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Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide for Students

  /  Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide for Students

New York College of Health Professions (NYCHP) is committed to providing a safe environment for its Students. Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking are emotionally and physically traumatic and are a violation of one’s rights. There are many on-campus and community support services and resources available to help Students.

Students who have experienced Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence or Stalking are referred to as “Complainants.” Students who are accused of Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence or Stalking are referred to as “Respondents.” This document provides resources and information for both Complainants and Respondents. This resource guide should be read in the context of the Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Policy (the “Policy”) and capitalized terms in this guide are defined in the Policy.

Reasonable and appropriate protective measures are available for Complainants regardless of whether an investigation under the applicable procedures is pursued.

I.          Emergency Medical, Law Enforcement and Crisis Response Resources

            A.        Medical Assistance

NYCHP encourages Students to seek medical attention following an incident of Sexual Assault or Relationship Violence. Students are also encouraged to obtain help from a professional counselor, who can provide information and advice about available medical options, through the Safe Center Exchange (516-542-0404).

Local medical providers can also provide emergency and follow-up medical services to address physical well-being or health concerns and also conduct forensic sexual assault examinations. A medical exam obtained from a hospital or sexual assault response center serves two purposes: first, to diagnose and treat the full extent of any injury or physical effect (sexually transmitted infection (STI) or possibility of pregnancy) and, second, to properly collect and preserve evidence

The exam may include testing and prophylactic treatment for HIV/AIDS, STIs, and pregnancy, a vaginal/anal examination, collection of fingernail scrapings and/or clippings, examination for injuries, and blood testing. There is a limited window of time (typically 72 to 96 hours) following an incident of sexual assault to preserve physical and other forms of evidence. Taking the step to gather evidence immediately does not commit an individual to any course of action. The decision to seek medical attention and gather any evidence will preserve the full range of options to seek resolution through NYCHP’s complaint processes or criminal action.

Rape Crisis Centers (affiliated with hospitals)
Nassau 
North Shore University Hospital
300 Community DriveManhasset, NY 11030
Phone: (516) 562-4125
Manhattan 
Bellevue Hospital Center

Sexual Assault Response Team SAFE Center

462 First Avenue

CD Building, Ground Fl. #GA74

New York, NY 10016

Phone: (212) 562-3435 or (212) 562-3755
Beth Israel Medical Center

Rape Crisis & Domestic Violence Intervention

Program

Dept. of Social Work

317 East 17th Street

New York, NY 10003

Phone: (212) 420-4516
Harlem Hospital, R. 6111 MLK

Center for Victim Support SAFE Center

506 Lenox Avenue

New York, NY 10037

Phone: (212) 939-4613
Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence

Intervention (SAVI) Program

One Gustave Levy Place

Box 1670

New York, NY 10029

Phone: (212) 423-2146
Hotline: (212) 423-2140
New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell

Medical Center

Dept. of Social Work

525 East 689th Street

Box 143

New York, NY 10021

(VIP) Victim Intervention Program

Phone: (212) 746-9414

SAFE Horizon

Hotline: (212) 577-7777

St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital
Crime Victims Treatment Center
411 West 114th Street, Suite 2C
New York, NY 10025
Phone: (212) 523-4728

            B.         Law Enforcement

As another high priority, NYCHP encourages all individuals to report Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, Stalking, or potential criminal conduct by calling the police department or law enforcement agency in the applicable jurisdiction.  The Safe Center LI Hotline can be reached by calling (516)542-0404.  The Nassau Police Department can be reached by calling 911 or (516) 573-8800.

The New York City Police Department can be reached by calling 911 or the NYPD Sex Crimes Hotline at (212) 267-7273. In New York, the Special Victim Liaison in Public Safety assists those who are considering reporting their experience to the police and/or a prosecutor’s office as well as those who have already decided to do so. The Special Victim Liaison can be reached at (212) 992-­6403 or at (917) 363-2880.

            C.        Crisis Response Resources (Emotional Support and Counseling)

There are on-campus resources to assist a Complainant or Respondent in obtaining emotional support through counseling and informing Students about relevant resources and services. Emotional care, counseling, and crisis response are available on campus and in the community. The services listed in this section are confidential in accordance with professional standards as is explained in the Policy.

II.       Reporting Options and Other Campus Resources

All individuals are encouraged to seek the support of on and off campus resources, regardless of when or where the incident occurred. Trained professionals can provide guidance in making decisions, information about available resources and procedural options, and assistance to both a Complainant and a Respondent.

A.       Reporting Options

The following NYCHP offices/departments are designated as Reporting Options:

Campus Resources & Reporting Options 
Title IX Coordinator(516)364-0808 ext. 139
Campus Security(516)(516)364-0808 ext. 100
Manhattan Sites(212) 228-2219-2527 ext. 165/149

B.        Student Support Facilitator:

NYCHP provides support to Complainants and Respondents so that they may understand their rights and responsibilities as it relates to the investigation, fact-finding, report review, any appeal, and resolution.  Staff from the Office of Student Services is available to serve as Student Support Facilitators. Student Support Facilitators do not participate in the investigative or resolution phases of the process. The investigative and resolution phases are coordinated by the Title IX Coordinator. A key role of the Student Support Facilitator is coordination between multiple campus offices involved in the investigation and adjudication processes, as well as connecting Students to support services.

While the Student Support Facilitator honors the privacy considerations of the individual, the Student Support Facilitator is not a confidential resource. The Student Support Facilitator serves to support Students by answering questions, providing resources and appropriate referrals, and offering assistance throughout the process.

III.       Orders of Protection:

An Order of Protection is a document issued by a public court that restricts a person from engaging in specified behaviors. For example, an Order of Protection can forbid a person from having any contact with the Complainant or his/her family or can require the person to stay away from the Complainant’s home, place of employment, or school. An Order of Protection also can require an individual not to assault, threaten, harass, or stalk the Complainant.

NYCHP Assistance: Upon request, NYCHP’s Title IX Coordinator will accompany a student to the Nassau County Police Department, New York Police Department (NYPD), the Office of the District Attorney, Family Court, or Family Justice Centers in Long Island or Manhattan. The Title IX Coordinator can assist a student in requesting an Order of Protection or a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), but the College cannot request an Order of Protection on behalf of a Complainant. While NYCHP is not responsible for the enforcement of an Order of Protection, which is issued by a court, it may take appropriate steps to separate the parties or take other action consistent with the Order of Protection. It is important to understand that while an Order of Protection places the other person on notice that he/she is not to engage in certain behaviors under the penalty of law, it is not a guarantee of a person’s safety. If the individual against whom the Order of Protection has been issued violates the order, the Complainant should immediately call 911 and report it to the police. That person may be subject to arrest and/or additional criminal charges for violating the order. When an Order of Protection has been received by NYCHP, a copy of the order will be given to the Complainant or Respondent upon his/her request. NYCHP Public Safety officers are also available to assist in contacting local law enforcement in the event that an Order of Protection has been violated.

Transferability: Most Orders of Protection are afforded “Full Faith and Credit” in other states, which means that an order may be enforced wherever the person protected by the order goes. States typically require that the person protected by the order register the order or take other action in the new state to make it effective in that jurisdiction.

In New York, an Order of Protection can be requested in one of two venues: Criminal Court and Civil/Family Court.

a.   Family/Civil Court: Can issue an Order of Protection if the person seeking protection and the individual against whom the order is directed are:

  • legally married;
  • divorced;
  • related by blood;
  • have a child in common;
  • or have been in a relationship*

(* An intimate relationship does not necessarily mean a sexual relationship, but is more than just a casual acquaintance. This can include people who are or have been dating or living together, and includes heterosexual and same-sex couples.)

b.   Criminal Court: In New York, a criminal court can issue an Order of Protection regardless of the relationship between the person seeking protection and the person from whom protection is sought. In order to obtain an Order of Protection in Criminal Court, the person against whom the order is sought must have been arrested and there must be a Criminal Court case pending against him or her. The District Attorney’s Office will request an Order of Protection from the court on the Complainant’s behalf.

  1. IV.Outside Resources:

In addition or as alternatives to NYCHP support services and reporting options, Students may seek help from a number of community agencies, some of which have statutorily protected confidentiality.

Resources with access to confidential counseling  
The SAFE Center LI – Domestic Violence Hotline(516)542-0404 *
NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project(212)714-1141 *
Safe Horizon: Rape and Sexual Assault Hotline(212)227-3000 *
Safe Horizon: NYC Domestic Violence Hotline(800)621-4673 *
NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline(800)942-6906
Non-confidential resources  
NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault(212)229-0345
NYS Crime Victim’s Board(718)923-4325
NYS Victim Information and Notification Everyday(888) VINE-4NY or

(888) 846-3469

   
Nassau County DA’s Office(516) 571-2611
Manhattan’s DA’s Office(212) 335-9000
Bronx DA’s Office(718) 590-2000
Brooklyn’s DA’s Office(718) 250-2000
Queens DA’s Office(718) 286-6000
 *indicates 24-hour number

VI.       Education and Prevention Efforts at NYCHP

  • The Title IX Coordinator educates students and other members of the NYCHP community on matters of sexual assault and prevention through its Sexual Assault Prevention and Response website, which provides detailed information about sexual and relationship violence, including definitions, emergency contact information, advice about what to do first after being the victim of sexual assault, understanding the experience of being victimized, helping someone who has been a victim, and resources within the NYCHP community and in NewYork City.
  • The College’s Department of Security
  • Education: In an effort to ensure that all students understand their rights and responsibilities in the important areas of sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking, NYCHP has rolled out a mandatory online educational program for the entire NYCHP student body.  Additional educational resources are posted on NYCHP’s website.  The College’s Title IX website is maintained by the Title IX Coordinator at: Student Services Title IX Coordinator
  • Information about preventing assault, harassment, and other sexual misconduct is included in the Campus Security Report distributed online each year and available at the Department of Public Safety’s Website:  Campus Security
  • “Safety Alerts” are distributed as necessary to inform the community about safety-related issues, risk-reducing precautions, and other sources of assistance and additional information tailored to the individual safety alert.