CARE: Campus Assault and Relationship Education
Fordham University Policy Statement on Sexual Offenses
Fordham University is committed to maintaining a community in which its members live, work, and learn in a safe and respectful environment that is free from all forms of sex- and gender- based discrimination. The University will not tolerate any form of sexual misconduct such as sex and gender discrimination, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence, prohibited consensual relationships, sexual exploitation, and other sexual misconduct, and intimidation and retaliation for reporting as defined in the Sexual and Related Misconduct Policy and Procedures. Sexual and related misconduct can occur between strangers, acquaintances, or people who know each other well, including those who are involved in an intimate or sexual relationship, and sexual and related misconduct can be committed by anyone regardless of sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Fordham will take prompt and effective steps to end the sexual and related misconduct, eliminate the hostile environment, prevent recurrence, and remedy its effects. This policy statement and the CARE brochure support the University’s Sexual and Related Misconduct Policy and Procedures.
The University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures applies regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, or any other protected class recognized under federal, state, or local law.
In addition, this policy applies to conduct by all students, faculty, staff, and administrators, taking place on campus, or at Fordham University sponsored programs, activities, or events, including study abroad program and academic, learning, and service programs located at off-campus sites. This policy also covers conduct that has a continuing effect on campus or in an off-campus education program, activity, or event sponsored by the University.
Fordham University supports this policy through educational instruction on prevention, counseling, and medical support services. Educational programs include but are not limited to campus-wide distribution of the CARE brochure; online training for new students; new student orientation programs related to sexual violence; the CARE core program for new undergraduate students; peer education workshops on topics that include the nature of sexual misconduct and dating violence, keys to prevention, and coping with the aftermath of an assault; public safety presentations; residential life presentations; bystander intervention and sexual assault awareness programs; individual and group counseling; and other support services.
Fordham University responds to all sexual and related misconduct incidents with a trained response team that includes public safety; the dean of students; the Title IX coordinator; the deputy Title IX coordinator; the offices of residential life, health services, and counseling services; the Office of Human Resources as appropriate: and off-campus resources as needed.
Fordham University will enforce its policy on sexual and related misconduct through internal student conduct procedures that are fair, prompt, and impartial. Student conduct cases will be handled by the respective dean of students on each campus (or the dean’s designee) or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator who all receive annual Title IX and sexual misconduct training.