SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND HARASSMENT POLICY
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Long Island University is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment that is free of bias, prejudice, discrimination and harassment and an environment that supports, nurtures, and rewards career and educational advancement purely on the basis of ability and performance. Discrimination or harassment based upon race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability or any other legally protected basis is prohibited by law and undermines the character and purpose of the University. Such discrimination or harassment is illegal, against University policy, and will not be tolerated.
This policy covers all members of the University community – students, faculty and staff – as well as those who interact with members of the University community such as vendors or visitors. The University encourages everyone to report all incidents of discrimination or harassment, regardless of who the offender may be.
Title IX and Article 129B Policy Statement
It is the policy of the University to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Article 129B of the New York Educational Law, both of which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in the University's educational programs and activities, and prohibit retaliation for asserting or otherwise participating in claims of sex discrimination.
Title IX states that:
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
The full text of Article 129B is available here: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S5965-2015
Long Island University Students’ Bill of Rights
Long Island University is committed to ensuring that all persons are provided all options, support, and assistance to anyone who reports an incident of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking.
Anyone who has been a victim of, or who has witnessed an incident of sexual discrimination or assault can file a report to any of the following entities: an employee with the authority to address complaints, including the Title IX Coordinator, Title IX Deputies, and Representatives of the Dean of Students Office; Department of Public Safety; Human Resources; local law enforcement and/or family or civil court.
All reporting individuals of these crimes and violations, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction, have the following rights, regardless of whether the crime or violation occurs on campus, off campus, or while studying abroad.
All students (and reporting individuals) have the right to:
- Make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police;
- Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault treated seriously;
- Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the community standards processes free from pressures from the University;
- Participate in the community standards process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard;
- Be treated with dignity and to receive from the University courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services;
- Be provided and notified of options for altering academic and living situations on campus.
- Both parties shall be informed of the outcome of any community standards process.
- Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations and will be provided amnesty if community standards policies have occurred;
- Describe the incident to as few institutional representatives as practicable and not to be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident.
- Be free from retaliation by the institution, the accused and/or the respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the institution;
- Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination;
- Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused, or respondent throughout the community standards processes including during all meetings and hearings related to such process;
- Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or community standards processes of the University.
Options for Assistance Following an Incident of Sexual Misconduct
University community members should report any incident to the following entities including but not limited to the Title IX Coordinator, Title IX Deputies, administrators, faculty members, or any other responsible employee of the University. It is the duty of all members of the University to notify the following Title IX Coordinator of Title IX Deputies if they are informed of any and all incidents.
The campus-specific Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Deputies are able to provide immediate and confidential response in a crisis situation.
Specific Points of Contact for each campus is provided below:
Please note, if you are unsure with whom to directly contact, the reporting individual or University reporting entity should contact either the LIU Post Department of Public Safety or the LIU Brooklyn Department of Public Safety at the above listed phone numbers. Both of these departments are available to provide initial assistance twenty-four hours a day, three-hundred and sixty-five days a year.
In addition, any reporting individual may also contact local police or law enforcement agencies.
Reporting individuals will be provided any and all necessary or requested on-campus or off-campus health care or medical needs. The Title IX Coordinator and/or Title IX Deputies will institute the appropriate steps to ensure the safety and well-being of the reporting individual:
- Ensure the victim is aware of the options to seek treatment for injuries, preventative treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and other health services.
- Discuss the option of seeking medical treatment in order to preserve evidence.
- Identify where/how to get a rape kit or find a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).
- Provide locations, including contact information, for an advocate (e.g., a local rape crisis center, on-campus advocacy program) who can accompany a victim to the hospital or health provider.