Sexual Assault Reporting Options
As a SUNY Geneseo student, if you believe that you are the victim of a sexual assault, you have several options available for you.
- Report the incident to and pursue criminal charges through a law enforcement agency.
Upon reviewing the facts of your case, a law enforcement agency may arrest the accused. Thereafter, the District Attorney may decide to prosecute the matter. If so, you may be required to testify. Once criminal charges are initiated, you cannot withdraw charges without the consent of the District Attorney’s Office.
- Report the incident to the Dean of Students/Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards.
If the accused is a student of the College community, and you want the matter handled internally through the College conduct system, you may choose to report the incident to the Dean of Students/Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. If the accused is found accountable, the College will take action in accordance with its Student Code of Conduct policies and procedures.
- File a sexual harassment grievance.
Because sexual assault is considered to be a severe form of sexual harassment, you may wish to file a sexual harassment grievance with the Title IX coordinator. This person is responsible for ensuring a non-discriminatory campus environment that is free from harassment. The Title IX coordinator will undertake an investigation that may involve taking statements from you, the accused, and pertinent witnesses.
- Document the incident that has occurred, but do not pursue further actions.
You may report the incident to one or more of the above but decide not to proceed further. However, an anonymous report about the incident (date, time, location) will be shared with the Dean of Students, Title IX Coordinator, and University Police to ensure that accurate sexual assault records are kept. The College may take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the complaint consistent with your request in an effort to prevent similar incidents. Please be advised that a request to remain anonymous may limit the College’s ability to take actions on your report.
Depending on the circumstances, an anonymous public warning may be issued by law enforcement. Whenever possible, we will notify you if this will be issued and your name and identifying information will not be included.
In each of the above instances, the Dean of Students/Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards may be contacted if you would like to request consideration for special accommodations, e.g., changing classes or residence halls in the aftermath of a reported sexual assault.
SUNY Geneseo’s greatest concern is for the safety, physical and mental health, of all students, faculty, and staff and is committed to maintaining a welcoming and supportive educational climate for all students, faculty, and staff. This means that SUNY Geneseo takes every report seriously and continues to educate all students, faculty, and staff about sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct to encourage civil and respectful behavior across our community.
Additionally, retaliation against a person who files a sexual assault/sexual harassment complaint, serves as a witness, or assists or participates in any manner is strictly prohibited and will result in disciplinary sanctions.