CUNY Title IX Policy

Title IX: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities at universities receiving federal funds. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion

Please click here for more information regarding CUNY’s Title IX policy.

Please visit our Public Safety page for more information on public safety at CUNY SPH, including information on how to report a sexual assault, as well as other crimes, and to view our Annual Security Report.

 

Combating Sexual Assault and Other Unwelcome Sexual Behavior

Anyone – of any gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, citizenship status, race, class or educational level – can suffer from sexual harassment, including sexual violence. The goal of this website is to help you understand what sexual harassment means and let you know that there are people at CUNY and in the community who can help if you or others experience it. We want to make sure you understand your rights as a student, CUNY’s policies, and other issues related to sexual harassment, gender harassment and sexual violence.

On every CUNY campus there is a person who has special training in helping students who are facing issues related to sexual harassment and sexual violence. We urge you to contact this person (who is known as the “Title IX Coordinator”) for guidance or information.

 

Important Information and Resources for Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence

If you have been subjected to sexual violence (including sexual assault; dating, domestic and intimate partner violence; stalking and/or voyeurism)

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT

  • to make a report to campus security, local law enforcement, &/or state police or choose not to report
  • to report the incident to the College
  • to receive assistance and resources from the College
  • to be protected by the College from retaliation for reporting an incident

 

STAY SAFE AND PRESERVE EVIDENCE

  1. GET TO A SAFE PLACE. If you are being stalked or threatened, or are concerned about your personal safety, call CUNY Public Safety at (646) 664-2911 or the NYC Police Department at 911 or go to a police station or hospital.
  2. CALL FOR ASSISTANCE. Call your campus Counseling Service, Public Safety or the NYC Police. A public safety officer or counseling staff member can accompany you to a hospital or police station. Contacting the police does not require you to file charges.
  3. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION from a listed Resource or at an Emergency Room as soon as possible. These Resources can provide treatment for injuries and for possible exposure to sexually transmitted diseases or emergency contraception.
  4. PRESERVE ANY PHYSICAL EVIDENCE. You can decide whether to press charges later, but you can only preserve physical evidence now. Many NYC hospitals have specially trained “sexual assault forensic examiners” (SAFE) who gather evidence usable in court.  SAFE exams are free and you can stop them at any time if you are not comfortable. If possible, avoid drinking, eating, showering, brushing teeth, combing hair or changing clothes before seeing a SAFE. But if you have done any of these things, evidence can still be collected and it remains important to seek medical attention. Evidence collection does not require you to make a police report or press charges, it just preserves these options.  For a SAFE near you see:  http://svfreenyc.org/center-locator.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION about your rights and available assistance, contact the RESOURCES listed at the end, or visit: www1.cuny.edu/sites/title-ix.

 

CONFIDENTIALITY AND PRIVACY

Confidentiality.    Some Resources can provide confidentiality; they are not required to report incidents to the Title IX coordinator or other CUNY or law enforcement officials. These Resources generally include licensed health care providers, rape crisis counselors and clergy.

Privacy.    Many CUNY faculty and staff are legally obligated to notify Title IX coordinators.  Listed CUNY resources who cannot guarantee confidentiality will maintain your privacy to the greatest extent possible and share information only on a need-to-know basis. The information you provide to a non-confidential resource will be shared only as needed to investigate or seek a resolution.

Confidential Resources and Private Resources are available on an emergency basis. You may speak with a trained Resource who can provide information about your options, confidentiality and privacy, preserving evidence and obtaining a sexual assault forensic examination, and the differences between the criminal justice process and CUNY processes.

Please remember: criminal proceedings and campus proceedings are different:  only law enforcement officials, such as the NYPD or DA’s Office, can advise whether specific conduct violates criminal laws.

 

RESOURCES

* Available 24/7.

POLICE *911

or

*NYPD Special Victims Division Hotline
(646) 610-7272

CUNY PUBLIC SAFETY *(646) 664-2911
CUNY CONFIDENTIAL College counseling center

Nurse practitioner or other college health office staff member

Pastoral counselor (if available at the college)

Designated staff member campus women’s or men’s center

Employee Assistance Plan Helpline (employees)
(866) 327-2400

PRIVATE –

BUT NOT ALWAYS

CONFIDENTIAL

*Title IX Coordinator (all)

*Office of Public Safety employees (all)

*Dean of Students (students)

*Residence Life staff (students and housing visitors)

Office of Human Resources staff (employees)

OFF CAMPUS *Safe Horizon
(212) 227-3000NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault
(212) 514-SAFE (7233)

*RAINN:  Rape Abuse & Incest Nat’l Network
Chat at online.rainn.org

NYC Family Justice Center
www1.nyc.gov/site/ocdv/programs/family-justice-centers.page

NYS Office of Victim Services
(800) 247-8035
ovs.ny.gov/help-crime-victims