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Title IX Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Information

Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and other applicable law and policy, Mercy College prohibits sexual harassment and misconduct. Specifically, no person shall on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity of the College. Sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and sexual misconduct. Title IX also prohibits retaliation against any individual who, in good faith, asserts his or her rights under Title IX.

Sexual violence is a term with a specific legal connotation. It encompasses a broad range of behavior that includes all forms of sexual misconduct and sexual violence. Sexual violence refers to sexual acts committed against a person’s will, or where the person is incapable of giving consent because of incapacitation, unconsciousness, or any circumstance rendering one unaware that sexual activity is occurring. Under this policy, sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, cyber-stalking, bullying and cyber-bullying, aiding or facilitating the commission of a violation and retaliation.

Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault.

We encourage all members of our campus community to seek support for and report all sexual misconduct directly to the Mercy College Safety and Security Department or the Title IX Coordinator.

While it is often thought of as a law that applies to athletic programs, Title IX is much broader than athletics and applies to many programs at Mercy College. While compliance with the law is everyone’s responsibility at Mercy, below is the staff member who has primary responsibility for Title IX compliance.

Title IX and Other Discrimination Reporting Form for Students

If you are a student who wishes to file a complaint of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or other forms of sexual misconduct, click on the below link for the online complaint form. Once this form is received, the Title IX Coordinator will contact you as to discuss supportive measures and next steps. You may also file this report anonymously.

Students who need immediate, emergency care should call 911 or Campus Safety at (914) 674-9999. Students who have questions about filing a complaint can contact the Title IX Coordinator at titleix.equity@mercy.edu or (914) 674-7679. 

Student Title IX and Other Discrimination Reporting Form

Title IX and Other Discrimination Reporting Form for Employees or Other Non-Students

If you are an employee (staff or faculty), contractor, visitor, or other non-student who wishes to file a complaint of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or other forms of sexual misconduct, click on the below link for the online complaint form. Once this form is received, the Title IX Coordinator will contact you to discuss supportive measures and next steps. You may also file this report anonymously.

If you need immediate, emergency care, call 911 or Campus Safety at (914) 674-9999.  If you have questions about filing a complaint, contact the Title IX Coordinator at titleix.equity@mercy.edu or (914) 674-7679. 

Employee and Other Non-Student Title IX and Other Discrimination Reporting Form

Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator has the primary responsibility for oversight of the College's Title IX efforts including but not limited to:

  • Coordination of the college's efforts to comply with statutory and regulatory requirements as it relates to Title IX laws and regulations
  • Oversight of college wide education, training and outreach programming related to Title IX
  • Coordinating and Executing in a timely manner the college's response and investigation of complaints pursuant to Title IX including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct
  • Monitoring and oversight of implementation of Title IX compliance
  • Oversee the Investigation to insure prompt, thorough, objective and confidential investigations of complaints of harassment, including sexual misconduct and discrimination
  • Prepare Reports on Title IX compliance efforts and compliant activity and make recommendations for action

Contact

Thomas McDonald
Title IX Coordinator & Equity Compliance Specialist
Mercy College
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

(914) 674-7679
tmcdonald7@mercy.edu or TitleIX.Equity@mercy.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence includes sexual assault, sexual battery and sexual coercion. All such acts are forms of sexual harassment and covered under Title IX.

How do I know if I've been sexually assaulted?

Sexual assaults any unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact against any individual by another. Sexual assault can occur either forcibly (against a person's will) or when a person can not give consent (under the age of consent, intoxicated, developmentally disabled, mentally/physically unable to consent, etc).

What should I do if I think I have been sexually harassed or victimized?

Contact the Interim Title IX Coordinator, Thomas McDonald at (914) 674-7679 or by email tmcdonald7@mercy.eduor TitleIX.Equity@mercy.edu.

You may also fill our a complaint form and deliver it to the Title IX Coordinator. If it is an emergency, please contact the Department of Safety and Security: (914) 674-9999.

 

Are women the only victims of sexual harassment or sexual violence?

No, both females and males can be victims of sexual harassment and/or sexual violence.

Is it possible to be sexually harasses/assaulted by someone of the same gender?

Yes, if you have been subjected to unwanted sexual contact or sexual harassment, your gender and the gender of the alleged perpetrator are irrelevant. Such conduct is prohibited under Title IX.

If an incident occurred at a party and I was drinking, will I get in trouble?

Mercy College's priority is to prevent sexual harassment and sexual violence. While the specifics of the situation will be considered, Mercy's primary focus will be to address the sexual violence or harassment. Mercy College does not want the involvement of alcohol or drugs to prevent the reporting of such serious misconduct. Also, the use of alcohol or drugs will not excuse sexual violence or harassment.

I've already gone to the police, so why do I need to go to the Title IX Coordinator?

Sexual harassment and sexual violence are potential crimes, but they are also violations of Title IX and the Mercy Code of Student Conduct. Sometimes, specific conduct may not constitute a crime, but it still constitutes a violation of Title IX and Mercy College. Mercy is committed to addressing and preventing sexual harassment and sexual violence, regardless of whether such activity constitutes a crime.

 

What if I want to remain anonymous? Will my complaint remain confidential?

Your confidentiality will be protected to the maximum extent possible, but anonymity may hinder an investigation into your complaint.