Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct
Resources and Information
 

If you have experienced misconduct

After a sexual assault, it’s important to remember that you have many resources on- and off-campus to help you recover physically, emotionally, and academically. There is no single right way to ensure your recovery, but here are options to help you meet your safety and emotional needs, obtain medical attention, and pursue formal complaints at Skidmore and/or legal action off-campus. 



 


 

Emergency information: What to do immediately following a sexual assault 





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Who can help and how

Recovering from sexual assault takes time and help. The following offices and people can offer medical, psychological and practical support to you. These resources are all confidential.

Skidmore College Health Services: Located in Jonsson Tower, first floor, 518-580-5550. Health Services can help students address immediate and longer term medical concerns following assault. They can provide testing and treatment for sexual transmitted infections as well as women’s health services, including pregnancy testing and emergency contraception. Health Services can help arrange for housing and academic accommodations (with appropriate releases of information). During the academic year, there is always someone from Health Services on-call after hours. Contact Campus Safety at 518-580-5566 and ask to speak with the on-call provider. You do not need to leave your name or any identifying information with Campus Safety.

Skidmore College Counseling Center: Located in Jonsson Tower, first floor, 518-580-5555. The Counseling Center provides a range of confidential and professional mental health services to all students, including emergency crisis appointments, short-term individual therapy, group therapy, and psychiatric and referral consultations. The Counseling Center staff can help arrange for academic and housing accommodations (with appropriate releases of information). During the academic year, there is always someone from Health Services on-call after hours. Contact Campus Safety at 518-580-5566 and ask to speak with the on-call provider. You do not need to leave your name or any identifying information with Campus Safety.

Skidmore College Victim Advocates* : Located in the Health Promotion office in Wiecking. Jen McDonald (518-580-5684) and Michelle Murray (518-580-8256) are designated Victim Advocates at Skidmore College. This designation means they are able to offer information, assistance and support for all victims of sexual and gender-based misconduct without having to file a report with Campus Safety. They are able to help students understand their resources, rights and options. Victim advocates help students make informed decisions about how to proceed following an assault and they offer help and support throughout a student’s time at Skidmore. Victim advocates can help arrange for housing and academic accommodations.

*As part of their positions at Skidmore College, individuals designated as Victim Advocates work to support and assist victims of sexual and gender-based misconduct. Individuals who have experienced sexual and gender-based misconduct can seek help from Victim Advocates knowing that those staff members will not report identifying details about the assault. This status is not legally protected in the same way that disclosures to mental health or health care providers or college chaplains are.

Skidmore College Center for Sex and Gender Relations: Located in Case Center, third floor, 518-580-8255. Skidmore's Center for Sex and Gender Relations is a student-initiated center for advocacy, training, and education pertaining to all aspects of sexual health and sexual conduct. The Center forms partnerships with on- and off-campus service providers for information and counseling referral. The purpose of the Center is to offer a safe, confidential space where students may have open and frank discussions of sexual and relationship issues. Reports about sexual and gender-based misconduct to the Center are peer-to-peer anonymous, meaning that only non-identifying statistical information is reported to Campus Safety, except in the event of an imminent threat to the campus community.

The CSGR weekend hotline is available from Thursday at 7pm through Monday at 9am, 518-256-1439.

Saratoga Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center: Located at 480 Broadway in the Collamer Building directly next to City Hall. Office phone number is 518-583-0280. Saratoga DVRC operates a 24-hour hotline (518-584-8188) and offers crisis intervention and support services including case management, counseling, legal advocacy, accompaniment, and safety planning to all victims of sexual assault or domestic violence. 

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Reporting the assault on campus

You have three options for reporting an assault on campus: 



When you report an incident of sexual and gender-based misconduct, the Title IX Deputy Coordinator will offer you the assistance of a Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct (SGBM) Advisor. The SGBM Advisor is a Skidmore Community staff or faculty member appointed by the Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs who is trained to support either the Reporting Individual or the Responding Student. The SGBM Advisor may assist a student throughout the campus conduct process, including being present at the conduct hearing, but may not speak at the conduct hearing. In consultation with other College officials or faculty members where appropriate, an SGBM Advisor may assist in arranging any of the following accommodations:

Contact information for confidential support

*Indicates availability 24 hours a day/7 days a week during the academic session.

*Counseling Center 
518-580-5555
Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday while school is in session

*Health Services 
518-580-5555
Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday, and 12 noon to 5 p.m. Sunday while school is in session

Important: You may confidentially contact both the Counseling Center and Health Services after hours by calling Campus Safety at 518-580-5566 and asking for the on-call clinician. There is no need to leave your name. Just leave your phone number and the clinician will call you back.

College Chaplains 
The Reverend Rick Chrisman: 518-580-8340 
Rabbi Linda Motzkin: 518-580-5683 

Victim Advocates 
Jen McDonald
Director of Health Promotion
518-580-5684

Michelle Murray
Assistant Director of Health Promotion
518-580-8256 

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Filing a formal complaint with Skidmore College

If the Responding Student is a currently enrolled student, any person who has experienced an incident of sexual or gender-based misconduct may file a formal complaint with the Title IX Deputy Coordinator (518-580-8212). The Reporting Individual works with the Title IX Deputy Coordinator or designee to complete a formal complaint form which contains information about the reporting individual, accused student (Responding Student), and the alleged policy violation(s) of the Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy that form the basis for the complaint. The complaint form will be presented to the Responding Student during the initial intake meeting with the Title IX Deputy Coordinator or a designee.

You will want to familiarize yourself with the College’s entire Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy. As the policy stipulates, you will be strongly encouraged to choose and to work with a trained Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct (SGBM) Advisor.

SGBM Advisors provide information and advice regarding the College’s Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy and the campus conduct process. The SGBM Advisor may assist you throughout the Campus Conduct Process, including being present at the conduct hearing (though SGBM Advisors may not speak at the conduct hearing).

In consultation with other College officials or faculty members where appropriate, a SGBM Advisor may assist in arranging any of the following accommodations:

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Filing a criminal report

It is your decision whether or not to file a criminal report. We encourage you to seek out the support system that feels most appropriate and helpful. It is the policy of Skidmore College and the Police Department to not issue citations or take disciplinary action against victims who are under the legal drinking age or under the influence of illegal substances who report an assault.

When the police arrive, they will take a statement and ensure that you are physically safe. The police will also interview you about what happened. This may be difficult, but it is very important in order to complete a police report. The interview is conducted in private, but you may ask to have a friend or another supportive person accompany you if you wish. The police will get as much information as possible about the incident and investigate the case further.

Once an investigation is completed, the police refer the case to the District Attorney’s office. The District Attorney’s office decides whether or not your case will be prosecuted by considering factors such as the amount of evidence available to prove the charge(s) in court. If the District Attorney decides not to prosecute, this does not mean that the District Attorney doesn’t believe that you were assaulted. It means that, based on past experience, the District Attorney does not believe that there is sufficient evidence to successfully prosecute the case.

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Further information about Title IX and sex discrimination in education

The government agencies listed below can provide additional resources and information about gender discrimination and the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations: 

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
New York Office
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
32 Old Slip, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10005-2500
Telephone: 646-428-3900
FAX: 646-428-3843
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: OCR.NewYork@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women
145 N Street, NE, Suite 10W.121?Washington, DC 20530
Telephone:  202-307-6026
FAX:  202-305-2589
TTY: 202-307-227
Email: ovw.info@usdoj.gov

 

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