Colleges and universities across the United States are required
by federal, state and city legislation to create and maintain safe
campus environments for students, faculty, staff and visitors.
Three important pieces of legislation in this area are Title IX, the
Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act of 2013, and the
recently enacted New York State law “Enough is Enough”.
globe therefore, this booklet also describes the protocols faculty
and staff must follow when traveling with students on college
sponsored trips. Finally, Lehman, like other public colleges
and universities in the nation, must comply with the reporting
requirements of The Clery Act and the Campus Sexual Violence
Elimination (SaVE) Act of 2013. Employees holding a position
designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA) by The Jeanne
Clery Act help us to comply with the reporting requirements. The
section of this booklet titled The Clery Act and Campus Security
Authorities explains who a Campus Security Authority is and
what a CSA is required to do.
When people speak about Title IX they are referring to the
Education Amendments Act of 1972, a landmark federal civil
rights act that prohibits sex discrimination in public and
private educational institutions that receive federal financial
assistance. Title IX may be best known for requiring gender
equity in athletics but it is not just about sports, it is so much
more. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in recruitment,
admissions, financial aid and scholarships, course offerings and
access, counseling, hiring and retention of employees, benefits
and leaves, housing, health and insurance benefits, marital
and parental status. Title IX also covers acts such as sexual
harassment, sexual violence, stalking and intimate partner
violence (dating and domestic violence), all behaviors prohibited
by the CUNY Policy on Sexual Misconduct. Title IX benefits
everyone-girls and boys and women and men regardless of their
perceived sex, gender identity, and/or gender expression. Female,
male, and gender non-conforming students, faculty and staff
are protected from any sex-based discrimination, harassment or
violence. Title IX is at the heart of efforts to create educational
equity for all.
You can find additional guidance about these and other CUNY
policies on the College Policies page of the Lehman College
and the Title IX website (http://www1.cuny.edu/sites/title-ix/
homepage/campus/lehman-college/). We encourage you
to complete the Haven online program for faculty and staff to
become better informed about sexual harassment, domestic
violence and sexual violence and, to acquire the skills to become
a leader in prevention.
The City University of New York is deeply committed to
strengthening policies and improving programs to provide a
safe, supportive and welcoming environment for all members of
the University community. At Lehman, we are firmly committed
to doing everything possible to create an environment
where all members of the College community experience a
remarkable sense of belonging, lives are enriched and positive
transformations take place.
The Campus SaVE Act amended The Jeanne Clery Act (Clery Act)
to require increased transparency on campuses about incidents
of sexual violence. The SaVE Act also guarantees victims
enhanced rights, sets standards for disciplinary proceedings,
and requires campus-wide education programs for students,
faculty and staff. SaVE also requires that incidents of domestic
violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking be reported
in annual campus crime statistic reports.
This booklet provides general information about the policies.
Employees are encouraged to consult the contact person for
each policy for additional, specific information.
On the state level, the “Enough is Enough” legislation (New York
State Education Law Article 129-B), signed into law by Governor
Andrew Cuomo in July 2015, seeks to combat sexual assault on
college and university campuses throughout New York State and
establishes new requirements for colleges and universities to
respond to reports of sexual misconduct.
This booklet begins with an overview of four CUNY policies:
the Policy on Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination, the
Workplace Violence Prevention Policy, the Domestic Violence in
the Workplace and the Policy on Sexual Misconduct, followed by
an expanded discussion of the Policy on Sexual Misconduct. Our
campus extends far beyond its 37 acres to regions around the