Combating Sexual Misconduct (TITLE IX)

Title IX: Combating Sexual Assault and Other Unwelcome Sexual Behavior

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Title IX Office:

Administration Building, Room A-505

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It's On Us

Anyone – of any gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, citizenship status, race, class or educational level – can suffer from sexual harassment, including sexual violence. The goal of this website is to help you understand what sexual harassment means and let you know that there are people at CUNY and in the community who can help if you or others experience it. We want to make sure you understand your rights as a student or employee, CUNY's policies, and other issues related to sexual harassment, gender harassment and sexual violence.

On every CUNY campus there is a person who has special training in helping students and employees who are facing issues related to sexual harassment and sexual violence. We urge you to contact this person (who is known as the “Title IX Coordinator”) for guidance or information.

How to Report a Sexual Misconduct

  • If the incident occurred on-campus, call Public Safety or 911;
  • If the incident occurred off-campus, call 911 or go to the local NYPD precinct. Contacting the police does not require you to file charges.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Campus Public Safety or the police can help you get medical care or you can go on your own (or with a friend) to an emergency room.
  • Preserve evidence. You do not need to decide immediately whether to take action against the person who assaulted you. But if you might want to do this, it is important to preserve evidence of the assault. Go to an emergency room and ask for a SAFE or rape exam. (Do not bathe or brush your teeth prior to going.) For a list of hospitals in New York City with this service, visit the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault website. Retain the clothing you were wearing in a paper (not plastic) bag. If the assault took place in your home or dorm room, do not rearrange furniture and/or clean up.
  • We also encourage you to contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX Coordinator:
Belinda Delgado
Administration Building, Room 505
(718) 281-5755

Student Affairs:
Dr. Brian R. Mitra
Library Building, Room 412
(718) 631-6351

Office of Public Safety:
John Triolo
Library, 3rd Floor
(718) 631-6320

Executive Director of Human Resources:
Nelmy Negrete
Administration Building, Room 410
(718) 631-6243

Counseling Center
Library Building, Room 422
(718) 631-6370
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Title IX: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities at universities receiving federal funds. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion

*Special thanks to Brown University for allowing CUNY to use some of their materials*

How to Respect Boundaries

Boundaries are key to healthy relationships! We should all be prepared to not only set and share our own boundaries but also to respond to others in a way that respects and honors the other person's decisions and feelings. This means lots of open communication with partners, friends, family, and others!

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7 Tips to Setting Boundaries

1. Be Proactive

Taking responsibility in a relationship means proactively working to understand the other person's needs. Trust your gut when you think it's something that needs to be brought up by asking questions and checking in with your friend or partner. 

2. Accept Their Choice, Even if It's Not What You Want

Even when a boundary is approached respectfully, the answer can still be no. Validate the person's choice by saying, "Okay" or "I totally get it!". After, do what you need to do to process your emotions in a way that won't make the other person feel scared, unsafe, or manipulated.

3. Don't Compromise Comfort

In relationships, compromise is an essential tool for healthy conflict. But boundary-setting should be approached differently because it involves personal safety and comfort. When someone expresses discomfort or unease, it's time to pump the brakes, not negotiate.

4. An Explanation Isn't Owed

Sometimes our first instinct is to ask"'Why?" When it comes to boundaries, it's better to take someone's word for it. They may have trouble expressing their reason or they may not feel comfortable telling you yet. You can build trust by accepting someone's decision at face value. 

5. Listen (to What They're Not Saying!)

Of course you should always listen to what someone is telling you, but sometimes the answer is in what they're not saying. Paying attention to nonverbal cues—tensing up, looking away, fidgeting, tone of voice-can help you determine whether the 'yes' you're getting is genuine.

6. Be Aware of Power Dynamics

Think about your situation critically: are you a senior asking a freshman to hook up? Are you the captain of the varsity team asking a JV player to carry your bag? Imbalanced power dynamics can make someone feel pressured to consent.

7. Take Responsibility

We all do unhealthy things sometimes. If you ever disrespect someone's boundary, the best thing to do is make sure it doesn't happen again. Own up, apologize, and change your behavior. It's never okay to excuse the hurt you've caused someone.

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