Any College community member who has been affected by a violation of this policy has the right to make a report to Campus Safety or one of the Responsible Administrators listed below, local law enforcement, and/or the New York State Police, or to choose not to report. If reported to the College under this policy, a reporting individual will be protected from retaliation and will receive appropriate assistance and resources from the College. A Students' Bill of Rights for cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking is found at the end of this policy.
A victim or other person affected, including an accused student, is encouraged to seek support for his/her emotional and physical needs. A person seeking confidential emotional or healthcare may contact the following resources. The following services are available to students free of charge:
|Campus Health Center||315-568-3164|
|Clifton Springs Hospital Mental Health Lifeline||800-310-1160|
|Director of Counseling Services||315-568-3064|
|Domestic Violence (Ontario/Seneca County)||800-695-0390|
|Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes|
|NYS Office of Victim Services||800-247-8035|
|NYS Domestic Violence Hotline||800-942-6906|
These Confidential Resources can provide assistance and information regarding medical assistance and treatment (including information about sexually transmitted infections, and sexual assault forensic examinations), and resources available through the New York State Office of Victim Services, academic and other campus support options, campus disciplinary proceedings and law enforcement options. The on-campus resources listed above are the only confidential resources on campus; all other employees of NYCC should not be considered confidential. A report to a Confidential Resource is not a report to the College and will not result in remedial action or an investigation or disciplinary action. Any person who desires remedial action (such as a change in housing, academic or work assignments must contact one of the Responsible Administrators, listed below.
The following offices and individuals have been trained to receive and respond to allegations of violations of this policy. An individual may contact a Responsible Administrator to obtain information about this policy. No person need disclose details about an incident to obtain general information about the College's policies and available resources.
If a report is made to anyone other than the Responsible Administrators listed above, the complainant risks the possibility that it will not come to the attention of the proper College officials and may, therefore, not be acted upon.
Upon receiving a report, the Responsible Administrator to whom the report was made will discuss with the complainant available avenues and options. Options may include disciplinary action against the accused and remedial actions to ameliorate or correct the effects of the discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct. Other options may include a no contact directive, changes in academic, residential, transportation, or working arrangements to separate the complainant and the accused. A complainant need not necessarily pursue disciplinary action in order to obtain changes in academic, residential or working arrangements. The College will review the facts and circumstances of each case, as well the complainant's wishes, in deciding whether and what steps are reasonable and appropriate.
A Responsible Administrator is not a Confidential Resource. However, even NYCC offices and employees who cannot guarantee confidentiality will maintain your privacy to the greatest extent possible. The information you provide to a non-confidential resource will be relayed only as necessary for the Title IX Coordinator to investigate and/or seek a resolution. A Responsible Administrator is a non-confidential resource who will share information only on a need-to-know basis.
A person may make a report to a Responsible Administrator and request that no investigation or disciplinary action be taken. This may be the case where the individual is interested only in emotional, academic, and other supportive resources. Similarly, a person may make a report intending for the College to investigate for disciplinary action but later may request that the complaint be withdrawn. The College will honor such requests to not initiate or to cease an investigation or disciplinary process unless the Title IX Coordinator determines that an investigation and/or disciplinary process is necessary to ensure a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all members of the NYCC community, including the individual(s) involved. In some cases, it may be possible to investigate and initiate a disciplinary process while keeping the reporting party's identity confidential.
If a complainant requests that no action be taken against the perpetrator, the Title IX Coordinator will consider the seriousness of the offense, whether there was a single perpetrator or multiple, whether the reported victim is a minor, whether the circumstances suggest a risk to the campus community, and similar considerations. The College retains the right to act upon any information that comes to its attention. However, in order to encourage participation in public awareness and advocacy events, if information is disclosed as part of such an event (such as Take Back the Night), the College is not obligated in that instance to commence an investigation.
Security Office 315-568-3022
A victim of a crime is encouraged to, but is not required to, report the incident to local law enforcement and pursue criminal charges. The criminal process and the College's disciplinary processes are not mutually exclusive or dependent on each other, meaning that a person may pursue either a criminal complaint or College complaint or both. Any internal College investigation and/or hearing process will be conducted concurrently with any criminal justice investigation and proceeding that may be pending. Temporary delays in the College's internal processes may be requested by local law enforcement authorities for the purpose of gathering evidence. Any requested temporary delay shall not last more than ten (10) days, except when local law enforcement authorities specifically request and justify a longer delay.
In criminal cases, including non-consensual sex offenses, the preservation of evidence is critical and must be done properly and promptly. If you have been sexually assaulted, you should not wash your body or clothes, as evidence may be lost. The Seneca Falls Police Department (315-568-5555) can assist in filing a criminal complaint and in securing appropriate examination, including by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. New York State Police maintain a 24-hour hotline staffed by individuals trained to respond to sexual assault 1-844-845-7269.
Additionally, orders of protection and other forms of legal protection may be available to individuals who have experienced or are threatened with violence by an NYCC College community member or other person. In appropriate circumstances, an order of protection may be available that restricts the offender's right to enter NYCC property, and NYCC will abide by a lawfully issued order of protection.
The Security Office or other College officials will, upon request, provide reasonable assistance to any member of the College community in obtaining an order of protection or, if outside of New York State, an equivalent protective or restraining order, including providing that person with: