines that it cannot maintain a victim’s confidentiality, the Title IX officer will inform the victim prior to starting an investigation and will, to the extent possible, only share information with people responsible for handling the College’s response and as necessary to conduct a thorough investigation. The College will not require a reporting individual to participate in an investigation or disciplinary proceeding.

All College proceedings are conducted in compliance with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Clery Act, Title IX, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), New York Education Law, and other state and local laws, and College policy. No information shall be released from such proceedings except as required or permitted by law and College policy.

Reporting an Incident of Sexual Misconduct

Anyone reporting an incident of sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, or stalking has the right to:

  • Notify campus security authorities, as identified in the annual Campus Security Report, local law enforcement, or the New York State Police;
  • Emergency access to a Title IX officer or other appropriate official trained in interviewing victims of sexual assault who shall be available upon the first instance of disclosure by a reporting individual and who can provide information, including:
    1. Options to proceed, including the right to report to College officials, local law enforcement, and/or the New York State Police, or choose not to report; to report the incident to the College; to be protected by the College from retaliation for reporting an incident; and to receive assistance and resources from the College;
    2. Where applicable, the importance of preserving evidence and obtaining a sexual assault forensic examination as soon as possible;
    3. That the criminal justice process utilizes different standards of proof and evidence than the College’s misconduct procedures and that any questions about whether a specific incident violated the penal law should be addressed to law enforcement or to the district attorney;
    4. Whether the person they are reporting to is authorized to offer confidentiality or privacy; and
    5. Any other reporting options.
  • Disclose the incident confidentially to College representatives, who may offer confidentiality pursuant to applicable laws and can assist in obtaining services for reporting individuals.
  • Disclose the incident confidentially and obtain services from the state or local government.
  • File a report of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking and consult with the Title IX officer and other appropriate College personnel for information and assistance. Reports shall be investigated in accordance with College policy. A reporting individual’s identity shall remain private if that is what the reporting individual wishes. However, privacy is not the same as confidentiality and private information can be shared as necessary to implement and fulfill the College’s obligations under the law and its policies and procedures.
  • If the accused is a College employee, disclose the incident to Human Resources or request a confidential or private employee assist in reporting to Human Resources.
  • Receive assistance from appropriate College representatives if interested in initiating legal proceedings in family court or civil court. Such assistance consists of facilitation in contacting appropriate local agencies that can provide direct assistance with court proceedings.
  • Withdraw a complaint or involvement from the College process at any time, with the understanding that in appropriate cases, the College may nonetheless be required to continue investigating and appropriately resolving cases even if the reporting individual does not wish the case to continue.

Reporting Individuals will be protected from retaliation for reporting an incident.

Interim Measures

In certain cases, interim measures may be put in place before the investigation is completed and/or pending completion of the investigation, to ensure the safety of all parties and to ensure the integrity of the investigation. The College will review the facts and circumstances of each case, as well as the reporting individual’s wishes, in deciding whether and what steps are reasonable and appropriate.

If interim measures are put in place, the Title IX officer shall maintain confidentiality about such measures to the extent that maintaining confidentiality would not impair the ability to provide such measures and shall communicate the measures to all affected parties as may be necessary. Implementing interim measure(s) does not imply a future finding of responsibility but is meant to create a safer environment. Examples of interim measures may include (but are not limited to) contact restrictions through the issuance of a no-contact order, or the transfer of the reporting individual or responding individual to separate locations. In cases involving third parties (vendors, contingent employees, clients, and consultants), examples of interim measures may include (but are not limited to) the temporary reassignment of the third-party employee or a temporary suspension of services.

Upon request, the reporting individual or responding individual may request a prompt review of the need for and terms of any interim measures and accommodations imposed or requested that directly affects them, including the potential addition, modification, or elimination of those measures. Such a request may be made by submitting a written request for review to the Title IX officer, providing the basis for that request and any evidence in support of the request. Upon receipt of such a request, the Title IX officer will inform the other party of the request and allow the other party to respond, including submitting evidence if desired. The Title IX officer may, at the Title IX officer’s discretion, modify or suspend the interim measures or accommodations on a temporary basis while the parties are submitting their information and responses. The Title IX officer will respond to any such requests as soon as possible, but generally no later than one calendar week of the request and the parties’ submission of any evidence.

When a student is determined to present a continuing threat to the health and safety of the campus community, such student is subject to interim suspension pending the outcome of any proceedings under this policy. Both the reporting individual and the responding individual will, upon written request, be afforded an opportunity for a review of the need for and terms of an interim suspension, including potential modification, by submitting a written request to the Title IX officer, providing the basis for that request and any evidence in support.

Medical Attention

Victims of sexual assault or other acts of violence are encouraged to seek prompt medical attention—several hospitals are located in the Albany area. For individuals not local to the Albany area, students should seek medical attention at local hospital emergency rooms. To gain assistance in getting to an emergency room, a victim can call 911. Medical staff will collect evidence, check for injuries, and address pregnancy concerns and the possibility of exposure to sexually transmitted infections. Communications with medical staff are confidential. Medical staff will not report the incident to the College.

Seeking medical attention will in no way obligate a victim to file a complaint or press criminal charges. Conversely, electing not to seek medical attention or to contact police will not impact the College’s investigation process.

Investigation and Adjudication Procedures

The College will apply the following rules when investigating violations of this policy:

The Title IX officer, designee, or designees, will conduct a prompt and thorough investigation. During the investigation, the investigator(s) will:

  • Give the responding individual proper notice of the complaint and investigation and provide them with an opportunity to provide information;
  • Interview the reporting individual, the responding individual, and any material witnesses;
  • Gather all relevant documentary and/or physical evidence;
  • Complete the investigation in a timely manner, without unnecessary deviation from the intended timeline;
  • Maintain communication with the reporting individual and the responding individual on the status of the investigation and overall process.

During the course of the investigation, the reporting individual and the responding individual shall each be afforded an opportunity to present their version of the event(s) to the investigator(s) as well as the names of witnesses and any other evidence. Neither the reporting individual nor the responding individual will have the right to question any witnesses or to be present during such questioning. In addition, both the reporting individual and responding individual shall have the right to have their own prior sexual history with persons other than the other party or their own mental health diagnosis and/or treatment excluded from admittance in any investigatory and/or disciplinary proceeding held under this policy. If either party offers information relating to the other parties’ sexual history with one another, the other will have the right to respond.

During the course of the investigation, both the reporting individual and the responding individual may be accompanied by an advisor of their choosing, including an attorney, to any hearing or meeting that is part of the investigatory or adjudicatory process. Advisors may be present but may not participate in the proceedings in any manner.

Efforts will be made to maintain privacy; only people who have a need to know about the incident will be informed, and information will be shared only as necessary with investigators, the reporting individual, witnesses, and the responding individual.

All members of the College community are encouraged to participate in the investigation process. However, reporting individuals and responding individuals may elect not to participate in the investigation process at all or may choose not to be interviewed and only to identify other witnesses and relevant documents. The College will not draw an adverse inference against either party for failing to participate in the investigation process, but the investigator can only draw conclusions from the information available.

The time needed to complete an investigation will vary based upon several factors, including the complexity, severity, and extent of the allegations.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the Title IX officer will prepare a written investigation report and will make a determination as to whether there is a preponderance of evidence that the responding individual violated this policy. In the event the Title IX officer finds the responding individual is responsible for a violation of this policy, the reporting individual and responding individual may both submit an impact statement that may be reviewed by the Title IX officer in conjunction with considering an appropriate sanction.

The Title IX officer will simultaneously notify the reporting individual and the responding individual of their findings, in writing and, if there is a finding of responsibility, the notification will include the sanctions. The written notification will include a detailed rationale for the determination.

Both the reporting individual and the responding individual have the right to appeal the decision of the Title IX officer to the vice president of human resources or designee (for employee appeals) or the provost or designee (for student appeals).

Transcript Notation

For crimes of violence committed by students, including but not limited to sexual violence, defined as crimes that meet the reporting requirements pursuant to the federal Clery Act established in 20 U.S.C. 1092(f)(1)(F)(i)(I)-(VIII), the College shall make a notation on the transcript of students found responsible that they were “suspended after a finding of responsibility for a code of conduct violation” or “expelled after a finding of responsibility for a code of conduct violation.”

If a responding individual who is a student withdraws from the College while conduct charges are pending, and declines to complete the disciplinary process, the College shall make a notation on the transcript of such student that they “withdrew with conduct charges pending.”

A responding individual who is a student may appeal the transcript notation of a suspension to the provost. Such notation shall not be removed prior to one year after conclusion of the suspension, while notations for expulsion shall not be removed. If a finding of responsibility is vacated for any reason, any such transcript notation shall be removed.

Retaliation

College policy and applicable law prohibit retaliation against any individual who files a good-faith complaint or assists or participates in good faith in any manner in an investigation or proceeding conducted by the College or an external agency. Any retaliation is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion and/or termination, as applicable.

Protecting Against Sexual Assault and Other Violence

On traditional college campuses, occurrences of sexual assault and other violence are frequently associated with alcohol, and many victims know their assailants. Students who study at a distance from Excelsior College should be aware of personal safety and wary of potentially dangerous situations in their daily lives.

Excelsior College is committed to making certain that its offices located in Albany, New York, are secure and safe environments for employees and visitors. With this in mind, the College has established the following policies and practices:

  • The possession, abuse, or distribution of illicit drugs and/or alcohol by students and employees on College property or as part of any Excelsior College activities is strictly prohibited.
  • All visitors to Excelsior College buildings, including students, must sign in at the reception desk at the main entrance. Staff meet visitors at the main reception desk and escort them to the appropriate destinations.
  • During evening hours and when the College is officially closed, all entrances to College buildings remain locked. Only employees with prior authorization are admitted to the buildings during these times.
  • Excelsior College provides security personnel for regular evening work hours (Monday–Thursday from 4:30–8:30 p.m.).
  • The Office of Human Resources and the Office of Technology and Facilities Services provides employees with periodic reminders about personal safety and security issues.

Personal Safety and Crime Prevention

Many Excelsior College students take traditional classroom courses through accredited colleges and universities to fulfill Excelsior degree requirements. These students should visit those institution’s websites or campus security offices to find out about the safety programs at those schools. (See Campus Security Report.)

  • Many colleges have “blue light” systems that aid in expediting calls concerning emergencies or criminal incidents. Such “blue light” call boxes are traditionally placed in areas of high pedestrian traffic on campus.
  • Services are available on many college campuses to escort students to their cars during evening hours.
  • Colleges may have personal safety workshops, which you can attend while a student on that campus.
  • View national Campus Crime Statistics at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/security.

Students and employees are encouraged to take a proactive approach to crime prevention and become responsible for their own security.

  • Make it a practice to avoid walking in poorly lit areas, whether a city street, local college campus, public library, or shopping mall parking lot.
  • When walking in any parking lot, especially at night, students should have their car keys ready.
  • Students should be watchful of alcohol consumption and its effects on their behavior and the behaviors of others.
  • Students should pay attention to their own emotions. If they feel threatened or uncomfortable in any situation, they should leave immediately and seek safety.

Additional Resources Available

Hospitals


Albany Medical Center
3 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
Phone: 518-262-3125


St. Peter’s Hospital
315 S Manning Blvd
Albany, NY 12208
Phone: 518-525-1550

Ellis Hospital
1101 Nott Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
Phone: 518-243-4000

Police


Albany Police Department
Phone: 518-438-4000

Guilderland Police Department
Phone: 518-356-1501

 


Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center
112 State Street, Room 1118
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: 518-447-7100

New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline
NYS Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-942-6906
English & español/Multi-language Accessibility. Deaf or Hard of Hearing: 711

New York City Area: 1-800-621-HOPE (4673) or dial 311 TTY: 1-800-810-7444

For a listing of domestic violence hotlines by county, go to the New York State Domestic Violence Directory.

National Domestic Violence and Crime Victims Hotlines
24-Hour Hotline: 800-799-7299 or 800-787-3224 (TTY)

National Deaf Hotline Videophone
9am-5pm M-F: 855-812-1001 or deafhelp@thehotline.org

National Domestic Violence and Crime Victims Hotlines
Safe Horizon’s Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-621-HOPE (4673)
Safe Horizon’s Crime Victims Hotline: 866-689-HELP (4357)
Safe Horizon’s Rape and Sexual Assault Hotline: 212-227-3000 or call NYC’s 311
TDD phone number for all hotlines: 866-604-5350

Stalking Resource Center
www.ncvc.org/src

Emergency Procedures to Address Sexual and Other Types of Violence

  1. Ensure the victim’s safety. If the victim is in danger, dial 911 for the police. It is important that you and the victim be safe and that you not place yourself in a dangerous situation.
  2. Seek immediate medical treatment. In the case of sexual assault, it is important not to encourage the victim to wash, bathe, or change clothes before seeking medical attention in order to protect valuable evidence, should the victim decide to report the assault and prosecute the assailant. A medical examination does not commit them to pressing charges.Staff members should help to arrange the transport of the victim to the hospital as soon as possible. Not all injuries are immediately apparent. A medical evaluation is necessary to evaluate internal injuries, sexually transmitted disease, and pregnancy, and to gather information for the police. The mode of transportation depends on the victim’s condition and preference.
  3. With the victim’s consent, referral to the emergency room and rape crisis intervention, as appropriate.
  4. Students and employees are encouraged to report all incidents of assault or other violence to the College to receive help in accessing support services and in prosecuting the alleged offender. However, the decision of whether or not to report the incident and whether or not to press charges must be made by the victim and respected by all members of the College. If the victim does not give permission to disclose identity, with the sole exception of the threat to personal safety, the identity of the victim cannot be given. Reporting information can include only time, place, manner, and current condition of the victim. All information must be devoid of all demographics about the victim and other identifying information. When a College staff member is informed of an assault or other violent incident, the staff member will seek the victim’s consent to notify the Title IX officer. The staff member will not disclose either the name or other identifying information without the victim’s consent. College staff members are encouraged to consult their supervisors and/or the Office of Human Resources when they have concerns or doubts regarding the safety and well-being of a victim or other person, to take steps to ensure the safety of the victim and others. In rare cases, this consultation may need to occur even without the victim’s consent.

Contact the Title IX officer at 844-427-4356 for assistance or more information.