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Sexual and Related Misconduct Policy and Procedures

V. Reporting

The University encourages all members of the community to report incidents of sexual and related misconduct. Consistent with Section V(E) below - “Mandatory Reporting: The University’s Requirement for Faculty, Staff, and Administrators” - the University requires all faculty, staff, and administrators who learn of sexual and related misconduct within the University community, including potential sexual and related misconduct, to share that information with the Title IX Office. Reporting enables the University to provide a uniform approach to informing community members of: (i) their rights and options; and (ii) the resources available to them. Reporting also enables the University to take action that will stop the discrimination, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects.

A. Submitting Reports

If you wish to submit a detailed report of sexual or related misconduct, please contact the Title IX Office, the Department of Public Safety, Human Resources, or the Associate Head of the London Centre as outlined below. The individuals in these departments are trained to receive detailed reports of sexual and related misconduct and respond to those reports.

In addition, reports of sexual and related misconduct involving students may be made to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Deputy Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at Rose Hill, and the Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at Lincoln Center as outlined below. Individuals who submit reports to the individuals listed in this paragraph will be directed to the Title IX Office, the Department of Public Safety, Human Resources, or the Associate Head of the London Centre if they wish to submit a detailed report of sexual and related misconduct.

Individuals who possess a Fordham Access IT ID may use that ID to submit a confidential online report. These reports will not receive an immediate response from the Department of Public Safety or emergency responders. These reports are not completely confidential - the ID associated with the report will be kept on file by the University. However, the University will maintain privacy to the greatest extent possible.

  1. Submitting a Report at Any Time of Day or Night

    The Department of Public Safety can receive detailed reports of sexual and related misconduct at any time of day or night. The Department of Public Safety is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Department of Public Safety supervisors have extensive experience and training working with individuals who have experienced sexual and related misconduct.

    The Department of Public Safety
    Rose Hill: 718-817-2222
    Lincoln Center: 212-636-6076
    Westchester: 914-367-3001

    If necessary, calls made to the Department of Public Safety at any of the campuses will be routed to the appropriate campus. For Fordham community members, the phone number for the Department of Public Safety can be found on the back of the Fordham University identification card that was issued to you by the University. Individuals who possess a Fordham Access IT ID may use that ID to submit a confidential online report. These reports will not receive an immediate response from the Department of Public Safety or emergency responders. These reports are not completely confidential - the ID associated with the report will be kept on file by the University. However, the University will maintain privacy to the greatest extent possible.

    Confidential Online Reporting
    (Using Your Fordham Access IT ID)
    http://my.fordham.edu/site/web/content/security/incident_report.jsp

  2. Submitting a Report During Fordham Business Hours in the United States - Reports Involving Any Member of the University Community

    In addition to the reporting options listed in the preceding section (“Submitting a Report at Any Time of Day or Night") all reports can be submitted to the following individuals during Fordham business hours in the United States. The Title IX Office can receive detailed reports of sexual and related misconduct during business hours. The individuals in the Title IX Office have extensive experience and training working with individuals who have experienced sexual and related misconduct.

    Title IX Coordinator
    Kareem Peat
    Faculty Memorial Hall, Second Floor
    Rose Hill Campus
    718-817-3112
    titleix@fordham.edu

    Human Resources can receive detailed reports of sexual and related misconduct during business hours. The individuals in the Human Resources have extensive experience and training working with individuals who have experienced sexual and related misconduct.

    Senior Director of Human Resources Policy and Practice
    Nancy Hark
    Faculty Memorial Hall, Room 506
    Rose Hill Campus
    718-817-4090
    nhark@fordham.edu

    Manager of Employee and Labor Relations
    Gülay Siouzios
    Faculty Memorial Hall, Room 417
    Rose Hill Campus
    718-817-3897
    siouzios@fordham.edu

  3. Submitting a Report During Fordham Business Hours in the United States - Reports Involving Students

    Fordham University students have the right to make a report to the Department of Public Safety, local law enforcement, and/or state police, or choose not to report; to report the incident to the University; to be protected by the University from retaliation for reporting an incident; and to receive assistance and resources from the University. In addition to the reporting options listed in the preceding sections (“Submitting a Report at Any Time of Day or Night” and “Submitting a Report During Fordham Business Hours in the United States - Reports Involving Any Member of the University Community”) reports involving students can be submitted to the Dean of Students for the campus at which the student is enrolled and the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

    If you are a student enrolled at the Rose Hill Campus or the Calder Center, contact:
    Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at Rose Hill
    Christopher Rodgers
    McGinley Campus Center 242
    718-817-4755
    deanrodgers@fordham.edu

    If you are a student enrolled at the Lincoln Center or Westchester Campuses, contact:
    Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at Lincoln Center
    Keith Eldredge
    140 W62 Building G33
    212-636-6250
    eldredge@fordham.edu

    If you are a student enrolled at any campus, contact:
    Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Deputy Title IX Coordinator
    Michele C. Burris
    Keating Hall 100
    718-817-4750
    mburris@fordham.edu

    Individuals who submit reports to the individuals listed in this section will be directed to the Title IX Office, the Department of Public Safety, Human Resources, or the Associate Head of the London Centre if they wish to submit a detailed report of sexual and related misconduct.

  4. Submitting Reports Originating Outside the United States

    In addition to the reporting options listed in the section above entitled “Submitting a Report at Any Time of Day or Night,” a reporting individual should contact the person who is leading the relevant program or activity if an incident happens at an off-campus program or activity, including any programs or activities abroad during a Fordham academic or service program, or abroad during a Fordham-sponsored activity or program. The person who is leading the Fordham program or activity is required to report this information to Public Safety.

    Complaints occurring at London Centre should be brought to:
    Assistant Head of the London Centre, Director of Student Affairs
    Matthew Holland
    mholland16@fordham.edu

    All reports, regardless of location, may also be brought to the New York-based Department of Public Safety at +1-718-817-2222. All complaints are submitted centrally to the Department of Public Safety after submission to the Assistant Head of the London Centre. Students may also refer to the CARE brochure Campus Assault and Relationship Education for detailed information on the steps to take to be aware of potential sex- and gender-based discrimination and how to address misconduct if it occurs.

B. Student Alcohol and Drug-Use Amnesty Policy When Reporting Sexual and Related Misconduct

A reporting individual acting in good faith or a bystander acting in good faith that discloses any incident of sexual or related misconduct to Fordham officials or law enforcement will not be subject to adjudication under Fordham University’s Code of Conduct for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the commission of the sexual or related misconduct. The health and safety of every student at Fordham University is of utmost importance. Fordham University recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using recreational/illicit 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. Fordham University strongly encourages students to report sexual and related misconduct to institution officials. All reported incidents are centrally tracked in order to be reviewed for patterns and to assist in stopping the recurrence of similar incidents.

C. Notification of Rights at the Time of First Disclosure

At the first instance of disclosure by a reporting individual to an institution representative, the following information shall be presented to the student-complainant: Fordham University students have the right to make a report to the Department of Public Safety, local law enforcement, and/or state police, or choose not to report; to report the incident to the University; to be protected by the University from retaliation for reporting an incident; and to receive assistance and resources from the University. This information is also printed on the inside cover of the main University publication for students related to sexual misconduct, the Campus Assault and Relationship Education (CARE) brochure, which is available at www.fordham.edu/CARE

D. Communications that are Not Treated as Reports to the University - Speaking with a Confidential Resource

Communications with the Confidential Resources listed below will not be shared with the Department of Public Safety, the Title IX Office, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, or the Deans of Students. The University provides Confidential Resources because individuals who experience sexual and related misconduct may find it helpful to talk in a supportive, confidential context in which they can discuss feelings of acute stress, self-blame, shame, anger, or confusion. Confidential Resources are designated University staff members and administrators who are available for people to speak with when they choose not to report an incident. It is important to note that confidential officials in these offices may not be able to provide the accommodations and support that Public Safety, the Deans of Students, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Coordinator, or Human Resources can arrange (i.e., changes in academic scheduling, living, transportation, and working accommodations).

The following are the Confidential Resources offered by the University:
Counseling and Psychological Services - Clinical Counselors:
Rose Hill Campus: 718-817-3725
Lincoln Center Campus: 212-636-6225
Westchester Campus: 914-367-3733
Calder Center: Please use the Westchester Phone Number

Office of Campus Ministry - Pastoral Counselors:
Rose Hill Campus: 718-817-4500
Lincoln Center Campus: 212-636-6267
Westchester Campus: 914-367-3420
Calder Center: Please use the Westchester Phone Number

University Health Services - Medical Providers:
Rose Hill Campus: 718-817-4160
Lincoln Center Campus: 212-636-7160
Westchester Campus: Please use the Rose Hill Phone Number
Calder Center: Please use the Rose Hill Phone Number

Consistent with the following section, all faculty, staff, and administrators not listed above are required to report incidents of potential sex- or gender-based discrimination relayed to them.

E. Mandatory Reporting: The University’s Requirement for Faculty, Staff, and Administrators

When faculty, staff, and administrators observe, obtain knowledge of, learn about, or reasonably suspect a student has experienced sexual or related misconduct, they must report all relevant details about the incident to the Title IX Coordinator, the Deans of Students for the campuses, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, the Department of Public Safety, or Human Resources. This information will then be subject to centralized review by the Title IX Coordinator. When a faculty member, staff member, or administrator is told, observes, obtains knowledge of, learns of, or reasonably suspects that another employee of the University has experienced sexual or related misconduct, the following reporting procedures apply. It is imperative that the Title IX Coordinator, the Department of Public Safety, the Deans of Students, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and/or Human Resources are informed of reports to ensure the complainant is provided with notification of their rights and options as well as the full range of resources available to them. A responsible employee is a University employee who has the authority to redress sexual misconduct, who has a duty to report incidents of sexual misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty. This definition encompasses all University employees, including all faculty, staff, and administrators who are not designated Confidential Resources. If you are unclear whether information must be reported, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Deans of Students, the Department of Public Safety, or Human Resources to assist you with the proper steps to take.

The only Fordham employees who are exceptions to the mandatory reporting requirement are Confidential Resources. This group consists of the University’s:

  1. Clinical counselors at Counseling and Psychological Services;
  2. Pastoral counselors in Campus Ministry; and
  3. Medical providers in Health Services.

*For more information see Section V(D), “Communications that are Not Treated As Reports to the University - Speaking with a Confidential Resource

State law requires professional counselors to report when:

  1. A patient is likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to the patient or to others; or
  2. There is reasonable cause to suspect that a minor has been sexually abused.

When faculty members, staff members, and administrators observe, learn of, or reasonably suspect a student has experienced any type of sexual or related misconduct they must report the incident. When faculty members, staff members, and administrators observe, learn of, or reasonably suspect a faculty member, staff member, or administrator has experienced any type of sexual or related misconduct they must report the incident. Faculty members, staff members, and administrators are not required to report their own experiences.

When department heads, area chairs, and employees with supervisory authority over others learn of any form of prohibited sexual and related misconduct, that individual MUST report the information to the Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, or the Department of Public Safety. The employee may simultaneously report this information to their own supervisor.

F. Good Faith Reporting

Even if a respondent is not ultimately found responsible, an individual who files a complaint in good faith will not be subject to discipline.

G. False or Malicious Reporting

The use of this policy for false or malicious purposes is strictly prohibited. Anyone who knowingly brings a false or malicious complaint against another University community member may be subject to disciplinary action.