Reporting OptionsSexual Harassment, Assault and Violence Prevention
You have the right to make a report to university police or campus security, local law enforcement, and/or state police or choose not to report; to report the incident to your institution; to be protected by the institution from retaliation for reporting an incident; and to receive assistance and resources from your institution.
In accordance with the Students’ Bill of Rights, reporting individuals shall have the right to pursue more than one of the options below at the same time, or to choose not to participate in any of the options below:
1) To disclose confidentially the incident to one of the following College officials, who by law maintain confidentiality, and can assist in obtaining services:
- ESF Counseling Services, 315-470-4716, 105 Bray Hall
- Syracuse University Hendricks Chapel, 315-470-2901
- Crouse Medical Practice, 315-479-5070, 739 Irving Avenue
2) To disclose confidentially the incident and obtain services from New York State or county hotlines Additional disclosure and assistance options are catalogued by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and presented in several languages on their website or by calling 1-800-942-6906. Assistance can also be obtained through:
- Legal Momentum
- Pandora's Project
- GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project
- Safe Horizons
Note: these hotlines are for crisis intervention, resources, and referrals, and are not reporting mechanisms, meaning that disclosure on a call to a hotline does not provide any information to the SUNY-ESF. Reporting individuals are encouraged to additionally contact a College confidential or private resource so that the campus can take appropriate action in these cases.
3) To disclose the incident to one of the following officials who can offer privacy and provide information about remedies, accommodations, evidence preservation, and how to obtain resources. Those officials will also provide the information contained in the Students’ Bill of Rights, including the right to choose when and where to report, to be protected by the institution from retaliation, and to receive assistance and resources from the institution. These college officials will disclose that they are private and not confidential resources, and they may still be required by law and college policy to inform one or more college officials about the incident, including but not limited to the Title IX Coordinator. They will notify reporting individuals that the criminal justice process uses different standards of proof and evidence than internal processes and questions about the penal law or criminal process should be directed to law enforcement or the district attorney.
- Title IX Coordinator: Joseph Rufo, 315-470-6622, 208 Bray Hall
- ESF University Police: 315-470-6667, 19 Bray Hall
- Additional ESF Contacts
4) To file a criminal complaint with ESF University Police and/or with local law enforcement and/or State Police:
- ESF University Police, 315-470-6667, 19 Bray Hall
- Syracuse Police Department Abused Persons Unit, 511 S. Main Street, 315-435-3016
- Onondaga County Sheriff's Office, Abused Persons Unit, 315-435-3092
- State police 24-hour hotline to report sexual assault on a NY college campus: 1-844-845-7269
5)To receive assistance by the Title IX Office in initiating legal proceedings in family court or civil court.
6) To file a report of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking and/or talk to the College's Title IX Coordinator (or designee) for information and assistance. Reports will be investigated in accordance with College policy and the reporting individual’s identity shall remain private at all times if said reporting individual wishes to maintain privacy.
7) To file student conduct charges against the accused. Conduct proceedings are governed by the procedures set forth in the SUNY-ESF Student Handbook as well as federal and New York State law, including the due process provisions of the United States and New York State Constitutions.
8) When the accused is an employee, a reporting individual may also report the incident to the SUNY-ESF Office of Human Resources or may request that one of the above referenced confidential or private employees assist in reporting to Human Resources. Disciplinary proceedings will be conducted in accordance with applicable collective bargaining agreements. When the accused is an employee of an affiliated entity or vendor of the College, College officials will, at the request of the reporting individual, assist in reporting to the appropriate office of the vendor or affiliated entity and, if the response of the vendor or affiliated entity is not sufficient, assist in obtaining a Persona Non Grata letter, subject to legal requirements and College policy.
9) You may withdraw your complaint or involvement from the College process at any time.
10) Every college shall ensure that, at a minimum, at the first instance of disclosure by a reporting individual to a college representative, the following information shall be presented to the reporting individual: “You have the right to make a report to University Police, local law enforcement, and/or State Police or choose not to report; to report to your institution; to be protected by the institution from retaliation for reporting an incident; and to receive assistance and resources from your institution.”