Harassment / Sexual Harassment

Harassment or sexual harassment (as defined under Prohibited Conduct #4 and #8) can take a variety of forms. Classifications include:

  • Sexual harassment may range from inappropriate sexual innuendoes to coerced sexual relations. Examples of sexual harassment that are unwelcome include but are not limited to: leering at a person’s body, unnecessary touching, pressure for sexual behaviors, sexually explicit statements communicated verbally, or through social networking sites, e-mail, and texting.
  • Harassment based on protected class, i.e. race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.  Further information on protected class harassment can be found at the EEOC website http://www.eeoc.gov/youth/harass.html.
  • Criminal harassment is harassment that is prohibited by law and is defined by the New York State penal code at http://ypdcrime.com/penal.law/article240.htm
  • Harassment is repetitive behaviors intended to bully, intimidate or insult another individual and can have a chilling effect on a person’s living and learning environment.
  • Harassment or sexual harassment can occur from student to student, and in some circumstances, from a student to a faculty or staff member.  Sexual harassment may occur between individuals of the same or different genders.

Complaint procedures for Harassment of any type:

  • Harassment or sexual harassment occurring between students living in the residence halls should be reported to your Residence Hall Director.
  •  Harassment or sexual harassment occurring between students regarding situations that occur outside the residence halls should be reported to Community Standards at (518) 442-5501.
  • Harassment or sexual harassment of a student by a faculty or staff member should be reported to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (518) 956-8110.
  • Any incident of harassment or sexual harassment can be reported to the University Police Department at (518) 442-3131. Harassment that involves violence or the threat of violence should always be reported to University Police.

For counseling and support, contact:

  • Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence – (518) 442-2273
  • Title IX Coordinator – (518) 956-8168
  • University Counseling Center (UCC) – (518) 442-5800
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) – (518) 956-8110