Grievance Procedures (updated January 2015)

If the accused is a student:

Students involved in sexual misconduct, sex discrimination, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking incidents, have the following options to report:

Filing a Report with the Office of Community Standards:

For students who choose to file a report with the Office of Community Standards or the Title IX Coordinator involving an alleged violation related to sexual misconduct, sex discrimination, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking, the disciplinary process will proceed as follows:

Fact-Finding Investigation:
In cases related to sexual misconduct, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence (Title IX), a fact-finding inquiry will conducted by the Title IX Coordinator or designee.  This fact-finding phase will include interviews with accused student(s), complainant(s)/reporting parties, witnesses, and anyone who may have information related to the alleged incident.  The information gathered through these interviews will be documented.  To ensure timely processing of each case, the interview phase will not exceed one week except in extenuating circumstances.

During the fact-finding phase, the College will implement appropriate remediation measures, including but not limited to interim suspension, housing or academic accommodations, and/or No Contact Orders to ensure the safety of the college community. For questions about interim measures, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Complaint Received/Application of Charges:
After a complaint is received related to sexual misconduct, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking, the Director of Community Standards or designee will review the report(s).  If the college proceeds with the application of charges under the Code of Conduct, the Director of Community Standards will meet with both parties to discuss and explain the hearing process. If applied, the following are the relevant potential charges under the Student Code of Conduct:

C. 3a      Threatens, harasses, or intimidates any person.
a.  Uses words which reasonably tend to incite an immediate, violent reaction   and are specifically directed toward another individual (See also the College's Affirmative Action and Sexual Harassment policies).
 
Minimum: Disciplinary Probation                  Maximum: Expulsion

C.8          Engages or attempts to engage in any sexual act toward any individual without consent including but not limited to fondling, exposing oneself, anal, oral, vaginal penetration, or sexual intercourse with someone who is physically helpless (e.g. drunk and/or under the influence of a substance or substances rendering them helpless), unconscious, or otherwise incapacitated or unable to accurately communicate.

Minimum: Suspension                        Maximum: Expulsion

 

Hearing/Appeals Processes and Outcome Notification:

For more information on student conduct policies, hearing/appeals processes, and outcome notifications involving complaints related to Title IX, please visit the Office of Community Standards webpage.

 

Timeframe:

In consideration of the traumatic nature of incidents of sexual/physical aggressive/violent behavior, the College will conduct a timely review of complaints of sexual misconduct, sex discrimination, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking. Absent extenuating circumstances, review and resolution is expected to take place within sixty (60) calendar days from receipt of the complaint.

NOTE: Reports filed with a Resident Assistant or Residence Coordinator are automatically sent to the Office of Community Standards for review.

 

Filing a Discrimination Complaint

Instead of moving directly to a student conduct process, students have the option to file a complaint first with the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator. Based on the result of the procedure, the finding may be sent to the Office of Community Standards for review for a student-conduct process and hearing. For the full procedural information, please visit the Discrimination Complaint Procedure page.

 

Filing a Report with University Police

Students involved in sexual misconduct, sex discrimination, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking incidents, can file reports with University Police. Once a report is received, the incident is promptly investigated by the police and the information is shared with the Office of Student Affairs/Community Standards and the Title IX Coordinator. The sharing of information allows for legal and/or administrative action to take place.

University Police can assist you in pressing criminal charges through the Westchester County Court System. Please contact University Police at 914-251-6900 (general) or 914-251-6911 (emergency) for additional information.

 

If the accused is a staff or faculty member of Purchase College:

Students (as well as college employees) involved in sexual misconduct, sex discrimination, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking incidents by a college employee, have the following options to report:

Filing a Complaint with the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault are considered a form of sex discrimination and are therefore means to file a Discrimination Complaint through the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator.

 

 

Filing a Report with University Police or external law enforcement

See information above.

 

If the accused is not a member of the Purchase College Community (staff member, student, etc), a Persona Non Grata (PNG) Status can be issued through University Police.  A PNG status prohibits the individual from coming onto campus.  A violation of this order can result in a criminal trespassing arrest.

 

For any questions about grievance procedures related to Title IX, please contact the Title IX Coordinator at joel.aure@purchase.edu or 914-251-5982.