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If you have been sexually harassed, you should take the following steps immediately:

  1. If practical, confront your harasser with your complaint and explain why the action or comment is offensive. Say it firmly, without smiling and without apologizing.
  2. Keep records– write a journal on this issue, record the facts on a tape recorder, or tell a friend in confidence. Keep track of dates, places, times, witnesses, and the nature of the harassment. Save any letters, cards, or notes in a secure place, preferably at home. Bear in mind that documents may be used in litigation.
  3. Tell the harasser, in writing, that you object to this behavior. Describe the specific things which offend or upset you. Treat this letter as a confidential piece of communication and keep a copy of it.
  4. On campus, you can talk informally to the following individuals:

John L. Woods, Ombudsperson
Phone:(201) 684-7804
Cell: (973) 477-4304
E-mail: jwoods1@ramapo.edu
https://www.ramapo.edu/ombuds/

  1. If harassment does not stop after taking these steps, or if initial harassment is so dangerous as to require immediate action, then a complaint should be initiated. To initiate a complaint, contact:

Helen Higginbotham, Director of Affirmative Action and Workplace Compliance
Phone: (201) 684-7540
Email: hhigginb@ramapo.edu

  1. Sexual harassment creates a hostile environment even if it is not directed at you. If you observe harassment, consider reaching out privately to the target of harassment to see if they need support or if they are interested in reporting themselves.

If you observe sexual harassment you can report it to:

Helen Higginbotham, Director of Affirmative Action and Workplace Compliance
Phone: (201) 684-7540
Email: hhigginb@ramapo.edu

 

An online Report Form for Sexual Misconduct (including sexual harassment) is also available. The form may be filled out anonymously, or you 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 imminent danger please contact the Public Safety Department at (201) 684-6666.