The 2016 Annual Security Report, issued in compliance with the Campus Security Act of 1990, is available to every student and employee of the College. It is also available to prospective employees or students upon request. It spells out policies and procedures which address the security needs of our community and includes a record of the F.B.I. index of leading crimes, as defined in the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Summary Reporting System, that have occurred on campus and the adjacent public streets to the campus. Requests for further information should be directed to the Director of Campus Safety and Security, whose office maintains a log of all crimes on campus that have been reported to the Security Department and all crimes in the adjacent streets that have been reported to the Police Department.
This report has been prepared as per the requirements of the Campus Security Act, and is not intended to serve as a complete description of the Security Department’s services, policies or safeguards. For a more complete description, consult the College of Mount Saint Vincent Campus Safety and Security webpages.
Procedure for Reporting Crimes
In the event that they are the subject of or witness to a criminal incident on campus or in the immediate area of the College, members of the College Community are encouraged to report the crime immediately to the Security staff of the College or to the municipal police agencies that are responsible for our area. Crimes can be reported on a voluntary and confidential basis. This can be accomplished by calling one of the phone numbers listed below or by calling 911 directly.
The Security Department obtains from the relevant police department a complete and accurate account of the crime and provides that information to the administration as quickly as possible. Depending on the severity of the incident, the administration may hold meetings to clarify the report to the College community. In the event of a serious violent felony on the campus, the 50th Precinct will be notified as soon as practical, but no later than 24 hours after the incident. A timely warning sent via the “Send Word Now” notification system will be issued by the Director of Safety and Security or designee to apprise members of the College Community of an emergency or dangerous situation that could affect the safety of the Community. The “Send Word Now” notification system will notify all registered users by telephone, text message, and email of the pertinent information.
Advisory notices will be disseminated via the College email system and posted on digital signage on campus, when appropriate, to convey accurate accounts of incidents and relevant preventive measures that can be taken by the community. When appropriate, meetings with the Director of Campus Safety and Security, administrators, staff and students provide up-to-date information on the direction and scope of the police investigations.
Any criminal activity on campus can also be reported to the following:
- 263rd Street Security Booth (718) 405-3434 and (718) 548-2116
- Director of Campus Safety and Security at (718) 405-3722
- Dean of Students at (718) 405-3253
- Assistant Dean of Students at (718) 405-3225
Security Emergency Call Boxes
Three 24-hour emergency Call Boxes can be used to contact Security Personnel at the 263rd Street Booth. The Call Boxes can be found at the following locations on campus. A blue locator light and sign are above each box to facilitate the location of the boxes after dark.
The call boxes can be found at the following locations on campus:
- Call Box #1 – Villa Lot (West Side)
- Call Box #2 – Rear of Science Hall
- Call Box #3 – 261st St. Entrance to Marillac Lot
There are also emergency call phones located at the entrances of Founders Hall Porch Entrance (Red wall phone) Marillac Hall, Spellman Hall, Alumnae/Mastronardi Halls, Seton Hall, and the Peter Jay Sharp Recreation Center.
To use, open the box lid and push the CALL button. The phone will ring and be answered by the Officer at the Main Guard Booth. State your location and the problem, and the Security Supervisor will be directed to respond at once to your location.
After 12 a.m., seven days a week, security personnel equipped with a portable radio system are assigned to the main lobbies of all residence halls. Security officers on motor and/or foot patrol also respond to any report of criminal activity. Escorts of students are provided by security officers on motor patrol to assure their safety during evening hours.
Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures
In the event of a significant emergency or dangerous situation that endangers the health or safety of the campus community, a timely warning to the community will be issued by the Director of Campus Safety and Security or designee via the “Send Word Now” notification system. The notification will be made after a conferral with the executive staff and emergency personnel. The content of the notification will take into account its effect upon the rendering of assistance to victims and the efforts to mitigate the emergency. The initial responding Campus security personnel will make the initial assessment of the situation, notify and assist the proper emergency authorities, and notify the Director of Campus Safety and Security. The Emergency Plan is posted on the College website.
Notifications in the Event of an Emergency
- President’s Office – (718) 405-3233
- Provost/Dean of Faculty – (718) 405-3343
- Senior Vice President for Admission and External Relations – (718) 405-3236
- Vice President for Operations – (718) 405-3400
- Dean of Students – (718) 405-3234
- Vice President for Information and Technology – (718) 405-3280
- Facilities – (718) 405-3239 or (718) 405-3279
If the evacuation of a building or buildings is necessary it will be directed and coordinated by the Incident Commander (Director of Campus Safety and Security or the initial responding campus security supervisor) in cooperation with the responding emergency personnel. Send Word Now messages will provide specific directions. If a campus wide evacuation is deemed necessary, the 261 Street emergency exit will be opened and the evacuees will be directed by either campus security or first responders to one of two short term relocation sites: The Hebrew Home of Riverdale or Saint Margaret’s parish. A communications center will be established at either the Grace Center or Hudson Heights. Everyone will remain at the relocation site until it is deemed safe by the Director of Campus Safety and Security after conferral with the appropriate responding emergency personnel.
If relocation is deemed necessary by the Director of Security/designee after conferral with the proper emergency response authority, all persons will be directed by campus security to one of these locations: The Grace Center or Hudson Heights. A command post will be established in the location utilized to maintain communications with first responders.
Shelter in Place
A Shelter in Place drill is conducted during the fall and spring semesters. Prior notice is given to the Mount community via the College broadcast email system and Send Word Now. When an order to shelter in place is issued by the Director of Campus Safety and Security the following directions are to be adhered to:
- Must stop class, work, and business operations
- Stay within the room you are in and lock any windows or doors
- Close window blinds and turn off lights
- Barricade door with furniture if possible
- Remain quiet, put cell phones in silent mode
- Get down to the ground away from windows
- If outdoors, get indoors
- Remain sheltered in place until directed by first responders and/or campus security
Missing Student Notification Procedure
Every student has the option of registering a confidential contact person to be notified when a student is determined to be missing. This information will be maintained by the College and made available to campus security and law enforcement personnel to assist in the investigation. If the student has designated a contact person, that person will be notified within 24 hours that the student is missing. Law enforcement will be notified even if the student has not registered a contact person. The parent or guardian of a student less than 18 years of age and not emancipated will be notified within 24 hours that the student is missing.
When a student is missing from a residence hall, it will be reported immediately to campus security directly or through the Offices of the Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of Students, or any other campus authority. After a preliminary investigation, the 50th Precinct will be notified as soon as practical, but no later than 24 hours after the initial report. The 50th Precinct will respond to conduct an investigation into the whereabouts of the student. Campus authorities will cooperate and assist in the investigation.
During business hours, the College (excluding housing facilities) will be open to students, parents/guardians, employees, contractors, guests and invitees. During non-business hours’ access to the campus grounds by members of the local community is permitted as long as they do not pose a threat to the security requirements of our College and as long as their behavior is in keeping with the academic environment. Guests and invitees are permitted on campus to attend College functions. Individuals entering campus buildings must have a valid reason for their presence, such as conducting college business, neighborhood residents using the college library, or visiting residents during established visitation periods.
The College has one vehicular and pedestrian entrance at West 263rd Street, which is manned by security 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The perimeter of the property is fenced and a gate at West 261st Street can be opened to allow entrance and egress to emergency vehicles.
When open, all residence hall entrances are staffed from 8 p.m. until 7 a.m. by personnel directed by the Office of Housing and Residence Life, or the Office of Campus Safety and Security. Every other ingress is locked and alarmed. All visitors must be signed into any residence hall by the resident host. All visitors must present valid photo identification, such as a driver’s license or college identification card in order to enter. A record of all visitors is maintained at the front desk of each residence hall. Those found in the residence halls not properly registered at the front desk are required to leave immediately.
The Office of Campus Safety and Security staff prepares periodic maintenance and security hazard forms which are submitted to the Facilities Department to correct hazards such as poor lighting, faulty locks, broken windows, and other conditions that may have an impact on campus safety and security. Security Officers also prepare periodic reports to notify the administration of physical hazards, such as overgrown shrubbery, insufficient lighting or needed improvements in the perimeter fencing.
The enforcement power of the Security staff is essentially the same as that or a private citizen in that they do not have peace officer status. Since they do not have full authority to make an arrest, the cooperation received from the three municipal police agencies in our area: The New York Police Department, the Yonkers Police Department, and the MTA Police, have helped immeasurably in our effort to provide the College with an effective security system. Frequent conferrals are conducted between the Director of Campus Safety and Security and the Commanding Officers of the NYPD 50th Precinct in Riverdale and the Yonkers Police Department’s 3rd Precinct. regarding any safety or security concerns. The College of Mount Saint Vincent has a written Memorandum of Understanding with the New York City Police Department.
These police agencies are encouraged by the College to maintain an unobtrusive presence on our campus. They consistently respond to our needs by providing a professional supportive role in our campus security operation.
Students and employees are instructed to notify the Office of Campus Safety and Security or the New York City Police Department immediately if they are the victim of a criminal incident on campus or in the area surrounding the College. They are advised to notify Security when police have been called to campus, so that security personnel can expedite the response of the police and assist in the investigation of the crime. The Security staff is responsible for obtaining an accurate account of the incident, preparing the initial report, and notifying the Director of Campus Safety and Security who prepares the detailed crime report for the College administration.
Crime Prevention Efforts
The orientation program provides incoming students and their parents/guardians an opportunity to speak with and ask the Director of Campus Safety and Security any security related questions or concerns. Periodic Operation Identification programs are conducted on campus by police officers from the 50th Precinct. During these operations members of the Mount community are afforded the opportunity to register their electronic devices with the NYPD to aid in the return of their device in the event of theft or loss.
The Security Staff and the Residence Life staff participate in joint training sessions which include discussions of the importance of prompt reporting of criminal activity and preventive measures to improve the safety and security of our campus. The College’s Committee on Campus and Student Life also meets to address security issues.
View the 2015 Crime Statistics.
The College of Mount Saint Vincent seeks to uphold all local, state and federal statutes regarding the use, sale, service or manufacturer of alcohol. Students under the age of 21 are not permitted to possess, purchase, or sell, nor are they at any time permitted to consume, alcoholic beverages on College of Mount Saint Vincent property or at College of Mount Saint Vincent sponsored events. Students 21 years of age and older are legally permitted to purchase alcohol and to consume alcohol in areas designated for this use. Use of alcoholic beverages and possession of open containers of alcohol is prohibited in all public areas of campus buildings and campus grounds unless expressly approved by a professional member of the Student Activities staff in conjunction with the Dean of Students, or the senior administrator of a respective division of the College.
Standard of Conduct
Students under the age of 21 are not permitted to possess, purchase or sell, nor are they at any time permitted to consume alcoholic beverages on College of Mount Saint Vincent property. Students 21 years of age and over are permitted to consume alcohol in areas designated for this use.
No alcohol is permitted inside the residence halls where the majority of the residents are under the age of 21.
Resident students 21 years of age and over are permitted to possess and consume alcohol in the privacy of their rooms as long as no one under 21 is present in the room. Kegs and beer balls are not permitted in residence halls. Visitors to campus who, in the judgment of College Security or administrative staff, appear to exhibit behavior that represents a threat to the safety or well-being of the College community may be banned from the campus or any facility thereof. Use of alcoholic beverages and possession of open containers of alcohol is prohibited in all public areas of campus buildings as well as campus grounds unless expressly approved by the Dean of Students or other senior administrator of a respective division of the College.
Alcohol and Social Events
Policies on the use of alcohol beverages at student, faculty or staff functions are described in the relevant handbooks. Additional information, specific criteria and conditions for permission to serve alcohol are available from the Dean of Students and the Human Resources Department.
Standard of Conduct
Any possession, use, sale, manufacturer or distribution of illegal or controlled substances on College of Mount Saint Vincent property is considered to be a violation of this policy. Likewise, students who are knowingly present where illegal substances are kept or deposited or who are in the company of any person, knowing said person is in possession of illegal or controlled substances or drug paraphernalia are also in violation of this policy.
The College also maintains an interest in the off campus behavior of its students to the extent that the behavior reflects upon the reputation and safety of the institution itself. The College, therefore, reserves the right to institute disciplinary action whenever a matriculated student off campus behavior results in arrest and/or conviction for an alleged violation of criminal law regarding illegal drug usage, sale or manufacture.
The College seeks to uphold all local, state, and federal laws regarding illegal substances.
Education, Counseling, and Treatment
Students seeking assistance with drug or alcohol dependency or related problems should contact the Counseling Center for evaluation and referral.
The College Counselor will assist students confidentially with evaluation of treatment options and assist students in obtaining treatment appropriate to their needs. The student remains responsible for financial arrangements for care; however, the College makes available an independent health insurance option. The College also offers ongoing educational programs related to drug and alcohol use, including but not limited to the College’s FYE (First Year Experience) Course, observance of National Alcohol Awareness Week, and residence hall and commuter programs.
Policy on Sexual Misconduct
Standard of Conduct
The College seeks to uphold all local, state and federal statutes regarding rape and date rape. In New York, sexual assault is when a person engages in sexual intercourse or deviant intercourse (sodomy or foreign objects) with a person without their consent and/or when a person engages in fondling (the touching of the sexual or other intimate parts of either party for the purpose of gratifying sexual desire of either party without the consent of the victim). This includes instances in which the victim cannot consent due to a temporary or permanent incapacity.
The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by the sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim. This definition includes either gender of the victim or the offender.
Is defined as non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person under the New York State age of consent (17 years old).
Consent is granted only when a person freely, actively, and knowingly agrees at the time to participate in a particular sexual act with another person. Consent exists when mutually understandable words and/or actions demonstrate a willingness to participate in a mutually agreed upon activity at every stage of that activity. Consent can be verbally or non-verbally withdrawn by either party at any stage of the activity. Consent cannot be assumed from partner silence, manner of dress, or be based upon a previous or ongoing sexual relationship.
Lack of consent may result from
- Forcible Compulsion – whether through actual physical force or expressed or implied threat of death, injury, or kidnapping of the victim or another person.
- Incapacity to consent – whether the incapacity is based on mental illness or disability, is temporary (due to drug or alcohol use), or is due to physical helplessness (unconsciousness or inability to communicate).
- Inability to consent – according to the New York State penal law, a victim who is less than seventeen years old, is mentally defective or incapacitated or is physically helpless.
The College policies on Sexual Misconduct can be found on the College’s website. All students should review the policies carefully. The College includes information about rape and date rape as part of its FYE (First Year Experience) course. All students new and transfer complete an online education course on this subject. Training programs are offered to the entire community through campus programs. College counselors are also available for students who are in need of counseling or who may not be sure whether or not they were raped.
Procedures to follow
If a student believes she/he was raped, the student must remember to preserve evidence.
- Do not wash or douche until you have had a medical exam
- Save your clothing and do not wash it
- Report the incident either to the police, Security, Dean of Students, Director of Counseling, your Graduate Hall Director, or your Resident Assistant immediately.
- Whether you report the rape to the authorities or not, contact a trained rape crisis counselor or mental health professional to help you through the crisis. You will need support to assist you in handling the emotions that emerge following a rape. You may want to stay with a friend or close relative immediately following the rape.
Reporting Sexual Misconduct
All members of the College Community and visitors are strongly urged to report incidents of sexual misconduct. Every member of the faculty, administration, and staff, is obligated by law under Title IX, to immediately report incidents of or perceived incidents of sexual misconduct against any member of the campus community upon learning of the incident. Even if the victim request confidentiality of the incident, the employee has a legal and moral obligation to report. The only individuals exempt from reporting are priests who learn of the behavior in a confessional or licensed health or mental health professionals when functioning in their designated counseling role at the College.
The College prohibits any acts of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Definitions according to New York State Penal Law
The term that includes various sexual offenses including rape, sexual abuse, fondling, and sodomy. The New York State penal law does not specifically define sexual assault.
- A felony or misdemeanor crime (punishable by incarceration of 1 year or more) of violence that is committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim
- A person with whom the victim shares a child in common
- A person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner
- A person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family laws of New York State
- Any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of New York State
- Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim and
- The existence of the relationship is determined by the length and type of relationship and how frequently the persons involved interact with each other
- To intentionally engage in a course of conduct that that is directed at a specific person and is likely to cause reasonable fear of material harm to the physical health, safety, or property of such person, a member of that person’s family, or a third party with whom the person is acquainted. (NYS Penal Law)
- This pattern of conduct is repeated attempts to initiate unwanted, inappropriate, or threatening interactions against a particular person or group. This includes face to face interactions, phoning, texting, emails, and other forms of social media
The coercive and abusive behaviors can be physical, sexual, psychological, verbal, economic, and/or emotional with the goal of establishing or maintaining power and control over the victim. It can occur in opposite-sex and same-sex relationships.
Recognizing Signs of an Abusive Relationship
- Fear of your partner. It involves being fearful of what you say or do when near your partner
- Frequent controlling behavior by your partner
- Partner has a bad temper
- Verbal abuse escalates to physical violence
How to Avoid Potential Attacks
- Contact the domestic violence program in your area
- Consider obtaining an Order of Protection from the local Family/Criminal Court
- Be aware of signs that your partner is getting upset. Be prepared with a reason to leave the house or area
- Be careful what is texted or emailed as your partner may be able to access the information
“HELPGUIDE Helps You Help Yourself and Others.” Domestic Violence and Abuse. September 21, 2014. http://www.helpguide.org/
Safe and Positive Options for Bystander Intervention
If someone suspects that there is a risk of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking against another person they should:
- Notice the event
- Understand that this is a risky situation
- Feel a responsibility to act
- Choose how to act
- When intervening be respectful but direct
- Carry out the chosen action
- If you do not feel safe, call security or 911
“A Checklist for Title IX Employee Training | Campus Clarity Blog.” Campus Clarity Blog. September 21, 2014. http://blog.campusclarity.com/a-checklist-for-title-ix-employee-training/
There is no legal obligation in New York State for a bystander of a potentially violent situation or crime to intervene or act. The College’s mission commits us to our obligations to each other and a deep respect for human dignity. Therefore, bystanders are encouraged to act if there are safe and reasonable ways to intervene and/or discourage people from being uncivil towards each other in an effort to foster a safer environment for everyone.
To reduce the risk of being sexually harassed or assaulted:
- When traveling to or from social events avoid travelling alone. This is especially important during evening hours
- While at social events, avoid taking drinks from strangers
- Avoid going to isolated areas alone
- When walking, remain alert of your surroundings
The College is contracted with Campus Clarity and the online “Think About It” awareness program that is available to all students. The course provides students with information regarding sexual misconduct under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1974 and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). The program promotes awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The program will also provide information on positive options for bystander intervention, risk reduction information regarding abusive behavior, possible sanctions and protective measures regarding rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. The online course also covers procedures a victim should follow in the event of a sexual assault.
There will also be Title IX related informational brochures and posters that will be distributed and posted during the fall semester.
The Human Resources department has ongoing online prevention and awareness campaigns for employees of the college of Mount Saint Vincent. The online course “Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence” encompasses Title IX, VAWA, and Clery Act topics and is mandatory for all new and current employees of the College. Also required of all employees is the completion of the online course, “Unlawful Harassment Prevention.”
Alleged violations of the College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy are to be reported to the Title IX Coordinator. This individual will provide an understanding of this policy and identify forms of support or immediate interventions available to the accuser, including referrals to appropriate law enforcement agencies, referrals for medical treatment, the College’s Counseling Center and other on and off campus resources.
When possible the initial meeting may include a discussion of any accommodations that may be appropriate for the accuser’s academic schedule, College housing, and/or College employment arrangements. If such a discussion is not possible or appropriate during the initial meeting it will follow as soon thereafter that is possible and appropriate.
At the initial meeting, or as soon as is possible and appropriate, the accuser will be asked to decide how he/she wants to proceed. The options include pursuing the complaint within the College’s Student Conduct Process, and/or with local law enforcement or requesting the complaint remain confidential.
In all cases of alleged Sexual Misconduct, regardless of how the accuser wishes to proceed, the College will undertake a prompt, reliable and impartial investigation. At the same time, the College will take immediate and effective action to support and protect the accuser pending the final outcome of the investigation and hearing. Accordingly, the College may impose a no-contact order, which typically will include a directive that the parties refrain from having contact with one another, directly or through proxies, whether in person or via electronic means, pending the investigation and, if applicable, the hearing.
The College also may take any further protective action if deemed appropriate concerning the interaction of the parties including providing escorts for the accused to and from College locations, directing appropriate College officials to alter the students’ academic schedules, provide a Leave of Absence or arrange for the accuser to be away from campus for a few days, provide assistance with College housing, and/or alter College employment arrangements.
Title IX requires that when taking such steps to separate the accuser and the accused, the College must minimize the burden on the accuser and thus should not remove the accuser from his/her classes or housing while allowing the accused to remain. Violation(s) of the College’s directives regarding the protective actions may lead to additional disciplinary proceedings as outlined in the Student Handbook.
Accuser Requests Confidentiality
If the accuser requests confidentiality, under Title IX, the College is still required to investigate and take reasonable action in response to the accuser’s request. The accuser should be informed that in such situations that the College’s ability to respond is likely to be limited.
In such cases, Title IX requires the College to evaluate the accuser’s request(s) that the complaint not be adjudicated or remain confidential due to the College’s legal and moral obligation to provide a reasonably safe and non-discriminatory environment for all students. In order to make such an evaluation, the College may conduct a preliminary investigation into the alleged Sexual Misconduct and will weigh the accuser’s request(s) for confidentiality against the following factors: the seriousness of the alleged Sexual Misconduct, whether there have been other complaints of Sexual Misconduct against the same individual, and the accused’s rights to receive information about the allegations if the information is maintained by the College as an educational record under FERPA.
The College will inform the accuser if the College cannot ensure confidentiality. Even if the College cannot take disciplinary action against the accused because the accuser insists on confidentiality or that the complaint not be adjudicated, Title IX requires the College to take prompt and effective action to limit the effects of the alleged Sexual Misconduct and to prevent its recurrence. The College reserves the authority to issue a no-contact order and other interim measures as indicated in this policy.
Compliance with these provisions does not constitute a violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
Student Conduct Process for Sexual Misconduct
Cases of alleged violations of the College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy will be heard by the Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board. The College’s Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board will hear the case, using usual Student Conduct Hearing rules and procedures, except as amended below.
- The three persons Board will be comprised of faculty and staff and will appoint a chair from its membership. The Office of the Dean of Students will arrange for the hearing to be audio recorded and may arrange for the preparation of any transcript of the recording that he or she deems appropriate or which the accuser or accused requests.
- Both the accuser and the accused may each choose an advisor, one member of the College Community (faculty, staff, or student), to accompany them throughout the Sexual Misconduct Hearing. The advisor may advise the accuser or the accused during the hearing. The advisor may not address the Student Misconduct Hearing Board during the course of the proceedings, question witnesses or participate directly in the hearing proceedings.
- Attorneys are not permitted to be present at the hearing except in cases where criminal charges are pending. In such cases, lawyers may advise the accuser or accused during the hearing but they cannot address the Student Conduct Officer/Board during the course of the proceedings, question witnesses or participate directly in the hearing proceedings. In the case of disciplinary proceedings for alleged Sexual Misconduct, both the accuser and the accused may each choose an advisor to accompany them to proceedings before the Student Conduct Board for Sexual Misconduct. The advisor may be a member of the College community, an attorney, or any other individual the parties choose. In cases where an accused or accuser chooses to have an attorney present, the costs associated with the attorney’s services are the sole responsibility of the parties.
- Both the accuser and the accused must be present throughout the hearing. They will be in separate waiting rooms, will not question each other directly and will not be in the hearing room
- The Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board will use the “preponderance of the evidence” standard of proof to determine if the alleged Sexual Misconduct violation occurred. A preponderance of the evidence means that the conduct in question “more likely than not” occurred. That is the standard required by Title IX as interpreted by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.
- Following the hearing, via the office of the Dean of Students, the Board will issue a document to the accused and the accuser: indicating a finding of in violation or not in violation of Sexual Misconduct for the accused and the sanctions imposed, if any and an explanation of the Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board’s rational for its determination.
- Title IX requires this document be issued concurrently to the accused and the accuser.
- The document is both an educational record and private record of the Student Misconduct Hearing and may not be disclosed without the written consent of the parties and the College, except where disclosure is authorized or required by law.
- The Appeal Process is available to both the accuser and the accused. Appeals must be based on same criteria stated in the College’s usual Appeals Process procedures.
- The investigation and formal Student Misconduct Board Hearing process together typically conclude within sixty (60) days of receiving the first complaint.
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.
- Mount Sinai St. 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
Registered Sex Offender Information Sources
Beginning October 1, 2003, registered Level 3 (high risk) sex offenders are required to provide notice to the State informing them of any institute of higher education at which the person is employed, or is a student.
As of July 2006 registered Level 2 (moderate risk) sex offenders will be listed and can be accessed in the same manner.
Members of the College community can obtain information regarding registered sex offenders who may be students, or are employed by the College, by accessing the following sources:
- New York State Sex Offenders Registry Website: www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/nsor
The subdirectory can be searched by entering a name, city, zip code or any combination of these to obtain a listing.
- New York Police Dept. – 50th Community Affairs Officer – (718) 543-5978
Numbers to Remember
- Dean of Students at (718) 405-3253 and (718) 405-3225
- Director of Campus Safety and Security at (718) 405-3722
The Colleges Committee on Campus and Student Life serves as the Advisory Committee on Campus Safety. Upon request the Committee will provide all campus crime statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education. Campus crime statistics are published on the United States Department of Education Web site http://ope.ed.gov/security and may also be obtained by contacting the Director of Campus Safety and Security at (718) 405-3722 or (718) 405-3220.
Annual Fire Safety Report
Pursuant to the requirements of Federal Register Section 668.41 (e) Fire Safety Report this annual report contains fire statistics for the calendar years 2013, 2012, and 2011. In addition, fire safety systems are described in the section entitled “Residence Hall Fire Detection Alarm and Suppression Systems” found below.
Fire Safety Policies
Definition of a Fire
- Any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner.
- Electrical devices and electronics that are not UL rated (Underwriter Laboratories rated).
- Extension cords are not permitted in residence halls.
- Space heaters
- Halogen lamps
- Live Christmas trees, wreaths or jack-o-lanterns
- Items hanging from walls or ceilings that could interfere with vents, electrical outlets, or otherwise pose a fire hazard.
- Furniture that is not fire retardant
- Devices that produce an open flame
- Microwave ovens, exceeding 700 watts
- Electric blankets
Approved Electrical Appliances
- Microwaves are not to exceed 700 watts
- Power strips must be UL rated
- UL-rated string lights may only be used during the holiday season (October 15 to last exam day)
- The display of decorations must be pre-approved by the College
- Energy star efficient appliances
The College of Mount Saint Vincent can prohibit any item that could possibly pose a fire hazard.
Procedures for Student Evacuation
In the event of a smoke condition or fire employees, students, and visitors must follow these steps:
- Get out of the area and alert others of the condition and the need to evacuate. This can be accomplished by knocking on doors and stating the condition as you leave the area through the nearest exit.
- Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station.
- Call fire emergency services at 911 and campus security at 3434. Provide as much information as possible regarding the condition.
- Everyone must evacuate the building at once through the nearest exit.
- The evacuees will then proceed across the street from the affected building. They will remain there until the Fire Department investigates.
- The evacuees will be allowed to re-enter the building only after the Fire Department declares the area “all clear” and upon direction of Campus Security and Resident Assistants.
The College of Mount Saint Vincent’s maintains a fire log and it is available to the public. It is maintained in the Office of Campus Safety and Security located in Maloney Center Room 1, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fire Safety Education and Training Programs
A fire safety education and training program is provided to all residence life staff and security personnel. In addition, security personnel are required to maintain a current New York City Fire Department Fire Safety Certification.
Fire drills are conducted by the Security Department staff. Complete evacuations are conducted during the fire drills and participants are advised of safety requirements and the assembly location for evacuees. The students are informed that they are required to participate and evacuate the building when the fire alarm sounds.
Residence Life staff conduct inspections of resident hall rooms to make sure that the smoke detectors are operational and that there exist no fire hazards. Campus security and facilities employees check fire extinguishers on campus and inspect exits to assure that none are blocked and could pose a fire hazard.
In compliance with NYC’s Indoor Smoking Restriction Law, the College designates all indoor areas as non-smoking. There are three designated outdoor smoking shelters located on the campus:
- Between Maryvale Hall and the Castle
- At the rear of Mastronardi Hall near the 261 Street gate
- At the rear of Spellman Hall near the parking lot
- At the rear of Founders Hall approaching Seton Hall