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Student Conduct Process for Sexual Misconduct

Cases of alleged violations of the College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy will be heard by the Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board.  The College’s Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board will hear the case, using usual Student Conduct Hearing rules and procedures, except as amended below.

• The three-person Board will be comprised of faculty and staff and will appoint a chair from its membership.  The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students will arrange for the hearing to be audio recorded and may arrange for the preparation of any transcript of the recording that he or she deems appropriate or which the accuser or accused requests.

• Both the accuser and the accused may each choose an advisor, one member of the College Community (faculty, staff, or student), to accompany them throughout the Sexual Misconduct Hearing.  The advisor may advise the accuser or the accused during the hearing. The advisor may not address the Student Misconduct Hearing Board during the course of the proceedings, question witnesses or participate directly in the hearing proceedings.

• If the accused requests an attorney be present during the hearing the accuser must be afforded the same opportunity.  Per the College’s usual Student Conduct Hearing procedures, the attorneys cannot speak during the hearing.

• Both the accuser and the accused must be present throughout the hearing.  They will be in separate waiting rooms, will not question each other directly and will not be in the hearing room together.

• The Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board will use the “preponderance of the evidence” standard of proof to determine if the alleged Sexual Misconduct violation occurred.  A preponderance of the evidence means that the conduct in question “more likely than not” occurred.  That is the standard required by Title IX as interpreted by the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

• Following the hearing, via the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, the Board will issue a document to the accused and the accuser: indicating a finding of in violation or not in violation of Sexual Misconduct for the accused and the sanctions imposed, if any, and an explanation of the Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board’s rational for its determination.

• Title lX requires this document be issued concurrently to the accused and the accuser. 

• The document is both an educational record and private record of the Student Misconduct Hearing and may not be disclosed without the written consent of the parties and the College, except where disclosure is authorized or required by law.

• The Appeal Process is available to both the accuser and the accused. Appeals must be based on same criteria stated in the College’s usual Appeals Process procedures.

• The investigation and formal Student Misconduct Board Hearing process together typically conclude within sixty (60) days of receiving the first complaint.

Off-Campus Resources
These hospitals have SAFE Programs (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner). SAFE Programs have specially trained health professionals who provide medical care to patients who report sexual assault, including evaluation, treatment, referral, and follow up. Trained advocates may also be available to provide you with additional support and to guide you through the experience at the hospital.

  • St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital
    1111 Amsterdam Avenue
    Amsterdam Avenue and W 113 Street
    New York, NY 10025
    (212) 523-4000
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital –Columbia
    622 West 168 Street
    New York, NY 10032
    (212) 305-2500
  • Crime Victims Treatment Center
    St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center
    411 West 114th Street, Suite 2C
    (212) 523-4728/ and 
    Affiliated with St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital; provides hospital representative, social  
    workers, support groups, individual counseling, and referrals.
  • 50th Precinct - Encompasses the northwest Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale
    3450 Kingsbridge Ave, Bronx, NY 10463
    (718) 543-5700
  • Police Crimes Unit (212) 267-RAPE
    Affiliated with St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital and Crimes Victims Treatment Center
  • RAPE Crisis Hotline
    (914) 345-9111
    24 hours a day, confidential, free and immediate support and assistance
  • Safe Horizon’s Rape/Sexual Assault and Incest Hotline
    (212) 227-3000
    24 hours a day, seven days a week, confidential, free, safety planning, crisis counseling, advocacy with the police
  • NYC Domestic Violence Hotline
    (800) 621-HOPE (4673)
  • New York State Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Hotline
    English: 1-800-942-6909
    Spanish: 1-800-942-6908
  • Domestic Violence Hotline for LGBTQIA  
    (212) 714-1141
  • Men’s Peer Education Program 
    Columbia University     
    2920 Broadway NYC
    (212) 854-2136
    Usually for Columbia Students but accepts other male students gay/straight.
  • Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
    (212) 714-1141

Registered Sex Offenders Information Sources
Beginning October 1, 2003, registered Level 3 (high risk) sex offenders are required to provide notice to the State informing them of any institute of higher education at which the person is employed, or is a student.

As of July 2006 registered Level 2 (moderate risk) sex offenders will be listed and can be accessed in the same manner.

Members of the College community can obtain information regarding registered sex offenders who may be students, or are employed by the College, by accessing the following sources:

• New York State Sex Offenders Registry
The subdirectory can be searched by entering a name, city, zip code or any combination of these to obtain a listing.
• New York Police Deptartment – 50th Pct. Community Affairs Officer – (718) 543-5978

The Colleges Committee on Campus and Student Life serves as the Advisory Committee on Campus Safety. Upon request the Committee will provide all campus crime statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education. Campus crime statistics are published on the United States Department of Education Web site and may also be obtained by contacting the Director of Campus Safety and Security at (718) 405-3722 or (718) 405-3220.