CARE: Campus Assault and Relationship Education
Fordham University Policy Statement on Sexual Offenses
Fordham University is committed to the development and support of its primary educational mission. The University will not tolerate any form of sexual misconduct such as rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or other forms of non-consensual activity, including stalking and/or domestic violence or dating violence, sexual exploitation, and other sexual misconduct. Sexual 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 can be committed by anyone regardless of sex, gender, or gender identity. Fordham will take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the sexual violence, eliminate the hostile environment, prevent recurrence, and, as appropriate, remedy its effects. This policy statement and the CARE brochure support the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures.
The University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures applies regardless of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, gender, national origin, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic predisposition, carrier status, or any other basis prohibited by law.
In addition, this policy applies to conduct that takes place on campus, off campus, and at Fordham University-sponsored programs or events, including Fordham University-sponsored study abroad programs or Fordham University academic, learning, and service programs located at off-campus sites. This policy also covers conduct that takes place off campus that occurs in the context of an education program or activity of the University and covers conduct that takes place off campus that has a continuing effect on campus or in an off-campus education program or activity.
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 offense, stalking, and domestic or dating violence 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; and off-campus resources as needed.
Fordham University will enforce its policy on sexual offenses 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) who receives annual Title IX and sexual misconduct training.