Policy and Procedures: Procedure for Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct for All Students and Employees

Marist College affirms its commitment to promote the goals of fairness and equity in all aspects of the educational enterprise. All policies below are subject to resolution using the College's Equity Resolution Process, as detailed below. The Equity Resolution Process is applicable regardless of the status of the parties involved, who may be members or non-members of the campus community, students, student organizations, faculty, administrators and/or staff. The College reserves the right to act on incidents occurring on-campus, or off-campus, when the off-campus conduct could have an on-campus impact or impact the educational mission of the College.

Key staff members who oversee implementation of the College's Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity plan, disability compliance, and the College's policy on Civil Rights Equity Grievance are:

Christina Daniele serves as the Title IX Coordinator
Deborah Raikes-Colbert serves as the Equity/AA Coordinator
Eva Jackson, as the ADA/504 Coordinator

Reports of discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation should be made to the Title IX Coordinator, Christina Daniele or deputy/deputies promptly, but there is no time limitation on the filing of grievances , as long as the accused individual remains subject to the College's jurisdiction. All reports are acted upon promptly while every effort is made by the College to preserve the privacy of reports. Emergency access to the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate, trained official is provided at all times, for intake of the first instance of a disclosure. All victims will be provided with a comprehensive brochure detailing options and resources, which the intake officer will also go over in person with the victim. Reports of discrimination by the Title IX Coordinator or designee should be reported to the College President.

This policy applies to behaviors that take place on the campus, at College-sponsored events, and to off-campus and actions online when the Title IX Coordinator or designee determines that the off-campus conduct affects a substantial College interest. A substantial College interest is defined to include:

a) Any action that constitutes criminal offense as defined by federal or New York law. This includes, but is not limited to, single or repeat violations of any local, state or federal law committed in the municipality where the College is located;
b) Any situation where it appears that the accused individual may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of self or others;
c) Any situation that significantly infringes upon the rights, property or achievements of self or others or significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder; and/or
d) Any situation that is detrimental to the educational interests of the College.

Internal inquiries regarding the enclosed policies and procedures may be made to:

Christina Daniele                                                 Deborah DiCaprio
Title IX Coordinator                                               VP/Dean for Student Affairs
Office of Human Resources                               Rotunda 389
Donnelly Hall 120                                                 845-575-3515
(845) 575-3799                                                     deborah.dicaprio@marist.edu

External inquiries may be made to:
Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Customer Service Hotline #: (800) 421-3481
Fax: (202) 453-6012
TDD: (877) 521-2172
Email: OCR@ed.gov
Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr

Local OCR office contact information:
Region II - New York (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands)
Linda Colon, Regional Manager
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jacob Javits Federal Building
26 Federal Plaza - Suite 3312
New York, NY 10278
Phone (800) 368-1019
Fax: (212) 264-3039
TDD: (800) 537-7697

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Contact: http://www.eeoc.gov/contact/

Members of the College community are encouraged to review the entire Procedure for Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct for All Students and Employees policy.