Sexual Assault / Sexual Harassment

Sexual Assault and the Law

  • Harassment and intimidation of the campus community (students, faculty, staff and visitors) will not be tolerated.
  • Any sexual offense reported to the University Police will be promptly investigated.
  • Cases will be prosecuted criminally according to the New York State Penal Law and the Criminal Procedure Law.
  • Interviews of the victim are necessary:  during the investigation, the emotional and physical well-being of the victim is paramount.
  • Case MAY also be referred to the Campus Judicial System for appropriate action.
  • The campus provides programs for the prevention of sexual assualt.  For example, R.A.D.
  • Support services are provided for victims of sexual assault.  Refer to the resource list below.
  • The College will pursue strong disciplinary action (including the possible suspension or dismissal from the College) through its own channels in addition to appropriate police action.
  • Should the victim and the accused reside in the same Residence Hall, the victim and accused can request a living arrangement modification through the Office of Residence Life.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q:  What constitutes sexual assault?
A:  There are various forms of sexual assault as defined in the New York State Penal Law ranging from Sexual Misconduct, Rape and Forcible Touching.  As a rule, any unwanted forcible or unwanted touching of a person's sexual parts, unwanted or non-consensual sexual relations (including being in a state which prevents an individual from actively resisting or saying "No").  Police interviews and investigation will determine which form of sexual assault has taken place.
Q:  What do I do if I have been sexually assaulted on campus?
A:  First and foremest:  get to a safe place.  Call University Police directly at 251-6911 or use an  Emergency Blue Light phone.
  • Try to preserve all physical evidence:  do not shower, do not bathe, or do not douche.
  • Do not change your clothes.
  • Talk to someone you trust (friend, family member, professor, professional staff, et cetera).
  • Seek help at Health Services
  • Counseling services and other resources are available:
    • University Police / 251-6911
    • Counseling Center / 251-6390
    • Student Health Services / 251-6380
    • Safe Campus Incident Reporting Hotline / 251-6868
    • Health and Peer Education / 251-6657
    • Westchester County Victim's Assistance Services / 355-3113
    • Westchester County Rape Crises 24-Hour Helpline / 345-9111
    • NYS 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline / 1-800-942-6906
Q:  What are my rights during the disciplinary process?
A:  The victim's rights:
  • To have a person(s) of their choice to accompany them during the disciplinary process.
  • To remain present during the entire disciplinary process.
  • His / her irrelevant past sexual history will not be discussed throughout the hearing.
  • To make a "Victim Impact Statement" and to suggest appropriate penalty if the accused is found in violation.
  • To be immediately formed of the outcome of the hearing.
Q:  How can I protect myself?
A:  Attend campus education / awareness programs.  Additionally:
  • RAD program:  Rape Aggression Defense.
  • Peer Education / 251-6657
  • Sexual Assault Workshops / 251-6657