SEXUAL MISCONDUCT POLICY

VIII. HWS AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES

The Colleges offer a wide range of resources to provide support and guidance from initial contact through report, investigation and resolution of Prohibited Conduct. The Colleges will offer reasonable and appropriate measures to Complainants and Respondents and facilitate the continued access to HWS education or employment programs and activities.

A. Emergency Resources

Confidential Medical Assistance: An individual who experiences Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence, or any other form of violence is strongly encouraged to seek immediate medical attention at F.F. Thompson Hospital:

F.F. Thompson Hospital
350 Parrish Street
Canandaigua, N.Y. 14424
(585) 396-6000

F.F. Thompson Hospital is the closest hospital in the Geneva area where an individual can receive a forensic sexual assault examination by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (also known as “SANE Nurse”). SANE Nurses can assess injuries related to physical trauma; evaluate for sexually-transmitted infections and possible pregnancy; provide medical care (including medications to prevent infections and pregnancy); and can, generally within the first 96 hours after a sexual assault, administer a “forensic exam.” During the forensic exam, the SANE Nurse documents and collects evidence of sexual contact and/or physical trauma (including injuries to the body and genitals), trace evidence, biological fluids, and identifiable DNA. When there is reason to believe that an assault may have been facilitated by the use of drugs or alcohol, the forensic exam may also include the collection of urine and blood samples for toxicology testing. Individuals are not required to report an incident to law enforcement or the Colleges in order to receive medical attention or a forensic exam. Individuals may have a support person of their choosing present throughout the forensic exam. In addition, advocates from Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, a local rape crisis center, are available to accompany and offer support to patients seeking a forensic exam. Transportation to F.F. Thompson can be arranged by contacting Campus Safety. It is not necessary to give your name or make a report in order to obtain transportation assistance.

Individuals are encouraged to seek follow-up care to address any ongoing medical concerns, including those related to sexually-transmitted infections and pregnancy, regardless of whether a forensic exam is obtained after a sexual assault. Follow-up care is available at F.F. Thompson Hospital, Hubbs Health Center, Geneva General Hospital or through any appropriate health care provider outside of the Colleges.

Hubbs Health Center
119 St. Clair Street
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-4530
By appointment
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Sunday: 1-5 p.m. (nurse only)

Geneva General Hospital
North Main and North Streets
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 787-4500

Law Enforcement: Law enforcement has unique legal authority to seek and execute search warrants, to collect forensic evidence that may have been left at the scene or at other relevant locations, to issue subpoenas to compel testimony or other evidence, and to make an arrest when supported by probable cause to believe a crime has been committed.

Local Law enforcement can be reached by contacting the Geneva Police Department (or one of contacts listed below). Call the Geneva Police Department directly for an immediate response.

Emergency 911

Geneva Police Department (3)
(315) 828-6771

New York State Police
(315) 539-3976 Troop E, Zone 2
(844) 845-7269 (24-hour hotline)

HWS Campus Safety: Campus Safety is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year round, to escort any HWS community member to a safe place, provide transportation to the hospital, assist in coordination with law enforcement, assist individuals in obtaining a civil order of protection, and provide information about the Colleges’ resources and processes.

HWS Campus Safety
Campus Services Building
Off Pulteney Street
Medbery parking lot, NE corner

Emergency phone (315) 781-3333

Non-Emergency Phone
(315) 781-3656
(315) 781-3657

Confidential Crisis Resources (Support and Counseling): All individuals involved in a report are strongly encouraged to seek immediate emotional support after any incident of Prohibited Conduct. In addition to the resources above, there are a number of confidential sources and “hotlines” for crisis counseling available through the Colleges and off campus. HWS counselors can offer students information about reporting options and provide trauma-informed support.

Counseling Center (for students)
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
91 St. Clair Street
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3388
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Any individual who has experienced Prohibited Conduct may speak with a counselor in the Counseling Center at any time. During the academic year, an on-call counselor is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students can also access the on-call counselor by contacting their Resident Assistant or Area Coordinator or by calling Campus Safety. During an after-hours mental health emergency, call Campus Safety at (315) 781-3333 to reach the counselor on call. Campus Safety will not require an individual to disclose their name to be connected to the counselor on call.

Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, Inc.
(800) 247-7273 (24 hour crisis hotline)
(315) 781-1093 (support during business hours)

Safe Harbors, Inc., a local rape crisis and intimate partner violence support agency offers free, confidential crisis counseling as well as support groups and other services.

Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, Inc.

Employees may seek confidential counseling at Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, Inc. through the Colleges’ Employee Assistance Program. Family Counseling Service provides confidential counseling to eligible employees and their families. Family Counseling Service also maintains a 24 hour, 7 day a week domestic violence hotline with trained staff and volunteers for support and crisis counseling, and to assist in emergencies. The hotline number is (800) 695-0390.

671 South Exchange Street
Geneva, NY 14456
(800) 695-0390 (24 hour crisis hotline)
(315) 789-2613
(877) 789-2613

B. Confidential Resources

HWS Confidential Employees:

Counseling Center
(315) 781-3388
(See additional contact information above)

Office of Spiritual Engagement
Chaplain Maurice Charles
St. John’s Chapel
630 S. Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3670

Abbe Center
315-679-6924

Hubbs Health Center
(315) 781-3600
(See additional contact information above)

Community Confidential Resources:

Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, Inc.
(800) 247-7273 (24 hour crisis hotline)
(315) 781-1093 (support during business hours)

Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, Inc.
Employees may seek confidential counseling at Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, Inc. through the Colleges’ Employee Assistance Program. Family Counseling Service provides confidential counseling to eligible employees and their families. Family Counseling Service also maintains a 24 hour, 7 day a week domestic violence hotline with trained staff and volunteers for support and crisis counseling, and to assist in emergencies. The hotline number is (800) 695-0390.

671 South Exchange Street
Geneva, NY 14456
(800) 695-0390 (24 hour crisis hotline)
(315) 789-2613
(877) 789-2613

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.
Legal Assistance provides confidential services to individuals who meet their requirements for representation. The best way to determine if Legal Assistance can help is to contact their office and provide information about a specific concern.

361 South Main Street
Geneva, New York 14456
(315) 781-1465

National Confidential Resources:

National Sexual Assault Hotline
(800) 656-4673

Rape and Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN Online Hotline

National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-SAFE (7233)

C. Remedial and Protective Measures

The Title IX Coordinator can provide Complainants and Respondents with information, support, and assistance and can arrange for a broad range of remedial and protective measures. Remedial measures are designed to address a Complainant’s safety, well-being and continued access to educational, employment or program opportunities. Protective measures involve action against a Respondent. Remedial and protective measures, which may be temporary or permanent, may include no-contact directives, housing modifications, academic modifications and support, work schedule modifications, interim suspension, suspension from employment, and leave (with or without pay). Remedial and protective measures are available regardless of whether a Complainant pursues criminal or HWS disciplinary action. The Title IX Coordinator will assist individuals in determining whether certain forms of support, remedial and/or protective measures may be beneficial and appropriate.

The Title IX Coordinator also will promptly inform the Respondent of any action(s) (including any interim protective measures) that will directly impact the Respondent, and provide an opportunity for the Respondent to respond to such action(s). The Title IX Coordinator retains the discretion to impose and/or modify any interim protective measures based on all available information. Interim protective measures will remain in effect, unless new circumstances arise which warrant reconsideration of the protective measures. A Complainant or Respondent may challenge interim protective measures or other actions, or failure to impose interim protective measures or take other actions, by contacting the Title IX Coordinator.

Susan Lee
Title IX Coordinator
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Office of Title IX Compliance and Programs
603 S. Main Street
Seneca Room Annex (lake level)
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3922)
titleix@hws.edu

The availability of remedial and protective measures will be determined by the specific circumstances of each case. The Title IX Coordinator will consider a number of factors in determining which measures to take, including the needs and requests of the individuals seeking remedial and/or protective measures; the severity or pervasiveness of the reported Prohibited Conduct; any continuing effects on the Complainant; whether the Complainant and the Respondent share the same residence hall, dining hall, academic course(s), job location; and whether other judicial measures have been taken to protect the Complainant (e.g., Protective Orders). When implementing such measures, the Colleges will seek to minimize the burden on the individual seeking the measures while considering fairness to the Respondent.

Protective and remedial measures may be temporary or permanent and may be modified by the Colleges as circumstances change. Such measures include:

  • Arranging a meeting with law enforcement to discuss or report Prohibited Conduct and/or safety planning;
  • Imposition of a No-Contact Order against an HWS community member;
  • Assistance seeking a civil Order of Protection (4) The Title IX Coordinator can arrange and/or attend a meeting with local law enforcement, who can explain the process for seeking an Order of Protection and can escort individuals to the appropriate office in order to initiate a petition seeking an Order of Protection;
  • Arranging access to counseling services and assistance in setting up initial appointments;
  • Arranging access to medical services and assistance in setting up initial appointments;
  • Assistance in seeking academic assistance, including modified class schedules (including transfer to another section), permission to withdraw from and/or retake a class or attend a class via alternative means (e.g., independent study), extension of assignment deadlines, and voluntary leaves of absence;
  • Assistance in modifying HWS housing arrangements, including immediate temporary relocation to safe spaces and/or permanent reassignment of HWS-owned housing;
  • Assistance in modifying HWS employment arrangements, including changes in work schedules, job assignments, work locations and/or assigned parking;
  • Imposing an interim suspension and/or leave, with or without pay, on the Respondent; and
  • Any other measures that may be arranged by the Colleges (to the extent reasonably available) to ensure the safety and well-being of an individual who has been affected by Prohibited Conduct.

In some cases, students may choose to seek a leave of absence or a reduced course load; these actions may, in turn, impact matters such as a student’s immigration, visa and/or financial aid status. In such cases, the Title IX Coordinator assists the student in coordination with the Director of International Student Affairs, the Hobart or William Smith Deans or other appropriate resources.

The Title IX Coordinator will ensure individuals receive written notification of all their rights and options, regardless of whether the individuals chooses to pursue disciplinary action under the Policy or make a report to law enforcement.


(3) The Geneva Police Department may notify the Colleges upon receipt of a report of Prohibited Conduct.

(4) In New York, an order of protection is issued by the court to limit the behavior of someone who harms or threatens to harm another person. It is used to address various types of safety issues, including, but not limited to situations involving domestic violence. Family Courts, criminal courts, and Supreme Courts can all issue orders of protection.

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