Syracuse University

Sexual Harassment/Assault Information and Resources

Your Rights

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Syracuse University's Core Principles: The University's Code of Ethical conduct guides the activities of all faculty, staff, and students. It provides, in part: We respect the rights and dignity of all persons and recognize that discrimination or harassment in any form undermines the fundamental principles of the University.

We support a respectful environment through our own actions, encourage respectful behavior in others, and speak out against hatred and bias.

The University does not discriminate and prohibits harassment or discrimination related to any protected category including: creed, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, pregnancy, disability, marital status, political or social affiliation, age, race, color, veteran status, military status, religion, sexual orientation, domestic violence status, gender identity, gender expression, or perceived gender.

Each member of the campus community is responsible for preventing harassment and discrimination in work, academic, and residential environments, both on and off campus. Retaliation against any individual for reporting concerns is strictly prohibited.

Sexual Harassment

As a member of the Syracuse University community, you are entitled to work, study, and participate in the University's programs without fear of harassment or discrimination. It is the responsibility of all to ensure such an environment is maintained. Speak up if you witness harassment or discrimination, and report any such incidents that happen to you.

Sexual harassment is prohibited. It is a form of sexual discrimination. It is unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that relates to the gender or sexual identity of an individual. Even without creating an intimidating or hostile environment for study, work, or social living, unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature is a violation of the University's Code of Ethical Conduct. The definition of sexual harassment includes: sexual violence (physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim's use of drugs or alcohol), rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual coercion, and non-contact sexual abuse such as voyeurism and sexual exploitation. This definition includes such conduct against a significant other.

Gender- and sex-based harassment also is prohibited, such as acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex, gender (gender identity, gender expression, and perceived gender), sexuality (sexual orientation and sexual expression), or sex-stereotyping, including those not of a sexual nature (such as jokes mocking a transgender person's gender identity or expression, or women's "place" in society).

Sexual harassment can be:

Verbal/audible (jokes, teasing, nicknames, suggestive remarks, flirting, sexual advances, music with graphic lyrics, etc.), non-verbal (gestures, staring, personal gifts, etc.), visual (graphic pictures, screen savers, email jokes, text messages, cards, etc., physical (touching, hugging, standing very close, etc.)

implied or overt sexual threats, quid pro quo (work or education benefits in return for sexual favors either implied or explicit).


For your immediate safety or to report a crime, contact the Department of Public Safety by dialing 711 from any campus phone, #78 on your cell, or 315-443-2224.

To report and resolve a complaint or any issue of harassment, discrimination or sexual misconduct contact our Title IX Coordinator at 315-443-0211, or email:, or 005 Steele Hall.

Concerned about sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking or harassment?

For 24/7 privileged* and confidential support and advocacy contact the Sexual & Relationship Violence Response Team at 315-443-4715, 200 Walnut Place, or

Assistance and support services are available for both the accused/respondent and victim/complainant. All University resources share information (except communications within a privilege*) only with those who have a need to know in order to ensure that the complainant's needs are met, the respondent is treated fairly and campus safety needs are met. Such information could be the nature, date, time, and general location of an incident.

Office of Student Assistance (315-443-4357 ) serves as a central support hub to help students and their families manage crises, life traumas, and other concerns or barriers that impede success. The office works to address the needs of students who struggle in areas such as psychological health, physical health, crime victimization, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and social adjustment through a variety of interventions, referrals, advocacy, and follow-up services. This Office, working with others as necessary, provides support to the complainant including supporting students through the University conduct process, and/or supporting the student through the legal/criminal system. This Office also designates a person to support the respondent including explaining the reasons and process for interim relief.

The Counseling Center (315-443-4715) offers privileged and confidential crisis counseling, referrals, advocacy and ongoing assistance for all students addressing mental health, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and substance abuse issues. It has experienced, licensed mental-health professionals, including psychologists, and social workers. Help is available 24 hours a day.

Hendricks Chapel (315-443-2901) provides privileged support for students, faculty and staff by listening, nurturing and guiding them through concerns related to human dignity, ethics, and spiritual welfare.

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (315-443-1087) provides privileged counseling services for faculty and staff.

For off-campus support, contact Vera House at 315-422-7273 or 6181 Thompson Rd., #100.

You are free to discuss issues with faculty and staff members with whom you are comfortable, but recognize that their response (appropriately so) may be to discuss the matter with one of the resources above. The goal is to prevent problems, and if a problem arises, to address it and meet the needs of those affected. SPEAK UP and BE HEARD! For more regarding Title IX resources, contact the Title IX Coordinator at 315-443-0211.

For policy details, go to the Syracuse University Policies website at

*Privileged resources are those who are, by reason of statute, barred from sharing information except in unusual circumstances.

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