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Sexual Misconduct Resources

Title IX

Sexual Misconduct Resources
Title IX

Le Moyne College subscribes fully to all applicable federal and state legislation and regulations regarding discrimination (including the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (Title IX); Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504); the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA); the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Age Discrimination Act; and the New York State Human Rights Law). The College does not discriminate against students, faculty, staff or other beneficiaries on the basis of race, color, gender, creed, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or national or ethnic origin in admission to, or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Le Moyne College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. For further information regarding Title IX contact Dr. Deborah Cady Melzer, Vice President for Student Development at (315) 445-4278. All other inquiries relative to the regulations mentioned above may be addressed to Sue Ames, Dean for Academic Advising and Support, at (315) 445-4597.

Le Moyne College does not condone or tolerate any conduct that would constitute sexual harassment or sexual misconduct. Acts of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct including sexual assault undermine the dignity of individuals and the principles of equality and respect for others and are serious violations of our community standards. These acts do not just harm the individual; they harm the College community as a whole.

The Le Moyne College Sexual Harassment and/or Sexual Misconduct Policy is here.
Commitment to a Safe Community

Le Moyne College works to promote an environment and collective attitude that encourages students, faculty, staff and administrators to serve others, participate in the life of the College, and act as responsible members of the community. Acts  of sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, undermine the dignity of individuals and the principles of equality and respect  for others and are serious violations of our community standards.  These acts do not just harm the individual. These crimes harm the College community as a whole.

If You have Experienced Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence, or Stalking:

Immediate Steps
· Go to a safe place

· Call someone you trust

· Preserve evidence— After sexual violence, do not shower until you have considered whether to have a no-cost forensic sexual assault examination at the hospital, and save the clothes you were wearing (unwashed) in a paper or cloth bag.  Take photos of any damage or injury and keep communication records.

Within 24 Hours

· Seek out support—You may want to turn to a confidential counselor for support and information.  They will talk with you about your options for additional services and reporting.

· After unwanted physical contact, get medical attention—A medical provider can check for and treat physical injury,
sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy.  You do not need to file a formal report to receive medical care.

At Any Time

· Consider making a formal report—You are encouraged to report what happened to both Le Moyne Security and to local law enforcement officials.  You decide how much you would like to participate in the process. 

· Le Moyne can help—There are many on-campus resources available to you to help support you.  You do not need to file a formal report to receive help.

If you have experienced sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking, you have the right to make a report to campus security, local law enforcement, and/or state police or choose not to report. You may report the incident to your institution; to be protected by the institution from retaliation for reporting an incident; and to receive assistance and resources from your institution. 

Confidential Support Options

Confidentiality—Confidentiality may be offered by an individual who is not required by law to report known incidents of sexual assault or other crimes to institutional officials in a manner consistent with state and federal law.  Licensed mental health counselors, medical providers and pastoral counselors are examples of institutional employees who may offer confidentiality.

Le Moyne strongly encourages our students to receive the confidential support that is available to them by being part of our community.  If you would like to confidentially discuss an incident of sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking, you can do so by contacting our Wellness Center for Health and Counseling.  You can also receive confidential support by contacting one of the community based resources listed below.

On-campus Support Resources (free to all students):
Wellness Center (counseling):(315)445-4195
Wellness Center (health):(315)445-4440
Seton Hall, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday during the academic year (no charge).

Le Moyne College on-campus hotline during the academic year: (315)251-SAFE (no charge) Available 24 hours a day, everyday

Community Support Resources:
Vera House can provide a sexual assault advocate who can go to the hospital and/or the police department with you, their services are free of charge.
Vera House Hotline: (315)468-3260
NYS Domestic Sexual Violence Hotline: 1-800-942-6906
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

Reporting Options
Privacy—Privacy may be offered by an individual when such individual is unable to offer confidentiality under the law but shall still not disclose information learned from a reporting individual or bystander to a crime or incident more than necessary to comply with this policy and applicable laws, including informing appropriate College officials. 

Le Moyne strongly encourages survivors and witnesses of sexual misconduct to report these incidents to the Title IX coordinator or a trusted Le Moyne staff member who will then be able to contact the Title IX coordinator.  Outside of the confidential resources previously listed, disclosing any information regarding sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking will be kept private, but not confidential, and will result in a  Title IX report.  Students can file a report directly with the Title IX coordinator, Le Moyne Security, and/or outside law enforcement agencies listed below.

On-campus Reporting Options - On campus, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday during the academic year (no charge).
Dr. Deborah Cady Melzer, Title IX Coordinator: (315)445-4278
Ann Bersani, Deputy Title IX Coordinator: (315)445-4520
Tabor Fisher, Deputy Title IX Coorindator:(315)445-4256
Scott Peterson, Deputy Title IX Coordinator:(315)445-4686
Tim Barrett, Deputy Title IX Coordinator: (315)445-4155
Le Moyne College Security: (315)445-4444
Basement of Nelligan Hall, Available 24 hours a day, everyday

Community Law Enforcement Reporting Options:
Syracuse Police: (315)442-5111
DeWitt Police: (315)425-2333
Onondaga County Sheriffs: (315)435-2111
Syracuse Police Abused Persons Unit: (351)435-3016
Onondaga Sheriff Abused Persons Unit: (315)435-3092
NYS State Police Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-844-845-7269  

Additional Resources
Emergency: 911

Confidential Medical Assistance:
All hospitals listed have access to a SANE nurse (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) who can provide a physical exam, complete sexually transmitted infection and pregnancy testing, and have a sexual assault kit completed in the event that you would like to bring charges against the perpetrator.  It is important to note that more evidence can be collected if you do not change your clothes, shower, eat, drink, or smoke until you have been examined.  Services will be provided at the student’s expense, if any. 

St. Joseph’s Hospital: (315)448-5101
Upstate University Hospital: (315)464-5611
Crouse Hospital: (315)470-7411

Legal Assistance:
Onondaga County Bar Association: (315)471-2690
Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga Co.: (315)471-3409
Legal Services of Central New York: (315)703-6600
Hiscock Legal Aid Society: (315)422-8191

Interim measures

In appropriate cases, interim relief may be available for either party to a report while an investigation and/or review is   pending.  Relief may include no-contact orders; changes in academic, extracurricular, residential, transportation, dining or working arrangements; access to academic, counseling and other support; as well as safe walks and escorts, and other   relief as appropriate.  This relief can be secured through the Title IX Coordinator or deputy coordinators.


For more information, please contact:

Title IX Coordinator: Dr. Deborah Cady Melzer, Vice President for Student Development (315) 445-4278

Recognition for work in Sexual Assault Awareness:

Title IX Compliance Letter:
Download copy of letter (pdf)

Educational Initiatives

Think About it-Online training for Students (August/September/October)

Relationships 101-August 29, 2015

Student Leader Training-September 2015

You are Not Alone Week-October 5-19, 2015

Renee DeVesty, Founder and Executive Director of The Clean Slate Diaries-October 8, 2015

Care Week

Enough is Enough

The Le Moyne College Student Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct is now available through the Student Handbook Community Standards

The Le Moyne College Faculty and Staff Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct is now available to download. Read the Policy