Victims' Rights and Information

Victim's Bill of Rights and Information for NYIT/NYITCOM

You have the choice to report sexual assault, stalking or dating and domestic violence to the college, local police or both. This can be done by informing the Dean of Campus Life and/or Campus Security. If the victim or accused assailant is an NYIT/NYITCOM student, faculty or staff member, an investigation by NYIT/NYITCOM will be conducted. You will also be connected to both on-campus and off-campus resources for assistance.

Under Title IX, if a member of the NYIT/NYITCOM faculty, staff, and/or administration is informed about an assault, the assault must be reported to the Dean of Campus Life or Campus Security in order to protect and maintain the safety of the NYIT community. The Title IX coordinator will oversee the investigation and process. The only exception to this is information that is reported during a counseling session at the Counseling and Wellness Center or information reported to a licensed professional at the NYIT Academic Health Care Center.

Reporting an incident:

When a situation is a crisis, but no immediate danger exists, please report the incident to:

  • Dean of Campus Life:
    • Old Westbury Campus: Gabrielle St. Léger, Ed.D. 516.686.1488
    • Manhattan Campus: Dr. Ann Marie Klotz 212.261.1531
    • Central Islip VIP Program: Paul Cavanagh 631.348.3169
  • Campus Security:
    • Old Westbury Campus 516.686.7789
    • Manhattan Campus 646 273-7789
  • NYITCOM:
    • Mary Ann Achtziger, Associate Dean 516.686.3775

If a student is in imminent danger always call 911.

A complete listing of on- and off-campus resources is available in the Surviving Sexual Assault Guide.

The decision to report a sexual assault to law enforcement is a choice solely made by the student, a student may report an assault at any time.

What to do if You Have Been Raped/Sexually Assaulted

  • Get to a safe place
  • Contact someone who can help you: a friend, family member, campus security, residential services personnel, the Counseling and Wellness Center, the Office of Campus Life
  • Do not shower, eat, drink, douche or change your clothes. These activities destroy important physical evidence in the event that you decide to prosecute the assailant
  • Get medical attention. You may have injuries that may not be obvious to you and you may want to explore options for preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases
  • Ask for an advocate or rape counselor to accompany you to the medical examination
  • Ask that a rape examination kit be performed so that evidence can be stored should you decide to report the crime
  • Write down everything you remember in as much detail as possible. This can help with your own healing and in any legal action you may decide to take
  • Remember you are not to blame even if your attacker was an acquaintance, date, friend or spouse

New York State's definition of "affirmative consent," notes that: "Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary, and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in the sexual activity. Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent. The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant's sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression."

Victim's Rights:

  • Reasonable changes to the academic and living situations
  • Referrals to counseling, Receive contact information about existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, and other services available both on- campus and in the community
  • Assistance in notifying law enforcement
  • Obtain or enforce a no contact directive or restraining order
  • Same opportunity as accused to have others present at disciplinary hearing
  • Unconditional notification of outcomes of hearing, sanctions and terms of sanctions in place
  • Opportunities and assistance to speak (or choose not to speak) to anyone regarding the outcome
  • Name and identifying information kept confidential (FERPA)
In addition, all students have the right to:
  • Make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police;
  • Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault treated seriously;
  • Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by the institution;
  • Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard;
  • Be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services, where available;
  • Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations;
  • Describe the incident to as few institution representatives as practicable and not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident;
  • Be protected from retaliation by the institution, any student, the accused and/or the respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the institution;
  • Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination;
  • Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused, or respondent throughout the judicial or conduct process including during all meetings and hearings related to such process; and
  • Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or judicial or conduct process of the institution.

New York Statewide Alcohol and/or Drug Use Amnesty Policy:

When reporting instances of sexual misconduct in good faith, students or bystanders will not be subject to alcohol and/or drug use policy violations occurring around the time of the alleged incident.

Staying Safe:

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Just in Case – Check out this new mobile site that supplies potentially life-saving information to NYIT students, staff, and faculty. Link: Just in Case.