The first action of prevention occurs prior to commencement of employment. Applicants are required to complete and sign an employment application acknowledging and indicating agreement with the Nyack College Statement of Faith, core values, and equal employment opportunities. All full-time employees, adjunct faculty, and part-time staff with defined roles, must also have a complete and clear background screening before hire. New employees receive the Employee Handbook and sign that they have read and will abide by the College policies including policies about prevention of harassment and discrimination.
Faculty and Staff training also occurs during the Faculty/Staff Retreat in August before the academic year begins. The Title IX Coordinator presents and reviews all Sexual Assault Prevention and Response policies and procedures with employees. In particular, the presentation includes:
- National statistics about the prevalence of sexual assault.
- Institution-specific statistics from the campus climate survey.
- Federal and state legislation aimed at promoting campus safety.
- Examples of safety concerns and discrimination.
- How to respond to an incident or report.
- On-line location of all related policies and definitions.
In addition, at least annually, targeted training is given to individuals who hold responsibility for insuring compliance with related federal and state legislations. Some of these targeted trainings include:
- Student Development and Residence Life staff training on Responding to Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, and/or Stalking Victims.
- Student Disciplinary Committee members training on conducting timely and thorough investigations of sexual violence, the effects of trauma, impartiality, and guaranteeing the rights of the respondent.
- Athletic Administrators and Coaches training on institutional policies and processes regarding sexual violence prevention and adjudication and resolution of acts of sexual violence
Methods of training and educating employees may include, but are not limited to:
- Written resources posted around Campus to improve communication including the “Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking” Brochure and “Nine Things to Know about Title IX” poster.
- Electronic resources include the Dean’s email to all employees about The Student of Concern Committee’s policies and procedures to promote students’ health and safety.
- Workshops and seminars presented by the Office of Student Development and Counseling Services on topics including Safety in Relationships, Self-Defense, Body Image, Healthy Sexuality, and Strengthening Relationships.
- 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.
- Online training resources including Title IX for Higher Education, Campus Security Obligations Under Federal Law, and Sexual Harassment Prevention for Employees.