Grievance and Investigation Procedures
Filing a Report
Any member of the Purchase College community that is involved in sexual misconduct, sex discrimination, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking incidents, have options for reporting.
Filing a Report when the accused is a student
For students who choose to file a report with the Title IX Office, Office of Community Standards or the University Police Department involving an alleged violation related to sexual misconduct, sex discrimination, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking, the disciplinary process will proceed as follows:
In cases related to sexual misconduct, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence (Title IX), a fact-finding inquiry will be 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.
Interim Measures and Accommodations
Interim measures and accommodations are put in place to ensure safety, prevent retaliation, and avoid an ongoing hostile environment. During the fact-finding and investigatory 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.
Types of Interim Accommodations:
- Academic Accommodations
- Residence and Housing Accommodations
- Disciplinary/Safety Accommodations
Any party (the accuser, the accused, bystander etc.) has the right to:
- request that an interim measure or accommodation be implemented;
- challenge the assignment of an interim measure or accommodation;
- present information/evidence to support their request or their challenge of the interim measure or accommodation
If a student wishes present information that would challenge or modify their interim suspension or No Contact Order, they should email the Office of Community Standards at email@example.com for additional information. To challenge or modify any other accommodations, please contact the Office of Title IX and Affirmative Action at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to request Interim Accommodations:
Parties may request a prompt review of the need for and terms of any interim measures and accommodations that directly affect them.
- 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. The Office of Student Affairs Policies can provide more information regarding interim suspensions.
- When parties are students, 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 Purchase College policy. Parties may submit evidence in support of their request. The Office of Community Standards can provide more information regarding No Contact Orders.
- When the accused is not a student but is a member of the college 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 Purchase College policies and rules.
- When the accused is not a member of the college community, to have assistance from University Police or other college officials in obtaining a persona non grata letter, subject to legal requirements and college policy.
While reporting individuals may request accommodations through any of the offices referenced here, the College’s Sexual Violence and Prevention and Response policy, Protection and Accommodations, has more information regarding interim accommodations.
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 Office of Community Standards website.
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 60 calendar days from receipt of the complaint.
NOTE: Reports filed with a resident assistant (RA) or residence coordinator (RC) 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 or Investigator. 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 Discrimination Complaint Procedure.
Filing a Report with the 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.
The University Police can assist you in pressing criminal charges through the Westchester County Court System. Please call University Police at (914) 251-6900 (general) or (914) 251-6911 (emergency) for additional information.
Filing a Report when 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 Investigator or Coordinator
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 Investigator or 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 the University Police. A PNG status prohibits the individual from coming onto campus. A violation of this order can result in a criminal trespassing arrest.