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Title IX

Hunter College is committed to maintaining a fair and equal environment for both its employees and student body, consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, which state that:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to, discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…”

Any individual who believes he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of gender in any area outside the purview of the Sexual Harassment Panel, may direct all inquiries, concerns and complaints to Dean John Rose (john.rose@hunter.cuny.edu), Hunter’s Title IX Coordinator.

For more information on Title IX click on the following link:
http://www1.cuny.edu/sites/title-ix/campus/hunter-college/

Relevant Links

RESOURCES TO PREVENT AND RESPOND TO SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
CUNY SEXUAL MISCONDUCT POLICY
CUNY POLICY ON INTIMATE RELATIONS BETWEEN STAFF/FACULTY/STUDENTS
BILL OF RIGHTS FOR HUNTER COLLEGE STUDENTS
REPORTING FLOWCHART
HAVEN SEXUAL MISCONDUCT PREVENTION ONLINE TRAINING PROGRAM
TITLE IX STUDENT GUIDE WHEN ABROAD
RESOLUTION OF COMPLAINTS
CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT
RETALIATION
INFORMAL INQUIRIES OR REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION
HUNTER'S PROCEDURE FOR COORDINATING WITH OUTSIDE ENTITIES ON SEXUAL MISCONDUCT COMPLAINTS
Article XV
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
CUNY DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE AMENESTY

 


SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

Policy Statement

Every member of The City University of New York community, including students, employees and visitors, deserves the opportunity to live, learn and work free from sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence. Accordingly, CUNY is committed to:

  1. Defining conduct that constitutes prohibited sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence;
  2. Providing clear guidelines for students, employees and visitors on how to report incidents of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence and a commitment that any complaints will be handled respectfully;
  3. Promptly responding to and investigating allegations of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence, pursuing disciplinary action when appropriate, referring the incident to local law enforcement when appropriate, and taking action to investigate and address any allegations of retaliation;
  4. Providing ongoing assistance and support to students and employees who make allegations of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence;
  5. Providing awareness and prevention information on sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence, including widely disseminating this policy, and implementing training and educational programs on sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence to college constituencies; and
  6. Gathering and analyzing information and data that will be reviewed in order to improve safety, reporting, responsiveness and the resolution of incidents.

Prohibited Conduct

  1. Sexual Harassment, Gender-Based Harassment and Sexual Violence. This policy prohibits sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence against any CUNY student, employee or visitor.

    Sexual harassment includes unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, such as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, graphic and electronic communications or physical conduct that is sufficiently serious to adversely affect an individual's participation in employment, education or other CUNY activities.

    Gender-based harassment is unwelcome conduct of a nonsexual nature based on an individual's actual or perceived sex, including conduct based on gender identity, gender expression, and nonconformity with gender stereotypes that is sufficiently serious to adversely affect an individual's participation in employment, education or other CUNY activities.

    Sexual violence is an umbrella term that includes sexual assault, such as rape/attempted rape, criminal sexual act, forcible touching, and sexual abuse. If of a sexual nature, stalking/cyberstalking (hereinafter "stalking") and dating, domestic and intimate partner violence may also constitute sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or sexual violence.
  2. Retaliation. This policy prohibits retaliation against any person who reports sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or sexual violence, assists someone making such a report, or participates in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or sexual violence complaint.
  3. Certain Intimate Relationships. This policy also prohibits certain intimate relationships when they occur between a faculty member or employee and any student for whom he or she has a professional responsibility.

The full CUNY Policy on Sexual Misconduct can be found at the following link: http://www.cuny.edu/about/administration/offices/la/Policy-on-Sexual-Misconduct-12-1-14-with-links.pdf

Complaints of Sexual Misconduct will be promptly investigated and will be handled as confidentially as possible. Sexual Misconduct Complaints Should Be Reported To:

Title IX Coordinator
John T. Rose
Office of Diversity & Compliance
Room 1706 East
Phone: (212) 650-3262
john.rose@hunter.cuny.edu

 

 

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Michelle Blackman
Office of Human Resources
Room 1502 East
Phone: (212) 396-6466
michelle.blackman@hunter.cuny.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator and
Director of Student Conduct
Colleen Barry
Office of Student Affairs
Room 1103B East
Phone: (212) 772-4534
colleen.barry@hunter.cuny.edu

Vice President, Student Affairs
Eija Ayravainen
Office of Student Affairs
Room 1101 East
Phone: (212) 772-4878
eija.ayravainen@hunter.cuny.edu

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POLICY ON EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND NON DISCRIMINATION

The full text of CUNY's POLICY ON NON DISCRIMINATION MAY BE FOUND AT: http://www.cuny.edu/about/administration/offices/la/PolicyonEqualOpportunityandNonDiscriminationandProceduresDecember42014.pdf.

The full text of the President's Reaffirmation of Non-Discrimination/EEO Policy:
http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/affirmativeaction/non-discrimination-and-EEO-policy-reaffirmation-2016.pdf.

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HAVEN SEXUAL MISCONDUCT PREVENTION ONLINE TRAINING PROGRAM

The City University provides an online workshop regarding Sexual Misconduct which covers, among other things, the policy, risks, avoidance strategies, bystander intervention, reporting and available resources.

Questions regarding Sexual Misconduct Training may be referred to Dean John T. Rose: john.rose@hunter.cuny.edu.

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Resolution of Complaints

The Office of Diversity and Compliance will make every effort to promptly investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination or harassment, with due regard for fairness and the rights of both the complainant and alleged offender, and to conduct all proceedings in the most confidential manner possible.

Any member of the Hunter College community who experiences discrimination or harassment should immediately report the incident to the Office of Diversity and Compliance. In cases where an individual reports alleged discrimination or harassment to an administrator, faculty member, or staff member, the person receiving the complaint should contact the Office of Diversity and Compliance to review, investigate and resolve the complaint.

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Confidentiality Statement

Hunter College has a duty to respond to allegations of discrimination (including sexual misconduct) and therefore cannot guarantee absolute confidentiality once allegations are disclosed to College officials. The confidentiality of information disclosed during the course of investigations or informal resolution efforts will be respected to the extent feasible and practical. This means that information about the complaint is shared only with those individuals within the Hunter College community who "need to know" in order to effectively investigate and/or resolve the complaint. Parties with a need to know may include witnesses or College officials who need to be informed of the complaint in order to cooperate with an investigation or to implement resolution. These parties will be advised that they should keep the information confidential in the best interests of all parties.

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Retaliation

Retaliation is defined as an adverse action in employment, academic activities or College sponsored programs, taken against any individual who, reasonably and in good faith, files a complaint of discrimination (formal or informal), participates in the investigation or resolution of a complaint of discrimination, or otherwise demonstrates opposition to a discriminatory employment, academic or program policy or practice. Retaliation is prohibited under City University of New York policy and by state and federal law. Retaliation is considered a separate offense from the original complaint, regardless of the outcome of the original complaint. Anyone who believes they have experienced retaliation should promptly contact the Office of Diversity and Compliance.

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Informal Inquiries or Requests For Information

The Office of Diversity and Compliance responds to complaints of or concerns about prohibited conduct, including harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, alienage, citizenship, military or veteran status, or status as victim of domestic violence.

If you are a Hunter College student, faculty, staff or applicant for employment and you believe you have been discriminated against or have observed discrimination or harassment, you may contact the Office of Diversity and Compliance for a confidential consultation or to:

  • Engage in informal discussion for resolution,
  • Explore options,
  • Seek assistance in negotiation/mediation,
  • File an internal complaint.
  • All Inquiries Are Confidential

 

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