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Ramapo College Encourages Reporting for Incidents of Sexual Assault and Misconduct

Students are strongly urged to report sexual assaults to College authorities and to the police in order to protect themselves and others. Students who have been sexually assaulted may choose to report the offense to the Public Safety Department, to the Title IX Coordinator,  or to the Mahwah Police Department.

Faculty, staff, and administrators who learn of incidents of sexual assault MUST report it to the Ramapo College Title IX Coordinator (unless the employee is a designated confidential resource,  such as a licensed counselor in the Counseling Center or a recognized clergy person acting in the role of a pastoral counselor.)

Survivors who wish to pursue an investigation may choose to:

  1. Contact the Mahwah Police Department to pursue a criminal investigation, and/or
  2. File civil charges in a civil court, and/or
  3. Report to the Ramapo College Title IX Coordinator (see contact information below). An investigation of a campus policy violation is independent from criminal or civil investigations, or
  4. Decide not to file charges or make a report for investigation. Survivors are strongly encouraged but not required to report the incident. Survivors have the right to be free from any suggestion that victims must report the crime to be assured of any other rights or resources. Campus personnel will not pressure survivors to report a crime if the survivor does not wish to.

All of these options 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 proceedings, the accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of an investigation.

REPORTING TO THE TITLE IX COORDINATOR

What is the role of the Title IX Coordinator?

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for overseeing and resolving all Title IX reports of sexual misconduct and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such reports. The Coordinator’s responsibilities include oversight of a prompt, fair, equitable investigation and resolution process for reports of sexual misconduct at the College. The Title IX Coordinator also evaluates trends on campus by using information reported to him or her and makes recommendations for campus wide training and education programs.

Is my Title IX complaint confidential?

If the complainant reports to the College and requests confidentiality or asks that the report not be pursued, the College will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the report consistent with the request for confidentiality or request not to pursue an investigation. If a complainant insists that his/her name or other identifiable information not be disclosed to the respondent, the College’s ability to respond may be limited. If the complainant continues to ask that his or her name not be revealed, the College will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the report consistent with the complainant’s request as long as doing so does not prevent the College from responding effectively to the harassment and preventing harassment of other members of the College community. The Title IX Coordinator will evaluate the confidentiality request in the context of its responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all persons. If the Title IX Coordinator determines that circumstances do not allow a request for confidentiality to be granted the college will take action as appropriate. It is a violation of the College policy to retaliate against an individual making a report or providing information for an investigation.

Additionally, personal identifiable information will be treated as confidential and only shared with persons who have a specific need to know and who are investigating/adjudicating the report or delivering resources or support services. Further, the College will maintain as confidential, any accommodations or protective measures provided to the complainant to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the College’s ability to provide such accommodations or protective measures.

How do I contact the Title IX Coordinator at Ramapo College?

Kat McGee
Title IX Coordinator
E-mail: kmcgee@ramapo.edu
Phone: (201) 684-7220

Please visit the Affirmative Action and Workplace Compliance website for more information.

REPORTING TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT

Office Location: C-102
Phone: (201) 684-6666

The Public Safety Department is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. By contacting the Public Safety Department, a survivor is not obligated to file an incident report. At the survivors’ request, only an anonymous crime report will be completed for statistical purposes.

The survivor will be asked to make decisions regarding legal and student conduct options only after discussing their options with a confidential counselor and learning what is entailed in filing a report. Even if the survivor does not want to make a formal incident report or file charges, he or she still has the right to other victims’ services. More information about reporting a crime or violation of campus policies is available here.

Officers in the Public Safety Department are trained to gather information about the complaint. Officers must provide notice of the complaint to the Title IX Coordinator within 24 hours or as soon as practicable.

ONLINE REPORTING (INCLUDING ANONYMOUS REPORTING)

An online Report Form for Sexual Misconduct is also available. The form may be filled out anonymously, or the survivor may choose to include identifying information.

Submissions are read and responded to during regular business hours. This form is not to be used for emergencies that require an immediate response. If there is an imminent danger to a student, or to the community, contact the Public Safety Department at (201) 684-6666.

REPORTING TO THE MAHWAH POLICE DEPARTMENT

The Mahwah Police Department can be reached by calling (201) 529-1000 or by calling 911. If the assault took place within the past 5 days the responding officer will activate the Bergen County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).

SART is a free, coordinated community response to assist a survivor in the aftermath of a recent sexual assault.  It has been designed to offer a compassionate, victim-centered approach while collecting evidence that can be vital to the investigation and prosecution of the crime. SART is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

There are three members of the SART team available to a survivor. A survivor has the option to speak with all three SART members, any combination of SART members, or speak with none of the SART members. SART members include:

Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE): A FNE is specially trained in forensic evidence collection.  The FNE conducts a head to toe exam and collects evidence to assist in the prosecution of the crime.  Medications to prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections and pregnancy resulting from the sexual assault are also offered to the survivor.  The FNE does not treat injury; anyone needing medical attention will be seen by the attending physician in the local Emergency Department.

Law Enforcement: A local police officer and/or detective from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit are available at the request of the survivor to conduct an investigation.  In most cases of sexual assault, the choice to prosecute is left up to the survivor.

Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate (CSVA): Trained advocates from the healingSPACE Sexual Violence Resource Center are available to assist the survivor throughout the SART process.  Advocates keep information confidential and are there to empower the survivor by providing emotional support, information, and referrals.  Follow-up with a trained advocate is also available in the days following the SART process.

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