Students' Bill of Rights

The State University of New York and SUNY Cobleskill are committed to providing options, support and assistance to victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking to ensure that they can continue to participate in College-wide and campus programs, activities, and employment. All victims/survivors of these crimes and violations, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction, have the following rights, regardless of whether the crime or violation occurs on campus, off campus, or while studying abroad.

 

All students have the rights to:

 

  1. Make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police;
  2. Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault treated seriously;
  3. Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by the institution;
  4. Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provide adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard;
  5. Be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services, where available;
  6. Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations;
  7. Describe the incident to as few institution representatives as practicable and not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident;
  8. Be protected from retaliation by the institution, any student, the accused and/or the respondent, and/or their friends, family, and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the institution;
  9. Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination;
  10. Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused, or respondent throughout the judicial conduct process including during all meetings and hearings related to such process; and
  11. Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or judicial or conduct process of the institution.

 

Anyone can make a report to the following entities: 

 

For emergency assistance or to report a crime:
SUNY Cobleskill University Police, 518-255-5317 or 911

 

For medical attention or to discuss your situation with a counselor:
Beard Wellness Center, 518-255-5225, wellnesscenter@cobleskill.edu

 

For questions or concerns regarding Title IX or to file a sexual harassment or discrimination complaint against a student, staff/faculty member, or vendor:
Lynn Berger, Director of Employee Relations and Affirmative Action/Title IX Coordinator, 518-255-5465, bergerla@cobleskill.edu, Knapp Hall 123

 

To report student code of conduct violations including sexual harassment or discrimination:
Matthew LaLonde, Director of Judicial and Veteran’s Affairs, 518-255-5215, lalondmm@cobleskill.edu, Knapp Hall 240

 

To contact local law enforcement:
Cobleskill Police Department, 518-234-2111 or 911, 378 Mineral Springs Rd, Cobleskill, New York 12043

 

To contact family court or civil court:
Schoharie County Court, (518) 453-6999, 290 Main Street, Schoharie, NY 12157 

 

You have the right to make a report to university police or campus security, local law enforcement, and/or state police or choose not to report; to report the incident to your institution; to be protected by the institution from retaliation for reporting an incident; and to receive assistance and resources from your institution.

 

Even SUNY Cobleskill offices and employees who cannot guarantee confidentiality will maintain your privacy to the greatest extent possible. The information you provide to a non-confidential resource will be relayed only as necessary for the Title IX Coordinator to investigate and/or seek a resolution.

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