Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Response
Included in this policy is information about Reporting, Resources, and Protections and Accommodations
Students have the right:
- To disclose confidentially the incident to your psychoanalyst, who by law may maintain confidentiality, and can assist in obtaining services. For information about on-campus confidential resources, click here.
- To disclose confidentially the incident and obtain services from the New York State, New York City or county hotlines: http://www.opdv.ny.gov/help/dvhotlines.html. Additional disclosure and assistance options are catalogued by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and presented in several languages: http://www.opdv.ny.gov/help/index.html (or by calling 1-800-942-6906), and assistance can also be obtained through and of the resources listed on the off-campus resource page (note that these hotlines are for crisis intervention, resources, and referrals, and are not reporting mechanisms, meaning that disclosure on a call to a hotline does not provide any information to the campus. Reporting individuals are encouraged to additionally contact a NYGSP confidential or private resource so that NYGSP can take appropriate action in these cases).
- To disclose the incident to a college official who can offer privacy and can provide information about remedies, accommodations, evidence preservation, and how to obtain resources. Those officials will also provide the information contained in the Students’ Bill of Rights, including the right to choose when and where to report, to be protected by the institution from retaliation, and to receive assistance and resources from the institution. These college officials will disclose that they are private and not confidential resources, and they may still be required by law and college policy to inform one or more college officials about the incident. They will notify reporting individuals that the criminal justice process uses different standards of proof and evidence than internal procedures, and questions about the penal law or the criminal process should be directed to law enforcement or district attorney.
- To file a criminal complaint with local law enforcement and/or state police. To contact the State police 24-hour hotline (not a confidential resource) to report sexual assault on a NY college campus: 1-844-845-7269.
- To receive assistance from the campus in initiating legal proceedings in family court or civil court.
- To file a report of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking, and/or talk to a school official for information and assistance. Reports will be investigated in accordance with NYGSP policy and the reporting individual’s identity shall remain private at all times if said reporting individual wishes to maintain privacy.
- When the accused is an employee, a reporting individual may also report the incident to the school Human Resources official. You may request assistance with reporting this from the campus official you are already working with. Disciplinary proceedings will be conducted in accordance with school policy.
- You may withdraw your complaint or involvement from the process at any time.
To obtain effective intervention services:
- Sexual contact can transmit Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and may result in pregnancy. Testing for STIs and emergency contraception is available nearby. Local Resource:
Lenox Health Greenwich Village (a division of Lenox Hill Hospital)
30 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Emergency entrance on 7th Avenue between West 12th and West 13th Streets
- Within 96 hours of an assault, you can get a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (commonly referred to as a rape kit) at a hospital. While there should be no charge for a rape kit, there may be a charge for medical or counseling services off campus and, in some cases, insurance may be billed for services. You are encouraged to let hospital personnel know if you do not want your insurance policyholder to be notified about your access to these services. The New York State Office of Victim Services may be able to assist in compensating victims/survivors for health care and counseling services, including emergency funds. More information may be found here: https://ovs.ny.gov/sites/default/files/brochure/ovsrightsofcvbooklet.pdf, or by calling 1-800-247-8035. Options are explained here: https://ovs.ny.gov/help-crime-victims
- To best preserve evidence, victims/survivors should avoid showering, washing, changing clothes, combing hair, drinking, eating, or doing anything to alter physical appearance until after a physical exam has been completed.
Protection and Accommodations:
Students have the right:
- When the accused is a student, to have the college issue a “No Contact Order,” consistent with college policy and procedure, meaning that continuing to contact the protected individual is a violation of college policy subject to additional conduct charges; if the accused and a protected person observe each other in a public place, it is the responsibility of the accused to leave the area immediately and without directly contacting the protected person. Both the accused/respondent and reporting individual may request a prompt review of the need for and terms of a No Contact Order, consistent with campus policy. Parties may submit evidence in support of their request.
- To have assistance from NYGSP officials in initiating legal proceedings in family court or civil court. NYGSP Officials will direct you to local legal aid or community resources upon request.
- To receive a copy of the Order of Protection or equivalent and have an opportunity to meet with a local law enforcement official, or other legal aid or community organization official, who can explain the order and answer questions about it, including information from the Order about the accused’s responsibility to stay away from the protected person(s); that burden does not rest on the protected person(s).
- To an explanation of the consequences for violating these orders, including but not limited to arrest, additional conduct charges, and interim suspension.
- When the accused is a student and presents a continuing threat to the health and safety of the community, to have the accused subject to interim suspension pending the outcome of a conduct process. Parties may request a prompt review of the need for and terms of an interim suspension.
- When the accused is not a student but is a member of the NYGSP community and presents a continuing threat to the health and safety of the community, to subject the accused to interim measures in accordance with applicable collective bargaining agreements, employee handbooks, and campus policies and rules.
- When the accused is not a member of the NYGSP community, to have assistance from NYGSP officials in locating legal aid or community resources for assistance with obtaining a persona non grata letter, subject to legal requirements and college policy.
- To obtain reasonable and available interim measures and accommodations that effect a change in academic, housing, employment, transportation, or other applicable arrangements in order to ensure safety, prevent retaliation, and avoid an ongoing hostile environment. Parties may request a prompt review of the need for and terms of any interim measures and accommodations that directly affect them. Reporting individuals may request accommodations through officials listed as on-campus resources.