Sexual Harassment, Assault, and Violence Prevention
The College of Environmental Science and Forestry is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment which is free from all forms of harassment, discrimination or intimidation, or violence including that of a sexual nature. Every member of the College community should be aware that the College strongly opposes sexual harassment, assault, and violence and that such behavior is prohibited by law and by the College. It is the responsibility of the College to prevent sexual harassment, assault, and violence if possible, to correct it when it occurs, and to take appropriate action against behavior that is a violation of this policy. The scope of this policy applies to all students, employees, applicants in the admission or employment processes, and visitors.
2017 SUNY Sexual Violence Prevention Campus Climate Survey
In April 2017, ESF conducted the SUNY Sexual Violence Prevention Campus Climate Survey to assess the awareness of all ESF students, faculty, and staff regarding sexual assault prevention policies and resources. Additionally, the survey sought to understand the student experience with and knowledge of reporting and College conduct processes for sexual harassment, including sexual violence and other related crimes.
All faculty and staff employed by ESF as of April 5, 2017, as well as all students over the age of 18 enrolled at ESF as of that date, were invited to participate in the survey. This included approximately 500 faculty and staff members as well as 1,989 students. Approximately 30% of faculty and staff (n=150) and almost 11% of students (n=216) responded to the invitation to participate in the survey. Individual responses were kept strictly confidential.
Student sexual assault on college and university campuses is a national problem that occurs at ESF and elsewhere. It is unacceptable that too many students have to deal with this as a part of their educational experience. The survey results highlighted those areas where the College is making acceptable progress in its efforts to students, faculty, and staff, as well as those areas where progress remains to be made. The College of Environmental Science and Forestry remains committed to maintaining a learning and working environment that is free from all forms of harassment, discrimination or intimidation, or violence including that of a sexual nature.