Reporting Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking


 

If a member of the campus community is a victim of a sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking on campus, his/her first priority is to get to a place of safety.  It is his/her choice to report any acts of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking. If he/she wants their assailant to be held criminally accountable for the attack/unwanted sexual contact, call 911 immediately to report what occurred.  If the victim, hereafter referred to as the reporting individual, desires assistance in making the call, he/she can request help from a campus representative.  The police may request a medical evidentiary exam.

A reporting individual may choose to report the assault and then later choose not to pursue the criminal case.  If the reporting individual chooses not to report the assault immediately, he/she may still do so at a later time; however, there may be less physical evidence against the attacker if reported at a later time.

Preserving Evidence
Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. To preserve evidence of the assault:

  • Obtain necessary medical treatment;
  • Ideally a survivor (reporting individual) of sexual assault should not wash, douche, brush teeth, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical exam;
  • Do not straighten up the area where the assault took place;
  • The reporting individual should keep a journal of everything that occurred, including dates, places and times of events;
  • When the communication is electronic, he/she should save any voicemails, e-mails, texts and instant messages.

(If the reporting individual has already cleaned up from the assault, the crime can still be reported and the police will take a report to investigate.)

  • To report the incident *confidentially to one of the following College officials, who by law may maintain confidentiality, and can assist in obtaining services (more information on confidential reporting is available in the Options for Confidentially Disclosing Sexual Violence Policy):
    • Rockland: Counseling Office, Boon Campus Center Room 207, (845) 675-4594
    • NYC: Counseling Office, Room 005, x6447, (646) 378-6447
  • To report the incident to one of the following College officials who can offer *privacy and can assist in obtaining resources (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.  Reporting individuals have emergency access to a Title IX Coordinator.):
    • Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator, Roseberry Room 2, x4608 or (845) 675-4608
    • Rockland: Dean of Students, Boon Campus Center Room 202, x4790 or (845) 675-4790
    • NYC: Dean of Students, 21st Floor, Room 2111,  x 6131 or (646) 378-6131
    • Graduate Academic Deans, various departments at Rockland and NYC
    • Residence Hall Directors:
      • Simpson Hall & Bethany Hall, x4573 or (845) 675-4573
      • Christie Hall, x4610 or (845) 675-4610
      • Moseley/Dunbar/Jaffray Hall, x4571 or (845) 675-4571
    • Residence Life Professional Staff On Duty Phone, (845) 213-9145
    • Athletic Director/Coach, Bowman Gym, x4770 or (845) 675-4770
    • Campus Safety:
      • Rockland: Nyack College Campus Safety, x7191 or (845) 222-8812
      • NYC: Campus Safety, x6198 or (646) 378-6198
    • Director of Auxiliary Services, Boon Campus Center Room 217, x4501 or (845) 675-4501
  • To file a criminal complaint with local law enforcement:
    • Rockland: South Nyack Police, (845) 358-0206, 282 South Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960, or if emergency, dial 911.
    • Rockland County Special Victim Unit (800) 342-3720
    • NYC: NYPD Special Victims Division (646) 610-7272
  • Graduate/Seminary students may file a report of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking with the Title IX Coordinator who will provide information and assistance. Reports will be investigated in accordance with Nyack College policy.
    • Title IX Coordinator, Roseberry Room 2, (845) 675-4608, karen.davie@nyack.edu
    • Human Resources, Roseberry Room 2, (845) 675-4608, karen.davie@nyack.edu.  
  • State police 24-hour hotline to report sexual assault on a NY college campus: 1-844-845-7269.
  • When the accused is an employee, a reporting individual may also report the incident to Nyack College 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 employee handbook. When the accused is an employee of an affiliated entity or vendor of the College, College officials will, at the request of the victim/survivor, 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 in obtaining a persona non grata letter, subject to legal requirements and College policy.
    • Karen Davie, Roseberry Room 2, (845) 675-4608, karen.davie@nyack.edu
  • You may withdraw your complaint or involvement from the Nyack College process at any time.
  • Nyack College shall ensure that, at a minimum, at the first instance of disclosure by a reporting individual to a college representative, the following information shall be presented to the reporting individual: “You have the right to make a report to Campus Safety, local law enforcement, and/or State Police or choose not to report; to report the incident to Nyack College; to be protected by Nyack College from retaliation for reporting an incident; and to receive assistance and resources from Nyack College.”

*In these cases, confidentiality is limited to those individuals permitted by law to maintain confidentiality and not report any instances of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking. The only campus representatives permitted to extend confidentiality are members of the Counseling office. Privacy refers to all other campus representatives who are required by law to report instances of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking but will limit the amount of personal information revealed about a victim or specific incident.