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Sexual Respect for Students: Title IX and 129-B Policy

The Rockefeller University is committed to fostering an environment of safety, transparency, and respect for all who work, study, and live on the university campus. In keeping with this mission, the university is dedicated to maintaining an educational environment that is free from sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. The Rockefeller University also prohibits retaliation against any individual who reports or participates in an investigation of alleged sexual misconduct against a student. Rockefeller is committed to responding promptly, fair, and equitably to Title IX/129-B complaints or alleged violations in accordance with the university’s policy. For additional information about prohibited conduct, procedures for handling Title IX/129-B complaints, and resources for available to students, please see The Rockefeller University Interim Policy for Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Concerning a Student (Policy Under Title IX & NY Education Law Art. 129-B.

The Rockefeller University Title IX Coordinator is:
Virginia Huffman, VP
Human Resources
1230 Founder’s Hall
Room 203
New York, NY 10065
Tel: (212) 327-7261
Email: huffman@rockefeller.edu

  

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What is Title IX?

Title IX refers to a section of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). It is federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance.

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What is Article 129-B?

Article 129-B of the New York Education Law (Article 129-B) describes standards and procedures for New York colleges and universities to follow in addressing campus sexual misconduct and discrimination.

2021 Title IX/129-B Campus Climate Survey. From May 19, 2021, to June 1, 2021, Rockefeller administered a student climate survey regarding Title IX. A summary of the results is available here.

2020 Report of Formal Title IX Complaints. The university has submitted this report of Formal Title IX Complaints to the New York State Department of Education as required by Article 129-B.


How to Report an Incident

The Rockefeller University strongly encourages anyone who experiences, observes, or may have knowledge of gender-based harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual exploitation or any other sexually related misconduct against a student to report the incident to the University. Incident Reports can be made online or to any one or more of the following university officials:

  • Title IX Coordinator
    Virginia Huffman, VP
    Human Resources
    1230 Founder’s Hall
    Room 203
    New York, NY 10065
    Tel: (212) 327-7261
    Email: Huffman@rockefeller.edu
  • University Officials with Authority to Take Corrective Action and Receive Reports of Alleged Sexual Misconduct Against a Student:
    • James Rogers, Director of Campus Security at: ext. 7339, Nurses Residence, 1st Floor Hospital, jrogers@rockefeller.edu
    • Executive Officers of the University
    • Department Heads of the Dean’s Office, Human Resources, Office of General Counsel, Housing, and Security; and
    • from the Dean’s Office, Emily Harms, Senior Associate Dean; Andrea Morris, Director of Career and Professional Development; Marta Delgado, Director, Graduate Program Administrator of Finance and Student Affairs; and Kristen Cullen, Graduate Admissions Administrator and Registrar, Michelle Keenan, HR, Director of Employment, Kim Preston, Director HR Compliance.

Please be advised that reports made to the above university officials will be forwarded to the Title IX Coordinator. Accordingly, the above individuals cannot guarantee confidentiality but will maintain privacy to the greatest extent possible.

If there is an emergency on campus, please call Campus Security at ext. 1111 from a campus phone or (212) 327-7111 from a cellphone. You may also contact the New York Police Department at: 911


Medical Assistance

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, there are many New York Hospitals that offer assistance to patients seeking a forensic examination through the New York State Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program. SAFE-Designated Hospitals are listed by County on the website link.

You may also contact Occupational Health Services (OHS) for confidential assistance at (212) 327-8414 or visit OHS in Room 114 of The Rockefeller University Hospital.


Confidential Resources

Certain individuals, including licensed mental health counselors, advocates, and health care professionals, will maintain the confidentiality of information provided by a complainant, accused, or reporting individual. These confidential resources are not required or permitted to disclose any identifying information regarding an incident to any outside party, including other individuals at the University, unless the person who provided information to them has consented to disclosure.

Confidential On Campus Resources Include:

Occupational Health Service (OHS)
Confidential Resources are available through Occupational Health Services, (“OHS”), which is located at The Hospital Room 118 and can be contacted by phone at: (212) 327-8414. OHS is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. OHS is staffed by nurse practitioners, an occupational health nurse who can offer basic medical advice or first aid when such treatment is necessary in advance of a student or employee receiving private medical attention.

  • Janica Barnett, Director, OHS
    email: Janica.Barnett@rockefeller.edu
  • Ann Campbell, COVID Program Director & Nurse Practitioner, OHS
    email: ann.campbell@rockefeller.edu
  • Dr. Nisha Mehta-Naik, Psychiatrist
  • Lauren Rosenblum, LCSW
  • Nisha and Lauren provide on-site/telehealth confidential counseling and medical services to employees and students. To schedule a confidential appointment with either Nisha or Lauren, please call OHS at (212) 327-8414,

Confidential Off-Campus Resources Include:

  • Victim Intervention Program (New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center): Offers a New York State-designed Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program and provides specialized care to victims of sexual assault or sexual violence. The Victim Prevention Program is located at 525 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065, (212) 746-9414. See http://www.nyp.org/clinical-services/social-work/victim-intervention-program
  • New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline: 800-942-6906.
  • New York State Office of Victim Services: 800-247-8035 or www.ovs.ny.gov.
  • Safe Horizon’s Rape/Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-621-HOPE (4673).
  • The New York State Department of Health maintains a list of additional resources available to victims of sexual violence at www.health.ny.gov/prevention/sexual_violence/.

A report of sexual misconduct against a student may also be made to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) at:  https://www.hhs.gov/ocr/filing-with-ocr/index.html

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