Sexual Misconduct (Title IX)

Sexual misconduct is illegal. It is a form of sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, and the official policy of The City University of New York. The City University of New York issued a policy in 1982, which was revised and reissued in January 1, 2015. The University Policy of Sexual Misconduct prohibits sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and/or sexual violence of faculty, staff and students. Bronx Community College will take immediate and appropriate steps to stop Sexual Misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.

To file a complaint under the CUNY Policy on Sexual Misconduct against a fellow student, staff member, faculty member or someone who may or may not be affiliated with the College, you may contact the Title IX Coordinator as well as any of the listed members of the College’s Title IX Team:

Title IX Coordinator:

Jessenia Paoli
Office of Affirmative Action, Compliance and Diversity
Language Hall, Room 31
2155 University Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453
(718) 289-5288

James Verdicchio
Public Safety Director
Loew Hall, Room 505
2155 University Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453
(718) 289-5923
(718) 289-5390

In case of an Emergency contact:

New York City Police Department 911

Campus Public Safety Department 718.289.5911

Title IX Resource Page for Employees

This section serves as a College resource on issues of sexual misconduct pertaining to students, faculty, staff, and visitors who are part of the community at Bronx Community College. Bronx Community College is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility and mutual respect in an environment free of sexual misconduct and discrimination.

Please review the following CUNY compliance policies and training information.

Important Resources

The College has issued additional information, tips and local/national resources for the campus community:

Risk Reduction Tips

Risk Reduction Tips from the College’s Department of Public Safety:

  • If you have limits, make them known before things go too far.
  • Tell a sexual aggressor “NO” clearly and loudly, like you mean it.
  • Try to extricate yourself from the physical presence of a sexual aggressor.
  • Grab someone nearby and ask for help.
  • Be responsible for your alcohol intake/drug use and realize that alcohol/drugs lower your sexual inhibitions and may make you vulnerable to someone who views a drunk or high person as a sexual opportunity.
  • Watch out for your friends and ask that they watch out for you. A real friend will get in your face if you are about to make a mistake. Respect them if they do.
  • If you find yourself in the position of being the initiator of sexual behavior, you owe sexual respect to your potential partner.

These suggestions may help you to reduce your risk for being accused of sexual misconduct:

  • Don’t make assumptions about consent. About someone’s sexual availability. About whether they are attracted to you. About how far you can go. About whether they are physically and mentally able to consent to you.
  • Clearly communicate your intentions to your partner and give them a chance to clearly relate their intentions to you.
  • Mixed messages from your partner should be a clear indication that you should step back, defuse the sexual tension, and communicate better. Perhaps you are misreading them. Perhaps they haven’t figured out how far they want to go with you yet. You need to respect the timeline with which they are comfortable.
  • Don’t take advantage of someone’s drunkenness or drugged state, even if they did it to themselves.
  • Realize that your potential partner could be intimidated by you or fearful. You may have a power advantage simply because of your gender or size. Don’t abuse that power.
  • Understand that consent to some forms of sexual behavior does not necessarily imply consent to other forms of sexual behavior.
  • On this campus, silence and passivity cannot be interpreted by anyone as an indication of consent. Read your potential partner carefully, paying attention to verbal and non-verbal communication and body language.
Combating Sexual Assault and Other Unwelcome Sexual Behavior

Anyone – of any gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, citizenship status, race, class or educational level – can suffer from sexual harassment, including sexual violence. The goal of this website is to help you understand what sexual harassment means and let you know that there are people at CUNY and in the community who can help if you or others experience it. We want to make sure you understand your rights as a student, CUNY’s policies, and other issues related to sexual harassment, gender harassment and sexual violence.

On every CUNY campus there is a person who has special training in helping students who are facing issues related to sexual harassment and sexual violence. We urge you to contact this person (who is known as the “Title IX Coordinator”) for guidance or information.

You may contact your Title IX Coordinator (or the deputy Title IX Coordinator) for guidance and information. Your campus Title IX Coordinator’s contact information is listed below.

If You Recently Were Sexually Assaulted:

  • If the incident occurred on-campus, call Public Safety or 911;
  • If the incident occurred off-campus, call 911 or go to the local NYPD precinct. Contacting the police does not require you to file charges.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Campus Public Safety or the police can help you get medical care or you can go on your own (or with a friend) to an emergency room.http://www.svfreenyc.org
  • Retain the clothing you were wearing in a paper (not plastic) bag. If the assault took place in your home or dorm room, do not rearrange furniture and/or clean up.http://www.svfreenyc.orgYou do not need to decide immediately whether to take action against the person who assaulted you. But if you might want to do this, it is important to preserve evidence of the assault. Go to an emergency room and ask for a SAFE or rape exam. (Do not bathe or brush your teeth prior to going.) For a list of hospitals in New York City with this service, go to: Preserve evidence.
  • We also encourage you to contact the Title IX Coordinator, listed to the left.

Title IX: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities at universities receiving federal funds. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion

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