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Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures

IX. Rights Afforded to Students

Students’ Bill of Rights

In accordance with New York State law, all students have the right to:

  1. Make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police;
  2. Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault treated seriously;
  3. Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by the institution;
  4. Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard;
  5. Be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services, where available;
  6. Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations;
  7. Describe the incident to as few institution representatives as practicable and not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident;
  8. Be protected from retaliation by the institution, any student, the accused and/or the respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the institution; 
  9. Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination;
  10. Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused, or respondent throughout the judicial or conduct process including during all meetings and hearing related to such process; and 
  11. Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or conduct process of the institution.

Date of Policy: Updated 8.24.18

The University may amend and revise these policies and procedures from time to time to comply with applicable laws, regulations, and governmental guidance.  Nothing in these policies shall affect the inherent authority of Fordham University to take actions as it deems appropriate to further its educational mission or to protect the safety and security of our community.