Student Affairs

Resources for Victims of Sexual Misconduct

Sexual assault, rape and any form of sexual harassment are serious offenses that have no place in our society. The college is concerned about the personal safety and welfare of its entire community and strongly urges the reporting of any cases of sexual assault and rape. The whole community is responsible for maintaining a learning environment free of acts of sexual violence and misconduct. We encourage you to report any incident of sexual misconduct via the means described below.

Information will be treated with appropriate sensitivity and confidentiality. A number of people are available on campus with whom individuals can feel comfortable communicating information. The Dean of Student Affairs, the Director of Counseling, and the Director of Health Services are especially prepared to address these matters and will provide support for sexual assault or rape victims.

The Dean of Student Affairs or his/her designee will review procedures for college judicial action and/or criminal prosecution with students who report that they have been victims of sexual misconduct.

Victims have rights that do not jeopardize the due process rights of the alleged assailants. These include:

  1. the right of victims to have a person of their choice accompany them throughout the disciplinary hearing;
  2. the right to remain present during the entire hearing or have representation;
  3. the right, as established in state codes, not to have irrelevant past sexual history discussed during the hearing;
  4. the right to make a victim impact statement and to suggest an appropriate penalty if the accused is found in violation of the code;
  5. the right to be informed promptly of the outcome of the hearing.

If you are a victim of Sexual Misconduct:

Your safety and well-being is of utmost importance. You decide what to do after an incident of Sexual Misconduct. Victims of Sexual Misconduct are encouraged to take the following actions immediately:

  1. Find a place where you feel safe.
  2. Contact or have a friend contact one of the campus resources listed below.
  3. Go to a hospital emergency room. Public Safety will provide transportation, if necessary
  4. The hospital will collect medical evidence. Although you will want to, you should not shower bath, douche, or change clothes. You may want to bring a change of clothes with you in case what you are wearing is collected as evidence.
  5. If you have access to the area where the assault occurred, leave it as is until the police can investigate.

On-Campus Resources:

  • The Counseling Center:* 845-569-3115
  • Campus Security-Safety: 845-569-3200
  • The Dean of Students Office: 845-569-3110
  • Campus Ministry:* 845-569-3517
  • Heath Services: 845-569-3152
  • Residence Life: 845-569-3111

*Mental health counselors and the Director of Campus Ministry are NOT required to report sexual misconduct to the college’s Title IX coordinator.

Off-Campus Resources:

  • Mental Health Association of Orange County (Rape Crisis) 800-832-1200
  • Educational Peer Support Group for Female Survivors of Sexual Assault and Rape: 845-342-2400 ext. 224
  • Clinical Support Group for Adult Survivors of Incest and Rape, 845-496-4916
  • Safe Homes of Orange County: 888-503-4673
  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) 800-656-HOPE

For more information regarding the College’s statement and procedures on sexual assault, please visit the MSMC Student Handbook