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Students’ Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Bill of Rights

Students’ Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Bill of Rights

The State University of New York and SUNY Geneseo are committed to providing options, support and assistance to victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking to ensure that they can continue to participate in SUNY Geneseo wide and campus programs, activities, and employment.  All victims/survivors 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 have the right to:

  1. Make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police;
  2. Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault treated seriously;
  3. Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from outside pressures from the institution;
  4. Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard;
  5. Be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services where available;
  6. Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual or victim/survivor is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations;
  7. Describe the incident to as few institutional representatives as practicable and not to be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident;
  8. 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;
  9. Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination;
  10. Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused or respondent throughout the judicial or conduct process including during all meetings and hearings related to such process;
  11. Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or judicial or conduct process of the College.

Options in Brief:

Victims/survivors have many options that can be pursued simultaneously, including one or more of the following:

  • Make a report to an employee with the authority to address complaints including:
    • the Title IX Coordinator, 585-245-5023, Sturges 205
    • the Student Conduct Office, 585-245-5714, MacVittie College Union 354
    • the Office of Human Resources, 585-245-5616, Doty Hall 318
  • Make a report to law enforcement:
    • the University Police Department, 245-5222, Schrader Hall 19
    • local law enforcement agencies in Geneseo:
      • Geneseo Police Department, 585-243-2420, 119 Main Street, Geneseo, NY 14454
      • Livingston County Sheriff’s Police Department, 585-243-7100, 4 Court Street, and/or
      • NYS Police Troop E Geneseo, 585-658-9480, 5831 Groveland Station Road, Route 63, Mt. Morris, NY 14510.

  • Contact Family Court or Civil Court
  • Copies of this Bill of Rights shall be distributed annually to students, made available on the College’s website, and posted in each campus residence hall, dining hall, and college union and shall include links or information to access the Sexual Violence Response Policy and the Options for Confidentially Disclosing Sexual Violence.

    Approved by Cabinet

    January 27, 2015

    Revised July 23, 2015