Sexual Harassment

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Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence Policy

Title IX and Sexual Harassment/Assault
Title IX is the U.S. federal law that protects students against sexual violence and harassment. Title IX requires colleges and universities to respond to the various needs of survivors after sexual violence or harassment occurs. These needs may include academic, housing, and employment accommodations, as well as counseling and other support services. Campuses must have grievance procedures in place for survivors to take disciplinary action against their assailants.

Title IX

SCSU Title IX Coordinator:
Pamela Lassiter

Director of Office of Diversity and Equity
(Buley 207)
 Office of Diversity and Equity

Dear Colleague (April 2011 – Title IX)
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of the Education (ED) issued the Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) “to explain that the requirements of Title IX cover sexual violence and to remind schools of their responsibilities to take immediate and effective steps to respond to sexual violence in accordance with the requirements of Title IX.”

Dear Colleague (April 2013 – Retaliation)

The OCR issued this Dear Colleague Letter to explain that retaliation is prohibited by federal law. “Retaliation” refers to negative action taken against an individual who brought concerns to a school’s attention, made complaints, testified, or participated in any manner in an OCR investigation concerning violations of Federal civil rights laws, including Title IX. An example of retaliation would be a student receiving a lower grade in a class after reporting a professor’s sexual misconduct. The basic principles of retaliation are explained in the letter, as well as the OCR’s methods of enforcing this prohibition.

Guidelines for Reporting Sexual Harassment at SCSU

Reporting Sexual Harassment

The Women's Center is able to provide assistance and guidance for situations of sexual assault, harassment, and other sexual violence. Individuals will be encouraged to file a formal sexual harassment complaint.

The SCSU Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is designed to provide a collaborative victim-centered team response to sexual assault and harassment. The mission of SART is to provide services that ensure a transition from victim to survivor for every individual whose life is impacted by sexual violence.  The SART members can provide a survivor with many supportive options including counseling, medical attention, judicial services, advocacy, law enforcement, referrals, and general information regarding sexual assault.


Formal Complaints:

Student Perpetrators

To file criminal charges against a student perpetrator for an incident that occurred on campus, contact the University Police  911 if you are in immediate danger.

University Police
10 Wintergreen Avenue
New Haven, CT 06515
University Police

To file charges with the University against a student perpetrator for an incident that occurred on campus, contact the Office of Judicial Affairs.

Office of Judicial Affairs
ENG B116
(203) 392-6188 / (203) 392-5190
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30a-4:30p
Office of Judicial Affairs Website

In cases of an alleged sexual offense, when the accused is a student, both the victim and the accused are entitled to have others present during a judicial disciplinary hearing. You may:

  1. Be accompanied to any meeting or proceeding by an advisor or support person of your choice, provided that the adviser or support person does not cause a scheduled meeting to be delayed or postponed
  2. Present evidence and witnesses on their behalf
  3. Be informed in writing of the results of the disciplinary proceeding no later than one business day after it concludes and retain the right to appeal the decision in accordance with disciplinary procedures.
  4. Have their identities kept confidential, except as necessary to carry out a disciplinary proceeding or as permitted by state or federal law.
  5. You have the right to request that disciplinary proceedings begin promptly and know that the proceeding must be conducted by an official trained in issues relating to sexual assault and intimate partner violence. The judicial process will use the “preponderance of evidence standard” (i.e., whether it is more likely than not that the alleged incident occurred.)
  6. Following a final determination of responsibility when the allegation involves a rape or other sexual offense, the university judicial officer may impose any sanction or combination of sanctions, including expulsion. Disciplinary proceedings under this Code may be carried out before, during or after civil or criminal court proceedings against the accused student.

A survivor can chose to file charges with the police, the University, both, or none. University Assistance/Advocacy is available for all survivors upon their request. Assistance/Advocacy is also available to all survivors upon their request when filing charges concerning on or off campus incidents.

SCSU Employee Perpetrators

To file criminal charges against an SCSU employee contact the University Police or 911 if you are in immediate danger.

University Police
10 Wintergreen Avenue
New Haven, CT 06515
University Police

To file charges with the University against an SCSU employee contact the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Diversity and Equity.

Pamela M. Lassiter
Title  IX Coordinator
Director, Office of Diversity & Equity
Office of Diversity and Equity Web Site

Off Campus Incidents

To file criminal charges regarding an assault that occurred off campus, call the local police where the assault occurred. The police will investigate the crime and determine the criminal charges. Then the State's Attorney will decide whether or not there is enough evidence to prosecute. This can result in a trial or plea bargain.
The Women & Families Center: Sexual Assault Crisis Services has court victim advocates that are available to support you during this process.

For further information, call (203) 624-4576. The University Police and University Victim Advocate will assist the student in these cases, if requested, and able according to University Policy and state law.

For resources and additional information on reporting procedures click here: