Students' Bill of Rights

The State University of New York and SUNY Morrisville are committed to providing options, support and assistance to victims/survivors of these crime and violations regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, or criminal convictions, have the following rights, regardless of whether the crime or violation occurs on campus, off campus, or while studying abroad.

All students have the right to:

  1. Make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police;
  2. Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault treated seriously;
  3. Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the College judicial process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure from the institution;
  4. Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard;
  5. Be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution courteous, fair and respectful health care and counseling services, where available:
  6. Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations;
  7. Describe the incident to as few institutional representatives as practicable and not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident.
  8. Be free from retaliation by the institution, the accused and/or the respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the institution;
  9. Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination;
  10. Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused, or respondent throughout the College judicial process including during all meetings and hearings related to such process;
  11. Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal Justice, or College judicial process of the institution.

In accordance with the above Students’ Bill of Rights, reporting individuals shall have the right to pursue more than one of the options below at the same time, or to choose not to participate in any of the options below:

I-Reporting

  • Resident Assistants and Resident Hall Directors
  • New York State University Police, SUNY Morrisville at 315.684.6410
  • Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Mary Bonderoff, 1st floor Library, SUNY Morrisville, Morrisville, N.Y. 13408, 315.684.6981 or via email at bonderm@morrisville.edu
  • Shannon Wiley, Interim Coordinator of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Helyar Hall, SUNY Morrisville, Morrisville, N.Y., 315.684.6070; wileysl@morrisville.edu
  • Norwich campus, Patricia Davis, Student Services Advisor, Roger W. Follett Hall, Norwich, NY, 13815, 607.334.5111, or via email at davispm@morrisville.edu
  • New York State Police Troop D-Morrisville at 315.684.9550
  • Madison County Sheriff’s at 315.366.2311

II- Resources

  • Be notified of existing campus and community-based medical, counseling, mental health and student services for victims of sexual assault whether or not the assault is formally reported to campus or civil authorities;
  • Use the SUNY SAVR site for access to resources;
  • Have access to campus counseling;
  • Be informed of and assisted in exercising:
    • To consult with a local rape crisis or local victim assistance organization,
    • To have a representative of such organization accompany the victim through the examination:
      • Any rights to confidential or anonymous testing for sexually transmitted infections, HIV, and pregnancy,
      • Any rights to preventive measures such as emergency contraception or HIV prophylaxis,
      • Any rights that may be provided by law to obtain the communicable diseases test results of sexual assault suspects,
      • To be informed by law enforcement of the examination of the evidence kit or transfer of the evidence kit,
      • To be informed by law enforcement if the DNA from the kit matched existing DNA profiles (but this information can be delayed prior to arresting a suspect);
  • Be informed of the possible availability of crime victim assistance compensation through the New York State Crime Victims Board;

III- Protection and Accommodations

  • Be given notice describing options to pursue a criminal complaint with the appropriate law enforcement agency, to pursue the SUNY Morrisville’s judicial conduct process, or to pursue both processes simultaneously;
  • Reports of sexual assault will be investigated and evaluated by the appropriate criminal and civil authorities of the jurisdiction in which the sexual assault is reported;
  • Victims shall receive full and prompt cooperation and assistance of campus personnel in notifying the proper authorities;
  • Victims shall receive full, prompt, and victim-sensitive cooperation of campus personnel with regard to obtaining, securing and maintaining evidence, including a medical examination when it is necessary to preserve evidence of the assault;
  • Campus personnel shall take reasonable and necessary actions to prevent further unwanted contact of the alleged victim by the alleged violator including issuing “No contact” orders in writing to all parties involved in a reported sexual assault;
  • Victims shall be notified of the options for and provided assistance in changing academic and living situations if such changes are reasonably available (The campus will promptly review existing interim measures or accommodations). The parties can submit evidence to support their request.