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 misconduct, harassment, and discrimination. 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. Conduct prohibited by Title IX includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, sexual misconduct, domestic/dating violence, and discrimination on the basis of sex. Title IX also prohibits retaliation against individuals who, in good faith, file a complaint or otherwise assert their 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, cyber-bullying, domestic violence, dating violence, sex discrimination, and retaliation.
We encourage all members of our campus community to seek support for and report all sexual harassment, misconduct, and discrimination directly to the Mercy College Title IX Coordinator or the Mercy College Office of Campus Safety (see contact information below).
In compliance with recent changes to the Title IX regulations, Mercy College has developed the Interim Policy and Procedures Relating to Sexual Misconduct, effective August 14, 2020. (See link below.) This policy contains useful information related to preventing and responding to sexual misconduct, including an extensive list of resources both on and off campus (see Appendix B in the interim policy). Also included in the Interim Policy is the Student Bill of Rights (see Appendix A in the Interim Policy). The policy in effect prior to August 14, 2020 is also available on this webpage (see Mercy College Title IX Policy, link below).
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (914) 674-7679.
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 email@example.com or (914) 674-7679.
Title IX Coordinator
The Title IX Coordinator at Mercy College is responsible for overseeing the College's Title IX efforts including:
- Coordination of the College's efforts to comply with Title IX as well as New York State and other laws.
- Oversight of college-wide education, training, and outreach programming related to sexual harassment and discrimination.
- Coordinating the College's investigation of complaints pursuant to Title IX including sexual harassment and misconduct.
- Assisting students and employees in accessing supportive measures and services, on and off campus, including counseling services, medical care, and legal assistance.
- Directing students and employees to confidential resources both on and off campus.
- Providing guidance and answering questions related to Mercy College policies and procedures related to sexual harassment and misconduct.
- Conducting campus-wide climate assessments at least every two years to further enhance educational and support services related to Title IX.
Materials used to train Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers, and others involved in Title IX investigations and hearings are available on the SUNY Student Conduct Institution website.
Campus Climate Survey
Mercy College conducts a Campus Climate Survey every two years as required by New York State Education Law 129-B, Enough is Enough. The most recent survey was administered in May of 2019 to students. The goal of the survey is to assess awareness of and attitudes towards policy, procedures, and educational programs at Mercy College on preventing and responding to sexual misconduct and violence, with this information being used to make improvements. The results of the 2019 survey can be found here. The next Campus Climate Survey will be administered during the 2021 calendar year.