Reporting Sexual Violence/Sexual Misconduct
Westchester Community College wants individuals who have experienced sexual violence of any kind, including but not limited to sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, or domestic/dating violence to get the information and support that they need regardless of whether they would like to move forward with a report to campus officials or to police. A person may want to talk with someone about something they have observed or experienced, even if they are not sure that the behavior constitutes sexual violence. A conversation where questions can be answered is far superior to keeping something to one’s self.
There is no time limit for when an individual can give a report and reports can be withdrawn at any time. The College encourages any community member to make a report of sexual violence/misconduct and learn about the resources and support available to help. Anonymous reports are accepted.
There are a variety of ways an individual can file a report. For each, confidentiality varies, so it is important community understand how confidentiality applies to the different resources that may be available. Individuals can ask questions about reporting options or any question related to sexual violence response to the Title IX Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 914-606-6313.
On Campus Resources
Reporting individuals have the right to confidentially disclose an incident to College officials who are designated as confidential resources. These individuals can assist in obtaining services for reporting individuals. Individuals who are confidential resources will not report crimes to law enforcement or college officials without permission, except for extreme circumstances, such as a health and/or safety emergency. At Westchester Community College this includes:
| Personal Counseling
|Kristy Robinson, LMSW
Student Center 226
|Patrick Sheehan, LMHC
Student Center 225
| Health Services
|Janice Gilroy, RN
Student Center 181
|Kerri Pohar, RN
Student Center 181
|Mary Barden, RN
Student Center 181
Off Campus Resources
Reporting Individuals may also confidentially disclose the incident and obtain services from the following resources and hotlines which can be found here. Reporting individuals are encouraged to additionally contact a campus confidential or private resource so that the campus can take appropriate action in these cases.
Reporting to the College
Reporting individuals have the right to report an incident of sexual violence to College officials who can offer privacy and can provide information about remedies, accommodations, evidence preservation, and how to obtain resources. Please note that an official who can offer privacy 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. While these employees cannot guarantee confidentiality, they will maintain the privacy of the individual to the greatest extent possible. The information provided by a reporting individual to a non-confidential resource will be relayed only as necessary to investigate and/or seek a resolution and to notify the Title IX Coordinator or designee, who is responsible under the law for tracking patterns and tracking systemic issues. Westchester Community College will limit the disclosure as much as possible, even if the Title IX Coordinator determines that the request for confidentiality cannot be honored.
Upon taking a report, a non-confidential resources will:
-Provide the reporting individual with a copy of the Students’ Bill of Rights;
-Disclose that they are private and not confidential resources, and that they may 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;
-Notify reporting individuals that the criminal justice process uses different standards of proof and evidence than institutional administrative procedures, and questions about the penal law or the criminal process should be directed to law enforcement or the District Attorney;
Non-confidential reporting resources on campus include:
Campus Security & Local Law Enforcement
914-606-6911 (available 24/hours)
Local Law Enforcement
Westchester County Police
Greenburgh Town Police Department
New York State Police
New York State Police 24-hour hotline to report sexual assault on a New York college campus: 1-844-845-7269.
When the accused is an employee, a reporting individual may also report the incident to the College’s Office of Human Resources or may request that one of the above referenced confidential or private employees assist in reporting to Human Resources.