If you think you are the subject of discrimination, harassment (including sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking) and/or retaliation, it is recommended that you:
Additional Rights in Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking Cases
In addition to the provisions outlined in this Policy, individuals reporting allegations of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking to University personnel shall be apprised of the following rights at the time of their initial disclosure:
The right to make a report to Public Safety, local law enforcement and/or the state police about the incident or to choose not to report.
The right to report the incident to the University and be protected by the University from retaliation for reporting the incident.
The right to receive assistance, measures and confidential resources from the University.
The right to emergency access to the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate official trained in interviewing victims of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking, who shall be available upon the first instance of disclosure by a complainant to provide information regarding options to proceed, and where applicable the importance of preserving evidence and obtaining a sexual assault forensic examination as soon as possible, and detailing the different standard of proof used in the criminal justice system and that questions regarding the penal law should be addressed to law enforcement or the district attorney. Such official shall also explain whether they are authorized to offer the complainant confidentiality or privacy and shall inform the complainant of other reporting options.
Confidentiality (meaning privacy of information about complaints and investigations) will be maintained to the extent required by law and to the extent possible given the University’s obligations under law and under this Policy. At the beginning of the process, the University will inform the complainant about confidentiality standards and privacy concerns, as well as confidential and other resources available.
However, even offices and employees that cannot guarantee confidentiality will maintain the privacy of all parties to the greatest extent possible. Information provided to a non-confidential resource will be relayed only as necessary to the required administrators in order to investigate and seek resolution of the case.
The University will evaluate a request for confidentiality or not to act on a complaint in the context of its responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all members of the community. Therefore, while absolute confidentiality cannot be promised, the University will treat the concerns of the complainant with sensitivity and respect. The University will also assist with reasonable academic, housing, transportation, employment and other accommodations requested regardless of reporting choices. A request for confidentiality however may limit the University’s ability to respond.
Confidential Resources and Support
The University encourages all members of the Adelphi community to report incidents related to this policy. However, individuals who are not ready or willing to make a formal report, but still wish to speak with someone can utilize the confidential on-campus resources of the Student Counseling Center, Student Health Services or the Campus Chaplains, as well as off campus mental health providers listed on the University website. These resources are subject to legal confidentiality obligations that prohibit the release of information without the express consent of the individual. See http://operations.adelphi.edu/handbooks/.
The health and safety of every student at the University is of utmost importance. Adelphi University recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that violence, including but not limited to dating violence, domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. The University strongly encourages students to report dating violence, domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault to University officials. A bystander (witness) acting in good faith or a complainant acting in good faith that discloses any incident of dating violence, domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault to University officials or law enforcement will not be subject to the University’s Code of Conduct action for violations of alcohol and/ or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the commission of the dating violence, domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault.
Any employee, student, or third party who believes that they may have been subjected to discrimination, harassment (including sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking) and/or retaliation is strongly encouraged to report this in accordance with the procedures set forth in this Policy:
For emergency or immediate assistance (twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week) contact the Department of Public Safety (516) 877-3511 or dial 5 from any campus phone. All emergency contact numbers are listed on the reverse side of your Adelphi identification card.
To file a complaint involving Jeffrey Kessler or Jane Fisher, contact Title IX Coordinator, Director, Equity and Compliance, Rhonnie Jaus, as above. To file a complaint involving the Title IX Coordinator, Director of Equity and Compliance, please direct your complaint to Jane Fisher, as above. Anyone who reports misconduct to the above resources will be informed about this process, as outlined in this Policy.
You may also report online at:
You may choose to file this complaint form anonymously. This form will be received and reviewed by the Director of Employment, Employee and Labor Relations and the Title IX Coordinator, Director of Equity and Compliance. The University will comply with all federal, state and local mandates regarding the reporting of crimes to appropriate authorities.
Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Rhonnie Jaus at firstname.lastname@example.org, Levermore Hall, Room 203, (516) 877-4819, or
Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Making a Report to the Police
A complainant may contact local law enforcement or the State Police directly, whether or not a complaint has been filed with the University. If requested, the University will provide assistance making this contact. Upon notice of the complaint the University’s investigation will proceed regardless of whether a criminal matter is pending, though short delays may be allowed for outside law enforcement agencies to conduct their investigation.
The University’s investigation is independent of any civil or criminal investigation or proceeding. The University’s investigation and related proceedings may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or subsequent to any related civil or criminal proceeding and will not be subject to challenge or delay based on the grounds that criminal or civil proceedings involving the same incident have been dismissed, reduced or are pending. Action pursued through the criminal justice process is governed by the penal law and the criminal procedure law.
Timing of the Investigation
There is no time limit on when a complaint may be made. The University will conduct an investigation and make all efforts to provide a resolution of the investigation usually within sixty (60) days from the time the University receives notice. However, the resolution of a complaint may vary depending on the complexity of the investigation and/or extent of the alleged harassment or discrimination. The sixty (60) day time period does not include the time period for the appeal process.
Additional Rights for Reporting Individuals and Complainants in Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking Cases