The institute encourages individuals who have concerns to report all incidents of sexual misconduct to the institute so that it can investigate and resolve such reports. This enables the institute to provide more resources and assistance to a complainant and to more effectively provide a safe, nondiscriminatory environment. The institute recognizes, though, that some individuals may wish to keep their concerns confidential. However, because of the institute’s obligation to investigate and respond to reports, the institute cannot provide complete confidentiality. It is important to understand that institute employees are not confidential resources, and are therefore obligated to report to the institute any information they receive about sex discrimination or sexual misconduct. While only certain institute employees are considered “responsible employees” for purposes of reporting known or suspected incidents of sexual misconduct, it is the institute’s expectation that all students and employees are obligated to report the details of the event (including names of the victim and accused) to the Title IX coordinator, and that an investigation of the incident and the appropriate steps will be taken to address the situation.

When a report of sexual misconduct is made to the Institute, every effort will be made by the institute to ensure confidentiality to the extent possible, subject to the institute’s need to investigate and respond to such complaints and to report campus crimes in accordance with applicable law. While the institute is obligated to provide the institute community with general information regarding incidents of sexual assaults and certain other crimes occurring on campus, reports will not include names or other information that may personally identify either the complainant or the respondent.

Requests for confidentiality or non-action
Upon receiving a complaint, the institute will seek the consent of the complainant to proceed using the policy and procedure set forth in the institute catalog. The institute strives to honor any request that a complainant may make to keep any such report confidential or for the institute not to investigate or respond to such report, but complying with any such request will limit the institute’s ability to look into and respond to a report. In deciding whether the complainant’s request can be honored, the Institute will weigh the request against the seriousness of the alleged misconduct, the institute’s obligation to maintain a safe and nondiscriminatory learning environment for its students, and the institute’s commitment to addressing and preventing recurrence of misconduct. This determination will be made by the Title IX Coordinator.

If the institute decides that it has an obligation to investigate and address the alleged policy violation, it will notify the complainant before proceeding. The institute will maintain confidentiality to the extent reasonably possible, subject to its need to conduct an investigation and respond to the situation in accordance with this policy. In all cases, the individuals investigating and responding to incidents or allegations of misconduct will share information about the incident or allegation, investigation and response within and outside the institute only on a “need to know” basis. However, complete confidentiality generally will not be possible.

Confidential Community Resources
Confidential communications are those communications which legally cannot be disclosed to another person without the consent of the individual who originally provided the information, except under very limited circumstances, such as allegations involving the physical or sexual abuse of a child or vulnerable adult or an imminent threat to the life of any person. The institute recognizes that some individuals may wish to keep their concerns confidential, and that the institute cannot ensure confidentiality. Community resources may be able to provide assistance and support while ensuring confidentiality. Some of these resources include:

  • RAINN 800-656-HOPE (4673)
  • Day One NY 212-566-8120
  • Teen Date Rape Crisis Helpline 800-214-4150
  • Teen Dating Abuse Hotline 866-331-9474 or 866-331-8453
  • Child Abuse Hotline 800-422-4453
  • Crime Victims Hotline 866-689-HELP (4357)
  • Domestic Violence Hotline 800-621-HOPE (4673)
  • Rape, Sexual Assault and Incest Hotline 212-227-3000

The institute does not have on-site counselors, but the Student Services Manager can help guide a student or employee to the necessary resource.

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