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Conduct Standards

Conduct Standards

The Student Handbook and the Residential Life Handbook delineate certain standards of conduct expected of all students. Fordham University administers the Code of Conduct through the Office of the Dean of Students. Sanctions are imposed to promote a safe and secure learning environment. They also send a clear message that inappropriate behavior is contrary to the educational mission of the University. These sanctions may range from a disciplinary reprimand to expulsion from the University. Any member of the University community may file charges with the dean of students against a student for violation of the Code of Conduct.

When a violation is observed by or reported to a member of the Office of Public Safety, an official report of the incident is prepared and forwarded to the Office of the Dean of Students for further action. If you elect to initiate formal charges against another student, the charges should be put in writing and filed with the dean of students. Such a charge will be handled in accordance with the University judicial procedures as outlined in the Student Handbook.

Sexual Offense
  The University pledges its efforts to ensure an environment in which the dignity and worth of all members of the community are respected. It is the policy of the University that sexual intimidation of students and employees is unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated. The University will not tolerate unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and any other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constituting sexual harassment.

Prohibited behavior includes but is not limited to:

Forcible Sexual Offenses: Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly or against that person’s will. This includes forcible rape as well as acquaintance rape (by one or more than one companion, or someone the victim knows through mutual friends).
Non-forcible Sexual Offenses:    Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse, including incest and rape.
Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and physical conduct.

Registered Sex Offenders
  “Megan’s Law” protects our communities and universities by mandating that convicted sex offenders register with the state through the Division of Criminal Justice Services. Information regarding these convicted sex offenders is obtainable through local police agencies having jurisdiction. Such information may also be obtained through our Office of Public Safety by calling (718) 817-2222 and asking for the Operations Manager or Duty Supervisor.

Police agencies having jurisdiction on our three campuses are as follows: Rose Hill: NYPD 48th Police Precinct, (718) 299-3900
Lincoln Center: NYPD 20th Police Precinct, (212) 580-6411
Westchester Campus: Harrison PD, (914) 967-5110

The information can also be obtained from the New York State Department of Criminal Justice at: www.criminaljustice.state.ny

Safety and Awareness Programs
  The University utilizes the following programs to promote awareness of rape/acquaintance rape:

Freshman Care Programming
A series of mandatory programs on important topics related to life on campus for all first-year resident students. The director of residential life administers the program. The programs are conducted during the months of September and October.

Campus Assault and Relationship Education (CARE) Peer Educators Programming
The Office of Residential Life formed the CARE Committee to conduct ongoing programming for the entire campus on the issues of sexual assault, harassment, and healthy relationships. Each year this committee coordinates “Take Back the Night”-type marches, publicity campaigns, guest speakers and educational programs. CARE is chaired or advised each year by a member of the resident director’s staff.

Residence Hall Staff Training
Resident directors and resident assistants receive extensive training during the month of August in preparation for the academic year. The director of residential life conducts and oversees all training for the staff on the issues of sexual assault and harassment.
Any individual who believes that he or she is being subjected to sexual harassment should utilize the mediation and resolution procedures as described in the Student Handbook, whereby an immediate response and investigation will commence. Sexual offenses can be reported to the dean of students, the director of residential life or the office of public safety 24 hours a day.

Immediate reporting, with the ability to find and safeguard evidence, is crucial to subsequent prosecution should the victim decide to proceed criminally. The victim retains exclusive right to decide whether to proceed criminally or to seek other available forms of resolution. The University will actively support the victim’s decision. The Office of Public Safety will facilitate in every way, including transportation, for the victim to report the incident to the local police.

If you elect to initiate a formal University charge against another student or group of students, the charges should be put in writing and filed with the dean of students. The victim and the student against whom the complaint is lodged must represent themselves during a judicial process. However, a member of the Student Affairs staff can be assigned to either party, if so desired, to act as a support person throughout the process.

Possible sanctions for those found in violation of sexual offense policies range up to and include suspension and/or expulsion from the University. Both the victim and the student against whom the complaint is lodged will be informed of the outcome of the judicial investigation. A request for change of residence hall assignment (when the victim and the respondent live in the same residence hall) or a request for academic change (when the victim and the respondent are in the same classes) will be handled by the dean or assistant dean of students.

A student who is the victim of a sexual offense may utilize the services of the Counseling Center located at Rose Hill in the O’Hare Hall Health Center, at Lincoln Center in Residence Hall, Room 211. Psychologists will provide supportive and confidential counseling. In emergency situations, professional staff are contactedto respond during off-hours. Members of the Office of Student Affairs are also available to discuss sexual assault and rape incidents and make referrals.

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