Campus Security Report

Wagner College’s Public Safety Office prides itself on maintaining a safe and secure campus environment for its students, faculty, and staff. The members of the office are committed to the highest standards of quality in promoting a safe and problem-free educational environment.

We provide multiple reports explaining our policies and reporting on campus security, fire safety, crime statistics and similar topics.

Annual Security and Fire Report

Members of the college community may make reports of crimes and security incidents to officials of Wagner College. Each year, the Public Safety Department requests data, via campus e-mail, from these authorities for inclusion in this report.

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Campus Mandatory Reporters


The Department of Public Safety at Wagner is in the process of responding to the reporting obligations of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). This federal law requires colleges and universities to annually compile and publish crime statistics on or about their campuses.

It further requires that Campus Mandatory Reporters report crime statistics for inclusion in the college’s Annual Security Report. Campus Mandatory Reporters are defined as officials of a college who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to public safety, student affairs, student activities, and student discipline and campus judicial proceedings. An official is defined as any person who has the authority and the duty to take action or respond to particular issues on behalf of the college. Examples would include: administrators, directors, deans, department heads, chairpersons, advisors to students/student organizations, athletic coaches, etc. Professional mental health and pastoral counselors are exempt (rom reporting obligations, but may refer students to a confidential reporting system.

If you observe any crime listed below, or if any person reveals to you that he/she learned of or was the victim of, perpetrator of, or witness to any crime listed below, please write down the details and contact the Department of Public Safety as soon as possible at 718-390-3148 (Main booth – available 24 hours/day) or the administrative office at 718-390-3165 (Office Hours, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). The crimes of concern for our reporting requirements are: murder/non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, domestic violence, stalking, forcible/non-forcible sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft and arson, as well as any bias/hate related offenses and any arrests or referrals for disciplinary action for liquor law violations, drug law violations and illegal weapons possession violations.

If you are aware of any occurrences for the 2016 calendar year that fit the above criteria, please complete the Campus Mandatory Reporter Crime Report Form and return it to the Public Safety Office no later than Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Resources:

Clery Statistics

Wagner College complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and makes available information on campus security and personal safety. This includes information on crime prevention, public safety, law-enforcement authority, crime reporting polices, disciplinary procedures, and other important matters about security on campus. Also available are statistics for the three previous calendar years on reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Wagner College, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The Wagner College Public Safety Office will provide upon request all campus crime statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education.

 

View crime statistics, 2013-2015

Clery Hate/Bias Crimes, Reporting

A hate crime is defined as a criminal offense committed against a person or property which is motivated in whole or in part by the offender’s bias. A hate crime manifests evidence that a victim was selected because of his/her actual or perceived race; gender; gender identity; religion; sexual orientation; ethnicity; national origin or disability. A hate crime is not a separate, distinct crime, but is the commission of a criminal offense which was motivated by the offender’s bias. If the facts of the case indicate that the offender was motivated to commit the offense because of his/her bias against the victim’s perceived race; gender; gender identity; religion; sexual orientation; ethnicity; national origin or disability, the crime is classified as a hate crime. See more information on the definition and classification of hate/bias crimes.

View bias and hate crime statistics

New York State Education Law Article 129-A and 129-B

New York State Education Law Article 129-A

New York State Education Law Article 129-A requires all New York State public and private colleges and universities to maintain policies related to specific provisions of this Article. This Article is comprised of laws that affect Wagner College, which include:

  1. Advisory committee on campus security.
  2. Sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking prevention information.
  3. Campus crime reporting and statistics.
  4. Investigation of violent felony offenses.
  5. Bias related crime prevention information.
  6. Prohibition on the marketing of credit cards.
  7. Notification of fire safety standards and measures in all college-owned or operated housing.

Policy Statement

Consistent with Wagner College’s commitment to maintaining a safe and secure learning environment, the College shall promptly, efficiently, and thoroughly investigate any Violent Felony Offense occurring on College owned, operated, or controlled property as well as any report of a Missing Student. Such investigations shall be coordinated with local law enforcement agencies including, but not limited to, the New York City Police Department. The College shall maintain written agreements with appropriate local law enforcement agencies providing for the prompt investigation of such crimes and reports.

Reason for Policy

This policy is intended to enable the College to comply with applicable provisions of the New York State Education Law and the Jeanne Clery Act.

Advisory committee on campus security:

Wagner has established a committee on campus security.
The Committee is composed of the following:

  1. Patricia Tooker, Nursing Department.
  2. Angie Conception, Residential Life.
  3. Ed Moss, Public Safety.
  4. Monica Wohltjen, Public Safety.
  5. Donald Crooks, Business Administration.
  6. Brendan Fahey, Athletics.
  7. Christian Miller, Campus Operations.
  8. Greg Senat, Student.
  9. Kelsey Gwyne, Student.

Sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking prevention information:

Policy

Wagner College strives to create a respectful, safe, healthy, and non-threatening environment for its students, staff, and faculty. Wagner College prohibits any and all discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation including gender identity, marital status, civil union status, age, physical or mental disability, military status, or unfavorable discharge from military service in regard to the administration of educational programs, admission of students, employment actions, athletics or other sponsored activities. In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the College prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and sexual violence, as well as retaliation for asserting such claims of discrimination. When an incident of sexual misconduct is reported, the College will provide a consistent, caring, and timely response.

This policy describes how the College investigates and responds to reports of sexual misconduct. It also identifies prohibited behavior, provides guidance and relevant resources to members of the Wagner College community who have been involved in incidents of this nature, and lists College prevention efforts.

Wagner College urges those who believe they have been the victim of an act(s) of sexual misconduct to pursue all options available relative to resolving the matter. Employees of the College who become aware of an incident of sexual misconduct should contact the Director of Human Resources if the situation involves a College employee, or the Dean of Campus Life Office if students are involved.

A student who has questions, concerns, or who needs assistance relative to this policy should contact the Dean of Campus Life Office and speak with the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator (Dean Curtis Wright) or another Dean during normal business hours at 718-390-3423, or by contacting the Residential Education Supervisor On-Call during evening and weekend hours, accessible through any residence hall front desk or through a Public Safety officer accessible through the Main Gate at 718-390-3148.

Complaints by or against College employees (faculty, administration, and staff) should be made to Jazzmine Clark-Glover , Director of Human Resources and the College’s Title IX Coordinator, at 718-390-3280.

Education & Prevention

Wagner College is committed to education and increasing awareness of students, faculty, and staff about preventing incidents of sexual misconduct. The Title IX Coordinators are responsible for coordinating the College’s sexual misconduct education and prevention program in collaboration with the Center for Health and Wellness, which coordinates the Peer Education Program.

Education and prevention resources and opportunities include:

  • Wagner College’s Title IX Coordinators
  • The Dean of Campus Life Office, the Office of Residential Education, and the Center for Health and Wellness distribute sexual misconduct/assault prevention materials and information.
  • The staff members in the Division of Campus Life and in Public Safety, including the undergraduate Resident Assistants, are trained in sexual assault response and prevention.
  • The Red Riding Hood Project is a non-profit organization with a chapter on the Wagner College campus that exists to create a community that can provide security, awareness, and empowerment to women by advocating for policy change, providing resources, and basically giving women the power, voice and kick-ass abilities to protect themselves and their fellow sisters.
  • The Healthy Relationships Peer Education group, which offers an educational sexual assault prevention workshop free of charge to anyone in the Wagner community.
  • Educational programming is conducted within the Wagner College residential communities.
  • Two annual student-run events that address issues of sexual assault are the Vagina Monologues and Take Back the Night.
  • Public Safety Day where units from the NYPD, Domestic Violence Unit, LGBT NYPD Unit, and the Anti-Violence Unit come to the Campus to provide training, prevention and assistance.

Resources & Services

There are campus and community resources and services available to students, faculty and staff even if College or criminal reports are not made. The College strongly encourages survivors to seek assistance to care for themselves emotionally and physically through confidential crisis intervention, health care, and counseling. Survivors should keep in mind that medical examinations are time-sensitive and critical in preserving evidence of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, so those options must be exercised as soon as possible.

Wagner College Resources & Services

Local Resources & Services

Helpful Apps

  • Circle of Six is an app that prevents violence before it happens. It helps you connect to your friends quickly so you can stay close, stay safe, and keep you connected. The app allows you to call or text a close group of confidantes with a subtle press of a button. Circle of Six is designed for college student safety and we highly recommend that Wagner students use it!
  • Love is Not Abuse is an app that mimics the persistent, repetitive texting and calling typical of an emotionally abusive partner. If it reminds you of your own relationship (or a friend’s), you know to get help.
  • Loveisrespect.org allows you to text, chat, or call 24/7 for support.
  • Kitestring is an app that asks you to check in before you go out, checks in on you via text, and sends your emergency contacts an automated message if you do not respond to the text.

Helpful Websites

  • Notalone.gov is a website that provides resources for students about how to prevent and respond to sexual assault on college campuses.
  • Aclu.org is a website that provides information about your rights as it relates to Title IX.
  • Campuscrime.ny.gov is a site that provides important information regarding sexual assault prevention and response on all college campuses in New York state.

Violent Felony Offenses:

The Department of Public Safety will aggressively pursue the prompt, efficient, and thorough investigation resolution of any violent crime on College owned, operated or controlled property. The Department will take the following steps after a report of a violent felony offense:

  • Responding officers will determine if the circumstances require immediate intervention in order to prevent further injury to victims or to insure the apprehension of offenders.
  • If the offender(s) are no longer on campus and the immediate threat has ended officers will take the appropriate measures to provide support to victims and implement established protocols for criminal investigations.
  • If it is determined that the elements of the offence are consistent with any Violent Felony Crime as defined under New York State Law, the Department of Campus Public Safety will contact the New York City Police Department pursuant to the joint Memorandum of Understanding in order to transfer responsibility for the investigation.
  • The Department of Campus Public Safety will assist the New York City Police Department in any manner requested until the completion of the investigation.
  • The Department of Public Safety will notify the appropriate local law enforcement agency not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing.
  • If the Department of Public Safety and/or the local law enforcement agency has been notified and makes a determination that a student who is the subject of a missing person report has been missing for more than 24 hours and has not returned to campus, the Dean of Students will initiate the emergency contact procedure in accordance with the student’s designation.
  • The Department of Public Safety upon notification of a missing student will conduct a thorough investigation and obtain all necessary information.  The person’s description, clothes, who they may be with or where they may be, vehicle description and physical and mental wellbeing of the individual will be obtained.
  • The Department of Public Safety will conduct a quick, but thorough search of the campus buildings and parking lots using the student’s class schedule. The Department of Public Safety will also check access card logs to determine the last time the ID card was used as well as any surveillance video.
  • The Department of Public Safety may also request assistance from Resident Assistants or others to assist in a search on campus.  The Department of Public Safety may issue an ID card photograph to assist in the identification of the missing student.
  • After a search has been conducted with negative results, the Department of Safety will notify the local law enforcement agency.

Bias and Hate Crimes:

Bias or hate crimes are crimes motivated by the perpetrator’s bias or attitude against an individual victim or group based on perceived or actual personal characteristics, such as their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Hate/bias crimes have received renewed attention in recent years, particularly since the passage of the federal Hate/Bias Crime Reporting Act of 1990 and the New York State Hate Crimes Act of 2000.

Bias related incidents are behaviors which constitute an expression of hostility, against the person or property of another because of the targeted person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, or disability. According to New York Penal Law Section 485, a person commits a hate crime when he or she commits a specified criminal offense and either:

  1. intentionally selects the person against whom the offense is committed or intended to be committed in whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct, or
  2. intentionally commits the act or acts constituting the offense in whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct.

Examples of hate crimes may include, but are not limited to: threatening phone calls, hate mail (including electronic mail), physical assaults, vandalism, destruction of property, and fire bombings.  Wagner is required to report statistical incidence of bias crimes on or around campus annually as part of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act). Bias crime statistics can be found in the public safety annual report.

Penalties for bias related crimes are very serious and range from fines to imprisonment for lengthy periods, depending on the nature of the underlying criminal offense, the use of violence or previous conviction of the offender. Students, staff or faculty who commit bias crimes are also subject to university disciplinary procedures where a range of sanctions is available both up to and including suspension, expulsion or termination of employment.

In order to effectively handle and investigate incidents of bias related crimes and prevent future occurrences of such crimes, victims or witnesses of a hate crime are encouraged to immediately report incidents to the Department of Public Safety by:

EMERGENCY #:  718-390-3148, Office Hours, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 718-390-3165, publicsa@wagner.edu, Main Booth-24 Hours, 718-390-3148

Please remember that any evidence such as graffiti, emails, written notes or voice mail messages should be preserved. The Department of Public Safety will investigate and follow the appropriate college adjudication procedures. Victims of bias crime can also avail themselves of counseling and support services through: Campus Life:  718 390-3423, Campus Wellness Department-718 390-3354

Credit Card

Credit Card Solicitation is prohibited. The selling of any item by anyone other than college personnel is prohibited unless the college has granted prior approval.

Fire Safety

All residence halls are protected by fire detection and firefighting equipment. All residents should be familiar with the emergency escape plan for their residence hall and the location of fire extinguishers.

Tampering with any fire detection or firefighting equipment is a violation of state laws as well as college policy. Tampering with fire equipment (extinguishers, detectors, sprinklers, etc.) can create a life-threatening situation by preventing the equipment from properly detecting a possible fire, or the ability to attempt to extinguish or control a fire before additional equipment can arrive.

Candles and incense are a fire hazard and are not permitted in the residence halls or apartments. Combustible materials such as gasoline, paint thinner, and oil lamps are not permitted within the residential facilities. Fire safety codes require strict compliance with this regulation. Propane grills are prohibited.

NEVER FIGHT A FIRE:

  • If the fire is spreading beyond the spot where it started.
  • If you can’t fight the fire with your back to an escape exit.
  • If the fire can block your only escape.
  • If you don’t have adequate fire-fighting equipment

In any of these situations……

DON’T FIGHT THE FIRE YOURSELF. CALL FOR HELP!

ALWAYS:

  • Make sure the fire doors in halls and stair wells are closed at all times.
  • Extinguish all cigarettes and matches and empty wastebaskets often.
  • Close door to your room when you retire. Exit when fire alarm sounds!!!!

NEVER:

  • Smoke in bed.
  • Smoke in your room.
  • Burn candles.
  • Allow an open flame (cigarette, candle, torch, etc.) or cooking appliance (coffee pot, hot plate, etc.) near common combustible material, i.e., wood, paper, textiles, or flammable liquid.
  • Ignore fire alarm.

Fire and Emergency Evacuation Procedures

There will be times that the Residential Education Department will conduct scheduled Fire Alarm Evacuation Drills at the dormitories on campus. These drills will usually not be announced to the residents with the exception of the RA’s. These drills are done to check that the alarm system is working properly and to give the residents a chance to hear the alarm and so they will be able to recognize it in the event of an actual alarm. The alarm systems in the buildings have a loud audible bell or horn, and flashing strobe lights. These tests also give the residents an opportunity to become familiar with the evacuation procedures.

When an alarm is activated there are a few steps to follow:

  • Remain calm and close the windows in the room.
  • Take only clothing that will be needed for the type of weather conditions that exist. Do not try and collect personal items to take with you.
  • Turn off any electrical items you may have on at the time.
  • Stay low if you are going through smoke or toxic fumes.
  • Leave by the nearest exit. When a fire alarm is active any door to the building may be used to exit so long as it is safe to do so.
  • Do not use elevators. Use only the stairs.
  • Never attempt to go back into the building even if the alarm stops sounding. Wait until a Public Safety Officer has cleared the building and given the permission to re-enter.
  • In an actual emergency if you are trapped and not able to exit a room or the building, yell for help and call the Department of Public Safety at ext. 3148 using a phone in the building or your cellular phone dial 718-390-3148. Be sure you can give your location in the building as best as you can so an officer can locate and assist you.

Missing Persons

“Suzanne’s Law” amends Section 3701 (a) of the Crime Control Act of 1990 so that there is no waiting period before a law enforcement agency initiates an investigation of a missing person under the age of twenty one and reports the missing person to the National Crime Information Center of the Department of Justice.

“Suzanne’s Law” is named after Suzanne Lyall a student at State University of New York at Albany, who has been missing since 1998. Previously, police were only mandated to report missing persons under the age of eighteen. This law was signed by President Bush as part of the national Amber Alert bill on April 30, 2003, requires police to initiate prompt investigation into missing young people.

Wagner College complies with this law and will immediately report such missing persons to the NCIC. In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 2008, all students may register a confidential contact with the Dean of Students Office. The confidential contact does not have to be a parent of a student. This is the individual who will be contacted by police in the event the student is reported missing. This individual will be updated as to the progress of the investigation into the missing person. In the event a student is under 18 years of age, and had not been legally emancipated, the student’s parents will also be contacted.

Missing Persons Policy

Wagner College takes student safety very seriously.  The following policy and procedure has been established to assist in locating Wagner College students who live on campus housing, who, based on the fact and circumstances known to Wagner College have been determined to be missing.

Dean of Students Information to Resident Students

At the beginning of each academic year, Wagner College Dean of Students will inform all students residing in on campus housing that the Dean of Students will notify either a parent or an individual selected by the student not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is deemed to be missing.  The information provided to the resident students will include the following:

  • Resident students have the option of identifying an individual to be contacted by the Dean of Students not later than 24 hours after the time that the student has been determined to be missing.  Students can register this confidential contact information through the Dean of Students Office.
  • If the student is under 18 years of age, and not an emancipated individual, the Dean of Students is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing.
  • The Department of Public Safety will notify the appropriate local law enforcement agency not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing.
  • If the Department of Public Safety and/or the local law enforcement agency has been notified and makes a determination that a student who is the subject of a missing person report has been missing for more than 24 hours and has not returned to campus, the Dean of Students will initiate the emergency contact procedure in accordance with the student’s designation.

Department of Public Safety

  • The Department of Public Safety upon notification of a missing student will conduct a thorough investigation and obtain all necessary information.  The person’s description, clothes, who they may be with or where they may be, vehicle description and physical and mental wellbeing of the individual will be obtained.
  • The Department of Public Safety will conduct a quick, but thorough search of the campus buildings and parking lots using the student’s class schedule.
  • The Department of Public Safety will also check access card logs to determine the last time the ID card was used as well as any surveillance video.
  • The Department of Public Safety may also request assistance from Resident Assistants or others to assist in a search on campus.  The Department of Public Safety may issue an ID card photograph to assist in the identification of the missing student.
  • After a search has been conducted with negative results, the Department of Safety will notify the local law enforcement agency.

 

New York State Education Law Article 129-B

Section 6441 – Affirmative Consent

This section requires colleges to adopt the definition of affirmative consent set forth in the statute.

This section is Under-Wagner College’s Statement on Sex Discrimination and Sexual Violence

Link:  http://wagner.edu/campus-life/resources/sexual-misconduct/

Affirmative Consent is defined as a knowing, voluntary, and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity.  Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in the sexual activity.  Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent.  The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  Consent to any sexual act or prior sexual activity between or with any party does not necessarily constitute consent to any other sexual act.  Consent is required regardless of whether the person initiating the act is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.  Consent may be initially given but withdrawn at any time.  When consent is withdrawn or can no longer be given, sexual activity must stop.

Consent cannot be given when:

  • A person is incapacitated, which occurs when an individual lacks the ability to knowingly choose to participate in sexual activity.  Incapacitation may be caused by the lack of consciousness or being asleep, being involuntarily restrained, or if an individual otherwise cannot consent.  Depending on the degree of intoxication, someone who is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants may be incapacitated and therefore unable to consent.
  • It is the result of any coercion, intimidation, force, or threat of harm.
  • A person is mentally impaired.
  • A person is less than 17 years old.

 

 

Section 6442- Alcohol/Drug Use Amnesty

This section is under Wagner College’s Statement on Sex Discrimination and Sexual Violence.

Tab-The Conduct Process for Students

Link    http://wagner.edu/campus-life/resources/sexual-misconduct/

Amnesty. The health and safety of every student at Wagner College is of utmost importance.  Wagner College recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that violence, including but not limited to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct.  Wagner College strongly encourages students to report domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault to campus officials. A bystander acting in good faith, or a victim/survivor who discloses an incident of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to Wagner College officials or law enforcement will not be subject to the College’s student conduct process for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault.

 

Section 6443 – Students’ Bill of Rights

This section is under Wagner College’s Statement on Sex Discrimination and Sexual Violence,

Tab-The Conduct Process for Students.

Link- http://wagner.edu/campus-life/resources/sexual-misconduct/

The College is committed to procedures that provide fair and prompt investigation and resolution of reports of sex discrimination and sexual violence, and is committed to educating the campus community about the importance of responding to all forms of sex discrimination and sexual violence. Emphasis is placed on the rights, responsibilities, needs and privacy of the student complainant and the rights of the respondent. The College adheres to all federal, state and local requirements for intervention and crime reporting related to sex discrimination and sexual violence.

Any person may file a complaint against a student who they believe has violated the College’s Community Standards (see full list of Community Standards in Student Handbook), which includes acts of sex discrimination and/or sexual violence. The complaint must be prepared in writing, signed, and submitted to the Dean of Campus Life Office, the Office of Residential Education, or the Office of Public Safety. All complaints should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place. A parent or third party may not file a report on behalf of a complainant of sex discrimination or sexual violence.  Should the College receive notice of an alleged violation of the sex discrimination or sexual violence policy by a third party, the College will make every effort to contact the alleged complainant to determine if that individual would like to file a formal complaint. Additionally, support and resources will be offered to the student complainant and to the student accused of sex discrimination or sexual violence.

Once a report is filed, the complainant must give verbal and written consent to the Dean of Campus Life Office to move forward with any on-campus process.  The Dean’s Office reserves the right to issue a No Communication Order between the involved students even if the complainant does not request or consent as a measure to deter the respondent from retaliation, should the Dean’s Office deem this necessary.  If and when a No Communication Order is issued, all of the involved students will be informed of the Order in person and will also be emailed a copy for their records. Both the complainant and the respondent will be advised of their rights as well as resources and support that the College can provide throughout the process. An impartial investigation will be conducted as quickly as possible by the Dean of Campus Life or designee and the Director of Public Safety. If a determination is made that an alleged violation of the College’s Community Standards may have occurred, the College may initiate disciplinary proceedings against the student.

The hearing officer handling the case (a staff member from either the Office of Residential Education or the Dean of Campus Life Office) prepares a written notice that includes alleged policy violations of the Community Standards of Conduct.  This written notice is sent to the students directly involved in the incident via the College email system. Notification will include the time and location of the incident, and a meeting time and place for an initial conference or student conduct meeting.

Both the complainant and the respondent have the same opportunity for access to information that will be used at a disciplinary hearing. Every effort will be made to resolve a complaint in a timely fashion. Complaints will be resolved within 60 days of being reported, unless outside legal action extends the College’s timeline. Students who are involved in an incident that has occurred off-campus can either contact the law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction where the incident took place by dialing 911, or they may contact the Dean of Campus Life Office, the Office of Residential Education, or the Office of Public Safety, all of whom can assist the student with filing a report with the appropriate law enforcement agency. Criminal, civil, and College disciplinary processes will be available to a student complainant and enforced against a person found to have engaged in the prohibited behavior.

Individuals who file complaints will be informed of all steps the College may take to address the initial incident, as well as prevent recurrence of the misconduct from taking place in the future. The respondent and the complainant are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding (an Initial Conference or a Sexual Violence Review Board), as well as a right to appeal the outcome (see the Community Standards section of this handbook for a complete list of rights for both parties). Also, both the complainant and respondent shall be informed in writing of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding regarding an alleged violation of the sex discrimination and sexual violence policy. In all cases, any information available to the Sexual Violence Review Board or Hearing Officer will be considered.

A preponderance of the evidence standard will be used to determine if the student is responsible for the alleged violation or not. The respondent is offered a presumption that he/she is not responsible until a finding of responsibility is made. Cases involving sex discrimination or sexual violence are not eligible for mediation, based on recommendations by the Office for Civil Rights. The complainant has the right to withdraw a complaint or withdraw from involvement from the conduct process at any time.

Support for Student Complainants. A student complainant seeking support or advice regarding an incident of sex discrimination or sexual violence should contact a representative from the Dean of Campus Life Office, specifically Ruta Shah-Gordon, Vice President, who serves as the point person for all student concerns related to sex discrimination and sexual violence. She can be reached at 718-420-4254 or in her office on the Union 3rd floor.  VP Shah-Gordon is available to serve as a student advocate, to accompany the complainant to the hospital or when reporting the incident to the police, and to assist with the coordination of services. If appropriate, the student should immediately obtain medical treatment for injuries, sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy. A medical exam to preserve evidence of rape must be completed within 72 hours of a sexual assault if a student wishes to pursue this option.  VP Shah-Gordon, along with the Office of Residential Education, will assist the student in securing a safe place to live. If the student lives on campus, she/he may be offered a room reassignment or change in her/his living situation. The Director of Residential Education and/or on-call staff will be contacted in order to identify a temporary or permanent reassignment. A reassignment request will be given highest priority.

If the complainant chooses to go through the student conduct process, the complainant will be encouraged to seek advice and resources from the Title IX Coordinators and Dean of Campus Life Office.  Both the complainant and the respondent are entitled to the same opportunity for access to information that will be used at the hearing, to present relevant witnesses and other information, and to have an advisor of choice present during the hearing. Confidential medical/counseling records and information regarding the victim’s sexual history will not be provided to the respondent and are not admissible at any disciplinary proceeding. Both parties have the right to appeal the outcome of a hearing. Counseling and/or support is also available at no charge to both students through the College’s Center for Health and Wellness.  See the Community Standards Review Board section of this handbook for additional information about the Conduct Process and the Sexual Violence Review Board.

Support for Student Respondents. It must be recognized that the accused in a College disciplinary investigation has certain rights, as outlined in the College’s Community Standards. A presumption of responsibility for a violation is not made as the result of any allegation(s). In the event that a student is accused of an act(s) of sex discrimination or sexual violence and a disciplinary complaint is submitted, this student will be encouraged to seek advice and resources from the Dean of Campus Life Office.  Both the complainant and the respondent are entitled to the same opportunity for access to information that will be used at the hearing, to present relevant witnesses and other information, and to have an advisor of choice present during the hearing. Confidential medical/counseling records and information regarding the victim’s sexual history will not be provided to the respondent and are not admissible at any disciplinary proceeding. Counseling and/or support is also available at no charge to both students through the College’s Center for Health and Wellness.  See the Community Standards Review Board section of this handbook for additional information.

Advisor of Choice. Any complainant or respondent involved in a sex discrimination and/or sexual violence case is entitled to have an advisor of choice present during any and all aspects of the process, including individual meetings with College administrators, as well as during a hearing or Community Standards Review Board.  The advisor of choice takes on the role of a support person during a hearing.  A student must speak on his or her own behalf; support persons should be silent throughout the hearing but may communicate in writing with the student for whom they are providing support. Students wishing to have a support person must inform the Dean of Campus L at least 24 hours in advance of the Review Board. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the support person of the date, time and place of the Review Board. A Review Board will not be canceled or postponed due to a support person’s inability to accompany a student. Inappropriate behavior exhibited by a support person, including speaking during the proceedings, acts of aggression or intimidation, attempts to sway a review official’s decision or attempts to postpone or delay proceedings, may result in his or her dismissal from the proceedings at the discretion of the Chairperson.  The College offers a trained support person if a student wishes to utilize this resource.  A trained support person is available to both the complainant and respondent upon request from the Dean of Campus Life Office.  This person can provide informal emotional support, and can assist a student through the preparation for and process of the Community Standards Review Board.

Amnesty. The health and safety of every student at Wagner College is of utmost importance.  Wagner College recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that violence, including but not limited to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct.  Wagner College strongly encourages students to report domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault to campus officials. A bystander acting in good faith, or a victim/survivor who discloses an incident of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to Wagner College officials or law enforcement will not be subject to the College’s student conduct process for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault.

False or Malicious Complaints. The use of this policy for false or malicious purposes is strictly prohibited. Anyone who brings forth false or malicious allegations of sex discrimination or sexual violence against another member of the College community may be subject to disciplinary action. An individual who brings a reasonable charge of sex discrimination or sexual violence in good faith, even if it may be erroneous, will not be subject to discipline.

Retaliation.  Students are encouraged to express their feelings in a responsible manner regarding incidents of sexual harassment. Any member of the College community who attempts to interfere, restrain, coerce, discriminate against, or harass (whether overtly or covertly) any individual responsibly pursuing a complaint of sex discrimination or sexual violence will be subject to prompt and appropriate disciplinary action.

Time Frame.  While the College seeks to resolve all Title IX claims in 60 days, circumstances may arise that require the extension of said time frame. Such circumstances may include the complexity of the allegations, the number of witnesses involved and their accessibility, school breaks or vacation, or other unforeseen circumstances.  Our standard time frame is explained in more detail in the Community Standards Review Board section of the Student Handbook.

Appeals Process.  Both the complainant and the respondent have the right to appeal the outcome of a hearing. A request for an appeal should be sent to the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students, who will review the request and determine if the request meets the grounds for an appeal (new information is offered that was not available at the time of the hearing, or a significant procedural error occurred that may have impacted the outcome of the hearing).  If the request to hear an appeal is granted, the appeal will be referred to an appellate board, comprised of three trained members of the faculty and administration, who will review the case and communicate a decision regarding the appeal to both the complainant and the respondent within 2 business days of the appellate board hearing.

Transcript Notation. The law requires that, for violent crimes, the College records the outcome of disciplinary action on a student’s transcript.  In disciplinary complaints involving withdrawal prior to a disciplinary hearing or Review Board, interim suspension, suspension, or dismissal, the student’s academic transcript shall be noted as follows: Withdrawal prior to a hearing: “Readmission subject to Student Disciplinary Hearing.” This comment is

Removed if a student is readmitted. Disciplinary Interim Suspension (pending a hearing): Student receives W or W grades according to established guidelines. Transcript comment reads: “Disciplinarily suspended on (date).” Disciplinary Suspension: Student receives W or W grades according to established guidelines. Transcript comment reads: “Disciplinarily suspended until (date).” Comment is removed when the term of suspension expires. Disciplinary Expulsion: Student receives W or W grades according to established guidelines. Transcript comment reads: “Disciplinarily expelled on (date).” After five years from the date of the student leaving the College for withdrawal pending disciplinary hearing, disciplinary interim suspension, or disciplinary expulsion, the student may petition the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs or designee to have the transcript comment removed. It is the student’s responsibility to provide substantial evidence which supports the petition and provide documentation of their activities (work, education, etc.) since their exit from the College.

 

Section 6444 – Notification to Individuals Reporting Sexual Misconduct

Wagner College’s Statement on Sex Discrimination and Sexual Violence

Tab How to Report a Concern

Link http://wagner.edu/campus-life/resources/sexual-misconduct/

Lists the information that must be provided immediately to an individual reporting sexual misconduct.  This Section also details the various services and assistance that the college must offer to individuals reporting incidents of Sexual Misconduct and the investigative and disciplinary procedures the college must apply.

How to Report a Concern

Wagner College takes all incidents seriously and has a responsibility to address any form of sex discrimination or sexual violence that is reported.

How to File a Complaint against a Student.  A student may report an incident to the Dean of Campus Life Office, the Office of Residential Education, or the Office of Public Safety. When sex discrimination or sexual violence involves criminal behavior, students are strongly encouraged to report the incident to the New York Police Department by dialing 911 or by visiting the 120th Precinct at 78 Richmond Terrace in Staten Island. Reporting such incidents to the NYPD can be done with the assistance of a Wagner College staff member. Students are also encouraged to utilize the Public Safety staff to assist in this process.

A student who experiences or becomes aware of an issue that could be considered sexual assault or sexual harassment while away from the Wagner campus should contact the Dean of Campus Life Office at 718-390-3423.  If a student is studying abroad, an administrator or faculty member who is on-site at your study abroad or study away location, and local authorities (at the discretion of the student) should also be contacted.  Please remember that any incident of sex discrimination or sexual violence that occurs off campus can still be addressed by the College as long as Wagner College students are involved, and if the incident has an adverse impact upon the College community (see Jurisdiction section of the Student Handbook for additional information).

If the accused (a person accused of a violation who has not yet entered the College’s judicial or conduct process) is a Wagner College student, students are urged to file a written complaint of sex discrimination or sexual violence with the College. To begin the process, the reporting individual (an individual who brings forth a report of a violation) should contact or visit the Dean of Campus Life Office, the Office of Residential Education in Towers Hall B3, or the Office of Public Safety in House 4. Students can pursue a disciplinary complaint with the College without pursuing criminal charges with the New York Police Department; however, the College strongly encourages students to report incidents to both the College and the police.  These are two separate processes.

Specifically, students wanting information regarding sex discrimination or sexual violence are encouraged to speak with Ruta Shah-Gordon, Vice President, who serves as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.  Her role is to discuss on- and off-campus resources for complainants, to provide support to complainants as they make decisions regarding their personal wellness, and to assist with reports to College personnel and local authorities.

How to File a Complaint Against an Employee.  Any individual who believes he/she has been discriminated against in violation of Title IX, including sexual harassment or gender discrimination, or who has witnessed discrimination against another, may file a complaint with or obtain information and assistance regarding the College’s policies and processes from any of the College’s Title IX Coordinators (see the full listing of Title IX Coordinators on this website). Upon receipt of a report, the Title IX Coordinator will conduct an initial Title IX assessment. The assessment will consider the nature of the report, the safety of the individual and of the campus community. If the assessment indicates any risk of harm to an individual, the Title IX Coordinator, along with the Director of Public Safety, may take the necessary steps to address those risks.

Amnesty for Reporting Individuals. No bystander or victim that reports, in good faith, any incident of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, will be charged with an alcohol or drug use violation of Wagner College’s code of conduct.

Options for Reporting Individuals. The options that are provided to reporters of sex discrimination and/or sexual violence include, but are not limited to:

  • Have emergency access to a Title IX Coordinator for the purposes of disclosing a concern (through the Residential Education or Public Safety on-call systems)
  • The opportunity to disclose the incident to Human Resources if the concern involves a College employee
  • See an on-campus counselor at Wagner College’s Center for Health and Wellness or see a private counselor
  • Go to the hospital for a forensic rape kit
  • Get a medical exam at Wagner College’s Center for Health and Wellness
  • See a private physician
  • Get tested for STIs, HIV, and/or pregnancy
  • Request that a No Communication Order be issued by Wagner College
  • File a report at Wagner College so that the incident can be adjudicated through the College’s conduct process
  • File a report with the New York Police Department (NYPD), New York State Police, or Wagner College Public Safety
  • Pursue an Order of Protection through local law enforcement agencies (NYPD)
  • Seek services and support from the Office for Victim Services
  • Receive assistance from the College in initiating legal proceedings in family court or civil court
  • Move your room in the residence halls
  • Change your class schedule
  • Ask the Dean’s Office to communicate with your professors
  • Withdraw a complaint or involvement from the College’s process at any time

All of these options are explained to a reporting individual and coordinated by a Title IX Coordinator. While it is the final prerogative of the reporting individual to make decisions regarding a course of action, Wagner College strongly encourages all reporting individuals to make a full report in order to ensure that all resources can be made available, as well as to maintain the widest range of options through which to pursue action. Students are also encouraged to report incidents of or share information about sex discrimination or sexual violence as soon as possible after the incident. Although there is no time limit on initiating a report of an incident with the College, it should be noted that the College may ultimately be limited in the action it can take if significant time has elapsed between the occurrence of the incident and the date of reporting.

The Conduct Process for Students

The College is committed to procedures that provide fair and prompt investigation and resolution of reports of sex discrimination and sexual violence, and is committed to educating the campus community about the importance of responding to all forms of sex discrimination and sexual violence. Emphasis is placed on the rights, responsibilities, needs and privacy of the student complainant and the rights of the respondent. The College adheres to all federal, state and local requirements for intervention and crime reporting related to sex discrimination and sexual violence.

Any person may file a complaint against a student who they believe has violated the College’s Community Standards (see full list of Community Standards in Student Handbook), which includes acts of sex discrimination and/or sexual violence. The complaint must be prepared in writing, signed, and submitted to the Dean of Campus Life Office, the Office of Residential Education, or the Office of Public Safety. All complaints should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place. A parent or third party may not file a report on behalf of a complainant of sex discrimination or sexual violence.  Should the College receive notice of an alleged violation of the sex discrimination or sexual violence policy by a third party, the College will make every effort to contact the alleged complainant to determine if that individual would like to file a formal complaint. Additionally, support and resources will be offered to the student complainant and to the student accused of sex discrimination or sexual violence.

Once a report is filed, the complainant must give verbal and written consent to the Dean of Campus Life Office to move forward with any on-campus process.  The Dean’s Office reserves the right to issue a No Communication Order between the involved students even if the complainant does not request or consent as a measure to deter the respondent from retaliation, should the Dean’s Office deem this necessary.  If and when a No Communication Order is issued, all of the involved students will be informed of the Order in person and will also be emailed a copy for their records. Both the complainant and the respondent will be advised of their rights as well as resources and support that the College can provide throughout the process. An impartial investigation will be conducted as quickly as possible by the Dean of Campus Life or designee and the Director of Public Safety. If a determination is made that an alleged violation of the College’s Community Standards may have occurred, the College may initiate disciplinary proceedings against the student.

The hearing officer handling the case (a staff member from either the Office of Residential Education or the Dean of Campus Life Office) prepares a written notice that includes alleged policy violations of the Community Standards of Conduct.  This written notice is sent to the students directly involved in the incident via the College email system. Notification will include the time and location of the incident, and a meeting time and place for an initial conference or student conduct meeting.

Both the complainant and the respondent have the same opportunity for access to information that will be used at a disciplinary hearing. Every effort will be made to resolve a complaint in a timely fashion. Complaints will be resolved within 60 days of being reported, unless outside legal action extends the College’s timeline. Students who are involved in an incident that has occurred off-campus can either contact the law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction where the incident took place by dialing 911, or they may contact the Dean of Campus Life Office, the Office of Residential Education, or the Office of Public Safety, all of whom can assist the student with filing a report with the appropriate law enforcement agency. Criminal, civil, and College disciplinary processes will be available to a student complainant and enforced against a person found to have engaged in the prohibited behavior.

Individuals who file complaints will be informed of all steps the College may take to address the initial incident, as well as prevent recurrence of the misconduct from taking place in the future. The respondent and the complainant are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding (an Initial Conference or a Sexual Violence Review Board), as well as a right to appeal the outcome (see the Community Standards section of this handbook for a complete list of rights for both parties). Also, both the complainant and respondent shall be informed in writing of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding regarding an alleged violation of the sex discrimination and sexual violence policy. In all cases, any information available to the Sexual Violence Review Board or Hearing Officer will be considered.

A preponderance of the evidence standard will be used to determine if the student is responsible for the alleged violation or not. The respondent is offered a presumption that he/she is not responsible until a finding of responsibility is made. Cases involving sex discrimination or sexual violence are not eligible for mediation, based on recommendations by the Office for Civil Rights. The complainant has the right to withdraw a complaint or withdraw from involvement from the conduct process at any time.

Support for Student Complainants. A student complainant seeking support or advice regarding an incident of sex discrimination or sexual violence should contact a representative from the Dean of Campus Life Office, specifically Ruta Shah-Gordon, Vice President, who serves as the point person for all student concerns related to sex discrimination and sexual violence. She can be reached at 718-420-4254 or in her office on the Union 3rd floor.  VP Shah-Gordon is available to serve as a student advocate, to accompany the complainant to the hospital or when reporting the incident to the police, and to assist with the coordination of services. If appropriate, the student should immediately obtain medical treatment for injuries, sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy. A medical exam to preserve evidence of rape must be completed within 72 hours of a sexual assault if a student wishes to pursue this option.  VP Shah-Gordon, along with the Office of Residential Education, will assist the student in securing a safe place to live. If the student lives on campus, she/he may be offered a room reassignment or change in her/his living situation. The Director of Residential Education and/or on-call staff will be contacted in order to identify a temporary or permanent reassignment. A reassignment request will be given highest priority.

If the complainant chooses to go through the student conduct process, the complainant will be encouraged to seek advice and resources from the Title IX Coordinators and Dean of Campus Life Office.  Both the complainant and the respondent are entitled to the same opportunity for access to information that will be used at the hearing, to present relevant witnesses and other information, and to have an advisor of choice present during the hearing. Confidential medical/counseling records and information regarding the victim’s sexual history will not be provided to the respondent and are not admissible at any disciplinary proceeding. Both parties have the right to appeal the outcome of a hearing. Counseling and/or support is also available at no charge to both students through the College’s Center for Health and Wellness.  See the Community Standards Review Board section of this handbook for additional information about the Conduct Process and the Sexual Violence Review Board.

Support for Student Respondents. It must be recognized that the accused in a College disciplinary investigation has certain rights, as outlined in the College’s Community Standards. A presumption of responsibility for a violation is not made as the result of any allegation(s). In the event that a student is accused of an act(s) of sex discrimination or sexual violence and a disciplinary complaint is submitted, this student will be encouraged to seek advice and resources from the Dean of Campus Life Office.  Both the complainant and the respondent are entitled to the same opportunity for access to information that will be used at the hearing, to present relevant witnesses and other information, and to have an advisor of choice present during the hearing. Confidential medical/counseling records and information regarding the victim’s sexual history will not be provided to the respondent and are not admissible at any disciplinary proceeding. Counseling and/or support is also available at no charge to both students through the College’s Center for Health and Wellness.  See the Community Standards Review Board section of this handbook for additional information.

Advisor of Choice. Any complainant or respondent involved in a sex discrimination and/or sexual violence case is entitled to have an advisor of choice present during any and all aspects of the process, including individual meetings with College administrators, as well as during a hearing or Community Standards Review Board.  The advisor of choice takes on the role of a support person during a hearing.  A student must speak on his or her own behalf; support persons should be silent throughout the hearing but may communicate in writing with the student for whom they are providing support. Students wishing to have a support person must inform the Dean of Campus L at least 24 hours in advance of the Review Board. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the support person of the date, time and place of the Review Board. A Review Board will not be canceled or postponed due to a support person’s inability to accompany a student. Inappropriate behavior exhibited by a support person, including speaking during the proceedings, acts of aggression or intimidation, attempts to sway a review official’s decision or attempts to postpone or delay proceedings, may result in his or her dismissal from the proceedings at the discretion of the Chairperson.  The College offers a trained support person if a student wishes to utilize this resource.  A trained support person is available to both the complainant and respondent upon request from the Dean of Campus Life Office.  This person can provide informal emotional support, and can assist a student through the preparation for and process of the Community Standards Review Board.

Amnesty. The health and safety of every student at Wagner College is of utmost importance.  Wagner College recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that violence, including but not limited to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct.  Wagner College strongly encourages students to report domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault to campus officials. A bystander acting in good faith, or a victim/survivor who discloses an incident of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to Wagner College officials or law enforcement will not be subject to the College’s student conduct process for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault.

False or Malicious Complaints. The use of this policy for false or malicious purposes is strictly prohibited. Anyone who brings forth false or malicious allegations of sex discrimination or sexual violence against another member of the College community may be subject to disciplinary action. An individual who brings a reasonable charge of sex discrimination or sexual violence in good faith, even if it may be erroneous, will not be subject to discipline.

Retaliation.  Students are encouraged to express their feelings in a responsible manner regarding incidents of sexual harassment. Any member of the College community who attempts to interfere, restrain, coerce, discriminate against, or harass (whether overtly or covertly) any individual responsibly pursuing a complaint of sex discrimination or sexual violence will be subject to prompt and appropriate disciplinary action.

Time Frame.  While the College seeks to resolve all Title IX claims in 60 days, circumstances may arise that require the extension of said time frame. Such circumstances may include the complexity of the allegations, the number of witnesses involved and their accessibility, school breaks or vacation, or other unforeseen circumstances.  Our standard time frame is explained in more detail in the Community Standards Review Board section of the Student Handbook.

Appeals Process.  Both the complainant and the respondent have the right to appeal the outcome of a hearing. A request for an appeal should be sent to the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students, who will review the request and determine if the request meets the grounds for an appeal (new information is offered that was not available at the time of the hearing, or a significant procedural error occurred that may have impacted the outcome of the hearing).  If the request to hear an appeal is granted, the appeal will be referred to an appellate board, comprised of three trained members of the faculty and administration, who will review the case and communicate a decision regarding the appeal to both the complainant and the respondent within 2 business days of the appellate board hearing.

Transcript Notation. The law requires that, for violent crimes, the College records the outcome of disciplinary action on a student’s transcript.  In disciplinary complaints involving withdrawal prior to a disciplinary hearing or Review Board, interim suspension, suspension, or dismissal, the student’s academic transcript shall be noted as follows: Withdrawal prior to a hearing: “Readmission subject to Student Disciplinary Hearing.” This comment is

removed if a student is readmitted. Disciplinary Interim Suspension (pending a hearing): Student receives W or W grades according to established guidelines. Transcript comment reads: “Disciplinarily suspended on (date).” Disciplinary Suspension: Student receives W or W grades according to established guidelines. Transcript comment reads: “Disciplinarily suspended until (date).” Comment is removed when the term of suspension expires. Disciplinary Expulsion: Student receives W or W grades according to established guidelines. Transcript comment reads: “Disciplinarily expelled on (date).” After five years from the date of the student leaving the College for withdrawal pending disciplinary hearing, disciplinary interim suspension, or disciplinary expulsion, the student may petition the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs or designee to have the transcript comment removed. It is the student’s responsibility to provide substantial evidence which supports the petition and provide documentation of their activities (work, education, etc.) since their exit from the College.

Resources & Services

There are campus and community resources and services available to students, faculty and staff even if College or criminal reports are not made. The College strongly encourages complainants to seek assistance to care for themselves emotionally and physically through confidential crisis intervention, health care, and counseling. Complainants should keep in mind that medical examinations are time-sensitive and critical in preserving evidence of sexual violence, so those options must be exercised as soon as possible.

Wagner College Resources & Services

 

Local Resources & Services

 

Helpful Apps

  • Circle of Six is an app that prevents violence before it happens. It helps you connect to your friends quickly so you can stay close, stay safe, and keep you connected. The app allows you to call or text a close group of confidantes with a subtle press of a button. Circle of Six is designed for college student safety and we highly recommend that Wagner students use it!
  • Love is Not Abuse is an app that mimics the persistent, repetitive texting and calling typical of an emotionally abusive partner. If it reminds you of your own relationship (or a friend’s), you know to get help.
  • Kitestring is an app that asks you to check in before you go out, checks in on you via text, and sends your emergency contacts an automated message if you do not respond to the text.
  • Companion is an app that lets lone travelers connect with family, friends, or public safety departments to track them on their journey and be alerted should trouble arise.

 

Helpful Websites

  • Notalone.gov is a website that provides resources for students about how to prevent and respond to sexual assault on college campuses.
  • Aclu.org is a website that provides information about your rights as it relates to Title IX.
  • Knowyourix.org is a national survivor-run, student-driven campaign to end campus sexual violence.
  • Rainn.org is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization.
  • Loveisrespect.org allows you to text, chat, or call 24/7 for support.

Section 6445 – Campus Climate Assessments

Section 6445 requires colleges to conduct campus climate assessments every other year.  CUNY conducted its first assessment this year.

Wagner College’s Statement on Sex Discrimination and Sexual Violence.

Tab-HEDS Campus Climate Survey

As part of Wagner College’s commitment to assessing and addressing issues of sexual violence, we are asking members of the Wagner College community to participate in a brief, confidential, online survey (a link to the survey was emailed to members of the Wagner community). The survey considers issues such as unwanted sexual contact and sexual assault, students’ perceptions of how Wagner College addresses and responds to sexual assault, and whether and how often students have experienced unwanted sexual contact or sexual assault.

Information collected through the survey will allow Wagner College to enhance policies, programs, support and services as well as to benchmark our efforts against national peers.  Wagner College is encouraging broad participation to provide results that allow the institution to focus on programs and resources that will be most helpful to our community.  We expect results to be publicly available in fall 2015.

 

Section 6446 – Confidential Resources

Link http://wagner.edu/campus-life/resources/sexual-misconduct/

Wagner College’s Statement on Sex Discrimination and Sexual Violence

Tab-Confidentiality and Privacy

Section 6446 requires that colleges provide students with resources for reporting sexual misconduct confidentially.

The College will work to safeguard the identities and privacy of complainants who report or seek assistance regarding sex discrimination and/or sexual violence to the extent possible and permitted by law. However, it is important that complainants and respondents (a respondent refers to the individual who has been accused of sexual misconduct) understand the limits on confidentiality. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (formerly the Campus Security Act) requires that all College officials with significant responsibility for campus and student activities report any incident of alleged sex discrimination and/or sexual violence, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.  However, if the complainant does not wish to be identified, a third party report that does not include the individual’s name must be made.  It is recommended that a complainant or respondent always confirm whether confidentiality applies to their communication of information.   If a complainant wishes to maintain confidentiality or does not consent to the College’s request to initiate an investigation, the Title IX Coordinator must weigh the request against the College’s obligation to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all members of its communication.  The College will assist all complainants with academic, housing, transportation, employment, and other reasonable and available accommodations regardless of reporting choices.

Sanctuaries. Confidentiality applies when services are sought from Sanctuaries.  Sanctuaries can be trusted with secret or private information that will not be shared with anyone else.  Sanctuaries are not required by law to report known incidents of sexual assault or other crimes to College officials. Wagner College considers the following people to be Sanctuaries:

  • Center for Health and Wellness Licensed Practitioners (Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Counselors)
  • Personal Health Care Provider
  • Personal Attorney
  • Religious/Spiritual Counselor, including the Wagner College Chaplain and ordained Chaplain Liaisons

Responsible Employees.  Different from Sanctuaries, but still allowing a level of privacy are Responsible Employees.  Privacy is offered by these individuals who are unable to offer confidentiality under the law, but shall still not disclose information learned from a reporting individual or bystander to a crime or incident more than necessary to comply with applicable laws, including informing appropriate College officials.  Responsible Employees are any Wagner employees who: (1) have the authority to take action to redress sexual assault or violence; (2) have been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual assault or violence or any other misconduct by students to the Title IX coordinator or other appropriate school designee; or (3) anyone whom a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.  A Responsible Employee must report to the Wagner’s Title IX coordinator (Director of Human Resources) or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Jazzmine Clarke-Glover, Ruta Shah-Gordon, Lily McNair, or Peg Hefferan), or other appropriate College officials all relevant details about the alleged sex discrimination or sexual violence that the student or another person has shared and that the College will need to determine what occurred and to resolve the situation. This includes the names of the alleged perpetrator (if known), the student who experienced the alleged sexual violence, other students involved in the alleged sexual violence, as well as relevant facts, including the date, time, and location.  Due to these obligations, Responsible Employees cannot guarantee full confidentiality or secrecy in the same way as a Sanctuary, but will be as discreet as possible when sharing information with others.  Information provided to a Responsible Employee may be disclosed to appropriate College officials who have an “essential need to know” in order to carry out their College responsibilities. Wagner College considers all employees, with the exception of the Sanctuaries listed above, to be Responsible Employees.

Even Wagner College offices and employees who cannot guarantee confidentiality will maintain your privacy to the greatest extent possible. The information you provide to a non-confidential resource will be relayed only as necessary for the Title IX Coordinator to investigate and/or seek a resolution.

Safety Measures. Wagner College must balance the needs of the individual student with its obligation to protect the safety and well-being of the College community. Therefore, based on the complaint, additional action may be necessary, including but not limited to, interim suspension, banning from specific areas of campus, housing relocation, class reassignment, instituting a No Communication Order, and campus safety alerts. It is noted that the alert will not contain any information that identifies the student complainant.

 

Section 6447 – Student Onboarding and Ongoing Education

Section 6447 describes the educational programs that colleges must offer incoming students.

Wagner College’s Statement on Sex Discrimination and Sexual Violence

Tab-Education & Prevention

Education & Prevention

Wagner College is committed to education and increasing awareness of students, faculty, and staff about preventing incidents of sex discrimination and sexual violence. The Title IX Coordinators are responsible for coordinating the College’s sex discrimination and sexual violence education and prevention program in collaboration with the Center for Health and Wellness, which coordinates the Peer Education Program.

Education and prevention resources and opportunities at Wagner College include:

 

  • Wagner College’s Title IX Coordinators
  • The Dean of Campus Life Office, the Office of Residential Education, and the Center for Health and Wellness distribute sexual violence prevention materials and information.
  • AlcoholEDU and Haven modules are required for all new students (as of Fall 2015).
  • A ‘Step Up Bystander Intervention Training’ is available for any campus group or office. Contact the Dean of Campus Life Office for additional information.
  • The staff members in the Division of Campus Life and in Public Safety, including the undergraduate Resident Assistants, are trained in sexual assault response and prevention.
  • The Red Riding Hood Project is a non-profit organization with a chapter on the Wagner College campus that exists to create a community that can provide security, awareness, and empowerment to women by advocating for policy change, providing resources, and basically giving women the power, voice and kick-ass abilities to protect themselves and their fellow sisters.
  • The Healthy Relationships Peer Education group, which offers an educational sexual assault prevention workshop free of charge to anyone in the Wagner community.
  • Educational programming is conducted within the Wagner College residential communities.
  • Two annual student-run events that address issues of sexual assault are the Vagina Monologues and Take Back the Night.

 

Section 6448 – Privacy in Legal Challenges

Section 6448 describes the steps the college must take to protect the confidentiality of students involved in sexual misconduct matters

Wagner College’s Statement on Sex Discrimination and Sexual Violence

Tab- Institutional Crime Reporting Obligations and Disclosure Requirements

Section 6449 – Data Reporting

Section 6449 requires colleges to report a variety of information to the New York State Department of Education.  The State Department of Education is required to provide a reporting mechanism.  Until that time, it is necessary for colleges to maintain the information required

Link – http://wagner.edu/public-safety/

Tab- Campus Security Report

And:

Annual Security and Fire Report

Campus Mandatory Reporters

Clery Statistics

Clery Hate/Bias Crimes, Reporting

 

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