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Enough is Enough

Bank Street is committed to ensuring a safe learning environment for all students that is free of acts of sexual assault, sexual violence, harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct in accordance with the requirements of New York State Article 129B (Enough is Enough). All students at Bank Street are endowed with reporting, informational and procedural rights when reporting an instance of sexual misconduct or when accused.

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Important Things to Know

  • What is a Title IX Coordinator?

    Bank Street College Title IX Coordinator:
    Gretchen Adams
    Director of Administration
    gadams@bankstreet.edu
    212-875-4461
    610 West 112th Street, Room 603
    New York, NY 10025

    Every college has a Title IX Coordinator who is responsible for compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. This law prohibits sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, and sexual violence, in education programs. The Title IX Coordinator has overall responsibility for implementing this policy, including overseeing the investigation of complaints and carrying out other functions of the position set forth in this policy. At Bank Street College, the Title IX Coordinator is supported by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Chief Human Resources Officer.

    Students

    Students who experience sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, or sexual violence should bring their complaint to a campus official. See the box below for contact information.

    Processing Complaints

    When a Title IX Coordinator receives a complaint of sexual misconduct from a student, she/he will identify a trained staff member to assist the reporting individual with support services.

    After a report of an alleged incident of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, or sexual violence has been made to the Title IX Coordinator, a reporting individual may request that the matter be investigated without her/his identity or any details regarding the incident being divulged further. Alternatively, a reporting individual may request that no investigation into a particular incident be conducted or that an incident not be reported to outside law enforcement.

    In all such cases, the Title IX Coordinator will weigh the reporting individual’s request. A decision to maintain confidentiality does not mean that confidentiality can be absolutely guaranteed in all circumstances, but only that all efforts will be undertaken to keep information confidential consistent with law. Notwithstanding the decision of the Title IX Coordinator regarding the scope of any investigation, the College will provide the reporting individual with ongoing assistance and support.

    If the Title IX Coordinator determines that the College must report the incident to outside law enforcement, the College will cooperate with any criminal investigation, which may include providing the outside law enforcement agency with any evidence in its possession relating to the incident.

    Interim and Supportive Measures

    The College will take immediate steps to protect the reporting individual and other affected parties as well as the College community at large following an allegation of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, or sexual violence. In general, when taking such interim and supportive measures, the College will seek to minimize the burden on the reporting individual. The reporting individual and the respondent shall each be afforded, upon request, a prompt review of the need for and terms of any interim or supportive measure that directly affects him or her and shall be permitted to submit evidence in support of his/her request. The request for such a review shall be made to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (if either the reporting individual or the respondent is a student) or to College’s Chief Human Resources Officer (if both the complainant and the respondent are employees). If a request is made in a case involving both a student and an employee, the Chief Student Affairs Officer shall consult with the Director of Human Resources.

  • What is the “No Contact” order and what is the process?

    The reporting individual and the respondent shall each be afforded, upon request, a prompt review of the need for and terms of a “no contact” order (including possible modification or discontinuance of the order), and shall be allowed to submit evidence to support their request. The request for such a review shall be made to the College’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (if either the reporting individual or the respondent is a student) or to the College’s Director of Human Resources (if both the complainant and the respondent are employees). If possible, the College shall establish an appropriate schedule for the reporting individual and the respondent to access College facilities when they are not being used by the other party to enable both parties to use College facilities to the maximum extent feasible, without violation of the “no contact” order.

  • What happens in an investigation?

    The College Title IX Coordinator is responsible for conducting the investigation in a prompt, thorough, and impartial manner. The Title IX Coordinator shall inform the respondent that an investigation is commencing and shall provide the respondent with a written summary of the allegations of the complaint. The Title IX Coordinator shall coordinate investigative efforts with other College offices and may designate another trained individual to conduct all or part of the investigation. A respondent employee who is covered by a collective bargaining agreement may consult with and have a union representative present at any interview of that employee conducted as part of such investigation.

    The College Title IX Coordinator shall take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end any sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, or sexual violence.

    The College shall make every reasonable effort to ensure that the investigation and resolution of a complaint are carried out as timely and efficiently as possible. However, the College may need to temporarily delay the fact-finding portion of its investigation during the evidence-gathering phase of a law enforcement investigation. Temporary delays may not last more than ten days except when law enforcement specifically requests and justifies a longer delay. While some complaints may require extensive investigation, whenever possible, the investigation of complaints should be completed within sixty (60) calendar days of the receipt of the complaint. If there is a delay in completing the investigation, the Title IX Coordinator shall notify the complainant and the respondent in writing.