Fall 2021 Guidance/COVID-19 Information

Reporting Options

If you have experienced sexual violence including sexual assault or rape, domestic or dating violence, stalking, or sexual harassment, you have several reporting options, and you can pursue more than one option at the same time or choose not to participate in any of the options stated on this page. You have been through a traumatic experience. It is especially important for you to know and to believe that what happened to you was NOT your fault, and that you have choices. You can report by starting with a phone call or email, by stopping by one of the reporting locations, or even online. You can even report anonymously. See "Where Can I Report?" or "What About Anonymous Reporting?" below.

It is your right to be treated with dignity by each and every person you may deal with in this process. It is your right to choose with whom you speak and what you wish to share. If, at any point, you feel uncomfortable or pressured, in any way, you have the right to discontinue the conversation and to seek other support. There are many individuals available who are trained to help victims/survivors of sexual assault and are sensitive to the issue. These include counselors, health care professionals, residence life and housing staff, student conduct staff, law enforcement, campus Title IX contacts, as well as community professionals.

If you are in immediate danger, get to a safe place and call the police at 9-1-1

On campus, University Police Department (UPD) can be reached at ext. 2111 or by dialing 911. Off campus, dial 911 to reach law enforcement. To best preserve evidence after a sexual assault, it is recommended that victims/survivors avoid showering, washing, changing clothes, combing hair, drinking, eating, or doing anything to alter physical appearance until after a physical exam has been completed. This can be important to preserve evidence should you choose future action. [You can also contact the New York State Police 24-hour hotline at 1-844-845-7269 to read the NYS Troopers Sexual Assault Victims Unit.] The University Police Department is located in Whitaker Hall, Room 110.

Where can I report?

If you are a STUDENT, you are encouraged to speak to any of the following:  Counseling Center*, Student Health Service*, University Police (UPD), Title IX Coordinator, Residence Hall Director (RHD), Resident Assistant (RA), Student Conduct Office, Pastoral Counselor* and any Responsible Employee. (Those indicated with an asterisk* are privileged/ confidential disclosure options).

If you are an EMPLOYEE, you are encouraged to report concerns or knowledge of sexual harassment or violence to your supervisor, Human Resources or Title IX Coordinator.

Visit the Resources or Contacts for telephone numbers and web site URLs for disclosure and reporting locations.

To report a bias related incident to the Chief Diversity Officer, visit the Bias Related Incident Reporting Form.

Hotline information - for help along the way

Aid to Victims of Violence (AVV), 14 Clayton Avenue, Cortland, NY (YWCA), 24/7 Local Crisis Hotline: 607-756-6363 or toll free: 1-800-336-9622. If you would like help at any point during the process, you can also call an advocate from the Aid to Victims of Violence (AVV) at any time 24/7. An advocate can meet with you on campus or you can go to the AVV office at the YWCA during regular hours, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Advocates can help survivors through any part of the process -- legal, mental, referrals, support, and even the forensic rape exam (aka FRE or "rape kit"). Advocates can accompany survivors to the hospital and be there to walk them through the process, as much or as little as they'd like. All services from AVV are free. The cost of the rape kit can be covered completely with no insurance needed. (*Confidential Resource)

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) 24/7 national victim assistance hotline, 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) (*Confidential Resource)

When should I report?

Immediate notification to one of the many listed resources is critical to SUNY Cortland fulfilling its commitment to you. We understand that sexual discrimination, harassment, assault, misconduct or violence may be difficult to disclose or report, but immediate reporting allows for the best possible efforts to support victims, and to investigate and address the claim. You may certainly report when you are ready. Please understand that delays in reporting may limit the type or effectiveness of responses from the College, law enforcement and external resources. Delays may impact physical evidence and access to witnesses that may assist us in investigating and responding to your claim.

What should I report?

SUNY Cortland encourages individuals to report sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and/or stalking as well as other discrimination. Sexual discrimination, harassment, assault, misconduct or violence can take many forms, including any sexual contact that lacks mutual consent, or domestic or dating violence. Sexual harassment may take the form of stalking or the distribution, the display or discussing of any written, graphic, visual or auditory material that is sexual in nature and has the purpose or effect of threatening, intimidation or interfering with a person or person’s ability to study or work. It would constitute a violation of College policy, New York State and/or federal law and should be reported immediately. Retaliation against anyone who reports in good faith or participates in the investigative process is prohibited. Individuals who engage in retaliation may be subject to sanctions as determined by the College. Additional information on the expectation of conduct or prohibited conduct can be found in the Code of Student Conduct, Collective Bargaining Agreements, the Discrimination Complaint Procedure, or on the Human Resources website.

Visit the Resources page for more information.