Student Onboarding & Ongoing Education Guide
Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary believe that sexual violence prevention training and education cannot be accomplished via a single day or a single method of training. To that end, Nyack campuses will continue to educate all new and current students using a variety of best practices aimed at educating the entire college community in a way that decreases violence and maintaining a culture where sexual assault and acts of violence are not tolerated.
All new first-year and transfer students will, during the course of their onboarding to Nyack College, receive training on the following topics, using a method and manner appropriate to the institutional culture of each campus:
- Nyack College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, other violence or threats of violence, and will offer resources to any victims/survivors of such violence while taking administrative and conduct action regarding any accused individual within the jurisdiction of the Institution.
- Relevant definitions including, but not limited to, the definitions of sexual violence and consent.
- Policies apply equally to all students regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
- The role of the Title IX Coordinator, Campus Security, and other relevant offices that address violence prevention and response.
- Awareness of violence, its impact on reporting individuals (victims/survivors) and their friends and family, and its long-term impact.
- The Students’ Bill of Rights and Sexual Violence Response Policy, including:
- How to report sexual violence and other crimes confidentially, and/or to college officials, campus law enforcement and security, and local law enforcement.
- How to obtain services and support.
- Bystander Intervention and the importance of taking action, when one can safely do so, to prevent violence.
- The protections of the Policy for Alcohol and/or Drug Use Amnesty in Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Cases.
- Risk assessment and reduction including, but not limited to, steps that potential victims/survivors and potential assailants and bystanders to violence can take to lower the incidence of sexual violence.
- Consequences and sanctions for individuals who commit these crimes.
The onboarding process is not limited to a single day of orientation, but recognizes that students enroll at different times at different Nyack College campuses and gives campuses the flexibility to best educate students at a time and manner that can most effectively bring these points to light. Nyack College will conduct these trainings for all new students, whether first-year or transfer, undergraduate, graduate, or professional. Each campus shall use multiple methods to educate students about sexual violence prevention. Nyack College will also share information on sexual violence prevention with parents of enrolling students via the institution’s website’s Consumer Information page.
Students at Nyack College campuses shall be offered general and specialized training in sexual violence prevention. Each institution will conduct a campaign, compliant with the requirements of the Violence Against Women Act, to educate the student population. Further, Nyack College will, as appropriate, provide or expand specific training to include groups such as international students, students that are also employees of the campus, leaders and officers of registered/recognized student organizations, online and distance education students. Institutions will also provide specific training to members of groups identified as likely to engage in high-risk behavior.
Beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year, Nyack College will require that student leaders and officers of registered/recognized student organizations and those seeking recognition complete training on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking prevention as part of the approval process and require student-athletes to complete training in domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking prior to participating in intercollegiate athletics.
Methods of training and educating students may include, but are not limited to:
- Peer educational programs;
- Course syllabi;
- Institution-wide reading programs;
- Posters, bulletin boards, and other targeted print and email materials;
- Programming surrounding large recurring campus events;
- Partnering with State and local community organizations that provide outreach, support, crisis intervention, counseling and other resources to victims/survivors of crimes to offer training and education.
- Outreach and partnering with local business which attract students in order to advertise and educate about these policies.
- Campus wide all hall meetings, resident directors will inform residential students on safety, and support services.
- Student Activities will host a self-defense course.
- Counseling Services hosts workshops and training.
- Residence life hosts programs in the dorms for students on campus.
- Bulletin boards in every dorm with information on sexual assault safety awareness.
- Spiritual formation provides counseling for students who need support.
- Counseling Services provides counseling for students who need support.
When a student is disciplined as a result of violation of alcohol and drugs, students are put on a growth contract and also must take an online course on alcohol and other drugs prevention on campus.