Students’ Bill of Rights
The State University of New York and Binghamton University are committed to providing options, support and assistance to students who have experienced 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.
All students who have experienced these crimes and violations, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion,creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status or criminal conviction, have the following rights, regardless of whether the crime or violation occurs on campus, off campus, or while studying abroad.
All students have the right to:
- make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police.
- have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault treated seriously.
- 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.
- participate in a process that is fair, impartial and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard.
- be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution courteous, fair and respectful healthcare and counseling services, where available.
- 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.
- describe the incident to as few institutional representatives as practicable and not
to be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident
Be free from retaliation by the institution, the accused and/or the respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the institution.
- access to at least one level of appeal of a determination.
- 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.
- exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or judicial or conduct process of the college.
Options in brief:
Students 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 an employee with the authority to address complaints, including:
- the Title IX coordinator
- a Student Conduct employee
- a Human Resources employee
- the Binghamton University Police Department
- local law enforcement
- family court or civil court
- Code of Student Conduct
- Title IX Grievance Policy
- Binghamton University Sexual Harassment Policy
- How to get support for interpersonal violence
- How to file a report
- Concerned for a Friend?