Reporting Options for Sexual Misconduct
At the first disclosure by a Complainant to a College representative and upon the Complainant’s initial meeting with the Title IX Coordinator, the Complainant will be informed, “You have the right to make a report to Department of Safety and Security, local law enforcement, and/or state police or choose not to report; to report the incident to St. John Fisher College; to be protected by the institution from retaliation for reporting an incident; and to receive assistance and resources from your institution.”
A Complainant has several choices for both reporting Prohibited Conduct as well as getting more information about their options for reporting and support from the Title IX Coordinator or an authorized designee. A Complainant may choose to use any of the following reporting options simultaneously.
A Complainant may choose to share information with the College, receive resources and support, and pursue no resolution process at that time. When this is the expressed preference, the Complainant is provided resources and informed of Supportive Measures.
A Complainant can also choose to make a report regarding sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator or Department of Safety and Security. When this is the expressed preference, the Complainant is provided resources, informed of Supportive Measures, and has the opportunity to discuss resolution options.
The Title IX coordinator can be reached Monday - Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 206, by phone at (585) 385-8232, or by emailing email@example.com. After hours, Reporting Individuals can contact the Title IX coordinator through the residence director on duty or through Office of Safety and Security.
The Office of Safety and Security can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone at (585) 385-8111 or in person at the Haffey Hall lobby.
If what is reported is a violent felony, New York State law requires the College to report the alleged offense to law enforcement within 24 hours of receiving the report. The College's Director of Safety and Security will determine if an incident requires reporting. If law enforcement is contacted, the Complainant may choose their level of participation with law enforcement.
Allegations involving an employee of the College may be reported to the Office of Human Resources [(585) 385-8048; firstname.lastname@example.org] located in Kearney Hall 211. The Title IX coordinator is available to assist a Complainant in making such a report. The Complainant may also request that a confidential or private employee assist in making the report.
A report may be made to Monroe County Sheriff's Department Victim Assistance Program at (585) 753-4389, online on the Monroe County Sheriff's website, or by calling 911.
A report can also be made with the New York State Police at:
New York State Police
Campus Sexual Assault Victims Unit
1220 Washington Ave, Building 22
Albany, New York 12226
Dedicated 24-hour Hotline: 1 (844) 845-7269
The College will assist any person in contacting law enforcement officials to report an allegation of sexual misconduct. Additionally, any campus community member may independently report. Law enforcement follows its own procedures. If you choose to contact law enforcement directly, law enforcement may not inform the College of your report. If you wish to make the College aware and involved, please contact the Title IX coordinator or the Office of Safety and Security.
Upon reviewing the facts of the case, law enforcement may decide to prosecute the matter and further participation with law enforcement may be required. Once criminal charges are initiated, charges can be withdrawn only with the proper consent of the District Attorney's Office. The College will act on any information law enforcement shares with the College if there is a concern for the safety of the College community.
St. John Fisher College fully supports all local, state, and federal laws prohibiting sexual misconduct and will cooperate with law enforcement officials who investigate such allegations to the fullest extent allowed under the law. In all cases reported to law enforcement, the College will coordinate its investigations and responses with those of law enforcement. A concurrent investigation will not prevent the College from conducting its own investigation and conduct processes, except for temporary delays requested by law enforcement.
In addition to the reporting choices above, persons may direct information about their allegations to the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education.
The OCR National Headquarters is located at:
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building
400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-1100
Telephone: (800) 421-3481
Fax: (202) 453-6012; TDD: (800) 877-8339