ARTICLE VII STUDENT AFFAIRS AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Policy 7.01 Admission Application Fraud :
The submission of documents in support of applications for admission such as transcripts, diplomas, test scores, references, or the applications themselves, that are forged, fraudulent, altered from the original, materially incomplete, obtained under false pretenses, or otherwise deceptive—collectively referred to as fraudulent documents—is prohibited by The City University of New York and may be punishable by a bar on applying for admission, suspension, and/or expulsion. The term “applications for admission” includes transfer applications. (BTM,2006,09-25,006,_A)
Materially incomplete applications include applications that fail to include all prior post-high school college level courses, regardless of whether (BTM,2006,09-25,006,_A):
a) The courses were taken at a post-secondary institution in the United States or outside the United States
b) The applicant received a degree at the post-secondary institution
c) The applicant is seeking credit for such courses
d) The applicant is changing majors/careers
Whenever an applicant for admission to any college of the University submits, as part of an admission application, a document that is found to be fraudulent before an admission decision is made or before the applicant has enrolled, the applicant shall be barred from enrolling in any college of the University the year of the application and for a period of five years after the year of the application that contained the fraudulent material. If done a second time, there shall be a lifetime ban on admission to any college of the University. In the event of the submission of fraudulent documents, the University will notify the applicant in writing of this prohibited act and the penalty, and advise the applicant of the opportunity to appeal the decision in writing to the Vice Chancellor for Student Development. The applicant may then submit a written statement and evidence demonstrating that the document is not fraudulent or advancing some other defense. The Vice Chancellor may reduce or withdraw the penalty, if he or she finds the document to be authentic, that the submission of the document was not the fault of the applicant, or otherwise deems it appropriate. (BTM,2006,09-25,006,_A)
If, after a student has completed registration or begun classes in a University college, it is found that the student had submitted a fraudulent document in support of an application for admission, the student shall be suspended from the University for five years. A second offense shall result in expulsion. The suspension or expulsion shall apply to all colleges of the University. The accused student shall be notified of such suspension or expulsion in writing and shall be entitled to appeal within 30 days of receiving notification and request a hearing pursuant to the University Bylaws, at which the college faculty-student disciplinary committee shall determine the facts, based upon which the disciplinary committee may, if persuaded that the document is authentic or that another defense is demonstrated, withdraw or a reduce the penalty. The penalty shall not take effect until after the period to appeal has expired or upon the completion of the hearing. An adverse decision of the disciplinary committee shall be appealable by the accused student to the college President and a Board of Trustees committee pursuant to the University Bylaws. (BTM,2006,09-25,006,_A)
If, after a student has graduated it is found that the graduate submitted a fraudulent document in support of an application for admission, then he or she shall be notified in writing. The accused graduate shall be entitled to a hearing pursuant to the University Bylaws, at which the college faculty-student disciplinary committee shall determine the facts, based upon which the disciplinary committee may make a decision to impose a penalty of suspension from the University for five years, and may also recommend the revocation of the degree or certificate that had been awarded to the student. A second offense shall result in expulsion. The suspension or expulsion shall apply to all colleges of CUNY. An adverse decision of the disciplinary committee imposing a suspension or expulsion shall be appealable to the college President and a Board of Trustees committee pursuant to the Bylaws. In the event the disciplinary committee recommends the revocation of a degree or certificate, the degree or certificate shall be revoked upon approval by the Board of Trustees after considering the recommendation of the faculty of the college. (BTM,2006,09-25,006,_A)
3 Notification of the Vice Chancellor for Student Development
The Vice Chancellor for Student Development shall be notified of all bars from applying for admission, suspensions, and expulsions under this policy and shall implement them on a University-wide basis. (BTM,2006,09-25,006,_A)
University officials shall publicize this policy and its penalties. Where appropriate, University officials shall share the decisions, findings and supporting evidence on specific cases with civil and criminal authorities. (BTM,2006,09-25,006,_A)
Policy 7.02 Change of Name :
Where names have been changed by court order, all transcripts of records and official statements by the colleges with respect to students or graduates of the schools shall incorporate only the official name as changed by said court order, unless otherwise specifically requested in writing. (BTM,1940,02-06,005,__)
Policy 7.021 Child-Care Services :
[T]he Board of Trustees of The City University of New York hereby affirms that the primary purpose of each child care center operating on a CUNY college campus, either as part of the college or as a separate entity, is to provide services to the dependent children of registered, matriculated college students[.]
[I]f the need for child care services by registered, matriculated college students is being met, and to the extent that space and funding permit, a child care center operating on a CUNY college campus may also provide child care services to non-matriculated part-time college students, subject to the review and approval of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or his or her designee[.]
[I]f the need for child care given by registered matriculated and non-matriculated students is being met and to the extent that space and funding permit, a child care center operating on a CUNY college campus may also provide child care services to faculty and staff where the charges for faculty and staff children are set at market rates and subject to the review and approval of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or his or her designee[.]
[I]f the need for child care given to registered matriculated and non-matriculated students and faculty and staff is being met and to the extent that space and funding permit, a child care center operating on a CUNY college campus may also provide child care services to community members where the charges for community members are set at market rates and subject to the review and approval of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or his or her designee.
Policy 7.03 Delinquent Accounts and Records :
This policy applies to students who are (BTM,2002,11-18,008,_A):
a) Delinquent and/or in default in any of their financial accounts with (BTM,2002,11-18,008,_A):
(i) The City University of New York
(ii) A University college
(iii) An appropriate State or Federal agency for which the University acts as either a disbursing or certifying agent
b) Students who have not completed exit interviews as required by the (BTM,2002,11-18,008,_A):
(i) Federal Perkins Loan Program
(ii) Federal Family Education Loan Programs
(iii) William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
(iv) Nursing Student Loan Program
Students who fall under this policy are not to be permitted to (BTM,2002,11-18,008,_A):
c) Complete a registration
d) Be issued (BTM,2002,11-18,008,_A):
(i) A copy of their grades
(ii) A transcript of academic record
(iii) A certificate or degree
e) Receive funds under the Federal campus-based student assistance programs or the Federal Pell Grant Program—unless the designated officer, in exceptional hardship cases and consistent with Federal and State regulations, waives in writing the application of this regulation
Policy 7.031 Drug-Alcohol Use Amnesty :
THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK DRUG/ALCOHOL USE AMNESTY POLICY
The City University of New York’s (“CUNY’s”) Drug/Alcohol Use Amnesty Policy has two principal purposes. First, it is intended to encourage students to seek medical assistance related to drug and/or alcohol use without fear of being disciplined for such use. Because the use of drugs or alcohol may be life-threatening, CUNY wishes to reduce barriers to seeking and receiving medical help in those situations. Second, CUNY wishes to encourage students under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol who may be the victims of, witnesses to, or otherwise become aware of violence (including but not limited to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault) or sexual harassment or gender-based harassment to report that violence or harassment. Toward that end, CUNY’s Policy is that students who seek medical assistance either for themselves or others and/or are reporting violence or harassment will not be subject to discipline under the circumstances described below.
I.Students who in good faith call for medical assistance for themselves or others and/or who receive medical assistance as a result of a call will not be disciplined for the consumption of alcohol (either if underage or if consumed in a CUNY-owned or operated residence hall or facility where alcohol consumption is prohibited) or drugs as long as there are no other violations that ordinarily would subject the student to disciplinary action. Similarly, students who may be the victims of, witnesses to, or otherwise become aware of violence or sexual harassment or gender-based harassment and who report such violence or harassment will not be disciplined for the consumption of alcohol or drugs in the absence of other violations that ordinarily would subject the student to disciplinary action. Other violations that would invoke discipline include but are not limited to (i) unlawful distribution of alcohol or drugs; (ii) sexual misconduct, as defined in CUNY’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct; (iii) causing or threatening physical harm; (iv) causing damage to property; (v) hazing.
II.The students involved will be encouraged to complete alcohol and/or drug education activities, assessment, and/or treatment, to be determined by the individual campuses or units of CUNY with which the students are affiliated. If repeated incidents of alcohol or drug use are involved, there may be issues of medical concern, which may result in parental notification, medical withdrawal, and/or other non-disciplinary responses.
III.CUNY’s Policy is intended both to implement Article 129-B of the Education Law (which mandates drug and alcohol amnesty for reporters of violence) and to complement New York State’s Good Samaritan Law, which is designed to encourage individuals to call 911 in the event of an alcohol or drug-related emergency. Generally, the Good Samaritan Law protects persons who witness or suffer from a medical emergency involving drugs or alcohol from being arrested or prosecuted for drug or underage alcohol possession after they call 911. It does not protect against arrest or prosecution for other offenses, such as the sale of drugs.
(Board of Trustees Minutes,2014,06-30,7,D. Amended: Board of Trustees Minutes,2015,10-01,6,C)
Policy 7.04 Drug, Tobacco, and Alcohol Education :
The Board of Trustees of the City University of New York adopts the following policy on Drug, Tobacco, and Alcohol Education (BTM,1990,06-25,006,_D):
The University affirms its continuing commitment to drug, tobacco, and alcohol education on campus. the University is committed to the development and conduct of educational and support programs directed toward the use and abuse of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, whether legal or illegal. Implementation of this policy, which provides the framework for educational and support programs directed toward the use and abuse of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, is the responsibility of the individual colleges, consistent with their governance plans and established disciplinary procedures. (BTM,1990,06-25,006,_D)
Each of the individual colleges shall incorporate into its program the annual distribution to each student and employee of the standards of conduct that prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on the college’s property or as part of college activities and a statement of the sanctions for violation; a description of the applicable local, State, and Federal legal sanctions for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol; a description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of tobacco and alcohol; and a description of any drug, tobacco or alcohol-related counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, or re-entry programs available to students or employees. Each college shall review the effectiveness of its program at least once every two years, implementing such changes as may be necessary. (BTM,1990,06-25,006,_D)
Policy 7.041 Drugs and Alcohol :
The City University of New York (“CUNY”) is an institution committed to promoting the physical, intellectual, and social development of all individuals. As such, CUNY seeks to prevent the abuse of drugs and alcohol, which can adversely impact performance and threaten the health and safety of students, employees, their families, and the general public. CUNY complies with all federal, state, and local laws concerning the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of drugs and alcohol.
Federal law requires that CUNY adopt and implement a program to prevent the use of illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol by students and employees. As part of its program, CUNY has adopted this policy, which sets forth (1) the standards of conduct that students and employees are expected to follow; (2) CUNY sanctions for the violation of this policy; and (3) responsibilities of the CUNY colleges/units in enforcing this policy. CUNY’s policy also (1) sets forth the procedures for disseminating the policy, as well as information about the health risks of illegal drug and alcohol use, criminal sanctions for such use, and available counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation programs, to students and employees; and (2) requires each college to conduct a biennial review of drug and alcohol use and prevention on its campus.
This policy applies to all CUNY students, employees and visitors when they are on CUNY property, including CUNY residence halls, as well as when they are engaged in any CUNY-sponsored activities off campus.
1 Standards of Conduct
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of drugs or alcohol by anyone, on CUNY property (including CUNY residence halls), in CUNY buses or vans, or at CUNY-sponsored activities, is prohibited. In addition, CUNY employees are prohibited from illegally providing drugs or alcohol to CUNY students. Finally, no student may possess or consume alcoholic beverages in any CUNY residence hall, regardless of whether the student is of lawful age, except for students living in the Graduate School and University Center’s graduate housing facilities who may lawfully possess and consume alcoholic beverages. For purposes of this policy, a CUNY residence hall means a residence hall owned and/or operated by CUNY, or operated by a private management company on CUNY’s behalf.
In order to make informed choices about the use of drugs and alcohol, CUNY students and employees are expected to familiarize themselves with the information provided by CUNY about the physiological, psychological, and social consequences of substance abuse.
Employees and students who violate this policy are subject to sanctions under University policies, procedures and collective bargaining agreements, as described below. Employees and students should be aware that, in addition to these CUNY sanctions, the University will contact appropriate law enforcement agencies if they believe that a violation of the policy should also be treated as a criminal matter.
Students are expected to comply with the CUNY and college policies with respect to drugs and alcohol. Any student found in violation may be subject to disciplinary action under Article 15 of the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees, which may result in sanctions up to and including expulsion from the University.
In addition, any student who resides in a CUNY residence hall and who is found to have violated any CUNY or college policy with respect to drugs and alcohol may be subject to sanctions under the CUNY Residence Hall Disciplinary Procedures, up to and including expulsion from the residence hall.
In lieu of formal disciplinary action, CUNY may, in appropriate cases, seek to resolve the matter through an agreement pursuant to which the student must see a counselor or successfully participate in a drug and alcohol treatment program.
In accordance with the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), CUNY may also choose—when appropriate—to contact parents or legal guardians of students who have violated the CUNY policy on drugs and alcohol.
Any employee found to have violated this CUNY policy may be subject to disciplinary action, in accordance with the procedures set forth in applicable CUNY policies, rules, regulations, and collective bargaining agreements. Sanctions may include a reprimand, suspension without pay, or termination of employment. In lieu of formal disciplinary action, CUNY may, in appropriate cases, seek to resolve the matter through an agreement pursuant to which the employee must successfully participate in a drug or alcohol treatment program.
5 Responsibilities of Colleges/Units
Each college or unit of the University should make its best efforts to educate employees and students about this policy and the risks associated with the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol. The President of each college or unit may choose to ban alcohol at on-campus functions or at any particular function. This policy, together with information about the health risks of illegal drug and alcohol use, criminal sanctions for such use, and counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation programs available to employees or students, must be distributed annually to all employees and students. The Chief Student Affairs Officer shall be responsible for the distribution of this material to students, and the Director of Human Resources shall be responsible for the distribution of the material to employees.
The Vice President for Administration, or person performing the equivalent function at each college or unit of CUNY, shall be responsible for conducting a biennial review to determine the effectiveness of CUNY’s drug and alcohol program at its college or unit, and to ensure that sanctions for drug and alcohol violations are consistently enforced. Upon completion, the biennial review must be sent to the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer. This biennial review must include the number of drug and alcohol-related violations and fatalities that occur on the college’s campus or as part of the college’s activities, as well as the number and type of sanctions imposed as a result of drug and alcohol-related violations and fatalities that occur at the college as part of its activities.
(Board of Trustees Minutes, 2009,06-22,7,A. Amended: Board of Trustees Minutes,2011,05-02,5,A)
Policy 7.042 Enrollment and Withdrawal Verification :
Beginning in Fall, 2009, uniform policies and procedures for verification of student enrollment be implemented to comply with Federal Title IV regulations. (BTM,2009,06-22,004,_M)
The Chancellor, after appropriate consultation within the University, shall promulgate uniform guidelines and procedures regarding verification of student enrollment and withdrawal to be implemented university-wide in order to achieve compliance with Federal Title IV regulations. (BTM,2009,06-22,004,_M)
Should Federal Title IV regulations change in the future, the Chancellor, again after appropriate consultation within the University, shall promulgate revised university-wide uniform guidelines and procedures to achieve compliance with changes in Federal Title VI regulations. (BTM,2009,06-22,004,_M)
Policy 7.05 Financial Aid and Support :
1 Undergraduate Financial Aid
The City University of New York is committed to the principle that New York City’s high school graduates should not be inhibited from seeking a higher education because they lack financial resources. As a means of fulfilling this commitment it is university policy to pursue aggressively all sources of state and federal funding that are available to provide financial aid to it students and to provide matching funds from its own resources to the fullest extent possible in order to maximize federal and state funding. (BTM,1969,09-29,011,__)
2 Graduate Tuition Waiver Fund
The Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a scholarship fund for each academic year for the benefit of needy graduate students out of income received from fees for various categories of students, principally graduate students. (BTM,1975,07-28,006,__)
The Board of Trustees determines, in principle, that if by using the City University needs formula for the nine-month academic year it is determined that a student desiring to register at the University does not have the financial resources to pursue graduate studies for which he or she is qualified, the University will provide a tuition grant or waiver adequate to enable him or her to register for graduate study, the total not in excess of the fund provided for such purpose. (BTM,1975,07-28,006,__)
The President of each college, including the University Graduate School and University Center, and the University Dean of Teacher Education, are granted authority to waive instructional and/or other fees levied on graduate students in instances other than those specifically authorized by Board of Trustees action. (BTM,1975,07-28,006,__)
The President of each individual unit of the University is required to report all fee waivers granted by him or her for each semester and session. (BTM,1975,07-28,006,__)
The distribution of waivers to students is to be made by the Graduate School and University Center and by the senior colleges in accordance with the allocations and guidelines established by the Chancellor. (BTM,1975,07-28,006,__)
The Graduate Tuition Waiver Fund is to be enhanced by additional funds for the benefit of needy foreign graduate students who do not have the financial resources to pursue graduate studies for which they are qualified. (BTM,1988,10-31,007,_A)
Policy 7.06 Health Services :
The Board of Trustees of the City University of New York requires all colleges to adopt the minimal standards set forth in the document A Model for Health Services Provision at the University: The Minimal Standards. Colleges will provide health and wellness awareness education, administer and manage the immunization program, maintain referral resources, provide a resting area, and administer first aid treatment that includes over-the-counter medication. (BTM,2000,05-22,009,_B)
The use of student activity fees to support health services shall be limited to the establishment of more comprehensive services. (BTM,2000,05-22,009,_B)
Policy 7.07 Intercollegiate Athletics :
1 Academic Eligibility Criteria
Student athletes at the senior colleges must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in order to be in “good academic standing” in order to participate in intercollegiate athletics. Students may participate during their first semester.
It is the responsibility of The City University of New York to ensure that the educational and extracurricular programs of the University are operated in the best interests of students. These academic standards are considered essential for the personal well-being and academic progress of students who take on the additional responsibility of student athletics. These standards are consistent with the University’s requirements for student leadership positions. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) allows individual institutions to interpret “good academic standing.”
2 Athletic Conference
City University of New York Athletic Conference is formally established to promote the establishment, maintenance, and implementation of the highest standards of competition, interest, integrity, and efficiency in the administration of intercollegiate athletic activities within the eight member senior colleges and the five member community colleges of the City University. (BTM,1986,03-24,006,_B)
The Athletic Conference will have a board consisting of the athletic directors of the member colleges. The Athletic Conference Board, subject to and consistent with the policies of the Board of Trustees on Intercollegiate Athletics will enact rules and regulations to achieve its purposes, and to provide procedures for enforcement and discipline for violations thereof. (BTM,1986,03-24,006,_B)
The Conference will have two divisions; one for the senior colleges, and one for the community colleges. The senior colleges will be affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division III, and the community colleges will be affiliated with the appropriate regional section of the National Junior College Athletic Association. (BTM,1986,03-24,006,_B)
University colleges may join the Conference upon membership application. (BTM,1986,03-24,006,_B)
Sports may be added or deleted by vote of the Conference Board. The Conference will conduct championships tournaments and/or recognize championships in each sport. (BTM,1986,03-24,006,_B)
The Conference will be administered by a University Athletic Conference Director selected by the Conference Board with the approval of the Council of Presidents Subcommittee on Student Affairs and Special Programs. The Athletic Conference Director will report to the Vice Chancellor for Student Development. A Conference Advisory Committee composed of one senior college president, one community college president, one representative of the University Faculty Senate, one representative of the University Student Senate, one representative of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Development, and the Athletic Conference Director, will meet periodically to provide general advice and counsel to the Conference. (BTM,1986,03-24,006,_B)
Policy 7.071 Law Enforcement Intervention :
BOARD POLICY ON LAW ENFORCEMENT INTERVENTION:
RESOLVED, That a college president, or his/her designee, shall consult with the Chancellor, or his/her designee prior to involving law enforcement agencies during a campus protest, including summoning the police, except in cases of immediate danger to personal safety or to property. In considering such action, the president, or his/her designee, shall make all possible efforts to consult with the student body president(s) and the chair of the faculty governance body. The Chancellor shall endeavor to consult with the student trustee on the president’s intent to call the police; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Chancellor shall develop a process to be followed by the colleges and the central office prior to calling the police.
(Board of Trustees Minutes,1991,01-28,7,A)
Policy 7.08 Marketing of Credit Cards to Students :
A new state law prohibits the advertising, marketing, or merchandising of credit cards to students on college campuses except pursuant to an official credit card marketing policy. The statute was passed to address an alarming trend in which college students who lack financial management skills are solicited for credit cards on campus and incur significant credit card debt resulting in negative credit histories and sometimes bankruptcy. This policy fulfills The City University of New York’s statutory obligation to adopt an official credit card marketing policy while maintaining the ability of individual colleges to allow credit card marketing on campus under appropriate guidelines. (BTM,2005,06-27,008,_A)
Colleges shall not sell or otherwise make available student lists to credit card companies. The term “credit card companies” as used in this policy includes all financial institutions and any other issuers of credit cards. (BTM,2005,06-27,008,_A)
A college may choose to ban the advertising, marketing or merchandising of credit cards to students on its campus. This policy does not apply to student newspapers. (BTM,2005,06-27,008,_A)
No credit card company may advertise, market, or merchandise credit cards to students, unless they meet substantive criteria established by the college and pursuant to time, place and manner restrictions as are established by the college. Such criteria may include maximum interest rates, credit lines, penalties and fees. (BTM,2005,06-27,008,_A)
Colleges that wish to allow the credit card companies access to their campuses to market credit cards—tabling—may only do so under the following conditions (BTM,2005,06-27,008,_A):
a) Credit card companies shall be prohibited from using marketing tactics such as giving away gifts or other items of value to students who apply for or are granted credit cards. (BTM,2005,06-27,008,_A)
b) Credit card companies shall be prohibited from taking completed applications from students on the campus. (BTM,2005,06-27,008,_A)
Credit card and debt education should be made a regular part of campus programming, including at new student orientation programs. (BTM,2005,06-27,008,_A)
Bookstores shall be prohibited by auxiliary enterprise boards from including credit card applications and brochures with bookstore purchases. (BTM,2005,06-27,008,_A)
Policy 7.09 Medical Withdrawal and Re-Entry :
The City University of New York is committed to the academic success and personal growth of its students. As part of that commitment, the University and its constituent campuses are responsible for providing a safe learning and working environment for students, faculty, staff and other members of the University community. Some students may, because of a medical condition, engage in behavior that presents a direct threat of harm to themselves or to others, or substantially disrupts the learning or working environment of others. In such situations, the safety and security of the campus community, including the individual student, is paramount. This policy does not replace or supersede reasonable and appropriate security and health and safety measures, such as calling 911 or taking other immediate action in case of imminent threat to life or limb. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
In addition to taking action to protect the security and safety of the campus community, a college may address the student’s conduct to determine if action under this policy or under the student disciplinary process is appropriate. When a student’s conduct that directly threatens or substantially disrupts the learning or working environment of others appears to relate to a medical condition, the campus may, at its option, address the student’s conduct either in accordance with this policy, or through the student disciplinary process. If the student’s conduct constitutes a threat solely to him or herself, it should be addressed under this policy rather than the disciplinary process. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
1 Primary Principles
As an alternative to disciplinary action that may be taken under Article XV of the University’s Bylaws, a college of the University may bring a proceeding to require a student to withdraw from the University, or, under some circumstances, the student’s home college and/or from residence in a college residence hall under this withdrawal policy and procedures when the student’s behavior evidences a direct threat of harm to others, or when the student’s behavior substantially disrupts the learning or working environment of others. A direct threat means a significant risk of harm to health or safety. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
A student who threatens to commit or attempts to commit suicide, and who does not otherwise threaten direct harm to others or substantially disrupt the learning or working environment of others, shall not be subject to disciplinary action for that threat or attempt under Article XV of the University’s Bylaws. If a college determines that withdrawal of the student or retention of the student subject to specified conditions is appropriate because the student’s behavior threatens direct harm to him or herself, the procedures outlined below shall apply instead of disciplinary procedures. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
A student who withdraws or is withdrawn from the University, a college or college residence hall pursuant to this policy may apply for re-entry to the University, a college and/or to a college residence hall. The application for re-entry shall be made to the student’s home college’s Chief Student Affairs Officer, who shall determine whether the student still presents a direct threat of harm to him or herself or others or still presents a significant risk to substantially disrupt the learning or working environment of others. If the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee determines, based on the assessment of a qualified, licensed mental health professional, that there is not a significant risk that the behavior that required withdrawal will be repeated, he or she shall approve the student’s application for re-entry. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
2.1 Emergency Interim Removal
If a student’s behavior presents an immediate, severe and direct threat to him or herself or others (by evidencing a likelihood of harm to him or herself or others), or is substantially disrupting the learning or working environment of others, the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee (if such Officer is not immediately available) may direct an emergency interim removal of the student that restricts the student’s access to the College’s campus or residence hall, as appropriate, for an interim period before a final determination of the matter. The Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee shall consult with the University’s Office of the General Counsel prior to making any such direction. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
The fact that a student has threatened to commit suicide or attempted suicide, by itself, does not allow the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee to direct an emergency interim removal. In all cases involving such students, the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee must attempt to have the student individually assessed by a mental health professional as outlined below before deciding whether to direct an emergency interim removal. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
Except as permitted above, before determining whether to require an emergency interim removal, the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee shall take the following steps (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C):
a) Exercise all reasonable efforts to meet with the student. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
b) In that meeting, offer the student the opportunity to be evaluated at the college’s expense by a qualified, licensed mental health professional, who may be an employee of a college of the University or the University or on retainer to a college of the University or the University. Whenever possible, that professional shall have had no prior contact with the student. The professional shall assess whether the student’s behavior presents an immediate, severe and direct threat to him or herself or others or presents a significant risk to repeat behavior that substantially disrupts the learning or working environment of others, and, if so, whether the student’s behavior may be the result of a medical issue. That professional shall present his or her findings to the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee, who shall determine based on those findings and other evidence available whether emergency interim removal under these procedures is appropriate. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
c) If the student refuses to meet, and/or refuses to undergo such assessment or to keep a scheduled appointment, the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee may require emergency interim removal without a meeting and/or mental health assessment if he or she reasonably concludes on the basis of the available evidence that the student’s behavior evidences an immediate, severe and direct threat of harm to the student or others or is substantially disrupting the working or learning environment of others and presents a significant risk to continue that substantial disruption. The Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee shall consult with the University’s Office of the General Counsel before making such a determination. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
The emergency interim removal from the College and/or residence hall shall remain in effect until a final decision has been made pursuant to the procedures below, unless, before a final decision is made, the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee determines that the reasons for imposing the interim removal no longer exist. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
2.2 Withdrawal after Emergency Interim Removal
If a student has been subjected to an emergency interim removal from the college and/or residence hall, the college shall request retention with conditions or voluntary withdrawal within seven calendar days of such removal. Should the request for retention with conditions or voluntary withdrawal request be refused, the College shall determine within seven calendar days of such refusal whether to take further action against the student, including whether to initiate involuntary withdrawal proceedings, or disciplinary proceedings under Article XV of the University Bylaws, as applicable above, and shall send notice of either such proceeding in accordance with the notice requirements of the applicable procedure within that seven-day period. For students who have been subjected to an emergency interim removal without having undergone the assessment procedures outlined above, the College shall follow the assessment procedures outlined below prior to determining its course of action. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
In cases where the student has been subjected to an emergency interim removal without assessment, the procedure for determining whether withdrawal is appropriate is as follows (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C):
The Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee shall exercise best efforts to meet with the student to discuss the student’s behavior and to hear the student’s explanation of the alleged behavior. If, after hearing the explanation, the Officer or designee still wishes to consider the possibility of the student’s withdrawal, he or she shall offer the student an opportunity to be evaluated, at the college’s expense, by a qualified, licensed mental health professional, who may be an employee of a college of the University or the University, or on retainer to a college of the University or the University. Whenever possible, that professional shall have had no prior contact with the student. The professional shall make findings concerning whether the student’s behavior presents a direct threat of harm to him or herself or others or presents a significant risk to repeat behavior that substantially disrupts the learning or working environment of others and if so, whether the student’s behavior may be the result of a medical issue. The professional shall report such findings to the Chief Student Affairs Officer, who shall, based on those findings, and after consultation with the University’s Office of the General Counsel, determine the appropriate action, including whether to request that the student withdraw from the University, the college and/or the college residence hall or whether to request that the student agree to specified conditions in lieu of withdrawal. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
If the student refuses to undergo the requested assessment, or fails to keep the scheduled appointment, and the Chief Student Affairs Officer reasonably concludes on the basis of the available evidence that the student’s behavior presents a direct threat of harm to him or herself or others or substantially disrupts the learning or working environment of others and presents a significant risk to repeat behavior that substantially disrupts the learning or working environment of others, the Chief Student Affairs Officer may request that the student voluntarily withdraw from the University, the college and/or the college residence hall. The Chief Student Affairs Officer shall consult with the University’s Office of the General Counsel before making any such request. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
If the student agrees to the request for voluntary withdrawal or to the specified conditions, the Chief Student Affairs officer or designee shall (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C):
a) Discuss with the student the procedures for and consequences of voluntary withdrawal or the specified conditions, as applicable
b) Discuss the circumstances with the student’s parents or legal guardians as permissible by law and as appropriate
c) Consult with the student’s academic advisor or department, as appropriate
d) Consult with the residence hall director, as appropriate
e) Refer the student to appropriate resources for treatment
f) Advise the student concerning the process for applying for re-entry, as well as on conditions for re-entry, if applicable and appropriate
If the student does not agree to the request for voluntary withdrawal or to the specified conditions, the Chief Student Affairs Officer shall determine, in consultation with the University’s Office of the General Counsel, whether to take further action against the student, including whether to initiate involuntary withdrawal proceedings, or, in the case of students referenced above, whether to initiate disciplinary proceedings under Article XV of the University Bylaws. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
2.3 Withdrawal without Emergency Interim Removal, of Students who Present a Direct Threat of Harm to Others or Substantially Disrupt the Learning or Working Environment of Others
In situations where a student’s behavior evidences a direct threat of harm to himself or others or substantially disrupts the learning or working environment of others and presents a significant risk to repeat behavior that substantially disrupts the learning or working environment of others and the Chief Student Affairs Officer reasonably believes that the student’s behavior may be connected to a medical issue, the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee may request that the student voluntarily withdraw or agree to retention under conditions. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
If the student agrees to the request for voluntary withdrawal or to the specified conditions, the Chief Student Affairs officer or designee shall (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C):
a) Discuss with the student the procedures for and consequences of voluntary withdrawal or the specified conditions, as applicable
b) Discuss the circumstances with the student’s parents or legal guardians as permissible by law and as appropriate
c) Consult with the student’s academic advisor or department, as appropriate
d) Consult with the residence hall director, as appropriate
e) Refer the student to appropriate resources for treatment
f) Advise the student concerning the process for applying for re-entry, as well as on conditions for re-entry, if applicable and appropriate
If the student does not agree to the request for voluntary withdrawal or to the specified conditions, the Chief Student Affairs Officer shall determine, in consultation with the University’s Office of the General Counsel, whether to take further action against the student, including whether to initiate involuntary withdrawal proceedings or disciplinary proceedings under Article XV of the University Bylaws. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
Before initiating involuntary withdrawal proceedings under this policy, the Chief Student Affairs Officer shall follow the assessment procedures outlined above. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
2.4 Withdrawal without Emergency Interim Removal of Students who Present a Direct Threat of Harm Solely to Themselves
The College shall follow the assessment and other procedures outlined above in order to determine the appropriate course of action. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
3 Involuntary Withdrawal
The following shall be the procedures for involuntary withdrawal.
Notice of the involuntary withdrawal hearing and the time and place of the hearing shall be personally delivered or sent by the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee of the student’s home college to the student at the address appearing on the records of the College, by overnight or certified mail, by regular mail, and, for students who have a college e-mail address, to that e-mail address. Notice of at least five business days shall be given to the student in advance of the hearing unless the student consents to an earlier hearing. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
The notice shall contain (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C):
a) A statement of the reasons involuntary withdrawal is sought
b) The type of withdrawal sought (from the University, the college and/or from the college residence hall)
c) A statement that the student has a right to present his or her side of the story, to present witnesses and evidence on his or her behalf, to cross-examine witnesses presenting evidence against the student, to remain silent without assumption of guilt, and to be represented by legal counsel or an advisor at the student’s expense
The University shall constitute a Health Review Panel, comprised of qualified, licensed mental health professionals employed by a college of the University or by the University, or on retainer to a college of the University or the University. The University’s Vice Chancellor of Student Development shall appoint the members of the Health Review Panel. Members of the Health Review Panel, in committees constituted separately for each hearing (“Health Review Committee”), shall be responsible for adjudicating all involuntary withdrawal hearings held according to these procedures. For each involuntary withdrawal hearing, the Vice Chancellor of Student Development or his designee shall constitute a three-person Health Review Committee from the Health Review Panel to adjudicate at that hearing. No member of the Health Review Committee shall have had prior contact with the student. All decisions of the Health Review Committee shall be made by majority vote. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
The hearing shall be closed, unless the student requests an open hearing. However, the Health Review Committee may overrule a request for an open hearing if it determines that an open hearing would be inappropriate or disruptive in light of the nature of the evidence to be presented. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
After the evidence is presented at the hearing, the Health Review Committee shall determine whether the College has proved, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the student’s behavior presents a direct threat of harm to him or herself or others, or has substantially disrupted the learning or working environment of others and presents a significant risk of threatening further substantial disruption of the learning or working environment of others, and if so, what the appropriate remedy should be. The Health Review Committee may also set reasonable and appropriate conditions on re-entry. The decision of the Health Review Committee shall be made within five business days from the close of the hearing. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
An appeal from the decision of the Health Review Committee may be made to the President of the student’s home college or the President’s designee within thirty calendar days after the delivery of the decision appealed from. The President or designee shall make his or her determination on the appeal within fifteen business days from receipt of the appeal. The President’s decision may be appealed to the Chancellor of the University or his or her designee within thirty calendar days after the delivery of the President’s decision on appeal. The Chancellor or designee’s decision shall be made within fifteen business days from receipt of the appeal. The Chancellor or designee’s decision shall be final. The bases for overturning a decision of the Health Review Committee at both levels of review are limited to the following (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C):
a) Clearly erroneous factual findings
b) Procedural irregularities
c) Newly available evidence that would have affected the outcome
d) The remedy and/or conditions on re-entry were unreasonable or inappropriate
A student who is withdrawn from the University, a student’s home college and/or a college residence hall under this policy may be considered for re-entry. A student wishing to be considered for re-entry should contact his or her home college’s Chief Student Affairs Officer and provide appropriate documentation of behavioral change and resolution of the initial behavioral problem, including compliance with any conditions that may have been set for re-entry. A student may apply for re-entry to the University, a college and/or a college residence hall no more than one time per term. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
In assessing an application for re-entry, the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee shall (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C):
a) In cases in which he or she determines that an additional mental health assessment is necessary, refer the student for assessment to a qualified, licensed mental health professional, at the College’s expense
b) Receive, investigate, and examine appropriate relevant documentation, including assessments made by college-referred mental health professionals, and, if applicable, licensed treating mental health professionals
c) Consult with the Health Review Committee, in cases in which the student’s withdrawal was adjudicated by such a Committee
d) Contact the student’s parents or legal guardians as permissible by law, if appropriate
e) Provide an opportunity for the student to meet with the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee to discuss re-entry
If the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee determines, based on the evidence presented, that there is not a significant risk that the behavior that required withdrawal will be repeated, he or she shall approve the student’s application for re-entry. In such cases, the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee shall initiate the re-entry process, provide the student with written conditions for continued attendance, and inform any relevant administrators of the student’s re-entry. If the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee determines that the application for re-entry should be denied, he or she shall provide the student with a written explanation of the reasons for the denial and specify when the next request for re-entry may be considered. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
A student may appeal the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee’s denial of re-entry to the college President or designee within thirty calendar days after the delivery of the decision denying re-entry. The President or designee shall make his or her determination on the appeal within thirty calendar days from receipt of the appeal. The President’s decision may be appealed to the Chancellor of the University or his or her designee within thirty calendar days after the delivery of the President’s decision on appeal. The Chancellor or designee’s decision shall be made within thirty calendar days from receipt of the appeal. The Chancellor or designee’s decision shall be final. The basis for overturning a decision on appeal at either level shall be limited to a determination that the decision on re-entry was clearly erroneous. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
6 Effect on Academic Status
In the event of a withdrawal pursuant to this policy, a notation of withdrawal shall appear on the student’s transcript for all classes taken during that semester. The Chief Student Affairs Officer at a student’s home college may grant a student request that, in lieu of withdrawal, a notation of incomplete shall appear on his or her transcript for classes taken during that semester if and only if there is a reasonable prospect that the student will eventually complete such classes, subject to faculty approval for each such class. Regardless of the notation that appears on a student’s transcript, the Chief Student Affairs Officer of the student’s home college shall inform the Vice Chancellor for Student Development of the student’s withdrawal in order to effectuate a hold by the University Application Processing Center on the student’s ability to transfer or otherwise seek admission to another college of the University. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
7 Effect on Housing Status
If the student has been living in a college residence hall and will not be permitted to continue to do so, the student’s contract will be canceled and fees refunded on a prorated basis. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
The results of examinations by mental health professionals to whom students are referred for assessment at any stage in the withdrawal or readmission process shall be confidential student records, except that if the results indicate that the student presents an imminent, severe, and direct threat of harm to him or herself or others, those results may be shared with the appropriate individuals in order to attempt to prevent the occurrence of such harm. The results of these examinations shall be admissible in involuntary withdrawal hearings but shall not be admissible in disciplinary hearings, unless the student places his or her health, including mental health, at issue in a disciplinary hearing. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
9 Board Review
During the fall 2009 semester, the Chancellery shall conduct a review of the experience of the colleges with these procedures and shall report the results of that review to the Board of Trustees, along with any recommended changes. (BTM,2007,06-25,007,_C)
Policy 7.091 This Policy Number Not in Use :
This policy number not in use.
Policy 7.10 This Policy Number Not in Use :
This policy number not in use.
Policy 7.11 Records Access Policy :
The City University of New York and its constituent colleges and other units shall be in full compliance with the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and its implementing regulations. (BTM,1998,01-26,007,_A)
That appeals concerning alleged failures by any college or other educational unit to comply with the requirements of FERPA may be made to the General Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs within 30 days of the alleged failure to comply, and appeal decisions shall be submitted to the Board Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programs for its approval, with the student having the opportunity to submit a response. (BTM,1998,01-26,007,_A)
This policy supersedes the Student Records Access Policy adopted by the Board on 23 April 1976, Calendar No. 6.E. (BTM,1998,01-26,007,_A)
FERPA was enacted in 1974, and for years was popularly known as the “Buckley” amendment, and most recently amended by the Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994. FERPA imposed obligations on the colleges to establish policies in order to permit college students the right to inspect and review their educational records, the right to request the amendment of a record believed to be inaccurate or misleading, and the right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information in educational records, with some exceptions to the extent FERPA authorized disclosure without prior consent. Revised regulations, issued this past year by the United States Department of Education to implement the 1994 statutory amendments, have eliminated the requirement that educational institutions have a written policy regarding access, disclosure, and challenges of educational records. Instead, the colleges will be required to include additional information in their annual notification of rights to students. (BTM,1998,01-26,007,_A)
The repeal of the Board’s Student Records Access Policy will eliminate a policy which, in essence, reiterates the federal regulations, and will eliminate the technical need for the Board to amend its policy each time the federal regulations are amended. (BTM,1998,01-26,007,_A)
In order to assure compliance with FERPA, the Office of the General Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs will issue annual advisory memoranda on the requirements of FERPA, rights of appeal, the annual notification of students’ rights concerning educational records, and the components of directory information which may be released without prior consent. The provision for appeals to that Office will further promote uniform compliance with FERPA within the University prior to parties exercising their statutory right of appeal to the Family Policy Compliance Office of the U.S. Department of Education. (BTM,1998,01-26,007,_A)
Policy 7.111 Residence Hall Disciplinary Procedures :
CUNY RESIDENCE HALL DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
These procedures are intended to apply to all CUNY- owned and/or – operated residence halls (referred to as “CUNY residence halls.”) CUNY- owned buildings refers both to buildings operated by CUNY as the owner and those owned by CUNY but operated by a private company on behalf of CUNY. CUNY- operated buildings are buildings for which CUNY is responsible for the management of the building, regardless of whether CUNY owns the building. The purpose of these procedures is to protect the health and safety of the entire residence hall community. These procedures provide for discipline of students who live in residence halls who violate the rules governing student conduct applicable to CUNY students. At the same time, these procedures are designed to ensure that the due process rights of student residents accused of engaging in inappropriate conduct are respected.
II. Applicable Rules of Conduct
All students who live in CUNY residence halls are expected to behave lawfully and responsibly. They are expected not to engage in conduct that threatens or causes harm to others or interferes with the working or learning environment of others. All resident students must comply with local, state and federal laws, including the Henderson Rules (N.Y. State Education Law, Article 129-A) and with CUNY and College policies. In addition, each CUNY residence hall should have written rules that are distributed to residents governing appropriate conduct in the residence hall. Students who violate their residence hall’s rules concerning behavior in the residence hall will be subject to discipline under these residence hall disciplinary procedures.
To the extent that the conduct at issue also violates local, state or federal law (including the Henderson Rules) or other CUNY or College policies, a student will be subject to discipline under Article XV of CUNY’s Bylaws (“Article XV”) as an alternative to disciplinary proceedings invoked under these residence hall procedures. In cases in which the conduct is serious and the sanction might involve suspension or expulsion from the University, rather than a sanction solely relating to future conduct and tenure at the residence hall, Article XV procedures should be invoked instead of residence hall disciplinary procedures. Further, in all cases involving a possible violation of CUNY’s Sexual Misconduct Policy (cases involving alleged sexual misconduct, including cases of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, or sexual violence), the cases must be reported to the applicable CUNY College’s Title IX coordinator for applicable interim measures, investigation and potential discipline under Article XV.
Further, if a student’s conduct threatens harm to him or herself or others or substantially disrupts the learning or working environment of others, and is connected to a mental health or other medical issue, that conduct should be addressed under CUNY’s Medical Withdrawal and Re-entry Policy and Procedures (“Medical Withdrawal Policy”).
III. Emergency Situations
A. Emergency interim removal
If a resident’s behavior presents an immediate, severe and direct threat to him or herself or others (by evidencing a likelihood of harm to him or herself or others), or is substantially disrupting the learning or working environment of others, the Residence Hall Director (“RHD”) may remove the resident from the residence hall for a period not to exceed seven business days, pending the results of administrative proceedings or, where mental health issues are present, psychological evaluation. The RHD must consult with the College’s Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee and Chief of the Department of Public Safety or designee before deciding on and effectuating such removal unless the situation presents an immediate danger. If the need for removal is immediate, the RHD must consult with the above-referenced College officials as soon as practicable following such removal.
The fact that a resident has threatened to commit or attempted to commit suicide, however, may not, in and of itself, be used as the basis for an emergency interim removal. In such a circumstance, the RHD should contact the College’s Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee, who shall arrange for the resident to be referred to a mental health professional under the Medical Withdrawal Policy for an assessment of whether the resident presents a direct threat to him or herself or others.
Following an emergency interim removal of a student, the next step in the applicable and appropriate process (either under these procedures, the Medical Withdrawal Policy, or Article XV) should be taken as soon as soon as practicable, and in no event later than the time deadlines outlined in the applicable policy.
B. Emergency interim relocation
A student may be relocated from one area of a residence hall to a different location in that building or, if applicable, to a different building in the complex. Room relocation may also be imposed as an interim measure under CUNY’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.
This relocation may be made permanent or temporary until a permanent space is located by the residence hall staff. The interim relocation shall become immediately effective without prior notice whenever there is evidence that the student’s continued presence in the current residence poses a significant disruption to other persons or property or to the stability and continuance of normal housing functions.
Following an emergency interim relocation of a student, the next step in the applicable and appropriate process (either under these procedures, the Medical Withdrawal Policy, or Article XV, including in cases involving alleged sexual misconduct) should be taken as soon as soon as practicable, and in no event later than the time deadlines outlined in the applicable policy.
IV. Disciplinary Procedures in the Residence Hall
A. Role of the Residence Hall Director
Each residence hall, whether managed directly by a CUNY college or by a private management company, will have a director (“RHD”), whose responsibilities will include oversight of the residence hall internal disciplinary process. The RHD may conduct investigations of complaints, mediation conferences, and disciplinary hearings under these procedures. If the RHD is involved in the investigation or attempted mediation of a case, he or she may not also adjudicate the case if it goes to a hearing. In that event, the RHD shall designate another residence hall professional staff member to conduct the hearing.
B. Complaint and Investigative Process
A complaint of a violation of a residence hall, College or CUNY policy may be submitted by anyone, including resident advisors (“RAs”), residence hall staff, or other staff or students including guests in the residence hall. The complaint must be in writing. Intentionally providing false information is a serious offense that will subject a person providing such intentionally false information to disciplinary action. Further, retaliation of any kind against witnesses or other participants in the investigative process is strictly prohibited and may result in separate disciplinary action.
If the complaint involves sexual misconduct because it alleges harassment, gender-based harassment, or sexual violence, the case must be reported to the applicable CUNY College’s Title IX coordinator for investigation and for potential discipline under Article XV. In all other cases, the complaint should be submitted to the RHD or designee for investigation, with a copy provided to the College’s Chief Student Affairs Officer. The RHD or designee will assess the incident and identify any alleged policy violations. If he or she determines that policies may have been violated, he or she will investigate by interviewing witnesses and gathering relevant documents. Investigations should be completed within thirty days, except that they must be completed within seven days if the student has been removed from the residence hall under the emergency interim removal procedure or if the student has been relocated within the residence hall or complex under the emergency interim relocation procedure.
After the investigation has been completed, the RHD or designee will determine if residence hall, CUNY and/or College policy was violated. If so, and if the matter is not referred to the College’s Chief Student Affairs Officer, the RHD or designee will refer the incident for informal mediation through the residence hall’s procedures. Alternatively, in the event of a determination (in consultation with the College’s Chief Student Affairs Officer) that the matter presents a serious violation of CUNY and/or College policies (including but not limited to the Henderson Rules) for which the appropriate sanction might involve suspension or expulsion from the University, the RHD or designee will refer the case to the College’s Chief Student Affairs Officer for all further action under Article XV of CUNY’s Bylaws or, if applicable and appropriate, the Medical Withdrawal Policy.
C. The Mediation Process
The first step in the mediation process ordinarily should be a meeting between the accused student (“respondent”) and the RHD or designee. In cases involving minor infractions, a policy clarification notice letter may be sent in lieu of initiating the mediation process. Should the student wish to contest the policy clarification letter and engage in mediation instead, the student must send a written request for mediation to the RHD within five business days from receipt of the policy clarification letter.
The RHD or designee will conduct the mediation conference. At the conference , the findings of the investigation will be discussed with the student with an effort toward resolving the case. There are three potential outcomes to mediation. First, the case may be resolved by mutual agreement, which may include the imposition of sanctions for violations of policy (if a student admits responsibility for such violations). Second, if no agreement is reached, the matter may proceed to a formal disciplinary hearing under these procedures. Third, if the student effectively demonstrates that the investigation’s findings are incorrect, the allegations may be dismissed as unfounded.
Failure to attend an assigned mediation conference may result in the student being charged with an additional violation of residence hall rules and the scheduling of a disciplinary hearing.
D. Disciplinary Hearing
1. Notice to Students
Notice of the charge(s) and the time and place of the hearing must be sent to the student’s college e-mail address and, by regular mail or hand delivery, to the student’s residence hall address or by regular mail to the student’s other current resident address, if the student is no longer living in the residence hall (or, if unknown, the student’s permanent home address). The notice must contain a summary of the student’s procedural rights at the hearing, as listed below. The student should be given a minimum of seven calendar days notice of the date of the hearing.
2. General Rules
In general, the model for the disciplinary hearing is an administrative proceeding, not a criminal or civil trial. Accordingly, criminal or civil trial procedures and rules of evidence do not apply. As long as the student rights outlined in this policy are observed, the Hearing Officer will have considerable discretion with respect to procedural requirements so as to facilitate a fair and expeditious decision.
Hearings will be closed to the public, except that an open hearing may be held, at the discretion of the presiding adjudicator(s), if requested by the respondent. The case against the respondent will be presented by the RHD or designee. The RHD may serve as the Hearing Officer for the case if he or she were not involved in the investigation or attempted mediation process. In the event of prior involvement in the case by the RHD, a residence hall or student affairs professional staff member with no prior involvement will be the Hearing Officer.
The Hearing Officer will inform the respondent of the charges, the hearing procedures, and his or her rights. The student shall then be asked for a plea of “responsible” or “not responsible.” If the student pleads “responsible,” he or she will be given an opportunity to explain his or her actions and to discuss the appropriate sanction, if any. If the student pleads “not responsible,” the hearing will proceed to determination on the student’s culpability. The Hearing Officer will determine whether the student is responsible by reviewing the evidence presented and applying a preponderance of the evidence standard.
If the respondent does not attend the hearing, and does not present a reasonable excuse for non-attendance to the RHD or designee, the hearing may be held in the student’s absence. The Hearing Officer will consider the evidence and make a determination based on the evidence available. The absence of a student may give rise to an inference of responsibility, but may not be treated, by itself, as sufficient to demonstrate responsibility by a preponderance of the evidence.
3. Summary of Student Procedural Rights at the Hearing
• The right to a confidential, closed hearing.
• The right to present the student’s version of the incident.
• The right to present witnesses and documentary evidence on the student’s behalf.
• The right to cross-examine witnesses presenting evidence at the hearing.
• The right to receive copies of documents introduced into evidence at the hearing.
• The right to be represented by legal counsel or an advisor at the student’s expense; the advisor does not act as an advocate for the resident and is not authorized to address the Hearing Officer. The advisor must indicate relevant professional affiliation (if any), as well as name and relationship to the respondent. RAs are not permitted to serve as advisors to respondents. The process will not be delayed due to the unavailability of an advisor.
• The right to take written notes during the hearing, but not to use recording devices. The RHD’s office, however, will be responsible for recording the hearing, and must make a copy of that recording available to the student upon request.
• The right to a written decision based on a preponderance of the evidence.
• The right to appeal a determination after a hearing.
The respondent and the residence hall staff member presenting the case each may present witnesses. Witnesses may participate in the process by answering questions posed during the hearing or by providing a signed statement. Witnesses will be asked to affirm that their statements are truthful. Questions may be posed to witnesses by the Hearing Officer, the respondent, and the professional staff member presenting the case against the student.
5. Documentary Evidence
Respondents may introduce documentary evidence on their behalf at the hearing. CUNY adheres to federal law, the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), which governs the permissible release of “education records.” Education records include records relating to students’ residency in residence halls. Except in emergency situations or for other good cause, requested copies will be provided to a respondent prior to a disciplinary hearing on that student’s case. However, redactions will be made to the copies if required by law.
Once all of the evidence is presented, the hearing will be adjourned for the Hearing Officer.to make a determination. A student will be found responsible for a violation of residence hall rules if the case against the student was demonstrated by a preponderance of the evidence. In other words, the evidence must demonstrate that it was “more likely than not” that the respondent was responsible for a violation.
A written decision will be issued and appropriate sanctions, if any, imposed, within ten calendar days from the date of the hearing. The decision will be sent by the RHD by regular mail to the respondent’s residence hall mailbox or delivered by hand to the respondent’s room and to the student’s college e-mail address. In the event that the respondent is no longer residing in the residence hall, the RHD will send the decision to the student’s new address, or, if unknown, to the student’s permanent home address.
b. Educational Requirements and Sanctions
Students who are found responsible for a violation(s) may be subject to one or more educational requirements and/or sanctions. Respondents may also agree to educational requirements and/or sanctions in order to resolve a case during the mediation process. The following is a list of possible requirements and sanctions.
Educational requirement: Mandate that the student complete an educational program relevant to the violation, with the possibility of imposition of sanctions if the student fails to complete the program.
Warning: Written notice that the student has violated a rule and that continuation or repetition of the wrongful conduct may result in more severe disciplinary action.
Housing Probation: Imposition of a sanction that is deferred for a period of time and then expires, unless the student continues or repeats the wrongful conduct.
Loss of Privileges: Exclusion from participation in privileges for a specified period of time, including possible exclusion from certain areas of the residence hall.
Relocation: Interim or permanent relocation to another room/location within the hall.
Restitution: Reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation of property. It may also include restoring the property to its original condition, engaging in activities related to personal and/or academic growth and reflection, and/or providing service to the residence hall community.
Denial of Renewal: Denial of renewal option for future residence at the hall.
Residence Hall Suspension: Exclusion from the residence hall for a specified period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. It may also include specified conditions for re-admission. The student will have no access to the building during the period of suspension.
Residence Hall Dismissal: Permanent separation of the student from the residence hall and termination of a student’s housing or license agreement, as applicable. Following dismissal, the student will have no access to the building.
Students found responsible for violations after a disciplinary proceeding may submit a written appeal (via their email account or by regular mail) to an Appeal Officer within ten calendar days of the date of the decision. The Appeal Officer shall be the RHD, as long as he or she was not involved in an earlier stage of the proceedings at the Hearing or Mediation, and did not conduct the investigation. If the RHD had involvement with the case at an earlier stage, he or she should designate a staff member to decide the appeal. If there are no residence hall staff members who have not been involved in an earlier stage of the proceeding or investigation, the appeal will be decided by the College’s Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee. If the sanction imposed is suspension or dismissal from the residence hall, the appeal shall be made directly to the College’s Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee and not to the RHD or other residence hall staff member, even if they were not involved in the case at an earlier stage.
Unless the student has been subject to emergency interim removal or the written determination after the proceeding states that the student presents a direct threat to him or herself or others (by evidencing a likelihood of harm to him or herself or others), or is substantially disrupting the learning or working environment of others, the student may not be removed from the residence hall while his or her appeal is pending.
The appeal should include a written statement outlining the specific issues for which review is sought, and the grounds upon which exception is taken to the determination. Grounds for appeal are limited to the following:
• There is evidence that was not available at the hearing which, had it been available, would in all reasonable likelihood have produced a different finding on the student’s responsibility for the alleged violation(s).
• The factual findings are “clearly erroneous” based on the evidence presented.
• There was a substantial procedural irregularity.
• The sanctions imposed are grossly disproportionate to the violation.
The Appeal Officer may either schedule a meeting with the student or decide the appeal solely on the content of the letter. The Appeal Officer may alter the findings if they are clearly erroneous, may reduce the sanctions imposed if they are disproportionate to the violation, and/or, in some cases, may remand for additional fact-finding to be made at a hearing. A determination on the Appeal should be issued within ten calendar days from the date of receipt of the appeal, and it should be mailed by regular mail or hand-delivered to the resident’s residence hall address (or the resident’s current address, if no longer living in the residence hall, or, if unknown, to the resident’s permanent home address) and the resident’s college e-mail address. The Appeal Officer’s determination shall be final and not subject to further appeal.
(Board of Trustees Minutes,2015,06-29,6,B)
Policy 7.12 Retention and Graduation :
Each college shall take all necessary steps to ensure that courses required for the completion of degree requirements be offered in sufficient number and with sufficient frequency to guarantee that qualified students maintaining full-time status and good academic standing are able to complete all program requirements within the minimum timeframe specified for their degree.
All students shall be provided with well-designed academic advisement and coordinated academic course schedules. The colleges shall utilize collaborative arrangements among campuses that include the use of educational technology, and other means by which students’ programmatic needs can be satisfied.
Policy 7.13 Salk Scholarships :
Undergraduates and graduates of the colleges of The City University of New York who have received an acceptance for admission in September 1968 or thereafter to an American Medical School as candidates for the MD, the Ph.D. or D.Sc. degree shall be eligible for a Salk Scholarship with stipend or an honorary Salk Scholarship without stipend. (BTM,1971,12-20,002,__)
The awards shall be made by the Board of Trustees on the basis of high ability and scholarship, sound character and interest in research, and an indication of originality, and on recommendation to be made by the appropriate faculty agency and the President of each college. (BTM,1971,12-20,002,__)
The allocation of Salk Scholarships to each of the colleges of the University shall be determined yearly by the Chancellor in consultation with the Presidents of the colleges. There shall be no more than eight scholarships with stipend and eight honorary Salk Scholarships without stipend awarded each year. (BTM,1971,12-20,002,__)
Four annual payments of $1,500 a year per student for four years shall be made on behalf of each winner of a Salk Scholarship with stipend. Each payment shall be paid to the fiscal officer of the medical school to which the candidate has been admitted. If the Scholarship winner resigns or withdraws for any reason from medical school or is placed on probation, no further payments on behalf of such candidates shall be made. (BTM,1971,12-20,002,__)
Policy 7.14 This Policy Number Not in Use :
This policy number not in use.
Policy 7.141 This Policy Number Not in Use :
This policy number not in use.
Policy 7.142 Sexual Misconduct :
THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
POLICY ON SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
POLICY ON SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
I. POLICY STATEMENT
Every member of The City University of New York (“CUNY”) community, including students, employees and visitors, deserves the opportunity to live, learn and work free from Sexual Misconduct (sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence). Accordingly, CUNY is committed to:
- Defining conduct that constitutes prohibited Sexual Misconduct;
- Providing clear guidelines for students, employees and visitors on how to report incidents of Sexual Misconduct and a commitment that any complaints will be handled respectfully;
- Promptly responding to and investigating allegations of Sexual Misconduct, pursuing disciplinary action when appropriate, referring the incident to local law enforcement when appropriate, and taking action to investigate and address any allegations of retaliation;
- Providing ongoing assistance and support to students and employees who make allegations of Sexual Misconduct;
- Providing awareness and prevention information on Sexual Misconduct, including widely disseminating this policy, as well as a “students’ bill of rights” and implementing training and educational programs on Sexual Misconduct to college constituencies; and
- Gathering and analyzing information and data that will be reviewed in order to improve safety, reporting, responsiveness and the resolution of incidents.
This is the sole policy at CUNY addressing Sexual Misconduct and is applicable at all college and units at the University. It will be interpreted in accordance with the principles of academic freedom adopted by CUNY’s Board of Trustees.
The CUNY community should also be aware of the following CUNY policies:
- The CUNY Policy on Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination prohibits discrimination on the basis of numerous protected characteristics in accordance with federal, state and local law. That policy addresses sex discrimination other than Sexual Misconduct covered by this policy.
- The CUNY Campus and Workplace Violence Prevention Policy addresses workplace violence.
- The CUNY Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy addresses domestic violence in or affecting employees in the workplace.
- The CUNY Procedures for Implementing Reasonable Accommodations and Academic Adjustments addresses the procedures CUNY will follow when there is a request for a reasonable accommodation and or academic adjustment.
In addition, campus crime statistics, including statistics relating to sexual violence, which CUNY is required to report under the Jeanne Clery Act, are available from the Office of Public Safety at each college and/or on its Public Safety website.
II. SCOPE OF THIS POLICY
This policy governs the conduct of (i) all the members of CUNY’s community, including employees and students, and (ii) non-members of CUNY’s community who interact with members of the CUNY community (hereinafter “visitors’). Visitors are both protected by and subject to this policy. A non-member may make a complaint of or report a violation of this policy committed by a member of CUNY’s community. A non-member may also be subject to restrictions for failing to comply with this policy. This policy applies to conduct that occurs on and off CUNY property.
a. Affirmative Consent is a knowing, voluntary and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in the sexual activity. Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent. The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Consent to any sexual act or prior consensual sexual activity between or with any party does not necessarily constitute consent to any other sexual act.
In order to give consent, one must be of legal age (17 years or older).
Consent is required regardless of whether the person initiating the act is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated, which occurs when an individual lacks the ability to knowingly choose to participate in sexual activity. Incapacitation may be caused by lack of consciousness or being asleep, being involuntarily restrained, or if the individual otherwise cannot consent. Depending on the degree of intoxication, someone who is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants may be incapacitated and therefore unable to consent.
Consent cannot be given when it is the result of any coercion, intimidation, force, or threat of harm.
Consent may be initially given but withdrawn at any time. When consent is withdrawn or no can longer be given, sexual activity must stop.
b. Complainant refers to the individual who alleges that she/he has been the subject of Sexual Misconduct, and can be a CUNY student, employee (including all full-time and part-time faculty and staff), or visitor. Under this policy, the alleged incident(s) may have been brought to the college’s attention by someone other than the complainant.
c. Complaint is an allegation of Sexual Misconduct made under this policy.
d. Confidentiality is the commitment not to share any identifying information with others, except as required by law in emergency circumstances (such as risk of death or serious bodily harm). Confidentiality may only be offered by individuals who are not legally required to report known incidents of Sexual Misconduct to college officials. Licensed mental health counselors, medical providers & pastoral counselors may offer confidentiality.
e. Dating Violence is violence or sexual assault committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship is determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship and the frequency of the interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. Dating violence can be a single act or a pattern of behavior, based on the frequency, nature, and severity of the conduct. A relationship may be romantic or intimate regardless of whether the relationship was sexual in nature. Dating violence includes the threat of sexual or physical abuse.
f. Domestic Violence is any violence or sexual assault committed by (i) a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim; (ii) a person with whom the victim shares a child; (iii) a person who cohabits or cohabited with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner; or (iv) anyone else covered by applicable domestic violence laws. Domestic violence can be a single act or a pattern of behavior, based on the frequency, nature, and severity of the conduct.
g. Forcible Touching/Fondling is intentionally touching the sexual or other intimate parts of another person without the latter’s consent for the purpose of degrading or abusing such person, or for the purpose of gratifying the actor’s sexual desire.
h. Gender-Based Harassment is unwelcome conduct of a nonsexual nature based on an individual’s actual or perceived sex, including conduct based on gender identity, gender expression, and nonconformity with gender stereotypes that is sufficiently serious to adversely affect an individual’s participation in employment, education or other CUNY activities. The effect will be evaluated based on the perspective of a reasonable person in the position of the complainant. An example of gender-based harassment would be persistent mocking or disparagement of a person based on a perceived lack of stereotypical masculinity or femininity.
i. Intimate Partner Violence (“IPV”) includes both Domestic Violence and Dating Violence.
j. Managers are employees who have authority to make tangible employment decisions with regard to other employees, including the authority to hire, fire, promote, compensate or assign significantly different responsibilities.
k. Pastoral counselor. A person who is associated with a religious order or denomination, recognized by that order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling, and functioning within the scope of that recognition.
l. Privacy is the assurance that the college will only reveal information about a report of Sexual Misconduct to those who need to know the information in order to carry out their duties or responsibilities or as otherwise required by law. Individuals who are unable to offer the higher standard of confidentiality under law, but who are still committed to not disclose information more than necessary, may offer privacy.
m. Rape and Attempted Rape is the penetration or attempted penetration, no matter how slight, of any body part by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of that person.
n. Respondent refers to the individual who is alleged to have committed Sexual Misconduct against a CUNY student, employee, or visitor.
o. Retaliation is adverse treatment of an individual as a result of that individual’s reporting Sexual Misconduct, assisting someone with a report of Sexual Misconduct, opposing in a reasonable manner an act or policy believed to constitute Sexual Misconduct, or participating in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a Sexual Misconduct report. Adverse treatment includes threats, intimidation and reprisals by either a complainant or respondent or by others such as friends or relatives of either a complainant or respondent.
p. Sexual Activity is:
- contact between the penis and the vulva or the penis and the anus;
- contact between the mouth and the penis, the mouth and the vulva, or the mouth and the anus;
- penetration, however slight, of the anal or genital opening of another by a hand or finger or by any object, with an intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade, or arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person; or intentional touching, either directly or through the clothing, of the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, or buttocks of any person with an intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade, or arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.
q. Sexual Assault is any form of sexual activity that occurs without consent.
r. Sex Discrimination is treating an individual differently or less favorably because of sex, including sexual orientation, gender or gender identity (including transgender status), as well as pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions. Examples of sex discrimination include giving a student a lower grade, or failing to hire or promote an employee, based on their sex.
s. Sexual Harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including but not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, graphic and electronic communications or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- submission to or rejection of such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a condition of an individual’s employment or academic standing or is used as the basis for employment decisions or for academic evaluation, grades, or advancement (quid pro quo); or
- such conduct is sufficiently serious that it alters the conditions of, or has the effect of substantially interfering with, an individual’s educational or work experience by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment (hostile environment). The effect will be evaluated based on the perspective of a reasonable person in the position of a complainant.
Conduct is considered “unwelcome” if the individual did not request or invite it and considered the conduct to be undesirable or offensive.
While it is not possible to list all circumstances that might constitute sexual harassment, the following are some examples of conduct that might constitute sexual harassment depending on the totality of the circumstances:
- Inappropriate or unwelcome physical contact or suggestive body language, such as touching, groping, patting, pinching, hugging, kissing, or brushing against an individual’s body;
- Verbal abuse or offensive comments of a sexual nature, including sexual slurs, persistent or pervasive sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes or anecdotes, degrading words regarding sexuality or gender, suggestive or obscene letters, notes, or invitations;
- Visual displays or distribution of sexually explicit drawings, pictures, or written materials; or
- Undue and unwanted attention, such as repeated inappropriate flirting, staring, or making sexually suggestive gestures.
t. Sexual Misconduct is sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or sexual violence, as defined in this policy.
u. Sexual Violence includes: (1) sexual activity without affirmative consent, such as sexual assault rape/attempted rape, and forcible touching/fondling; (2) dating, domestic and intimate partner violence; (3) stalking as defined below; and (4) voyeurism, as defined below.
v. Stalking is intentionally engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that:
- is likely to cause reasonable fear of material harm to the physical health, safety or property of such person, a member of such person’s immediate family or a third party with whom such person is acquainted; or causes material harm to the mental or emotional health of such person, where such conduct consists of following, telephoning or initiating communication or contact with such person, a member of such person’s immediate family or a third party with whom such person is acquainted; or
- is likely to cause such person to reasonably fear that her/his employment, business or career is threatened, where such conduct consists of appearing, telephoning or initiating communication or contact at such person’s place of employment or business, and the actor was previously clearly informed to cease that conduct.
Where stalking is directed at an individual with whom the perpetrator has, had, or sought some form of sexual or romantic relationship, it will be addressed under this Policy. Stalking that lacks a sexual or gender-based nexus may be addressed under the Code of Conduct.
w. Supervisors are employees who are not managers, but have a sufficient degree of control over the working conditions of one or more employees, which might include evaluating their performance and making recommendations for changes in employment status that are given particular weight.
x. Visitor is an individual who is present at a CUNY campus or unit but is not a student or an employee.
y. Voyeurism is unlawful surveillance and includes acts that violate an individual’s right to privacy in connection with her/his body and/or sexual activity such as:
- Viewing another person’s sexual activity, intimate body parts, or nakedness in a place where that person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy, without that person’s consent.
- Recording images (e.g. video, photograph) or audio of another person’s sexual activity, intimate body parts, or nakedness without that person’s consent;
- Disseminating images (e.g. video, photograph) or audio of another person’s sexual activity, intimate body parts, or nakedness, if the individual distributing the images or audio knows or should have known that the person depicted in the images or audio did not consent to such disclosure;
- Using or installing, or permitting the use or installation of a device for the purpose of recording another person’s sexual activity, intimate body parts or nakedness in a place where the person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy without that person’s consent.
z. Writing whenever this policy requires in “writing,” electronic mail satisfies the writing requirement.
IV. PROHIBITED CONDUCT
A. Sexual Harassment, Gender-Based Harassment and Sexual Violence
This policy prohibits sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence (together “Sexual Misconduct”) against any CUNY student, employee or visitor.
Sexual harassment includes unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, such as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, graphic and electronic communications or physical conduct that is sufficiently serious to adversely affect an individual’s participation in employment, education or other CUNY activities.
Sexual harassment is considered a form of employee misconduct and an employee who engages in such conduct, or, managerial and supervisory personnel who knowingly allow such behavior to continue, shall be subject to discipline in accordance with applicable rules, policies and collective bargaining agreements.
Gender-based harassment is unwelcome conduct of a nonsexual nature based on an individual’s actual or perceived sex, including conduct based on gender identity, gender expression, and nonconformity with gender stereotypes that is sufficiently serious to adversely affect an individual’s participation in employment, education or other CUNY activities.
Sexual violence is an umbrella term that includes: (1) sexual activity without affirmative consent, sexual assault, rape/attempted rape, and forcible touching/fondling; (2) dating, domestic and intimate partner violence; (3) stalking/cyberstalking (“stalking”), and (4) voyeurism.
The complete definitions of these terms, as well as other key terms used in this policy, are in Section III above.
This policy prohibits retaliation against any person who reports Sexual Misconduct, assists someone making such a report, participates in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a Sexual Misconduct complaint, including testifying or assisting in a legal proceeding, or opposes in a reasonable manner an act or policy believed to constitute Sexual Misconduct. Federal, state, and local laws also prohibit retaliation.
Certain Intimate Relationships
This policy also prohibits certain intimate relationships when they occur between a faculty member or employee and any student for whom he or she has a professional responsibility as set forth in Section XII below.
V. TITLE IX COORDINATOR
Each college or unit of CUNY has an employee who has been designated as the Title IX Coordinator. This employee is responsible for compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination, including Sexual Misconduct, in education programs, and with New York State Law Article 129B, commonly referred to as Enough is Enough, Combating Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence on College Campuses (hereafter “Enough is Enough”). The Title IX Coordinator has overall responsibility for implementing this policy, including overseeing the investigation of complaints at her/his college or unit and carrying out the other functions of that position set forth in this policy. All Title IX Coordinators shall receive annual training on Sexual Misconduct as required by Title IX, the Clery Act, Enough is Enough, and other civil rights law. The name and contact information for all Title IX Coordinators at CUNY can be found on the university’s dedicated Title IX website.
VI. ASSISTANCE IN CASES OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE
A. Reporting to Law Enforcement
Students, employees and other community members who experience any form of sexual violence on or off-campus (including CUNY-sponsored trips and events) and visitors who experience sexual violence on a CUNY campus may, but are not required to, report to local law enforcement, and/or state police. CUNY does not require a complainant to report sexual misconduct to law enforcement; however, if a student, employee, or other community member does wish to report to law enforcement, CUNY will provide assistance. Each college public safety office shall have an appropriately trained employee available at all times to provide the complainant with information regarding options to proceed, including information regarding the criminal justice process and the preservation of evidence. Campus public safety officers can also assist the complainant with filing a complaint both on and off-campus, and in obtaining immediate medical attention and other services.
Additional information is available on the university’s Title IX website.
B. Relationship of CUNY’s Investigation to the Action of Outside Law Enforcement
In cases where the complainant files a complaint with outside law enforcement authorities as well as with the college, the college shall determine what actions to take based on its own investigation. The college may coordinate with outside law enforcement authorities in order to avoid interfering with their activities and, where possible, to obtain information regarding their investigation. Neither a law enforcement determination whether to prosecute a respondent, nor the outcome of any criminal prosecution, is dispositive of whether the respondent has committed a violation of this policy.
Students, employees and other community members should be aware that CUNY procedures and standards differ from those of criminal procedures. When CUNY investigates allegations of sexual misconduct or brings disciplinary proceedings for violations of this policy, the issue is whether the respondent violated CUNY policy. The standard applied in making this determination is whether the preponderance of the evidence substantiates the complaint, or, stated another way, whether it is more likely than not that the alleged conduct occurred. An individual found to have violated this policy may be sanctioned by the college and CUNY. In the criminal justice system, on the other hand, the issue is whether the accused violated state criminal law. The standard applied is proof beyond a reasonable doubt and an individual found guilty of a crime is subject to criminal penalties, such as incarceration, probation and fines. More information about relevant criminal laws is available in ‘A Plain Language Explanation of Distinction Between the New York Penal Law and the College Disciplinary Processes’.
C. Obtaining Immediate Medical Attention and Emotional Support
CUNY encourages anyone who has experienced sexual assault or domestic, dating or intimate partner violence to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Medical resources can provide treatment for injuries, preventative treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, emergency contraception, and other health services. They can also assist in preserving evidence or documenting any injuries. Taking these steps promptly after an incident can be very helpful if an individual later decides to seek criminal proceedings or a protective order.
Individuals who have experienced or witnessed sexual violence are also encouraged to seek emotional support, either on or off-campus.
D. On-campus resources
On campus resources include nurses and/or nurse practitioners at campus health offices and counselors at campus counseling centers. Counselors are trained to provide crisis intervention and provide referrals for longer-term care as necessary.
CUNY also maintains a list of off-campus emergency contacts and resources, including rape crisis centers, available throughout New York City on its dedicated web page. This includes a list of local hospitals designated as SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner) hospitals, which are specially equipped to handle sexual assaults and trained to gather evidence from such assaults.
VII. IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CONFIDENTIALTY, PRIVACY and REQUIRED REFERRALS
CUNY values the privacy of its students, employees, and visitors. They should be able to seek the assistance they need without fear that the information they provide will be shared more broadly. Some individuals who serve as resources on campus are confidential resources and will not share any identifying information with others, except as required by law in emergency circumstances. Other individuals are not permitted to maintain confidentiality but will protect privacy to the greatest extent possible and share information with other staff only on a need-to-know basis.
Confidential resources. Individuals considered confidential resources include counselors and health care providers at the college counseling centers and health offices, pastoral counselors, and designated staff members at women’s or men’s centers, if they exist on campus. Students may use these resources even if they decide not to make a report or participate in University disciplinary proceedings or the criminal justice process.
Private but non-confidential resources. Many college employees are required by federal and state law to provide information about possible sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. Individuals designated as non-confidential but private resources will protect privacy to the greatest extent possible, but must share relevant information about sexual misconduct with the Title IX Coordinator.
More information about confidential and private but non-confidential resources is provided in Section IX, below.
Under the Clery Act, the College is required to maintain records, advise the government about reports of certain crimes, and issue timely warnings when there is a serious, continuing threat to the community. Such reports and warnings do not disclose the names of reporting individuals.
VIII. REPORTING SEXUAL MISCONDUCT TO THE COLLEGE
In order for the University to address allegations of sexual misconduct, it has to learn about them. Accordingly, CUNY strongly encourages individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct to file a complaint with a designated campus official, as outlined below. The designated officials are trained to accept complaints, to ensure they are investigated in accordance with this policy, and to help complainants get necessary assistance.
Students, faculty, staff and visitors are encouraged to report incidents of sexual misconduct to campus officials, even if they have reported the incident to outside law enforcement authorities, and regardless of whether the incident took place on or off-campus (including “study abroad” programs.) Such reporting will enable complainants to get the support they need and provide the college with the information it needs to take appropriate action.
A. Complainant’s Rights
Individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct have the right to file a complaint with the college or to decide not to do so. (The decision on whether to bring disciplinary charges, however, rests with the campus.) Students who report sexual misconduct have all of the rights contained in the Students Bill of Rights (copy attached).
Complainants also have these rights:
- To notify campus public safety, local law enforcement, and/or the state police; or to choose not to report.
- To have emergency access to a college official trained to interview victims of sexual assault and able to provide certain information, including reporting options and information about confidentiality and privacy. The official will, where appropriate, advise the reporting individual about the importance of preserving evidence and obtaining a sexual assault forensic examination (“SAFE”) as soon as possible. The official will also explain that the criminal process uses different standards of proof, evidence, and that any questions about whether an incident violated criminal law should be addressed to a law enforcement official or a district attorney’s office.
- To disclose the incident to a college representative who can offer confidentiality or privacy and assist in obtaining services for reporting individuals. See Section IX, below.
- To describe the incident only to those campus officials who need the information in order to properly respond and to repeat the description as few times as practicable.
- To have complaints investigated in accordance with CUNY policy.
- To have privacy preserved to the extent possible.
- To receive assistance and resources on campus, including confidential and free on-campus counseling, and to be notified of other services available on- and off-campus, including the New York State Office of Victim Services.
- To disclose the incident to the college’s Human Resources Director or designee (if the accused is a college employee) or request that a confidential or private resource assist in doing so.
- To disclose the incident confidentially and obtain services from state and local governments.
- To receive assistance from the campus or others in filing a criminal complaint, initiating legal proceedings in family court or civil court, and /or seeking an Order of Protection or the equivalent. In New York City, this assistance is provided by Family Justice Centers located in each borough:http://www1.nyc.gov/site/ocdv/programs/family-justice-centers.page.
- To receive assistance with effecting an arrest when an individual violates an Order of Protection, which may be provided by assisting local law enforcement in effecting such an arrest.
- To withdraw a complaint or involvement from the process at any time.
Students can speak with confidential resources on a strictly confidential basis before determining whether to make a report to college authorities. See Section IX, below. Students also have the right to consult confidentially with state, local and private resources who can provide other assistance.
B. Where to File a Complaint on Campus
Students, employees and visitors who experience sexual misconduct should bring their complaints to one of these campus officials/offices:
- Title IX Coordinator;
- Office of Public Safety;
- Office of Vice President for Student Affairs or Dean of Students (students only);
- Residence Life staff in CUNY owned or operated housing (students and residence visitors only); and
- Human Resources Director (employees only).
Contact information for these officials can be found at http://www1.cuny.edu/sites/title-ix/campus-websites/
There is no prescribed method for filing a complaint of sexual misconduct and the college will respond to complaints whether they are oral or written. Complainants may, but are not required to, fill out the CUNY Sexual Misconduct Complaint form (see page 38). After the form is filled out, it should be brought to one of the offices listed above.
Once any of the officials or offices above is notified of an incident of sexual misconduct, she/he will provide a copy of this Policy to the Complainant and coordinate with appropriate college offices to address the matter in accordance with this policy, including taking appropriate interim and supportive measures. These officials and offices will maintain a complainant’s privacy to the greatest extent possible, and all information in connection with the complaint, including the identities of the complainant and the respondent, will be shared only with those who have a legitimate need for the information.
Visitors: CUNY strongly encourages visitors to report all incidents of sexual misconduct that they observe or experience while on a CUNY campus or at a CUNY sponsored event to the Office of Public Safety, Residence Life staff, or other appropriate college officials listed above. In certain instances, CUNY may be able to offer those visitors who have experienced sexual misconduct with resources and assistance. For more information on such assistance, please visit http://www1.cuny.edu/sites/title-ix/.
C. Request that the College Maintain a Complainant’s Confidentiality or Not Conduct an Investigation
After a report of an alleged incident of sexual misconduct is made to the Title IX Coordinator, a complainant may request (a) that the matter be investigated only to the extent possible without further revealing her/his identity or any details regarding the incident being divulged further (b) that no investigation into a particular incident be conducted, or (c) that an incident not be reported to outside law enforcement.
In all such cases, the Title IX Coordinator will weigh the complainant’s request against the college’s obligation to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all students, employees and visitors, including the complainant. Factors used to determine whether to honor such a request include, but are not limited to: (a) whether the respondent has a history of violent behavior or is a repeat offender; (b) whether the incident represents escalation of unlawful conduct by the accused from previously noted behavior; (c) any increased risk that the accused will commit additional acts of violence, (d) whether the accused used a weapon or force; (e) whether the complainant is a minor; (f) whether the college possesses other means to obtain evidence such as security footage; and (g) whether available information reveals pattern of misconduct at a given location or by particular group.
A decision to maintain confidentiality does not mean that confidentiality can be absolutely guaranteed in all circumstances, but that reasonable efforts will be made to keep information confidential consistent with law. Notwithstanding the decision of the Title IX Coordinator regarding the scope of any investigation, the college will provide the complainant with ongoing assistance and support, including, where appropriate, the interim and supportive measures set forth in Section VII of this policy.
If the Title IX Coordinator determines that the college may maintain confidentiality as requested by the complainant, the college will, if possible, take reasonable steps to investigate the incident consistent with the request for confidentiality. However, a college’s ability to meaningfully investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action may be limited by such a request for confidentiality.
D. Filing External Complaints
Complainants who feel that they have been subjected to unlawful sexual harassment and/or violence have the right to avail themselves of any and all of their rights under law, including but not limited to filing complaints with one or more of the outside agencies listed below.
- S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
- S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- New York State Division of Human Rights
- New York City Commission on Human Rights
E. Action by Bystanders and Other Community Members
While only employees designated as “responsible” employees are required reporters as set forth in Section IX below, CUNY encourages all other community members, including faculty, students and visitors, to take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent or stop an act of sexual misconduct that they may witness. Although these actions will depend on the circumstances, they may include direct intervention, calling law enforcement, or seeking assistance from a person in authority.
In addition, CUNY encourages all community members to report any incident of sexual misconduct that they observe or become aware of to the Title IX Coordinator, or the offices of Public Safety, Vice President of Students Affairs (students), Dean of Students (students) or Human Resources (employees) at their college. Community members who take action in accordance with this paragraph will be supported by the college, and anyone who retaliates against them will be subject to disciplinary charges.
F. Amnesty for Drug and Alcohol Use
The health and safety of every student at CUNY is of the utmost importance. CUNY recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at a time that violence (including but not limited to sexual violence) occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. CUNY strongly encourages students to report sexual violence to college officials. A bystander or complainant acting in good faith who discloses any incident of sexual violence to college officials or law enforcement will not be subject to discipline under CUNY’s Policy Against Drugs and Alcohol for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the commission of the sexual violence.
This policy does not provide amnesty for drug dealers or those who use drugs or alcohol as a weapon or to facilitate assault. Under CUNY’s Amnesty for Drug and Alcohol Policy, personal drug use and possession, whether it is intentional or accidental, will not form the basis of faculty student disciplinary charges.
G. Reporting Suspected Child Abuse
Certain members of the CUNY community who interact with, supervise, chaperone, or otherwise oversee minors in programs or activities at CUNY or sponsored by CUNY are required to report immediately to the New York State Maltreatment Hotline if they have reasonable cause to suspect abuse or maltreatment of individuals under the age of 18. Information regarding mandated child abuse reporting is available on the Office of the General Counsel web page. If anyone other than New York State mandated reporters has reasonable cause to believe that a minor is being or has been abused or maltreated on campus, she/he should notify either the Title IX Coordinator or Director of Public Safety. If any CUNY community member witnesses child abuse while it is happening, she/he should immediately call 911.
H. Reporting Retaliation
An individual may file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator if the individual has been retaliated against for reporting sexual misconduct, opposing in a reasonable manner an act or policy believed to constitute sexual misconduct, assisting someone making such a report, or participating in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a sexual misconduct complaint. All retaliation complaints will be investigated in accordance with the investigation procedures set forth in Section XI of this policy, and individuals who are found to have engaged in retaliation will be subject to disciplinary action.
IX. REPORTING/CONFIDENTIALITY OBLIGATIONS OF COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEES
An individual who speaks to a college or CUNY employee about sexual misconduct should be aware that employees fall into three categories:
- “confidential” employees, who have an obligation to maintain a complainant’s confidentiality regarding the incident(s);
- “responsible” employees, who are required to report the incident(s) to the Title IX Coordinator
- all other employees, who are strongly encouraged but not required to report the incident(s).
A. Confidential Employees
- For Students. Students at CUNY who wish to speak to someone who will keep all of the communications confidential should speak to one of the following:
- Counselor or other staff member at their college counseling center;
- Nurse, nurse practitioner or other college health office staff member;
- Pastoral counselor, if available at the college; or
- Designated staff member in a women’s or men’s center, if one exists at their college.
These individuals will not report information about an incident to the college’s Title IX Coordinator or other college employees without the student’s permission. The only exception is in the case where there is an imminent threat of serious harm to the complainant or any other person.
If a student speaks solely to a “confidential” employee, the college will rarely be able to conduct an investigation into the particular incident or pursue disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator. Confidential employees will assist students in obtaining other necessary support. A student who first requests confidentiality may later decide to file a complaint with the college or with local law enforcement.
2. For Employees. Although CUNY does not directly employ individuals to whom CUNY employees can speak on a confidential basis regarding sexual misconduct, free confidential support services are available through CUNY’s Work/Life Program, which is administered by an outside company. Confidential community counseling resources are also available throughout New York City.
B. “Responsible” Employees – Private, but not confidential.
“Responsible” employees have a duty to report incidents of sexual misconduct, including all relevant details, to the Title IX Coordinator. Such employees are not permitted to maintain a complainant’s confidentiality, except that the Title IX Coordinator may honor a request for confidentiality under the circumstances described in Section VII above. However, these employees will maintain a complainant’s privacy to the greatest extent possible, and information reported to them will be shared only with the Title IX Coordinator and other people responsible for handling the college’s response to the report.
To the extent possible, before a complainant reveals any information to a responsible employee, the employee shall advise the complainant of the employee’s reporting obligations—and if the complainant wants to maintain confidentiality, direct the complainant to confidential resources identified above.
CUNY has designated the following individuals as “responsible” employees. Complainants who wish to report sexual violence are encouraged to speak with one of the responsible employees marked: *
- Title IX Coordinator and her/his staff
- * Office of Public Safety employees (all)
- * Vice President for Student Affairs or Dean of Students and all staff housed in those offices
- * Residence Life staff in CUNY owned or operated housing, including Resident Assistants (all) (for students and housing visitors)
- * Human Resources staff (all) (for employees)
- College President, Vice Presidents and Deans
- Athletics Staff (all)
- Faculty Athletics Representatives
- Department Chairpersons/Executive Officers
- University Office of the General Counsel employees (all)
- College/unit attorney and her/his staff
- College/unit labor designee and her/his staff
- International Education Liaisons/Study Abroad Campus Directors and Field Directors
- Faculty and staff members at times when they are leading or supervising student on off-campus trips
- Faculty or staff advisors to student groups
- Employees who are Managers or Supervisors (all)
- SEEK/College Discovery staff (all)
- College Childcare Center staff (all)
- Directors of “Educational Opportunity Centers” affiliated with CUNY colleges
- Faculty or staff academic advisors
C. All Other Employees
Employees other than those identified in subsections “A” and “B” above are strongly encouraged but not required to report any possible sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. They are also strongly encouraged to maintain individual privacy to the greatest extent possible by sharing information, including the identities of the complainant and the respondent, only with the Title IX coordinator.
It is important to emphasize that faculty members other than those specifically identified in sub-Section “B” above have not been designated as “responsible” employees and do not have an obligation to report the matter to the Title IX Coordinator, although they are strongly encouraged to do so. An individual who wishes to ensure that the Title IX Coordinator is notified of an incident is strongly encouraged to speak with the Title IX Coordinator or one of the other individuals identified in Section IX, above.
D. Special Rules Concerning Public Awareness and Advocacy Events
CUNY supports public awareness events that help provide its community with information about sexual misconduct and how it can be addressed and prevented. In order to preserve the ability to participate freely in public awareness and advocacy events, if an individual discloses information about sexual misconduct at such event (for example, Take Back the Night gatherings, candlelight vigils, or protests) the college will not treat the disclosure as triggering an obligation to commence an investigation based on that information. Such individuals are encouraged to report sexual misconduct to college officials so that the college can provide resources and assistance.
X. NO CONTACT ORDERS AND OTHER INTERIM AND SUPPORTIVE MEASURES
When a college becomes aware of an allegation of sexual misconduct and the complainant or other affected parties request interim or supportive measures, the college will take appropriate interim and supportive measures to protect the complainant and other affected parties, to assist the parties, and to protect against retaliation. Appropriate interim and supportive measures may also be available to respondents. The college may also take interim measures to protect the college community at large.
The college’s Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordinating interim and supportive measures, which are available even if the complainant chooses not to file or continue to pursue a complaint. Requests for interim and supportive measures should be made to the Title IX Coordinator.
The Title IX Coordinator will work with the Chief Student Affairs Officer to identify a trained staff member to assist students to obtain interim and supporting measures. The Title IX Coordinator will work with the Human Resources Director to assist employee complainants to obtain interim and supporting measures.
A. No Contact Orders
When respondent is a student, the complainant has the right to a college-issued “no contact order” under which continued intentional contact with the complainant would violate this policy. No contact orders may be issued for both the complainant and the respondent, as well as other individuals as appropriate.
B. Types of Interim and Supportive Measures
Possible interim and supportive measures include:
- Making appropriate changes to academic programs, including changes in class schedule, accommodations to permit the complainant to take an incomplete or drop a course or courses without penalty, permitting complainant or respondent to attend a class via skype or other alternative means, providing an academic tutor, or extending deadlines for assignments;
- Making appropriate changes to residential housing situations or providing assistance in finding alternate housing;
- Changing an employee’s work assignment or schedule;
- Providing the complainant with an escort to and from class or campus work location;
- Arranging appropriate transportation services to ensure safety;
- Offering counseling services through the college Counseling Center or other appropriate office, or referral to an off-campus agency;
- Assisting the complainant in obtaining medical and other services, including access to rape crisis centers;
- Assisting the complainant with filing a criminal complaint and/or seeking an order of protection;
- Enforcing an order of protection;
- Obtaining a copy and/or explaining the terms of an order of protection and the consequences of violating it;
- Addressing situations in which it appears that a complainant’s academic progress is affected by the alleged incident;
- In exceptional circumstances, where a respondent is determined to present a continuing threat to the health and safety of the community, the college may seek an emergency interim suspension of a student or take similar emergency measures against an employee, consistent with applicable CUNY Bylaws, rules, policies and collective bargaining agreements. The Office of Public Safety will, in cooperation with the Title IX Coordinator and appropriate other campus officials, determine whether a respondent presents a continuing threat to the health and safety of the campus, including (a) whether the respondent has a history of violent behavior or is a repeat offender; (b) whether the incident represents escalation in unlawful conduct by the accused; and (c) any increased risk that the accused will commit additional acts of violence.
C. Interim Emergency Student Suspensions
The president or her/his designee may in emergency or extraordinary circumstances, temporarily suspend a student pending an early hearing for not more than twelve (12) calendar days, unless the student requests an adjournment. See Section B above.
Prior to the commencement of a temporary suspension of a student, the college shall give the student respondent oral notice (which shall be confirmed via email to the address appearing on the records of the college) or written notice of the charges. If the respondent denies them, the college shall forthwith give the respondent an informal oral explanation of the evidence supporting the charges and the student may present informally her/his explanation or theory of the matter.
Both complainant and the respondent will be notified of the suspension and if or when it the suspension is lifted at the same time and in the same manner.
D. Process for Review of Interim Measures, including “No Contact” Orders and Interim Suspensions.
Upon request, the complainant and the respondent shall each be afforded a prompt review of the need for and terms of restrictive interim measures, including “no contact” orders and interim suspensions. Issues that may be raised include possible modification or discontinuance of a “no contact” order. Complainants and respondents shall be allowed to submit evidence to support their request. The request shall be made to the college’s Chief Student Affairs Officer, if either the complainant or the respondent is a student, or to the college’s Human Resources Director, if neither the complainant nor the respondent are students. If a request is made in a case involving both a student and an employee, the Chief Student Affairs Officer shall consult with the Human Resources Director. The Chief Student Affairs Officer or Human Resources Director may consult with the Title IX Coordinator and other relevant officials regarding the request. If appropriate and possible, the college may establish an appropriate schedule for the complainant and the respondent to access college facilities when they are not being used by the other party to enable both parties to use college facilities to the maximum extent feasible, without violation of the “no contact” order.
Requests for accommodations that were made under CUNY’s Procedures for Implementing Reasonable Accommodations and Academic Adjustments and do not directly affect the other party are governed by the appeals provisions set forth in those Procedures.
XI. INVESTIGATING COMPLAINTS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
The college will conduct an investigation when it becomes aware, from any source (including third-parties not connected to the college or university), that sexual misconduct may have been committed against a student, employee or visitor, unless the information provided is insufficient to permit an investigation or the complainant has requested that the college refrain from such an investigation and the college has determined that refraining from an investigation will not result in a continuing threat to the college community. See Section VIII, above.
A. Rights of the Complainant and Respondent.
Whenever an investigation takes place, the complainant and respondent shall have these rights:
- to an investigation and process that is fair, impartial, timely and thorough and provides a meaningful opportunity to be heard;
- to have the complaint investigated and/or adjudicated by individuals who receive annual training in conducting investigations of sexual violence, the effects of trauma, impartiality, and the rights of the respondent, including the right to a presumption that the respondent is “not responsible” until any finding of responsibility;
- to have the college’s judicial or conduct process run concurrently with any criminal justice investigation and proceeding, except for temporary delays requested by external municipal entities while law enforcement gathers evidence;
- to receive reasonable advance written or electronic notice of any meeting they are required to or eligible to attend, of the specific rule or law alleged to have been violated and in what manner;
- to exclude their own prior sexual history with persons other than the other party in the conduct process or their own mental health diagnosis and/or treatment from admittance in the stage that determines responsibility. (Past findings of sexual misconduct may be admissible in the stage that determines sanction.)
- to offer evidence during the investigation;
- to review documents and tangible evidence, consistent with FERPA and other law;
- to be accompanied by an attorney or other advisor of their choice, who may assist and advise the complainant or respondent throughout the process including during all related meetings and hearings. Such attorneys or advisors must comply with the CUNY policies and procedures; and
- to simultaneous notice of the outcome of proceedings.
B. The Investigation
The college Title IX Coordinator is responsible for conducting any investigation in a prompt, thorough, and impartial manner and may designate another appropriately trained administrator to conduct all or part of the investigation. Whenever an investigation is conducted, the Title IX Coordinator shall
- coordinate investigative efforts with other appropriate offices;
- inform the complainant that an investigation is being commenced and that the respondent will receive a written summary of the allegations;
- inform the respondent that an investigation is being commenced and provide the respondent with a written summary of the allegations of the complaint. A respondent employee who is covered by a collective bargaining agreement may consult with and have a union representative present at any interview of that employee conducted as part of such investigation;
- interview witnesses who might reasonably be expected to provide information relevant to the allegations, and review relevant documents and evidence. Both the complainant and respondent shall be informed that they have the right to provide relevant documents and to propose for interview witnesses whom they reasonably believe can provide relevant information.
Neither the complainant nor the respondent is restricted from discussing and sharing information related to the complaint with others who may support or assist them. This does not, however, permit unreasonable sharing of private information in a manner intended to harm or embarrass another, or in a manner that would recklessly do so regardless of intention. Such unreasonable sharing may constitute retaliation under this Policy.
The college Title IX Coordinator shall maintain all documents of the investigation in accordance with the CUNY Records Retention and Disposition Policy.
The college shall make reasonable efforts to ensure that the investigation and resolution of a complaint are carried out as timely and efficiently as possible. However, the college may need to temporarily delay the fact-finding portion of its investigation during the evidence-gathering phase of a law enforcement investigation. Temporary delays will generally not last more than ten days except when law enforcement specifically requests and justifies a longer delay. While some complaints may require more extensive investigation, when possible, the investigation of complaints should be completed within sixty (60) calendar days of the receipt of the complaint. If there is a delay in completing the investigation, the Title IX Coordinator shall notify the complainant and the respondent in writing.
- Role of the Advisor
In cases involving this Policy, both the complainant and respondent may be accompanied by an advisor of their choice (including an attorney) who may advise throughout the entire process, including all meetings and hearings. While advisors may represent a party and fully participate at a hearing, they may not speak during the meetings that proceed the hearing nor give testimony as a witness at the hearing.
If a complainant or respondent believes that any individual involved in the investigatory or adjudication process has a conflict of interest, he or she may make a request to the Chief Student Affairs Officer (or, if no students are involved, to the Legal or Labor Designee) to have that conflicted individual removed from the process. The request for removal must be in writing within five days of the complaint or respondent’s notification that the individual is to be involved and include a detailed description of the conflict. If the Chief Student Affairs Officer (or Legal or Labor Designee) determines that a conflict does exist, he or she will take immediate steps to address the conflict in order to ensure an impartial and fair process.
If any administrator designated by this policy to participate in the investigation or resolution of a complaint (including but not limited to the Title IX Coordinator) is the respondent, the College President will appoint another college administrator to perform such person’s duties under this policy. If the President is the respondent, the investigation will be handled by the University Title IX Coordinator or her/his designee.
D. Informal Resolution
Except in instances involving sexual assault, the Title IX Coordinator, in his or her discretion, may offer the respondent and the complainant the opportunity to participate in the informal resolution process. Informal resolution may take place after the Title IX Coordinator has completed the investigation, but before the Title IX report has been completed, in an effort to resolve the matter by mutual agreement. The informal resolution process shall be conducted by the Title IX Coordinator, or by a qualified staff or faculty member designated by Title IX Coordinator, in coordination with the Chief Student Affairs Officer.
Both the complainant and the respondent have the right to end the informal resolution process at any time. Any informal resolution must be acceptable to the complainant, the respondent, and the Title IX Coordinator. Even if both the respondent and complainant agree to a resolution, the Title IX Coordinator must also agree with the resolution for it to be final.
If a resolution is reached, the complainant and the respondent shall be notified in writing, and the Title IX Coordinator will confer with the Chief Student Affairs Officer when creating a written memorandum memorializing the agreed upon resolution and consequences for non-compliance. This memorandum will be included in the respondent’s student record.
If no agreement is reached within a reasonable time, the Title IX Coordinator shall complete the Title IX report and take action in accordance with subsection E below. Information learned during and directly from the informal resolution process will not be documented in the Title IX report.
E. Action Following the Investigation or Closure of a Complaint.
- Within 30 days following the completion of an investigation, the Title IX Coordinator shall report her/his findings to the College President in writing (“Report of Findings”). In the event the complainant or the respondent is a student, the report shall also be sent to the Chief Student Affairs Officer. A copy of the report shall be maintained in the files of the Title IX Coordinator.
- In making findings regarding the allegations, the Title IX Coordinator shall use the “preponderance of the evidence” standard.
- Following receipt of the Report of Findings, the College President shall, when warranted by the facts, authorize such action as she/he deems necessary to address the issues raised in the Report of Findings, including action to correct the effects of the conduct investigated or prevent further harm to an affected party or others similarly situated. This may include a recommendation that disciplinary action be commenced against a respondent, as set forth in Section XII below.
- Within 30 calendar days following the termination of an investigation that has not been completed (for example, because it was resolved by informal resolution or the complainant withdrew cooperation); the Title IX Coordinator will summarize for the file the actions taken in response to the complaint and the basis on which the investigation was closed.
F. Malicious Allegations
Members of the CUNY community who make false and malicious complaints of violations of this policy of as opposed to complaints which, even if erroneous, are made in good faith, may be subject to disciplinary action.
XII. DISCIPLINARY PROCESS AND PROCEDURES
If the College President recommends that disciplinary action be commenced against a respondent student or employee for violations of this Policy, the following procedures shall apply:
Discipline Against Students:
a. In cases where a College President recommends discipline against a student for violations of this Policy, the matter shall be referred to the college’s Office of Student Affairs and action shall be taken in accordance with Section 11.A-C of this Policy, below. This Section provides for, among other things, a University-Wide Faculty-Student Disciplinary Committee consisting of faculty members, students and in some cases staff members to hear and decide charges of violation of this Policy.
b. As described in Sections XI above, complainants have the same rights as respondents:
- to receive notice of the charges, including the date, time, location and factual allegations, concerning alleged violation of this Policy;
- to receive notice of the specific provisions alleged to have been violated and possible sanctions;
- to present evidence and testimony at any hearing, where appropriate;
- to be represented by an attorney or advisor of their choice;
- to receive access to a full and fair record of any hearing;
- to receive written notice of the decision of the faculty-student disciplinary committee, specifically whether the allegations were substantiated and what, if any, penalty was imposed;
- to make an impact statement at the point when the decision maker is deliberating on appropriate sanctions;
- To written notice of findings of fact, decisions and sanctions if any, as well as the rationale for the decision and any sanction;
- to choose whether to or discuss the outcome of a conduct or judicial process;
- to appeal to a decision maker that is fair and impartial and does not include individuals with conflicts of interest;
- to have all information obtained during the conduct process protected from public release until a decision maker on appeal makes a final determination, unless otherwise required by law.
c. Penalties for students instituted after a hearing before the faculty-student disciplinary committee range from a warning to suspension or expulsion from the University. Students accused of crimes of violence are also subject to the university’s policy on transcript notations which is discussed in this Section below.
Discipline Against Employees
In cases where the college President recommends discipline against an employee, the matter shall be referred for disciplinary action in accordance with the applicable CUNY policies, rules and collective bargaining agreements. Penalties for employees include, depending on the employee’s title, reprimand, suspension, demotion, fine, or termination of employment following applicable disciplinary procedures. For many respondent employees, these procedures may include a hearing before a non-CUNY fact-finder, as required by the particular collective bargaining agreement.
For additional information on the disciplinary process in specific cases, complainants should consult their campus Title IX Coordinator, who will work with campus Human Resources Director to provide information. Respondents should consult their union representative, if any, or campus Human Resources Director.
Action Against Visitors
In cases where the person accused of sexual misconduct is not a CUNY student or employee, the college’s ability to take action against the accused is usually extremely limited. However, the college shall take all appropriate actions within its control, such as restricting the visitor’s access to campus. In addition, subject to Section VI, above, the matter may be referred to local law enforcement for legal action, including seeking Orders of Protection and/or reporting to local law enforcement, where appropriate. College Public Safety will assist both students and employees in enforcing Orders of Protection on the campus.
No Disciplinary Action
In cases where a determination is made not to bring disciplinary action, the Title IX Coordinator shall inform the complainant and respondent of that decision at the same time, in writing, and shall offer any appropriate support services, including counseling, to both.
B. Student Disciplinary Procedures
Referral of Violation for Disciplinary Action
If the President decides that discipline is warranted, the President will refer the matter to the Chief Student Affairs Officer for further action. The chief student affairs officer may rely on the investigation and determination of the Title IX Coordinator and prefer disciplinary charges.
In instances where a respondent is alleged to have violated this Policy as well as other CUNY policies, rules or bylaws, the entire matter will be heard before the University-Wide Faculty Student Disciplinary Committee and will follow the rules and procedures outlined in Section XI of this Policy.
Respondent Withdrawal Before Completion of the Process
In the event that a respondent withdraws from the college before a decision is rendered on the charges, the respondent is required to participate in the disciplinary hearing or otherwise to resolve the pending charges and shall be barred from attending any other unit of the university until a decision on the charges is made, or the charges are otherwise resolved.
Immediately following such withdrawal, the college shall place a notation on the respondent’s transcript that the respondent “withdrew with conduct charges pending.” If the respondent fails to appear, the college may proceed with the disciplinary hearing in absentia, and any decision and sanction shall be binding, and the transcript notation, if any, resulting from that decision and penalty shall replace the notation.
Issuance of Charges & Notice of Hearing
Notice of the charge(s) and of the time and place of the hearing shall be sent to the respondent by both first-class mail and email to the address appearing on the records of the college. Notice shall also be sent in a similar manner to the complainant to the extent that charges relate to the complainant. The Chief Student Affairs Officer is also encouraged to send the notice of charges to any other e-mail address that he or she may have for the respondent and the complainant.
The hearing shall be scheduled within a reasonable time following the filing of the charges or the mediation conference. Notice of at least seven (7) calendar days shall be given to the respondent in advance of the hearing unless the respondent consents to an earlier hearing. The respondent is permitted one (1) adjournment, for a reasonable amount of time under the circumstances, without specifying a reason. Additional requests for an adjournment must be made at least five (5) calendar days prior to the hearing date, and shall be granted or denied at the discretion of the chairperson of the Faculty Student Disciplinary Committee. If the respondent fails to respond to the notice, appear on the adjourned date, or request an extension, the college may proceed without the respondent present, and any decision and sanction shall be binding.
Content of Notice of Charges and Hearing
The notice shall contain the following:
A. A complete and itemized statement of the charge(s) being brought against the respondent including the policy, rule and/or bylaw the respondent is charged with violating, and the possible penalties for such violation.
B. A statement that the respondent and the complainant have the right to attend and participate fully in the hearing including the right:
- to present their side of the story;
- to present witnesses and evidence on their behalf;
- to cross-examine witnesses presenting evidence, the exception being that the complainant and respondent may not cross-examine each other as discussed below;
- for the respondent to remain silent without assumption of guilt; and
- to be represented by an advisor or legal counsel at their expense; if the respondent or the complainant requests it, the college shall assist in finding a legal counsel or advisor.
- A warning that anything the respondent says may be used against the respondent at a non-college hearing.
Review of Evidence before Hearing:
At least five (5) calendar days prior to the commencement of a student disciplinary hearing, the college shall provide the respondent and the complainant and/or their designated representative, with similar and timely access to review documents or other tangible evidence that the college intends to use at the disciplinary hearing, consistent with the restrictions imposed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”). Should the college seek to introduce additional documents or other tangible evidence during the disciplinary hearing, the respondent and the complainant shall be afforded the opportunity to review the additional documents or tangible evidence. If during the hearing the complainant or the respondent submits documentary evidence, the chairperson may, at the request of any other party grant , adjournment of the hearing as necessary in the interest of fairness, to permit the requesting party time to review the newly produced evidence.
Admission & Acceptance of Penalty
After the charges have been preferred by the chief student affairs officer, but prior to the commencement of a disciplinary hearing, the respondent may admit to the charges and accept the penalty that the chief student affairs officer or designee determines to be appropriate to address the misconduct. If required by this Policy, the agreed-upon penalty shall be placed on the respondent’s transcript consistent with CUNY’s policy on Transcript Notations (see below). Before resolving a complaint in this manner, the chief student affairs officer or designee shall first consult with the complainant and provide the complainant with an opportunity to object to the proposed resolution, orally and/or in writing. If a resolution is reached over the complainant’s objection, the chief student affairs officer or designee shall provide the complainant with a statement of the reasons supporting such resolution, and the complainant may appeal the resolution to the college President.
C. Faculty Student Disciplinary Committee Structure:
Each faculty-student disciplinary committee shall consist of two (2) faculty members or one (1) faculty member and one (1) member of the Higher Education Officer series (HEO), and two (2) student members and a chairperson, who shall be a faculty member. A quorum shall consist of the chairperson and any two (2) members, one of whom must be a student. Hearings shall be scheduled promptly (including during the summers) at a convenient time and efforts shall be made to insure full student and faculty representation.
The president shall select in consultation with the head of the appropriate campus governance body or where the president is the head of the governance body, its executive committee, three (3) members of the faculty of that college to receive training upon appointment and to serve in rotation as chairperson of the disciplinary committee. The following schools shall be required to select two (2) chairpersons:, CUNY School of Law, Guttman Community College, CUNY School of Professional Studies, and the CUNY School of Journalism. If none of the chairpersons appointed from the campus can serve, the president, at her/his discretion, may request that a chairperson be selected by lottery from the entire group of chairpersons appointed by other colleges. The chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the faculty-student disciplinary committee and decide and make all rulings for the committee. She/he shall not be a voting member of the committee but shall vote in the event of a tie.
The faculty members shall be selected by lot from a panel of six (6) elected biennially by the appropriate faculty body from among the persons having faculty rank or faculty status. Members of the panel shall be trained on an annual basis in compliance with the law and this Policy. CUNY School of Law, Guttman Community College, CUNY School of Professional Studies, and the CUNY School of Journalism shall be required to select four (4) faculty members. The HEO members shall be selected by lot from a panel of six (6) HEO appointed biennially by the president. CUNY School of Law, Guttman Community College, CUNY School of Professional Studies, and the CUNY School of Journalism shall be required to select four (4) HEO’s. The student members shall be selected by lot from a panel of six (6) elected annually in an election in which all students registered at the college shall be eligible to vote. CUNY School of Law, Guttman Community College, CUNY School of Professional Studies, and the CUNY School of Journalism shall be required to select four (4) students. In the event that the student or faculty panel or both are not elected, or if more panel members are needed, the president shall have the duty to select the panel or panels which have not been elected.
In the event that the chairperson cannot continue, the president shall appoint another chairperson. In the event that a seat becomes vacant and it is necessary to fill the seat to continue the hearing, the seat shall be filled from the respective faculty, HEO, or student panel by lottery.
Each academic year, the chief student affairs officer, and her or his designee, shall appoint/identify one or more college employees to serve as presenters for the hearings. This list shall be forwarded to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and the Office of the General Counsel and Sr. Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs prior to the first day of the academic year.
Persons who are to be participants in the hearings as witnesses or have been involved in preferring the charges or who may participate in the appeals procedures or any other person having a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing shall be disqualified from serving on the committee.
Roles and Responsibilities of Individuals during the Hearing
a. Role and Responsibilities of Panel Chairperson:
The chairperson shall preside at the hearing. The parties to the hearing are the college, the respondent, and if the complainant chooses to participate, the complainant. At the commencement of the hearing, the chairperson shall inform the respondent of the charges, the hearing procedures, and her or his rights. After informing the respondent of the charges, the hearing procedures, and respondent’s rights, the chairperson shall ask the respondent to state whether he or she is responsible or not responsible for the conduct. Prior to accepting testimony at the hearing, the chairperson shall rule on any motions questioning the impartiality of any committee member or the adequacy of the notice of the charge(s). Subsequent thereto, the chairperson shall rule on any motions regarding the admissibility of evidence and may exclude irrelevant, unreliable or unduly repetitive evidence. The chairperson shall exclude from the hearing room all persons who are to appear as witnesses, except the respondent and the complainant.
The chairperson shall preside at all hearing sessions and meetings and make all rulings for the panel. The chairperson has discretion to limit the number of witnesses and the length of testimony for the presentations by any party and/or their representative. All hearings pursuant to this Policy shall be closed hearings. The chairperson shall not be a voting member of the panel but shall vote in the event of a tie. In the event that the chairperson cannot continue, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, or his or his designee, shall appoint another chairperson from the University-wide committee. In the event that a seat on the panel becomes vacant and it is necessary to fill the seat to continue the hearing, the seat shall be filled from the respective faculty, HEO, or student committee members by lot.
Each academic year, the chief student affairs officer at each College or designee shall identify one or more college employees to serve as presenters for the hearings. This list will be forwarded to the Offices of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and General Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs prior to the first day of the academic year. The employee who serves as presenter during the hearing shall be from the same institution as the respondent.
c. Recording of Proceeding
The college shall make a recording of each fact-finding hearing by some means such as a stenographic transcript, an audio recording or the equivalent. No other recording of the proceedings shall be permitted. A respondent who has been found to have committed the conduct charged after a hearing is entitled upon request to a copy of such a record without cost upon the condition that it is not to be disseminated except to the respondent’s advisor. In the event of an appeal, both the respondent and the complainant are entitled upon request to a copy of such a record without cost, upon the condition that it is not to be disseminated except to their advisors.
Basic Hearing Rules:
If, at the commencement of the hearing, the respondent admits the conduct charged, the respondent shall be given an opportunity to explain her/his actions before the hearing panel and the college shall be given an opportunity to respond and present evidence regarding the appropriate penalty. If the respondent denies the conduct charged, the college shall present its evidence. At the conclusion of the college’s presentation, the respondent may move to dismiss the charges. If the motion is denied by the committee, the complainant, if the complainant choses to participate, shall be given an opportunity to make a presentation. After the college’s, and, if complainant choses to participate, complainant’s presentation, the Respondent shall be given an opportunity to make a presentation.
The college bears the burden of proving the charge(s) by a preponderance of the evidence. The role of the hearing panel is to listen to the testimony, ask questions of the witnesses, review the testimony and evidence presented at the hearing and the papers filed by the parties and make a decision as to responsibility. In the event the respondent is found responsible for the conduct, the committee shall then determine the penalty to be imposed.
The college, the respondent and the complainant are permitted to have advisors act on their behalf during the pendency of a hearing, which shall include the calling and examining of witnesses, and presenting evidence. Any party intending to appear with an attorney shall give the other party five (5) calendar days’ notice of such representation.
Neither the respondent nor the complainant shall be permitted to cross-examine the other directly. Rather, if they choose to, the respondent and the complainant shall cross-examine each other only through an advisor. If either or both of them do not have an advisor, the college shall assist them to find an advisor to conduct such cross-examination. In the alternative, the complainant and respondent may provide written questions to the chairperson to be posed to the witness, in the chairperson’s discretion.
The following rules apply to the introduction of evidence at the hearing: Evidence of the mental health diagnosis and/or treatment of a complainant, respondent, or witness may not be introduced; and b) Evidence of either party’s prior sexual history may not be introduced except that (i) evidence of prior sexual history between complainant and respondent is admissible at any stage of the hearing, and (ii) past findings of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault may be admissible in the stage of that hearing related to penalty.
If the panel has found the Respondent responsible for the conduct, then the complainant, respondent, and college, will have the opportunity to introduce evidence and make arguments related what the appropriate penalty should be. The complainant, respondent and college will also have the opportunity to introduce evidence of and comment on the respondent’s character, including any past findings of a respondent’s responsibility for domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault or any other sexual misconduct, and submit a statement regarding the impact of the conduct.
The College may also introduce a copy of the respondent’s previous disciplinary records, if any, from any CUNY institution the respondent has attended, provided the respondent was shown a copy of the records prior to the commencement of the hearing. The previous disciplinary record shall be submitted to the panel in a sealed envelope, bearing the respondent’s signature across the seal, and shall only be opened if the respondent has been found responsible for the conduct charged. The hearing panel, to determine an appropriate penalty, shall use the disciplinary records, as well as any documents or character evidence introduced by the respondent, the complainant, or the college.
If either the complainant or the respondent chose not to participate in the hearing, they still have the opportunity to introduce evidence and make arguments related what the appropriate penalty should be and to provide or make an impact statement.
The panel shall issue a written decision, which shall be based solely on the testimony and evidence presented at the hearing, including the penalty phase. The college shall send to the respondent a copy of the panel’s decision within seven (7) calendar days of the conclusion of the hearing, by regular mail and e-mail to the address appearing on the records of the college. In cases involving two or more complainants or respondents, the college has fourteen (14) calendar days of the conclusion of the hearing to send the panel’s decision. The college is also encouraged to send the decision to any other e-mail address that it may have for the respondent. The decision shall be final subject to any appeal.
In cases involving a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, the complainant shall simultaneously receive notice of the outcome of the faculty-student disciplinary committee’s decision as it relates to the offense(s) committed against the complainant, in the same manner as notice is given to the respondent.
When a disciplinary hearing results in a penalty of dismissal or suspension for one term or more, the decision is a university-wide penalty and the respondent shall be barred from admission to, or attendance at, any other unit of the university while the penalty is being served.
A respondent or a complainant may appeal a decision of the faculty-student disciplinary committee to the president on the following grounds: (i) procedural error, (ii) newly discovered evidence that was not reasonably available at the time of the hearing, or (iii) the disproportionate nature of the penalty. The president may remand for a new hearing or may modify the penalty either by decreasing it (on an appeal by the respondent) or increasing it (on an appeal by the complainant). If the president is a party to the dispute, her/his functions with respect to an appeal shall be discharged by an official of the university to be appointed by the chancellor or her or his designee.
If the penalty after appeal to the president is one of dismissal or suspension for one term or more, a respondent or a complainant may appeal to the board committee on student affairs and special programs. The board may dispose of the appeal in the same manner as the president
An appeal under this section shall be made in writing within fifteen (15) calendar days after the delivery of the decision appealed from. This requirement may be waived in a particular case for good cause by the president or the board committee as the case may be. Within three (3) calendar days of the receipt of any appeal, either to the president or the board committee on student affairs and special programs, the non-appealing party shall be sent a written notice of the other party’s appeal. In addition, the respondent and/or the complainant shall have the opportunity to submit a written opposition to the other party’s appeal within fifteen (15) calendar days of the delivery of the notice of receipt of such appeal
The president shall decide and issue a decision within fifteen (15) calendar days of receiving the appeal or within fifteen (15) calendar days of receiving papers in opposition to the appeal, whichever is longer. The board committee shall decide and issue a decision within five (5) calendar days of the meeting at which it hears the appeal.
- Transcript Notation(s)
In cases in which the panel finds the respondent responsible and the penalty is either suspension or expulsion, the college shall place a notation on the respondent’s transcript stating that respondent was suspended or expelled after a finding of responsibility for a code of conduct violation. In cases where a student has been expelled as a result of a Clery Act crime of violence, the notation will not be removed.
For all other cases, after four years from the date of the conclusion of the disciplinary proceeding, or one year after the conclusion of any suspension, whichever is later, the Respondent has the right to request that a transcript notation from a finding of responsibility be removed. If a finding of responsibility for any violation is vacated for any reason, the notation shall be removed.
XIII. OBLIGATIONS UNDER THIS POLICY
In addition to addressing possible violations of this policy, colleges/units of CUNY have the following obligations:
a. Dissemination of Policies, Procedures and Notices
The college Title IX Coordinator, in coordination with the Office of Student Affairs, Office of Public Safety, Human Resources Department and other appropriate offices, is responsible for the wide dissemination of the following on her/his campus: (i) this Policy; (ii) CUNY’s Notice of Non-Discrimination; (iii) the Title IX Coordinator’s name, phone number, office location, and email address; and (iv) contact information for the campus Public Safety Office. Such dissemination shall include posting the documents and information on the college website, and including it in residence life materials and training and educational materials. In addition, the Students’ Bill of Rights, which is appended to and made a part of this policy, must be distributed to any individual reporting an incident of sexual misconduct at the time the report is made. It must also be distributed annually to all students, made available on the college’s website and posted in college campus centers and in CUNY owned and operated housing.
b. Training and Educational Programming
CUNY is responsible for providing training to college Title IX Coordinators and others who may serve as investigators. The college Title IX Coordinator, in coordination with other applicable offices, including Public Safety, Human Resources and Student Affairs, is responsible for ensuring that the college provides training to college employees on their obligations under this policy; provides education on this policy and on sexual misconduct (including domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault) to new and continuing students; and promotes awareness and prevention of sexual misconduct among all students and employees. Specific required trainings include the following:
1. Training For Responsible and Confidential Employees
The college shall provide training to all employees who are required to report incidents of sexual misconduct under this policy, as well as those employees who have been designated as confidential employees.
2. Training For Title IX Coordinator and other investigators
CUNY shall provide at least annual training to Title IX Coordinators and other investigators in conducting investigations of sexual misconduct, including
- the effects of trauma;
- the rights of the respondent, include the right to a presumption that the respondent is “not responsible” until any finding of responsibility is made;
- relevant CUNY policies and procedures; and
- other issues including what constitutes crimes of sexual misconduct.
3. Student Onboarding and Ongoing Education
Each college shall adopt a comprehensive student onboarding and ongoing education campaign to educate students about sexual misconduct, including domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault. During the student onboarding process, all new first-year and transfer students shall receive training on this policy and on a variety of topics relating to sexual misconduct. In addition, each college shall offer and administer appropriate educational programming to residence hall students, athletes, and student leaders. Each college shall also provide such educational programming to any other student groups which the college determines could benefit from education in the area of sexual misconduct. The college shall also share information on domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault prevention with parents of enrolling students. This may be done by linking to http://www1.cuny.edu/sites/title-ix/information-for-parents-and-families/campus/university/
c. Campus Climate Assessments
Each college of the University shall conduct, no less than every other year, a climate assessment using an assessment instrument provided by the University central office, to ascertain its students’ general awareness and knowledge of the University’s policy and procedures regarding sexual misconduct, including but not limited to student experiences with and knowledge of reporting, investigation and disciplinary processes. The assessment instrument shall include all topics required to be included under applicable law, including Section 129-B of the New York State Education Law. The University shall publish the results of the surveys on its Title IX web page. The published results shall not contain any information which would enable a reader to identify any individual who responded to the climate assessment.
XIV. Rules Regarding Intimate Relationships
d. Relationships between Faculty or Employees and Students
Amorous, dating or sexual activity or relationships (“intimate relationships”), even when apparently consensual, are inappropriate when they occur between a faculty member or employee and any student for whom he or she has a professional responsibility. Those relationships are inappropriate because of the unequal power dynamic between students and faculty members and between students and employees who advise or evaluate them, such as athletic coaches or workplace supervisors. Such relationships necessarily involve issues of student vulnerability and have the potential for coercion. In addition, conflicts of interest or perceived conflicts of interest may arise when a faculty member or employee is required to evaluate the work or make personnel or academic decisions with respect to a student with whom he or she is having an intimate relationship. Finally, if the relationship ends in a way that is not amicable, the relationship may lead to charges of and possible liability for sexual misconduct.
Therefore, faculty members and other employees are prohibited from engaging in intimate relationships with students for whom they have a professional responsibility, including undergraduates, graduate and professional students and postdoctoral fellows.
For purposes of this Section, professional responsibility for a student means responsibility over any academic matters, including teaching, counseling, grading, advising for a formal project such as a thesis or research, evaluating, hiring, supervising, coaching, making decisions or recommendations that confer benefits such as admissions, registration, financial aid, other awards, remuneration, or fellowships, or performing any other function that might affect teaching, research, or other academic opportunities.
e. Relationships between Supervisors and Employees
Many of the concerns about intimate relationships between faculty members or employees and students also apply to relationships between supervisors and employees they supervise. Those relationships therefore are strongly discouraged. Supervisors shall disclose any such relationships to their supervisors in order to avoid or mitigate conflicts of interest in connection with the supervision and evaluation of the employees with whom they have an intimate relationship. Mitigation may involve the transfer of either the supervisor or employee, reassigning the responsibility to evaluate the employee to a different supervisor, or other appropriate action.
For purposes of this Section, supervising an employee means supervising in an employment setting, including hiring, evaluating, assigning work, or making decisions or recommendations that confer benefits such as promotions, raises or other remuneration, or performing any other function that might affect employment opportunities.
The City University of New York
Students’ Bill of Rights
For CUNY students who experience Sexual Violence, including sexual assault;
domestic, dating or, intimate partner violence, stalking or voyeurism
All students have the right to
- Make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police;
- Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault treated seriously;
- Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by the institution;
- Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard;
- Be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services, where available;
- Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations;
- Describe the incident to as few institutional representatives as practicable and not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident;
- Be protected from retaliation by the institution, any student, the accused and/or the respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the institution;
- Have access to at least one level of appeal of a determination;
- Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused, or respondent throughout the judicial or conduct process including during all meetings and hearings related to such process; and
- Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or judicial or conduct process of the institution.
This Student Bill of Rights was established by the “Enough is Enough” Law, New York State Education Law Article 129-B, effective October 7, 2015.
For more information about preventing and addressing Sexual Violence at CUNY see http://www1.cuny.edu/sites/title-ix/campus-websites.
Information about filing a report, seeking a response, and options for confidential disclosure is available also available CUNY’s Title IX web page.
Questions about CUNY’s Sexual Misconduct policy and procedures may be directed to your campus Title IX Coordinator.
(Board of Trustees Minutes,2014,12-01,7,B. Amended: Board of Trustees Minutes,2015,10-01,6,B. Revised: Board of Trustees Minutes,2018,06-25,9,A.)
Policy 7.15 Student Government and University Student Senate :
1 Eligibility for The University Student Senate
In accordance with its policy making authority and responsibilities, the University Trustees have determined that satisfactory academic achievement and progress as a degree-seeking student at a college of the University is an essential prerequisite to holding and adequately fulfilling the responsibilities of student office.
It is the responsibility of the University, and its Trustees as fiduciaries, to insure that the educational and extracurricular programs of the University are operated in the best interests of students and all other affected constituencies of the University. The academic standards hereby adopted are considered essential for the personal well-being and academic progress of students who seek to take on the additional responsibility of student leadership, as well as for the students and other members of the University community.
The following guidelines apply to each semester a student is running for and/or holding office, whether by election, appointment, or ex-officio status, in student governments, the University Student Senate and other bodies. The positions subject to these guidelines are the members (senators, representatives, delegates, etc.) and officers of student governments, members of faculty-student disciplinary committees, members of the governing boards of college associations and auxiliary enterprise boards, members of allocating bodies of student activity fees, members of college governance bodies including college councils and senates, editors of student publications and officers and directors of radio and television stations, members of student elections review committees, members of personnel and search committees, members and alternate members of Board committees, and the chair, vice-chairs, the delegates, the alternates, and any other officers established by the University Student Senate. In these guidelines, credit hours refer to actual credit hours, and not equivalent or contact hours.
a) Students must be matriculated in a degree or credit-bearing certificate program at the college in which they serve or which they represent.
(i) Full-time undergraduate students must carry a minimum of 12 credit hours.
(ii) Part-time undergraduate students must carry a minimum of 6 credit hours.
(iii) Graduate students must carry a minimum of 3 credit hours.
(iv) In order to serve each semester, a student must have completed and earned passing grades in at least 50% of the credits for which they registered the prior semester, but in no event less than 3 credits.
(v) Full-time doctoral students at Levels II or III shall be making satisfactory progress and shall not be subject to subdivisions c and d hereof.
b) Undergraduate students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and be in good standing to participate in student government, the University Student Senate and the other student leadership positions covered by these guidelines. Chief executive officers and the Chairperson of the University Student Senate must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Colleges may continue to administer or adopt higher academic standards for service in their campus student government and the other student leadership positions covered by these Guidelines. As of the fall 2016 semester, any new adoption of higher standards must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the student government or a simple majority of the student body in a referendum, subject to approval by the Chancellor.
c) Transfer students shall have the right to be a candidate in elections for student leadership, student government and for delegate positions of the University Student Senate as long as they meet the minimum G.P.A requirement for the position.
d) Undergraduate students may not serve in any one of the following student leadership positions: as officers of student government, as members of the governing boards of college associations and auxiliary enterprise boards, as members of allocating bodies of student activity fees, as members of college governance bodies including college councils and senates, and editors of student publications and officers and directors of radio and television stations for more than a total of five years, to include no more than three years at community colleges. Students shall be permitted to serve in the same executive office in a student government.
e) Graduate students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Law School students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Graduate students or Law students may not serve in student government and/or any other student leadership positions covered by these Guidelines for more than a total of five years. Graduate/Law students shall be permitted to serve in the same executive office in a student government, the University Student Senate or other student leadership position for a maximum of two years, except that Co-chairs of the Doctoral Student Council shall be limited to a maximum of three years.
f) Students may not serve in leadership positions at two or more CUNY institutions simultaneously but may hold a campus and USS position at the same time.
g) Any student who applies/petitions to graduate prior to the start of the Fall semester is ineligible to run for a leadership position in the Spring elections unless that student has been accepted into a graduate program at the same college or it is determined that the student will not have fulfilled the graduation requirements.
h) In order to participate in the University Student Senate, on Board committees, campus student governments or serve in the other student leadership positions covered by these Guidelines students must be certified as being in compliance with these Guidelines by the college president, or his/her designee, to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
2 Scheduling of Elections
Regular student government elections shall be held at each of the colleges beginning no earlier than 15 March, and ending no later than 30 April.
The newly elected student government(s), where such is the practice, shall elect delegates and alternate delegates to the USS no later than 10 August, if possible, from the elected members of the student government. Where delegates and alternate delegates are directly elected by their student bodies, such elections shall be held in conjunction with regular student government elections. The newly elected USS delegates and alternate delegates shall have a term of office that begins on 1 September and ends on 31 August and does not hold over after the expiration of their terms of office.
The college presidents shall certify the newly elected delegates and alternate delegates to the USS to the Vice Chancellor for Student Development, with respect to procedures and eligibility criteria, no later than ten days after the election.
Elections of officers of the USS shall be held in October, at least ten days prior to the scheduled October meeting of the Board of Trustees, for a term of office commencing on the day of the scheduled October meeting of the Board of Trustees. Officers of the USS are elected for terms of office ending on the day preceding the subsequent scheduled October meeting of the Board of Trustees, and do not hold over after the expiration of their terms of office. In the event there is no scheduled October meeting of the Board of Trustees, elections for officers shall be held at least ten days prior to the fourth Monday in October, for a term of office commencing on the fourth Monday in October.
Each community college and senior college without a graduate division shall have two delegates to the University Student Senate, one a day session student and one an evening session student. Each senior college with a graduate division shall have three delegates to the USS, one a day session student, one an evening session student, and one a graduate student. The Graduate School, the Law School, the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Graduate School of Journalism shall each have one delegate. If a college, for governance purposes, does not distinguish between day and evening students, it shall instead have two undergraduate student delegates.
Each college shall also elect alternate delegates for each allowed delegate. An alternate delegate may vote in the USS and count towards a quorum only when the specific delegate for whom the person is an alternate is absent. Where a college has two undergraduate delegates, a first alternate and a second alternate delegate shall be elected, to vote and count towards a quorum in that order in case one or both undergraduate delegates are not present.
All officers of the USS must be elected by the delegates. Only delegates and alternate delegates may run for and be elected to an office of the USS. If a delegate or alternate delegate has been elected as an officer of the USS and subsequently resigns or otherwise ceases to be a delegate or alternate delegate, the student will simultaneously forfeit his or her office in the USS, with the exception of the transitional period at the end of the one-year term of office from 1 September until the day of the scheduled October meeting of the Board of Trustees provided that the student meets all other eligibility criteria.
A quorum of the USS shall be one more than one half of the number of delegates that have been certified by the college presidents to the Vice Chancellor for Student Development. Only certified delegates, or certified alternate delegates when applicable, may vote at USS meetings.
The election of officers of the USS shall be managed by a non-partisan agency or organization, such as the League of Women Voters or the Honest Ballot Association, approved by the Vice Chancellor for Student Development. The selection of the Parliamentarian for the elections shall be effected by the University Student Senate after consultation with the Vice Chancellor for Student Development. The cost will be assumed by the USS and, in the event that the USS does not have sufficient funds, will be paid for by the administration.
In the event the office of Chair of the University Student Senate is vacated, another officer shall become interim Chair to serve until a new chair is elected by the delegates. The order of succession among the Vice Chairs of the USS shall be:
a) Legislative affairs
b) Graduate affairs
c) Senior college affairs
d) Community college affairs
e) Evening and part-time student affairs
f) International student affairs
g) Disabled student affairs
h) Fiscal affairs
Such succession shall occur only to the office of interim chair. The interim chair shall serve as chair for a period not to exceed forty-five calendar days or the unexpired portion of the term, whichever is shorter. At the end of the forty-five-day period, if the USS has failed to elect a chair, the Office of the Chair shall be vacant until it is filled by a vote of the student body. The eligibility of the interim chair shall be subject to the certification of the Vice Chancellor for Student Development.
In the event a student who is an officer of the USS graduates at the end of a semester, the student may continue to hold office until 1 February for the fall semester, or 1 September for the spring semester, following which date, the office shall be deemed vacated unless the student has enrolled in another degree program at the University prior to the applicable date. In addition, a student who is Chair and graduates at the end of the spring semester, or thereafter but prior to the scheduled October meeting of the Board of Trustees, may continue to hold the office of Chair until the completion of the term of office ending on the day preceding the October meeting of the Board of Trustees, even if the Chair does not enroll in another degree program at the University for the fall semester.
3.1 Excused Absences
An excused absence shall be an absence from any regularly scheduled USS meeting, for which the delegate or alternate delegate has filed five days advance written notification with the USS Chair and the chief student affairs officer of the affected college demonstrating good cause for not attending. In the case of a delegate, he or she must also notify the alternate delegate that he or she will not be attending the meeting. In the event of an emergency absence that precludes five days advance written notification, written or oral notification shall be given to the USS Chair as soon as possible, and application for an excused absence based upon emergency circumstances may be made to the Steering Committee.
3.2 Unexcused Absences
Delegates and alternate delegates to the USS from each college student body division may be removed by a majority vote of the USS for three consecutive unexcused absences at regularly scheduled USS meetings at the third such meeting, subject to review and certification by the Vice Chancellor for Student Development. If a quorum is not present at the regular USS meeting of the third consecutive unexcused absence, then removal may be by an affirmative vote of a majority of the full Steering Committee. Following each unexcused absence of both the delegate and alternate delegate for a student body division of a college, the delegate, alternate delegate, and the chief student affairs officer of the affected college shall be notified by the Chair of the USS, by regular mail, that the applicable student body division was not represented at the USS meeting and that three unexcused absences of the delegate or the alternate delegate may result in their removal. Where there are two undergraduate delegates from a college, this provision shall apply when there are unexcused absences for one or both of the undergraduate seats, by the notification of those delegates and alternate delegates who have unexcused absences and the chief student affairs officer of the affected college. The determination to remove a delegate may be appealed to the Vice Chancellor for Student Development within fifteen days of mailing of the determination by certified mail. The removal of a delegate pursuant to this provision shall be effective upon the expiration of the time to appeal to the Vice Chancellor for Student Development or the denial of such an appeal. A delegate or alternate delegate who is removed pursuant to this provision shall be ineligible to serve as a delegate or alternate delegate for a period of one year following the effective date of removal.
4 University Student Senate Elections Review Committee
There shall be a USS Elections Review Committee with responsibility for reviewing and certifying the results of elections for officers of the USS, in accordance with election procedures approved by the USS Elections Review Committee and the USS. Students may file appeals with the University Student Senate Elections Review Committee. The Committee shall adopt campaign rules, after considering the recommendations of the University Student Senate.
The Committee will consist of five members:
a) Two administrators appointed by the Chancellor
b) One faculty member elected by the University Faculty Senate
c) Two students elected by the USS, at least one of whom is a student government president who is not a member of the USS
The members of the Committee shall serve a term of one year. The Chair of the Committee shall be appointed by the Chancellor. The Committee shall issue rules on its procedures, and the filing and review of appeals.
5 Budget and Expenditures
The following Policy on Budget and Expenditure Procedures for the USS was approved
The fiscal year of the USS shall be from 1 January through 31 December.
Beginning with the fiscal year commencing on 1 January 1991, the budget for each fiscal year shall be adopted during the preceding month of December by the newly elected USS, which has taken office during the preceding September. At least ten days prior to the adoption of the budget in December, a budget hearing shall be held to which all delegates and student government presidents are invited to attend and speak. A notice of the budget hearing, including a copy of the proposed budget submitted by the newly elected chair of the USS, shall be circulated in advance of the budget hearing.
Modifications of the adopted budget may be made by the Steering Committee of the USS, under the following conditions:
a) The Steering Committee may only make modifications within sixty days of the last meeting of the USS at which a quorum was present, except following the May meeting during which modifications may be made within one hundred and twenty days.
b) Modifications shall be limited to a maximum increase or decrease of a budget line by twenty-five percent up to a maximum of $4,000 between meetings of the USS at which a quorum is present.
c) Modifications made by the Steering Committee shall be reported at the next meeting of the USS, and to the extent monies have not already been expended, the modifications shall also be subject to approval at the next meeting of the USS.
d) The Steering Committee consists of at least seven officers of the USS directly elected by the USS. In the event of a vacancy in an office, the outgoing officer shall have the right to make an appointment of a qualified interim officer, until a successor is elected by the USS. The designation of an interim successor shall be in writing to the Chair of the USS, shall be made no later than thirty days after the vacancy occurs, and shall be subject to certification of eligibility by the Vice-Chancellor for Student Development.
e) A quorum of the Steering Committee shall consist of at least a majority of the seats on the Steering Committee. This requirement will prevail regardless of whether or not all seats are filled.
In the absence of a budget approved by the USS by 1 January of each fiscal year, the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs and Special Programs shall authorize expenditures of a continuing nature for rent, utilities, essential staff, and other fixed overhead, and continuing contractual commitments.
The budget adopted by the USS shall, at a minimum, contain the line items set forth in this policy. Within the budget, staff salaries and student officer stipends shall be specifically lined out.
The appointment of personnel shall be subject to the approval of the full USS. Such personnel may serve based upon appointment of the Chair pending the next meeting of the full USS at which a quorum is present. Personnel shall not be appointed for a period extending beyond the following 1 November in order to permit the Chair taking office on the day of the October Board of Trustees meeting to recommend his or her own staff appointments.
Contractual commitments extending beyond the fiscal year of the USS shall require the approval of the full USS. The annual cost of all such commitments (e.g. space and car rentals, leases, etc.) shall not exceed fifteen percent of the USS budget.
Within the budget adopted by the USS, the Chair of the USS shall be able to make expenditures. The Vice-Chair for Fiscal Affairs of the USS, or his or her designee, shall make an itemized written report on expenditures and encumbrances to all the members of the USS on a monthly basis. Nothing herein, however, should be construed as limiting the amount of detail with which the USS may adopt a budget.
Within the budget adopted by the USS, expenditures over $3,000 shall require the specific approval of the Steering Committee. This requirement for Steering Committee approval shall apply to each item or service purchased, and to each individual traveling.
5.1 University Student Senate Budget Categories
The following are the budget categories for the University Student Senate:
b) Albany Office Rent
d) Auto Expenses
f) College Work Study
g) Committee Activities
j) Equipment Rental
k) Equipment Repair and Maintenance
l) Facilities Repair and Maintenance
m) Fringe Benefits
n) Furniture and Equipment
p) Meeting Expenses
s) Office Supplies
u) Postage and Shipping
w) Research Foundation Overhead
aa) Utilities (Albany)
(Board of Trustees Minutes,1986,03-24,7,A; Board of Trustees Minutes,1987,01-26,7,A; Board of Trustees Minutes,1987,03-30,8,B; Board of Trustees Minutes,1990,03-26,7,A. Amended: Board of Trustees Minutes,1992,06-22,6,Y; Board of Trustees Minutes,1993,06-28,9,C; Board of Trustees Minutes,1993,11-22,7,B; Board of Trustees Minutes,1994,06-27,7,C; Board of Trustees Minutes, 1996,09-30,6,A; Board of Trustees Minutes,1998,10-26,8,A; Board of Trustees Minutes,2001,06-25,8,E; Board of Trustees Minutes,2003,05-27,9,B; Board of Trustees Minutes,2003,06-23,7,A; Board of Trustees Minutes,2005,06-27,8,B; Board of Trustees Minutes,2006,06-26,8,B; Board of Trustees Minutes, 2016,06-27,8)
Policy 7.156 Student Government – Stipends :
[T]he Board of Trustees of The City University of New York [shall] adopt the following amended policy on the payment of stipends to student leaders. The Board believes and intends that service as a student leader should be an educational experience. Recognizing the educational role of student leadership positions, the Board, while not encouraging the payment of stipends, believes some stipend payments to student leaders should be allowed within the parameters outlined below:
1. Stipend payments to student leaders shall be limited to two (2) years in the University, except:
a. A student leader elected to an office of the University Student Senate shall be allowed three (3) years of stipend payments, with no more than two (2) years of the payments as an officer of the University Student Senate.
b. A student who receives two (2) years of stipend payments as an undergraduate student leader, shall be permitted a third (3rd) year of stipend payments as a graduate student leader.
c. Co-chairs of the Doctoral Students’ Council at The Graduate School and University Center shall be permitted a third (3rd) year of stipend payments as a graduate student leader.
2. The amount of stipend payments to student leaders shall be limited as follows:
a. College student leaders shall be limited to a maximum of $5,134 effective July 1, 2017 or no more than $2,475 per semester effective July 1, 2017.
b. The Chairperson of the University Student Senate shall be limited to a maximum of $11,152 per year or no more than $5,576 per semester effective July 1, 2017.
c. Vice-chairpersons of the University Student Senate shall be limited to a maximum of $6,502.00 per year or no more than $3,251.00 per semester effective July 1, 2017.
d. Co-chairs of the Doctoral Students’ Council at The Graduate School and University Center shall be limited to a maximum equal to the minimum salary for the title of Graduate Assistant B.
3. No student leader shall for the same period receive more than one stipend, or be an employee of or receive any other compensation from a student activity fee allocating body.
4. The Chancellor or his or her designee shall, every two years, review the schedule of stipend payments, and report to the Board on any adjustments he or she recommends as being appropriate, in relationship to any changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
(Board of Trustees Minutes,1983,04-25,7,B. Amended: Board of Trustees Minutes,1989,11-27,6,A; Board of Trustees Minutes,1994,02-22,7,A; Board of Trustees Minutes,1994,06-27,7,A; Board of Trustees Minutes,1996,05-28,8,A; Board of Trustees Minutes,1999,04-26,8,A; Board of Trustees Minutes,2002,02-25,8,A; Board of Trustees Minutes,2004,03-29,6,A; Board of Trustees Minutes,2012,06-25,7,C; Board of Trustees Minutes,2017,06-26,9,G)
Policy 7.16 Tuition Assistance for Families of World Trade Center Victims :
The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York hereby expresses its strongest support for Governor Pataki’s Executive Order 113 and related legislation to establish a World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship Program. (BTM,2001,09-24,010,__)
The World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship Program shall be consistent with the intent and spirit of Governor Pataki’s Executive Order 113 declaring a disaster emergency in New York State. (BTM,2001,09-24,010,__)
The Chancellor is hereby authorized to implement immediately and to the fullest extent possible a World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship Program for the University. This program shall provide scholarships to the spouses and children of the innocent victims, who died or were severely disabled as a result of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, on the United States of America; and to the spouses and children of the innocent victims, who died or were severely disabled during the on-going rescue and recovery efforts, including the children and spouses of firefighters, police officers, peace officers, and emergency medical services workers. Scholarships will also be provided to victims, who themselves were severely disabled as a consequence of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and ensuing rescue and recovery efforts. Such scholarships shall cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation, and room and board, if applicable, for four years of full-time, undergraduate study or for five academic years of a program of undergraduate study as defined by the Commissioner of Education. Such scholarships shall be available to New York and non-New York residents and residents and non-residents of the United States who are matriculated students of the University. (BTM,2001,09-24,010,__)
Policy 7.17 This Policy Number Not in Use :
This policy number not in use.
Policy 7.18 Voter Registration :
The colleges of The City University of New York shall each develop a plan to provide the opportunity for voter registration as a part of the student registration process, consistent with campus administrative practices and schedules and in consultation with the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Legal Affairs. (BTM,1987,05-26,010,_A)