Anyone – of any gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, citizenship status, race, class or educational level – can suffer from sexual harassment, including sexual violence. We want to make sure you understand your rights, CUNY’s policies, and other issues related to sexual harassment, gender harassment and sexual violence.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It can take many forms including: verbal, written, physical (including unwanted touching and sexual violence), online/virtual, in-person, explicit or implicit. Stalking is also a form of sexual harassment.
On every CUNY campus there is a person who has special training in helping students or employees who are facing issues related to sexual harassment and sexual violence. We urge you to contact this person (who is known as the “Title IX Coordinator”) for guidance or information. At BMCC, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Odelia Levy at (212) 220-1236 or OLevy@bmcc.cuny.edu or Deputy Director Theresa Wade at (212) 220-1273 or TWade@bmcc.cuny.edu.
If you need immediate assistance, please contact Public Safety at (212) 220-8080.
You have the right to:
- Make an internal report to the campus or choose not to report
- Make a report to law enforcement or choose not to report
- Receive assistance and resources from BMCC (including accommodations and interim safety measures)
- Be protected from retaliation
If You Were Recently Sexually Assaulted:
- Get to a safe place
- If the incident occurred on-campus, call Public Safety or 911.
Public Safety’s emergency number is: (212) 220-8080 or extension 8080.
- If the incident occurred off-campus, call 911 or go to the local NYPD precinct. Contacting the police does not require you to file charges.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Campus Public Safety or the police can help you get medical care or you can go on your own (or with a friend) to an emergency room. svfreenyc.org/survivors_emergency.html
- You do not need to decide immediately whether to take action against the person who assaulted you. But if you might want to do this, it is important to preserve evidence of the assault. Go to an emergency room and ask for a SAFE or rape exam. (Do not bathe or brush your teeth prior to going.) For a list of hospitals in New York City with this service, go to: www.svfreenyc.org/survivors_emergency.html Retain the clothing you were wearing in a paper (not plastic) bag. If the assault took place in your home, do not rearrange furniture and/or clean up.
Title IX: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities at universities receiving federal funds. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.