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Sexual Misconduct: Bill of Rights

The State University of New York and the Fashion Institute of Technology are committed to providing options, support, and assistance to victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking to ensure that they can continue to participate in college/university-wide and campus programs, activities, and employment. The following rights apply to students reporting or otherwise involved in instances of sexual misconduct covered by FIT policy.


1. Make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police;

2. Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault treated seriously;

3. Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by the institution;

4. Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard;

5. Be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services, where available;

6. Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations;

7. Describe the incident to as few institution representatives as practicable and not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident;

8. Be protected from retaliation by the institution, any student, the accused and/or the respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the institution;

9. Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination;

10. Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused, or respondent throughout the judicial or conduct process including during all meetings and hearings related to such process; and

11. Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or judicial or conduct process of the institution.


Victims/survivors have many options that can be pursued simultaneously, including one or more of the following:

  • receive resources, such as counseling and medical attention;
  • confidentially or anonymously disclose a crime or violation;
  • make a report to:
    Deliwe Kekana, Title IX Coordinator at 212 217.3360 or;
    Office of Public Safety at 212 217.7777;
    Dean of Students Office at 212 217.3800 or;
    NYPD Special Victims Division at 646 610.7272; and/or
    family court or civil court

For more details on the options available, please view FIT’s policy on sexual misconduct and a list of campus and off-campus resources. FIT also prohibits sexual discrimination based on sex in its non-discrimination and anti-harassment policy.