Department of Public Safety
Public Safety Newsletter
- Quick link to the Clery Act Annual Security Report
- Sexual Assault
- Friendly Stranger and "Acquaintance Rape"
- Who is the Victim?
- Who is the Sexual Assailant?
- Where can Sexual Assault occur?
- Survival is the Goal
- Checklist for Victims of Assault
- Procedures for Rape Survivors
- Safety Tips
- Alcohol and Drug Use Policies
- Institutional Sanctions
- Important Telephone Numbers
- Counseling, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Programs
- Sexual Harassment Policy
- New York State Sex Offender Registry
- Sexual Harassment Panel
- Infectious Disease Protocol
Thus information serves to increase awareness and knowledge about sexual assault and to help you to cope with sexual assault if it does happen (Detailed information found in Sexual Encounters booklet.)
Friendly Stranger and "Acquaintance Rape"
Many attacks start with casual conversation. If your gut-level response to a stranger or friend is uneasiness, try to get out of the situation as quickly as possible, even if it means being rude or making a scene. Acquaintance rape occurs more frequently than reports seem to indicate. The keys to prevention are awareness, trusting your intuition, and assertive behavior. People have deterred assailants in a variety of ways. Talking and thinking about what you might do if attacked increases your chance of defending yourself.
Who is the Victim?
Everyone is a potential victim of sexual assault. The most vulnerable target is a woman alone. While a large number of reported victims are in the 13-25 age bracket, indications are that this is due to an increase in reporting in this age group. Studies do not indicate a preference for the young by sexual assailants, nor do they support the myth that assault is provoked by a woman's dress or mannerisms. Opportunity and vulnerability are key factors.
Who is the Sexual Assailant?
A sexual assailant is generally a person who is emotionally unstable, yet conducts his or her day-to-day life in a reasonably normal and competent manner. Be or she often has difficulty in relating to others on a permanent or lasting basis. Be or she is often a friend, date, relative, co-worker, or casual acquaintance of the victim.
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Where can Sexual Assault occur?
Sexual assault can happen virtually anywhere, but most reported incidents occur in the home of the victim or the home of the offender. It is important to be aware that many areas of daily activity are potentially dangerous. Sexual assault often occurs in conjunction with other crimes such as burglary, so the more common-sense precautions one takes, the less the chance of becoming a victim. Remember: a locked door can give a potential victim adequate time to call police (911). Remember too: the victim does not provoke the attack Sexual assault is a crime of violence and not of sex.
Survival is the Goal
Preventive measures can reduce the risk of attack, but they are not 100% effective. Recent studies show that, if you are attacked, an immediate aggressive response will be twice as likely to increase the possibility of escape but can also aggravate the situation. However, submitting does not guarantee that violence will not occur. Look for ways of escape. If one method does not work, try another.
- Report the crime immediately to the Police by dialing 911 and to the Baruch College Office of Security and Public Safety at 646-660-6000
- Do not disturb any evidence
- Do not bathe or shower
- Have a medical examination as soon as possible
- Report every detail of the attack to the Police Officer
- WHEN CALM, make notes of the attack, including any unusual details and description of the attacker
Procedures for Rape Survivors
If you are assaulted at Baruch, call Security's Emergency Number: (646) 312-3333. Security personnel understand that sexual assault victims experience emotional trauma and will follow a procedure designed to help the victim. This will include finding out details about the assault, taking action toward detaining the assailant, and informing the victim of services available at Baruch and elsewhere.
Students should report all incidents of sexual assault to the Office of Campus Security and Public Safety at 646-660-6000 and to the Office of the Vice-President for Student Development at (646) 312-4570 A professional staff member will meet with you confidentially and will pursue formal disciplinary action only with your consent. After a complaint is lodged, the Vice-President for Student Development will arrange an investigation and hearing to determine culpability and the appropriate sanctions, if any. Both the accused and the accuser are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during such proceedings, and both the accused and the accuser are informed of the outcome of such proceedings. Anyone may initiate such an action against a Baruch student.
A Baruch student who is found to have committed rape, sexual assault, or any other sexual offense, either forcible or non-forcible, is subject to arrest and disciplinary action that can include admonition, deprivation of certain privileges, probation, suspension, or expulsion. The sexual assault survivor will have the option and all available assistance classes.
General Security on Campus:
- Lock office doors while offices are unoccupied
- Do not bring unnecessary valuable items on campus
- Do not leave purses, briefcases, or books unattended
- Be aware of suspicious persons
- Call Security (Ext.6000) to report crimes or suspicious activities
- Call Police (911) or Emergency Security (Ex-3333) if immediate danger is suspected or if you are threatened
- If alone and someone suspicious enters, stand near the controls. If necessary, use the alarm. A Security Officer will respond
On the Street:
- Be alert and aware of others on the street
- Carry a whistle on your key chain
- Walk with keys in hand as you approach your home so you don't need to fumble for them
- Stay on well-lighted streets
- Avoid dark or concealed areas
- If you think you are being followed, cross the street or change direction. Find an occupied building, as one with a doorman, or an open store
- If a car follows you or stops near you to ask for directions, do not approach the car
- Try not to overload yourself with packages, books, purses, etc.
Subway or Bus:
- Wait at well-lighted areas
- Enter only subway stations that display a green light at the entrance
- If someone bothers you, say in a loud voice, "Leave me alone!" Move to another area of the bus or train
- Do not get off the bus or train in an isolated area
- If you are followed when you exit, use the measures listed above for safety on the street.
Alcohol and Drug Use Policies
Baruch College seeks to achieve the development of ethical and responsible persons through a sound educational program and policies that encourage maturity and independence. The regulations that govern student and employee conduct have been formulated with those objectives in view. The U.S. Department of Education has issued regulations that require a college distribute information annually about the possession, we, or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs at that college.
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or we of illegal drugs or other controlled substances and the unauthorized use of alcohol by students on campus and by college employees at work is prohibited. Student dubs and organizations may petition the Office of Student Lift or the Office of the Vice President for Student Development in advance of a planned event for the we of beer or wine at "duly authorized functions." Organizations must adhere to stringent guidelines that comply with the New York State Alcoholic Beverage Control Law prohibiting the sale, delivery, or providing of alcoholic beverages to people under the age of 21. The legal age for drinking alcohol in New York State is 21, and State laws deal harshly with underage drinking.
In addition, organizations granted permission to serve alcoholic beverages must provide adequate supervision for distribution and consumption. Specific details pertaining to the "Permit for the Use of Alcoholic Beverages at an Authorized Student Program" may be found in the Student Alcohol and Drug Use Policies
Organization Handbook The Informer available in the Office of Student Life, Room 2-255, at 55 Lexington Avenue.
The possession or use of illegal drugs is a crime in the State of New York. Anyone found in possession of or using such drugs on College property will be dealt with severely and may be suspended from the college, in addition to facing criminal charges and arrest. Any person found to have violated the College's policy on alcohol and drug use is subject to discipline by City University officials.
No one within the University community, except Peace Officers pursuant to authorization of the College Presidents, shall have in their possession a rifle, shotgun, firearm, or any other dangerous instrument or material that can be used to inflict bodily harm on an individual or damage to a building or the grounds of a campus.
Students are expected to comply with the Rules of Conduct printed in the Undergraduate and the Graduate Bulletins, A student found to be in violation of these rules can be subject to disciplinary actions which may include admonition, warning, censure, disciplinary probation, restitution, suspension, expulsion and I or complaint to civil authorities, as stated in full in Baruch College's Bulletins.
A student who is experiencing difficulty with alcohol or chemical dependency may seek direct assistance or be referred by members of the institutional staff to the Office of the Vice President for Students to the appropriate counseling center. The Vice President for Student Development may take disciplinary action or recommend that the student meet with a counselor for assistance through self- help organizations or other outside agencies.
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession or use of illegal drugs or other controlled substances and the unauthorized use of alcohol by Baruch College employees in the workplace is prohibited. Employees found in violation of the Standards of Conduct referred to in this policy may be subject to disciplinary action under the provisions of the applicable union contract. Additionally, sanctions that may be imposed include verified attendance and successful participation in a drug I alcohol assistance program and I or the filing of criminal charges and arrest.
Important Telephone Numbers
Baruch College Security
Director of Security and Public Safety, Henry J. McLaughlin
Office of Campus Security and Public Safety 646-660-6000
Emergency 646-312-3333 or 646-660-3333
New York City Police
13th Precinct 212-477-7411
Baruch Student Services 646-312-4550
Report all crimes to the Office of Campus Security and Public Safety and to the New York City Police.
In compliance with University policy, a Sexual Harassment Panel has been appointed to receive any complaints of sexual harassment from faculty, staff and students.
For more information about Baruch College harassment, please visit http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/hr/policies_main.htm
Counseling, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Programs
Baruch College provides educational and counseling services to students and employees through the Division of Student Development and Counseling 55 Lexington Avenue (646) 312-2155. A full list of off- campus resources is available in the Counseling Center. Following is a partial list of local resources:
- St. Vincent's Department Of Community Medicine
Rape Crisis Program
(212) 604-8068, Fax (212) 604-7627
- Bellevue Hospital
27th Street and First Avenue, N.Y.,N.Y., 10016
- New York Police Department Special Victims Squad
- Manhattan District Attorney's Office Sex Crimes Unit
New York State Sex Offender Registry
The Division of Criminal Justice Services maintains the Sex Offender Registry. Inquiries may be obtained from this Web site at http://www.criminaljustice.state.ny.us/nsor/