Marist condemns and prohibits sexual assault, rape and other forms of non-consensual sexual activities as well as dating & domestic violence, and stalking. These offenses violate the student code of conduct, as well as New York State law. The college does its utmost to prevent sexual violence through education and safety precautions, and to provide support and appropriate services to any student involved in an incident of sexual assault.
Acts of sexual misconduct may be committed by any person upon any other person, regardless of the sex, gender, sexual orientation and/or gender identity of those involved. Violations include sexual harassment (inappropriate comments & gestures), sexual exploitation (voyeurism, pictures/video, etc.), and any non-consensual sexual contact (ranging from inappropriate touching through intercourse). These actions can cause personal trauma physically, emotionally, and mentally.
If sexual misconduct occurs, the college strongly encourages the survivor/victim to consider the following:
- Reporting: Victims should report to the Office of Safety & Security, or any of the confidential or non-confidential resources available at Marist College.
- Get medical attention, if appropriate: Contact Health Services or a local hospital. Not all injuries or exposure to disease are immediately apparent, and evidence needs to be collected in the event criminal charges are pursued.
- Evidence preservation: In order to best preserve evidence, victims should avoid showering, washing, hanging clothes, combing hair, drinking, eating, or doing anything to alter physical appearance until after a physical exam has been completed.
- Notifying Law Enforcement: Victims have the right to notify law enforcement, and the campus can assist in notifying law enforcement if victims choose. Victims may also choose to decline to notify authorities.
- Get emotional support: Confidential assistance and counseling are available on campus through the Counseling Center and the office of Campus Ministry.
The most important thing to understand is that there are a myriad of options available to help you in response to any form of sexual misconduct. If you just want to speak with someone confidentially, you can do that. If you want to file a formal report and receive emotional support that is your choice as well. You can choose to file a police report, or not. If you are not sure what you want to do, there are people available who can help you sort things out.
For additional information on this topic, you can review the Marist College Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy, which can be found at:https://www.marist.edu/title-ix/procedures.html