What You Can Do If You Have
Experienced Sexual Misconduct
The College is committed to providing confidential, nonjudgmental and appropriate support services for all sexual assault survivors, regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, age, ability, immigration status or whether or not they are reluctant to report the crime. It is important to understand that you are not at fault for the assault in any way. No one ever deserves to be assaulted and persons who commit sexual assault do so out of a need to control, dominate, abuse and humiliate.
Get to a Safe Place Immediately
You need to find a place where you feel comfortable and safe from harm. This could be your home, a hospital, the police station, a friend’s room or home, or your RA’s room. If you are on campus and need assistance you can call Security at (718) 405-3434. If you are off campus you can call 911.
Seek Medical Attention as soon as Possible
Even if you do not want to report the sexual assault to the police, or if it has been a while since the assault, you may still benefit from medical attention. Evidence collection may be possible through a “rape kit” if you have been sexually assaulted in the past 96 hours/4 days. The hospitals listed in this policy have Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) programs which utilize specially trained nurses to collect evidence and administer care. In addition to collecting evidence, health concerns such as sexually transmitted diseases (STD), pregnancy, and treatment of injuries will be addressed. It is important to have the evidence collected because, although you may not want to pursue criminal action immediately, you may change your mind in the future.
If you want evidence to be collected at the hospital, do not shower, bathe, douche, wash your hands, brush your teeth, or comb your hair. Even though you may desperately want to clean yourself, you may destroy important evidence if you do so. If you have done any of the things mentioned, it is ok, it may still be possible to find evidence. You are encouraged to bring a change of clothing if you choose to have medical personnel collect evidence.
Report the Incident
The College encourages victims to report all cases of Sexual Misconduct. Reporting an incident to the College is different from legal prosecution. You are not obligated after reporting an incident to cooperate in a criminal investigation.
The College is required under New York State law to report instances of alleged Sexual Assault to criminal authorities, even without the victim’s consent, where the alleged Sexual Misconduct constitutes a violent felony. The College will also report incidents of Sexual Misconduct where any other state or federal legal obligation mandates such reporting (e.g., if there is suspected abuse or neglect of a minor).
To report an assault, contact any one of the following Offices:
- Human Resources (718) 405-3212 or email@example.com
- Vice President for Student Affairs (718) 405-3253 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Safety and Security (718) 405-3255/3434 or email@example.com
- Housing and Residence Life (718) 405-3226 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Campus Ministry (718) 405-3754/3215 or email@example.com
- Counseling Center (718) 405-3332 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Health Center (718) 405-3472 or email@example.com
A staff member will meet with you to provide support and immediate interventions, which may include:
- Referrals to appropriate law enforcement agencies.
- Referrals for medical treatment and/or counseling at the Counseling Center, and/ other on and off campus resources.
- Alternative accommodations for College housing, employment arrangements or academics.
On Campus Resources
- Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Founders Hall, 114
- Office of Human Resources
Founders Hall, 113
- Office of Security and Safety
- Campus Ministry
Founders Hall, 1st floor
- Counseling Center
Founders Hall 332
- Health Center
Founders Hall 114
Off Campus Resources
These hospitals have SAFE Programs (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner). SAFE Programs have specially trained health professionals who provide medical care to patients who report sexual assault, including evaluation, treatment, referral and follow up. Trained advocates may also be available to provide you with additional support and to guide you through the experience at the hospital.
- Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital
1111 Amsterdam Avenue
Amsterdam Avenue and W 113 Street
New York, NY 10025
- New York Presbyterian Hospital –Columbia
622 West 168 Street
New York, NY 10032
- Crime Victims Treatment Center
St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center
411 West 114th Street, Suite 2C
(212) 523-4728 / firstname.lastname@example.org and www.cvtc-slr.org
Affiliated with St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital provides hospital representative, social workers, support groups, individual counseling and referrals.
- 50th Precinct encompasses the northwest Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale
3450 Kingsbridge Ave, Bronx, NY 10463
- Police Crimes Unit (212) 267-RAPE
Affiliated with St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital and Crimes Victims Treatment Center
- RAPE Crisis Hotline
24 hours a day, confidential, free and immediate support and assistance
- Safe Horizon’s Rape/Sexual Assault and Incest Hotline
24 hours a day, seven days a week, confidential, free, safety planning, crisis counseling, advocacy with the police
- NYC Domestic Violence Hotline
- New York State Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Hotline
- Domestic Violence Hotline for LGBTQIA
- Men’s Peer Education Program
2920 Broadway NYC
Usually, for Columbia Students but accepts other male students gay/straight.
- Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
Substance Abuse Resources
- Center for Motivation and Change
276 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1101
New York, NY
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
- Narcotics Anonymous
(212) 929-NANA (6262)
- The Addiction Institute New York
Roosevelt Hospital Division
1000 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY
Approved May 7, 2015