Tompkins Cortland Community College

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Title IX: Sexual Violence Response Policy

At Tompkins Cortland we encourage all to report incidents of sexual violence, and other forms of harassment and discrimination, so that we have the opportunity to respond in a way that diminishes the likelihood that this behavior will be repeated.

When anyone experiences sexual violence, our priority is to get her/him to safety and then provide the resources needed to comfort, support and prevent further violation.

Victims/survivors have the right to pursue any or all of the options below at the same time, or to choose none of these options. However, we strongly encourage anyone who has experienced sexual violence to get support and not deal with it alone.

Getting help

  • If you are currently still in danger call 911. If you are on campus, campus police will be sent.  Off campus the appropriate law enforcement agency will come.
  • Speaking to someone you trust, a family member, a friend or a Tompkins Cortland staff member, can be an important step.  We encourage you to take that step and want you to be aware of reporting requirements of various staff members on campus. Any of the following will provide information about resources and will assist in accessing those resources.

Reporting

Conversations are kept as confidential as possible, but limited information about incidents of sexual misconduct must be shared with relevant administrators and a Title IX Coordinator so that the College can take action if necessary for reasons of safety.  In planning any response, the wishes of the person are given full consideration.

You may always report directly to the Title IX Coordinators via email: TitleIX@tompkinscortland.edu – only the four Title IX Coordinators have access to this email account. To file a complaint, the Discrimination/Harassment complaint form is available.

  • Sharon Dovi, Human Resources, Senior Title IX Coordinator, room 219, 844.8222, ext. 4440
  • Seth Thompson, Diversity Education and Support Services, room 187, 844.8222, ext. 4358
  • Carolyn Boone, Access and Equity Services, room 130, 844.8222, ext. 4283
  • Darese Doskal, Residence Life and Judicial Affairs, Tioga Hall, 844.8222, ext. 6591

Confidential Reporting

Licensed counselors will not report any information to the College without the student’s consent. Currently our licensed counselors are: Alison Beach, Alicia Maroney, and Travis Winter. Counseling, Career and Transfer Services, room 216. Registered nurses in the Health Center must also maintain strictest confidentiality. They are Shari Shapleigh, and Sarah Arsenault. Health Center, room 118A. You can talk to any of the above staff members and then decide whether you want them to help you report the incident through one of the options below.

Confidential reporting can also be done off campus. Locally we have:

  • The Advocacy Center, 607 277-3203 or 607 277-5000 for the hotline or
  • Aid to Victims of Violence, 607 756-6363 or 800 336-9622
  • For many additional national and statewide websites and hotlines, see the SUNY policy statement.

Anonymous Reporting – Non-Licensed Counselors and other individuals that work in the counseling center are additional resource people with whom you can talk. They will not reveal any personally identifying information to the College without the student’s consent. However, these individuals must report the nature, date, time, and general location of the incident to a Title IX Coordinator.

Anyone can also report an incident anonymously via the Title IX email.

Filing a Complaint:

Reporting an incident of sexual violence for the purpose of filing a complaint can be done in many ways.  Each will maintain the privacy of the complainant to the extent possible, meaning that information will only be shared when necessary to maintain safety and legal obligations of the college. Any of the following people can provide information about supportive resources and about the processes available for filing a complaint.

  • Those listed above as confidential or anonymous.
  • Counseling, Career and Transfer Services staff
  • Childcare Center
  • Office of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs
  • Office of Multicultural Services
  • Student Activities staff
  • Athletics staff and coaches
  • Deans and Provost
  • Title IX Coordinators:
    • Sharon Dovi, Human Resources, Senior Title IX Coordinator, room 219, 844.8222, ext. 4440
    • Seth Thompson, Diversity Education and Support Services, room 187, 844.8222, ext. 4358
    • Carolyn Boone, Access and Equity Services, room 130, 844.8222, ext. 4283
    • Darese Doskal, Residence Life and Judicial Affairs, Tioga Hall, 844.8222, ext. 6591
  • Campus Police, 607-844-6511
  • Any other Tompkins Cortland employee will help you the best they can.  They will offer the information that they have and can get you to someone with additional information.  All employees not previously mentioned are encouraged, though not required, to share information about sexual violence with their supervisor or a Title IX Coordinator.

The Complaint Processes

File a criminal complaint with Campus Police and/or with local law enforcement:

  • Campus Police, 607-844-6511
  • Campus Police can direct you to the appropriate local law enforcement agency  for off campus incidents

File a judicial complaint against a student

  • Speak with any of the Title IX Coordinators
  • It will be referred to the Office of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs.

File a complaint against a staff or faculty member of the college or an affiliated individual (vendor, guest, etc.)

Resources:
These resources may be needed and are available immediately after the incident, while deciding about and/or going through the reporting process, and at any point afterward.

  • Counseling, Career and Transfer Services, room 216, x 4260.
  • Student Health Center, room 118A, 607-844-8222, ext. 4487. No fee for services. Sexual contact can transmit Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and may result in pregnancy. Testing for STIs and emergency contraception are available.
  • Cayuga Medical Center. Within 96 hours of an assault, you can get a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (commonly referred to as a rape kit) at a hospital. SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner) nurses are available. While there should be no charge for a rape kit, there may be a charge for medical or counseling services off campus.
  • Cortland Memorial Hospital.  Emergency medical service available.
  • See additional resources above, under Confidential Reporting.
  • The State University of New York Policy statement includes additional information and resources.

III- Protection and Accommodations:

  • When the accused is a student, the college can issue a “Cease and Desist Order,” forbidding contact with the protected individual. Any violation is subject to additional conduct charges; if the accused and a protected person observe each other in a public place, it is the responsibility of the accused to leave the area immediately and without directly contacting the protected person.
  • Assistance from Campus Police or other college officials is available for obtaining an Order of Protection.
  • You may receive a copy of the Order of Protection and have a college official explain the order and answer questions about it, including information about the accused’s responsibility to stay away from the protected person (that burden does not rest on the protected person) and  an explanation of the consequences for violating these orders, including but not limited to arrest, additional conduct charges, and interim suspension.
  • Campus Police will effect an arrest when an individual violates an Order of Protection within the jurisdiction of Campus Police or, if outside of the jurisdiction will call on and assist local law enforcement in effecting an arrest for violating such an order.
  • When the accused is a student and presents a continuing threat to the health and safety of the community, the accused is subject to interim suspension pending the outcome of a conduct process.
  • When the accused is not a member of the college community, he/she will receive a persona non grata letter, subject to legal requirements and college policy.
  • Reasonable and available interim measures and accommodations will be provided including a change in academic, housing, employment, transportation, or other applicable arrangements in order to ensure safety, prevent retaliation, and avoid an ongoing hostile environment. While victims/survivors may request accommodations through any of the offices referenced in this policy, the following office can serve as a point to assist with these measures: Dean of Student Life, room 218, 607-844-8222, Ext. 4244.

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