Sexual Misconduct, Stalking,
Dating, and Domestic Violence

Policy Statement

Hunter Business School has adopted the following standards of conduct for all members of the school, including students, faculty, administrators, staff, and third parties. These standards relate to sexual misconduct, stalking, dating, and domestic violence. They apply equally to everyone, regardless of the sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression of any of the individuals involved.

Reason for Policy

Hunter Business School is committed to promoting a safe environment in which all members of the school are safe, secure, and free from sexual misconduct of any form, including but not limited to sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence. Hunter expects that all interpersonal relationships and interactions, especially those of an intimate nature, be based upon mutual respect, open communication, and clear consent.

Contacts

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Hunter Business School’s Sexual Misconduct, Stalking, Dating, and Domestic Violence policy, you may contact

Levittown Campus

Lisa Lye, Title IX Coordinator
3601 Hempstead Turnpike
Levittown, New York 11756
516.796.1000

Medford Campus

Annette Jao, Tile IX Coordinator
3247 Route 112
Medford, New York 11763
631.736.7360

Policy and Procedures

Consent

Consent represents the foundation of respectful, intimate relationships. Hunter Business School strongly encourages its population to communicate, openly and honestly, about actions, wishes, and intentions when it comes to sexual behavior, and to do so before engaging in intimate conduct. It is always the responsibility of the individual initiating sexual contact to ensure that consent is present before acting and is present during sexual activity.

Consent is present when clearly understandable words or actions manifest a knowing and voluntary agreement to engage in specific sexual or intimate conduct. Consent is not present when an individual is incapacitated, voluntarily or involuntarily, due to age, physical condition (i.e., lack of sleep, lack of consciousness, alcohol, and/or drugs), or disability that impairs the individual’s ability to provide consent.

Prohibited Conduct

Hunter Business School does not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form, including, but not limited to, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence. Such conduct violates Hunter’s values and disrupts the learning and working environment. The school prohibits the following actions.

  • Sexual penetration without consent
  • Sexual contact without consent
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Stalking
  • Dating violence and domestic violence
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual assault

Retaliation

Hunter Business School prohibits any retaliation against any individual for reporting, providing information, or exercising one’s rights or responsibilities under this policy or otherwise being involved in the process of responding to, investigating, or addressing allegations of sexual misconduct. Therefore, any retaliation, intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination against any such individual will be addressed in the most serious way by Hunter Business School. Individuals who engage in such actions are subject to disciplinary action that may include suspension or dismissal. Anyone who is aware of possible retaliation or has other concerns regarding the response to a complaint of sexual misconduct should report such concerns to the Title IX Coordinator who shall take appropriate action to address such conduct in a prompt and rightful manner.

Amnesty for Sexual Misconduct Complainants and Witnesses

Hunter Business School encourages the reporting of sexual misconduct. Hunter recognizes that individuals who have been drinking or using drugs at the time of an incident may be hesitant to make a report because of potential consequences for their own conduct. An individual who reports sexual misconduct either as a complainant or thirty party witness will not be subject to disciplinary action for his or her own personal consumption of alcohol or drugs at or near the time of the incident, provided that any such violation did not and do not place the health or safety of any other person at risk. Amnesty will not be extended for any violations of Hunter’s policy other than alcohol and drug use. In addition, amnesty does not preclude or prevent action by police or other legal authorities.

Title IX Statement

It is Hunter Business School’s policy to comply with the Title IX portion of the United States Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) based on sex in Hunter’s educational programs or activities. Title IX also prohibits retaliation for asserting or otherwise participating in claims of sexual discrimination. Hunter Business School has designated Title IX coordinators at each campus to respond to any inquiries involving Title IX. A student may also file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights regarding an alleged violation of Title IX by going to the Office for Civil Rights or by calling 800.421.3481.

Resources, Response, and Reporting

Privacy and Sharing of Information

All reports of conduct that are inconsistent with this policy will be handled discreetly, with facts being made available only to those who need to know in order to respond, investigate, and/or resolve the matter.

Confidential Advice and Counseling Services

The following resources are available to discuss incidents and issues regarding sexual misconduct on a confidential basis. These sources can advise individuals about resources, services, and options available.

  1. Touro College, Lander Center for Educational Research
    Equity Assistance Center
    43 W. 23rd Street, 8th Floor
    New York, NY 10010
    212.463.0400, ext. 5386
  2. Equal Rights Advocates
    1170 Market Street, Suite 700
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    800.839.4372 24-hour hotline
  3. Victims Assistance Center
    120 Arcade Street
    Watertown, NY 13601
    315.782.1855 women’s and men’s support groups
  4. New York State Division of Human Rights
    One Fordham Plaza, 4th Floor
    Bronx, New York 10458
    718.741.8400
  5. The Retreat Domestic Violence Services
    13 Goodfriend Drive
    East Hampton, NY 11937
    631.329.4398 24- hour hotline
  6. Citizen Action of New York
    94 Central Avenue
    Albany, New York 12206
    518.465.4600

Violence Against Women Act

In addition to this policy on Sexual Misconduct, Stalking, Dating, and Domestic Violence, Hunter Business School prohibits the offenses of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as defined by federal law.

Discrimination and Harassment Policy

Hunter Business School does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its school against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by law in matters of admissions, employment, services, or in the educational programs or activities it operates.

Harassment—whether verbal, physical, or visual—that is used on any of these characteristics is a form of discrimination. This includes harassing conduct affecting job benefits, interfering unreasonably with an individual’s academic or work performance, or creating what a reasonable person would perceive as an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Examples of discrimination and harassment may include

  • Refusing to hire or promote someone because of the person’s protected status
  • Demoting or terminating someone because of the person’s protected status
  • Jokes or epithets about a person’s protected status
  • Teasing or practical jokes directed at a person based on his or her protected status
  • Displaying or circulating written materials or pictures that degrade a person or group
  • Verbal abuse or insults about, directed at, or made in the presence of an individual or group of individuals in a protected group

Sexual Harassment, Title IX Statement,
and Additional Guidance

Policy on Sexual Harassment

It is Hunter Business School’s policy that no member of our school (students, faculty, administrators, vendors, or third parties) may sexually harass any other member of the school. Sexual harassment is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. This includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances; the use or threatened use of sexual favors as a basis for academic or employment decisions; conduct that creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive academic or working environment; conduct that has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance; or other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to limit a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from an education program or activity.

Sexual Violence Statement

Sexual violence includes physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the use of drugs and/or alcohol or due to an intellectual or other disability. Sexual violence is a prohibited form of sexual harassment.

Title IX Statement

It is Hunter Business School’s policy to comply with the Title IX portion of the United States Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) based on sex in Hunter’s educational programs and activities. Title IX also prohibits retaliation for asserting or otherwise participating in claims of sexual discrimination. Hunter Business School has designated Title IX coordinators who are listed above. For further information with regard to Title IX, you may visit the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights or call 800.421.3481.

Additional Guidance

Investigation and Confidentiality

Any report of conduct that is inconsistent with our policies will be promptly investigated. All complaints will be handled discreetly, with any facts being made available only to those who need to know to investigate and resolve the matter.

Retaliation

Hunter Business School prohibits any retaliation against anyone for establishing a complaint under these policies or anyone participating in an investigation. Anyone experiencing such conduct should contact the Title IX Coordinator immediately.

Resolution

If a complaint of discrimination, harassment, or sexual harassment is found to be substantiated, appropriate corrective action will follow.

Reporting

All members of Hunter Business School are responsible for creating a working and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment.

Complaints

Hunter Business School takes complaints of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence very seriously. The school will take immediate action to ensure victims can continue their education free of ongoing sexual discrimination or sexual harassment. The school will not retaliate against anyone filing a complaint and will keep the victim safe from other retaliatory harassment or behavior.

Your Responsibilities

All members of Hunter Business School are responsible for creating a working and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment. It is important to contact the Title IX Coordinator if any of the following occur.

  • You believe you have been subjected to conduct or comments that may violate these policies
  • You believe you have been retaliated against in violation of these policies
  • You have been told about or witness conduct that may violate these policies