- Sexual assaults harm individual victims and represent the possibility of ongoing harm to others. Ramapo College regularly schedules presentations and workshops concerning sexual assault under the auspices of its Center for Student Involvement (including the Women’s Center), the Center for Health and Counseling Services, and the Public Safety Office. Sexual assault is a topic also addressed during orientation programs and the mandatory College Seminar. All these presentations stress the necessity for clear communications regarding desired or undesired sexual interactions, as well as the extraordinarily negative role played by alcohol use and drug abuse in relation to sexual assaults.
- Students who have been sexually assaulted may report the offense to a member of the Assault Contact Team (A.C.T.) (see link below), to the Public Safety Office, to an On-Call Administrator, to another member of the professional staff in Student Affairs, or to the Student Affairs Office. If a student is injured and requires immediate medical attention, Public Safety will call the Mahwah Police who will request an ambulance to transport the student to the hospital. Assault Contact Team (ACT) If immediate medical attention is not required, the student has the option of contacting a member of A.C.T., a Public Safety Officer, and/or the On-Call Administrator who will meet with the victim as quickly as possible. (Note: Most Public Safety Officers and pertinent Student Affairs staff members have been trained by the Bergen County Sexual Violence Resource Center (healingSPACE) staff on how to respond to an assault victim. Mahwah Police Officers have also received appropriate training.) The A.C.T. member, Public Safety Officer, and/or the On-Call Administrator will advise the student, urge the preservation of any physical evidence of the sexual assault, and alert the victim to other helpful campus service providers.
- Students who have been assaulted will receive assistance from Student Affairs Division staff members in considering a number of legal and disciplinary system options which are available to them. Students may:a) file criminal charges in the outside courts;
b) file civil charges in the outside courts;
c) either independent of, or in conjunction with these actions, file a complaint which will be heard through the internal campus judicial system (if the attacker is a Ramapo College student) or through other processes (if the attacker is a College employee);
d) decide not to file charges.All these options, both on campus and off, require that certain due process regulations be followed and that both parties maintain the right to present evidence or witnesses. In both outside court cases and internal judicial proceedings, the accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome. Ramapo College reports all sexual assaults of which it is made aware, including those committed by acquaintances. Students are strongly urged to report sexual assaults to College authorities and to the police in order to protect themselves and others. The Student Handbook outlines the sanctions which may be applied when any disciplinary case is brought forward. Students found responsible for sexual assaults may expect serious punishments, including the very real possibility of suspension or expulsion from the College.
- The Center for Health and Counseling Services, which houses the College’s mental health professionals, is an available resource to assist victims of sexual assault as is the Director of the Women’s Center. The Bergen County Sexual Violence Resource Center (healingSPACE) Hot Line maintains a 24-hour a day service through which trained counselors assist victims of sexual assault.
- Students who have been sexually assaulted may request to be relocated with regard to their on-campus residence assignment, as well as their class schedules if proximity may bring them into contact with their attacker. Such requests will be granted whenever possible.
Please also see the Student Handbook for the “Policy Prohibiting Discrimination By or Against Students.” Please note, too, that the provisions of New Jersey’s “Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights” published in the Student Handbook are strictly followed.
Related Links & Information
- TItle IX Fast Facts
- US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights – Title IX (PDF)
- healingSPACE: A Sexual Violence Resource Center
- Center for Health and Counseling Services (CHCS)
Title IX Coordinator
Phone: (201) 684-7136