Date of most recent changes: September 25, 2018
I. Policy Statement
Onondaga Community College is committed to fostering a campus community where individuals are treated with dignity and where allegations of prohibited conduct, including, but not limited to: sexual violence, domestic or dating violence, sexual harassment, and stalking are treated seriously and timely resolved.
Consistent with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Onondaga Community College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and services. Retaliation against an individual who files a complaint of sex discrimination is strictly prohibited. Services and protections are provided pursuant to this Policy and NYS Education Law Article 129-B regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction. Any questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the college’s Title IX Coordinator at 315-498-2516, or [email protected].
II. Reason for Policy
This policy complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE Act), and NYS Education Law Sections 6432 and 6439-6449.
III. Applicability of the Policy
This policy applies to all members of the College community.
IV. Related Documents
The following definitions have been adopted by the State University of New York and its affiliated campuses:
Domestic Violence: Under New York law domestic violence is an act which would constitute a violation of the penal law, including, but not limited to: disorderly conduct, harassment, aggravated harassment, sexual misconduct, forcible touching, sexual abuse, stalking, criminal mischief, menacing, reckless endangerment, kidnapping, assault, attempted murder, criminal obstruction or breaching of blood circulation, or strangulation; creates a substantial risk of physical or emotional harm to a person or a person’s child; and, is committed by a family member. The victim can be anyone over the age of sixteen, any married person, or any parent accompanied by his or her minor child or children in situations in which such person or such person’s child is a victim of the act.
Dating Violence: New York law does not specifically define “dating violence.” However, under New York law, intimate relationships are covered by the definition of domestic violence when the act constitutes a listed crime and is committed by a person in an “intimate relationship” with the victim. See “Family or Household Member” for definition of “intimate relationship.”
Sexual Assault: The term “sexual assault” is not used in the New York State penal code. Instead, NYS law uses the terms “rape,” “fondling,” “incest,” and “statutory rape,” which meet the federal definition of sexual assault as used in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting program.
Rape: Rape is non-consensual sexual intercourse perpetrated by coercion, intimidation, or physical force, either threatened or actual. Rape also occurs when the victim is incapable of giving legal consent because the victim is less than 17 years of age, mentally incapacitated or incompetent, physically helpless, including by drug or alcohol consumption or due to being asleep.
Fondling: The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or, not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
Incest: Non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
Statutory Rape: Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the age of consent.
Stalking: Occurs when one person engages in a course of conduct which is directed at a specific person and that course of conduct causes that person to be in fear of harm to himself or herself, property, a member of his/her immediate family, or an acquaintance. Cyber stalking is a form of stalking which can include, but is not limited to, phone, text, IM, Facebook, and other electronic means.
Affirmative Consent: Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary, and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent may be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in the sexual activity. Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent. The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Consent to any sexual act or prior consensual sexual activity between or with any party does not necessarily constitute consent to any other sexual act. Consent is required regardless of whether the person initiating the act is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Consent may be initially given but withdrawn at any time.
Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated, which occurs when an individual lacks the ability to knowingly choose to participate in sexual activity. Incapacitation may be caused by the lack of consciousness or being asleep, being involuntarily restrained, or if an individual otherwise cannot consent. Depending on the degree of intoxication, someone who is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants may be incapacitated and therefore unable to consent.
Consent cannot be given when it is the result of any coercion, intimidation, force, or threat of harm.
When consent is withdrawn or can no longer be given, sexual activity must stop.
VII. Alcohol and Other Drug Use Amnesty in Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Cases
The health and safety of every student of the State University of New York and its New York State-operated colleges is of utmost importance. Onondaga Community College recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that violence, including, but not limited to, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. The College strongly encourages students to report incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to College officials. A bystander acting in good faith or a reporting individual acting in good faith who discloses any incident of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to College officials or law enforcement will not be subject to the College's code of conduct action for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault incident. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the College’s ability to provide amnesty in additional circumstances.
VIII. Procedures: Disclosing or Reporting an Incident
Confidential Disclosure. Confidential disclosure of an incident may be made to the Onondaga Community College Counseling Office at 315-498-2675. In addition, there are a number of publicly available services through which a confidential report may be made, see: http://www.opdv.ny.gov/help/dvhotlines.html . Additional disclosure and assistance options are catalogued by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and presented in several languages:
http://www.opdv.ny.gov/help/index.html (or by calling 1-800-942-6906), and assistance can also be obtained through: Vera House: http://verahouse.org; Legal Momentum: https://www.legalmomentum.org/; NYSCASA: http://nyscasa.org/contact/; NYSCADV: http://www.nyscadv.org/; Pandora’s Project: http://www.pandys.org/lgbtsurvivors.html; GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project: http://www.glbtqdvp.org/; RAINN: https://www.rainn.org/get-help; and Safe Horizons: http://www.safehorizon.org/. (Please note that these hotlines are for crisis intervention, resources, and referrals, and are not reporting mechanisms, meaning that disclosure on a call to a hotline does not provide any information to Onondaga Community College. Reporting individuals also are encouraged to contact a campus confidential or private resource so that the campus can take appropriate action in these cases).
Private (Non-Confidential) Reporting.To report an incident to one of the following College officials who can offer privacy and can assist in obtaining resources, please contact one of the following offices (please note that an official who can offer privacy may still be required by law and College policy to inform one or more College officials about the incident, including but not limited to the Title IX Coordinator):
Criminal Complaints. To file a criminal complaint with Campus Safety and Security and/or with local law enforcement: 315-498-2311. To file a criminal complaint directly with the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office: 315-435-3092. To report a sexual assault on a New York college campus with the NYS State Police: 1-844-845-7269.
Anonymous Reporting. Individuals wishing to file an anonymous report of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking, and/or talk to the Title IX Coordinator for information and assistance without disclosing his or her identity are free to do so.
Employees. When the individual accused of violating these policies is an employee of the College, a reporting individual also may report the incident to Human Resources or may request that one of the above referenced confidential or private employees assist in reporting to Human Resources. Disciplinary proceedings will be conducted in accordance with applicable collective bargaining agreements. When the accused is an employee of an affiliated entity or vendor of the College, College officials will, at the request of the reporting individual, assist in reporting to the appropriate office of the vendor or affiliated entity and, if the response of the vendor or affiliated entity is not sufficient, assist to obtain a persona non-Grata letter, subject to legal requirements and College policy. Human Resources may be reached at 315-498-2516. Contact may be made with Human Resources for the College’s affiliated organizations and vendors through the Title IX Coordinator.
Withdrawal of Complaint. A reporting individual is entitled to withdraw a complaint and/or discontinue participation in the College process at any time. Similarly, a reporting individual is free to choose whether and when to report an incident to public authorities. The College reserves the right to pursue disciplinary or other action on its own where there is reasonable suspicion to believe that College policies have been violated.
To obtain effective intervention service, contact the Counseling Center, Coulter Library, Room 230, 315-498-2675, between the hours of 8:30-4:30; or Vera House, 24-hour phone number: 315-468-3260. These services are offered free of charge.
Area medical resources include: Upstate Medical University Community General Campus, 4900 Broad Road, Syracuse, NY, 315-492-5011. Within 96 hours of an assault, you can get a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (commonly referred to as a rape kit) at a hospital. While there should be no charge for a rape kit, there may be a charge for medical or counseling services off campus and, in some cases insurance may be billed for services. You are encouraged to let hospital personnel know if you do not want your insurance policyholder to be notified about your access to these services. The New York State Office of Victim Services may be able to assist in compensating victims/survivors for health care and counseling services, including emergency funds. More information may be found here: https://ovs.ny.gov/help-crime-victims, or by calling 1-800-247-8035. Options are explained here: https://www.suny.edu/violence-response/.
To best preserve evidence avoid showering, washing, change clothes, combing hair, drinking, eating, or doing anything to alter physical appearance until after a physical examination has been completed.
X. Protection and Accommodations:
The following protections and accommodations are available under this policy:
XI. College Student Conduct Procedures:
Throughout the conduct proceedings, the respondent and the reporting individual will receive:
XII. Prevention Education and Awareness:
Onondaga Community College maintains educational programs to promote prevention, intervention, and reporting of rape, acquaintance rape, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, among other topics. These education programs include primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students and new employees designed to reduce risk, encourage reporting, and engage bystanders in prevention. Disclosures by students at these events do not require the College to begin an investigation but will inform education and prevention efforts. In addition, the College offers ongoing awareness and prevention programs to continuing students and employees, including faculty. Among the strategies the College uses to ensure effective communications with appropriate officials about these and other issues impacting on students and campus well-being is the “We Care” reporting process. All members of the College community are invited to share information of concern with the We Care team by submitting a report (which may be made confidentially) through the following link: http://students.sunyocc.edu/index.aspx?ekfrm=25904 .
XIII. Sexual Offenders
Pursuant to New York State law, the State Sexual Offenders Registry may be accessed at the following link: http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/nsor/ .
Approved by the OCC Board of Trustees April 3, 2006
Updated and approved by the OCC Board of Trustees June 28, 2010
Updated and approved by the OCC Board of Trustees June 17, 2014
Updated and approved by the OCC Board of Trustees March 6, 2015
Updated and approved by the OCC Board of Trustees September 29, 2015
Updated and approved by the OCC Board of Trustees June 19, 2018
Updated and approved by the OCC Board of Trustees September 25, 2018
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