Resources & Options

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, harassed, or faced discrimination based on gender or sexuality, there are resources available.

Confidential Resources

Non-Confidential

Off-Campus Resources

Safety and Security Options, Interventions and Resources

The Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management and the Title XI Coordinator can provide information, guidance or assistance concerning protective safety and security options and other resources that may be available such as the following:

Order of Protection: An order of protection is issued by the court to limit the behavior of someone who harms or threatens to harm another person. It is used to address various types of safety issues, including, but not limited to situations involving domestic violence. Family Courts and Criminal Courts can both issue orders of protection. An order of protection may direct the offending person not to injure, threaten or harass you, your family, or any other person(s) listed in the order. It may also include other restrictions as designated by the court. It is a crime to violate a temporary or final order of protection. The individual does not have to hit or harm you to violate the order. The Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management can respond to questions regarding protective options available to you, including Orders of Protection, and will provide guidance and assistance in securing an Order of Protection if/when the situation warrants. However, should an Order of Protection be obtained without the assistance of Campus Police, notification should be made to ensure the information is on file with the Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management. This will ensure that necessary information is readily available to Campus Police should the offender violate the Order.

Campus Restriction: The College, through the judicial process, can issue a restriction notice that limits certain forms of communication or contact between parties. Campus Police may issue a restriction notice at the onset or preliminary investigation of a criminal or judicial violation, to include facilitating other safety and security precautions, depending on the situation, and typically in collaboration with other campus offices or officials. However, the Office of Judicial Affairs determines when and how long a restriction notice remains in place, depending on the circumstances. Restriction notices may be administered along with other conditions, as determined by the College, with consideration for the safety and security of the victim, the offender, and the campus community, as a whole. Criminal charges are not necessary for a restriction notice to be administered or enforced by way of the College judicial process. The complete judicial process is outlined in the Ithaca College Policy Manual, Student Conduct Code.

Residential and Academic Accommodations: When immediate intervention is warranted, students have the option of working with the Office of Residential Life for temporary living arrangements (safe room), in the interest of safety and security. Students may work directly with the Office of Residential Life who may collaborate with other campus offices for temporary relocation, based on the circumstances. Academic accommodations can also be arranged, as needed.

Non-Disclosure: The Office of Student Affairs and Campus Life (SACL) can be a resource for other privacy considerations and options available to students, such as the removal of public access to directory information. Students are encouraged to contact SACL to learn more about privacy options.

Victim’s Rights: The New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) offers services and education on your rights as a victim and can assist victims with identifying other service providers who may also be able to provide assistance. New York State has an entire article of law dedicated to rights of crime victims in New York State and includes information specific to crime victim compensation, victim assistance advocates and programs, rights relating to judicial proceedings, victim impact statements, restitution and more. The OVS’s Rights of Crime Victims in New York State pamphlet is designed to be an important resource for those who are facing the many challenges associated with being a crime victim. Visit the New York State Office of Victim Rights website to download the victim’s rights pamphlet: https://ovs.ny.gov/help-crime-victims

Confidentiality

Many survivors of sexual assault need someone to talk to in confidence and are not always ready to press forward with a formal complaint right away, if at all. Sometimes having a confidential place to go can mean the difference between staying silent and getting help. On-campus religious and spiritual life professionals, professional counselors (counseling center staff), and health center staff, can talk to a survivor in confidence which greatly supports their coming forward to get the immediate or long term help they may need, to include making a formal report if they choose to. Even victims who make a formal report may still request that the information is held in confidence and that the College not investigate or take action against the perpetrator(s). However, the College also has an obligation to keep the larger community safe and therefore cannot and does not guarantee that confidentiality will be maintained in every instance, since non-disclosure may pose a serious or ongoing risk to the greater community. In these instances, limited information may need to be shared to protect against continued violence, while also protecting the rights of a victim by not disclosing personally identifiable information such as the victim’s name/identity.

Confidentiality does not mean that the details of the complaint will be withheld from the accused. College policy and local, state, and federal laws prohibit any form of retaliation against a person who files or bears witness to prohibited discrimination or protected-status harassment complaint. Violation of this prohibition may result in criminal and/or judicial action. At the same time, complaints brought forward in bad faith (e.g., malicious or knowingly false) may also result in criminal and/or judicial action against the party that brings forth such a complaint.

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