Barnard College is guided by the precept that in no aspect of its employment practices or educational programs should there be disparate treatment of persons because of improper considerations of race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability.
Grievance Procedures for Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct These grievance procedures are specifically for the adjudication of complaints of sex and gender-based misconduct when such complaints involve Barnard College students, faculty, staff, administrators and/or third parties.
Student Services for Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct Reports of gender-based misconduct by matriculated Columbia University students will be processed utilizing these procedures. Additional Columbia University information can be found at http://titleix.columbia.edu/.
General Grievance Procedures The College has established this General Grievance Procedure to supplement certain policies of the College, such as the College's Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment In Employment Practices and in Student Academic and Campus Life, which designate the General Grievance Procedure as the appropriate process for evaluating allegations of discrimination or harassment (other than sex or gender-based misconduct) against students, faculty, administrative, professional, confidential and unionized employees or visitors to the College.
Barnard Community Standards
As members of the Barnard College community, it is our goal to uphold the past, present, and future integrity of the Institution and the community by adhering to the highest standards of honesty and respect.
We show our dedication to Barnard by respecting the shared experiences and varied needs of our community members. Recognizing the value of every individual, we commit ourselves to protecting the well-being of our community, its members, and its resources. We observe the standards and expectations of our community both within and beyond the gates. We pledge to do all that is in our power to follow these principles to create a spirit of integrity, respect, and responsibility that allows us to honor ourselves, one another and the Barnard College community.
~approved by Barnard Students, 2009
link to the Code of Conduct
Barnard Honor Code
We, the students of Barnard College, resolve to uphold the honor of the College by refraining from every form of dishonesty in our academic life. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any papers or books not authorized by the instructor in examinations, or to present others’ work as our own. We consider it dishonest to remove without authorization, alter, or deface library and other academic materials. We pledge to do all that is in our power to create a spirit of honesty and honor for its own sake.
link to the Honor System
To report information regarding Columbia University students (non-Barnard students), visit the reporting page on Columbia's webiste by clicking here.
Remember it is not your fault.
GET TO A SAFE PLACE
After experiencing a traumatizing event such as sexual assault, it can be important to find a place where you feel comfortable and safe from harm. This location could be:
Your room, a friend’s room, a local hospital, Public Safety or a Police station
CALL FOR ASSISTANCE
If on campus, you can call Public Safety at 212-854-3362
If off campus, you can call 911 for NYPD assistance
For confidential guidance, call a Peer Advocate from the Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center at 212-854-HELP (4357) – available 24/7 during the academic year
SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION
To check for injuries, be screened and educated regarding sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy and to collect evidence.
Evidence collection in NYC does not require you to file a police report.
For the purposes of evidence collection, it is recommended that you avoid eating/drinking, showering, brushing your teeth or changing your clothes. Even if you have done any of these things, evidence can still be collected and it remains important that you seek medical attention. You may wish to bring a change of clothes with you (or have a friend bring you a change of clothes) when you do seek medical attention.
CONSIDER TALKING WITH A COUNSELOR
Counseling provides a confidential space to talk about your experience and is often helpful for survivors or co-survivors.
Reporting the crime to NYPD or filing a police complaint. Assistance can be provided by Public Safety.
Report to the College to understand procedures and resources, to seek disciplinary action, discuss interim measures (for example, extended time for work or housing reassignment).
Primary Care Health Service is located in Brooks, Lower Level 212-854-2091
Furman Counseling Center is located in Hewitt, First Floor 212-854-2091
ASAP (Alcohol and Substance Awareness Program) is located at 96 Brooks 212-854-2128
Well Woman is located at 119 Reid Hall 212-854-3063
Columbia Sexual Violence Response on the web at health.columbia.edu/services/svprp
Rape Crisis /Anti-Violence Support Center 105 Hewitt 212-854-HELP (4357)
The Rape Crisis /Anti-Violence Support Center (also referred to as the RCC or Center) provides peer advocacy and education to the entire University community. If you are a survivor of sexual assault and would like to talk to someone immediately, call 212-854-HELP to speak to a Peer Advocate. Peer Advocates assist survivors by accompanying them to the hospital, health services, the police, public safety, court, campus disciplinary proceedings and other resources. They also help survivors make informed decisions about reporting and disciplinary options. Peer Advocates also receive 50 hours of training and are supervised by Columbia and Barnard counseling clinicians.
Learn more about sexual violence resources through SVR via men's peer education, RCC peer educators, and advocacy/outreach services.
Crime Victims Treatment Center of St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital (CVTC) http://www.cvtc-slr.org
CVTC provides respectful treatment of survivors of family and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse and other forms of violence and crime.
New York City resources and information can be found on the city government website at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/living/violence-help-adults.shtml
There is a wealth of information available online. Below are a few resources that can be helpful to learn more about sexual violence behaviors and resources.
Intimate partner violence. The use of physical violence, coercion, threats, intimidation, isolation, stalking, or other forms of emotional, sexual or economic abuse used to control a partner in an intimate relationship constitute intimate partner violence. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone. Intimate partner violence can be a single act or a pattern of behavior in relationships. Intimate partner relationships are defined as short or long-term relationships (current or former) between persons intended to provide some emotional/romantic and/or physical intimacy. Also referred to as Domestic Violence or Dating Violence.
Learn more about IPV behaviors: www.loveisrespect.org/is-this-abuse/power-and-control-wheel
Stalking. As mentioned in the definitions for gender-based harassment and intimate partner violence, stalking is defined as a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalking involves repeated and continued harassment made against the expressed wishes of another individual, which causes the targeted individual to feel emotional distress, including fear and apprehension. Stalking behaviors may include: pursuing or following; non-consensual (unwanted) communication or contact - including face-to-face, telephone calls, voice messages, electronic messages, text messages, unwanted gifts, etc.; trespassing; and surveillance or other types of observation.
Learn more about Stalking behaviors: www.victimsofcrime.org/docs/src
Sexual Assault. The College defines sexual assault as any non-consensual, intentional physical contact of a sexual nature, such as unwelcome physical contact with a person’s genitals, buttocks, or breasts, or any form of sexual intercourse without consent. Rape is a form of sexual assault. Sexual assault occurs when the act is committed by: a) physical force, violence, threat, or intimidation; b) ignoring the objections or without the consent of another person; c) causing another's intoxication or impairment through the use of alcohol or other drugs; and/or d) taking advantage of another person's incapacitation, helplessness, or other inability to consent.
Learn more about Rape and Sexual Assault: www.safehorizon.org
Online support and information about the impact of Sexual Assault: www.rainn.org/get-information/effects-of-sexual-assault
Consent. The presence of consent involves explicit communication and mutual approval for the act in which the parties are/were involved. A sexual encounter is considered consensual when individuals willingly and knowingly engage in sexual activity. The use of coercion in instances of sexual assault involves the use of pressure, manipulation, substances, and/or force.
Learn more about Consent: www.columbia.edu/services/svprp
The definitions listed above are College and University policy definitions.
New York State Law. For specific information related to New York State criminal law definitions, please visit: http://www.svfreenyc.org/survivors_legal.html
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