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:
Office of Affirmative Action, Compliance and Diversity
Language Hall, Room 31
2155 University Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453
Public Safety Director
Loew Hall, Room 505
2155 University Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453
In case of an Emergency contact:
In case of an Emergency contact:
New York City Police Department 911
Campus Public Safety Department 718.289.5911
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 familiarize yourself with the following College resources:
- CUNY Policy on Sexual Misconduct
- Online CUNY Policy on Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination (as of 1/01/2015, this policy replaces the CUNY Policies and Procedures for Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination and Against Sexual Harassment).
- Student Sexual Misconduct Complainant Bill of Rights
- Title IX Guidance for Students and Employees Participating in Study Abroad Programs
- Chancellor James B. Milliken’s statement on the new CUNY Policy on Sexual Misconduct
- BCC Title IX Compliance Page
CUNY Student Related Video Presentations:
The College has issued additional information, tips and local/national resources for the campus community:
- Title IX 40th Anniversary from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
- Title IX.info website on current issues
- Title IX Blog
- Faces of Title IX – National Women’s Law Center
- Knowing your IX: Empowering students to stop sexual violence
Links to Local Resources
- Bronx Community College Office of Personal Counseling
- Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services
- The Children’s Aid Society Domestic Violence Intervention Services
- DV Guide – Bronx Directory
- Violence Intervention Program – Serving the Five Boroughs
- New York State Unified Court System – Safety Planning Guide
- Pandora’s Project: Support and resources for survivors of rape and sexual abuse
- National Sexual Assault Hotline
- New York State Division of Human Rights
- New York City Commission on Human Rights
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.
Bronx Community College has partnered with EverFi, whose mission is to help students address critical life skills, such as alcohol abuse/prevention as well as sexual assault/prevention in higher education institutions across the country. The online training courses area also a CUNY effort in part with the New York State ‘Enough is enough’ legislation.
These online education courses will collect critical data on student attitudes and behaviors about (or toward) sexual assault and prevention as well as alcohol abuse and prevention. This will include students’ readiness to change their behavior, what protective factors or high-risk factors they exhibit, and what expectations they have with alcohol. All of this data will help us better understand and meet the needs of our students.
These online education courses will empower you, as a student, to make well-informed decisions about issues that affect your college years and beyond.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY:
Go to: http://www.everfi.com/login
Use the College’s Multi-Course Registration Code: 434d9bb1 and click on “I’m a Student” to create your EverFi Account.
Note: When prompted, please enter your student ID number to receive credit for completion. Complete Part 1 of Haven by October 23, 2016. You will receive an invitation to complete Part 2 of the Haven and Alcohol.edu trainings, which must be completed by or before November 23, 2016. Please complete all of the training components.
If you already have an EverFi Higher Education Account, go to http://www.everfi.com/login, enter your login information, then enter the multi-course registration code: 434d9bb1 by clicking “Add a Course” in the top right corner of the Dashboard.
Other Important Information:
You will need Internet access and audio capabilities. To avoid technical issues, please use any major web browser (e.g., Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome) released within the previous two years.
You may take the course in multiple sittings.
The course will include surveys to help personalize your experience and measure students’ attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are confidential; the school will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will never see individual students’ answers.
Should you experience problems, Everfi Technical Support is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week, and can be accessed from the “HELP” link within the course.
Thank you and enjoy the course!
The mission of the Office of Personal Counseling is to assist students with emotional, developmental or psychological concerns that may be interfering with their personal and academic growth. We provide free, confidential, short-term counseling to help students find healthy ways to cope with college and life stressors in order to enhance their personal growth and support their academic focus at Bronx Community College. All students are treated with respect and are seen as individuals with unique strengths. Our services are free and confidential.
We are also a liaison to the community, linking appropriate students to more intensive and longer term services as needed. We are committed to supporting the faculty and staff in the identification of students who may benefit from our services and then reaching out to those students in need. We provide educational programming to the campus community and work to emphasize wellness and prevention in our outreach efforts.