Title IX Sexual Conduct and Harassment Information

The health, safety and well-being of our students are Dominican University’s primary concern. If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, the following resources are available at Dominican University and in the Rockland County community to assist in both immediate and long-term care and recovery

View the University's sexual misconduct policy

Sexual Violence Victim and Survivor Bill of Rights

Dominican University is committed to providing options, support and assistance to victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking to ensure that they can continue to participate in University programs, activities, and employment. All victims/survivors of these crimes and violations, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction, have the following rights, regardless of whether the crime or violation occurs on campus, off campus, or while studying abroad:

Read the rest of the Sexual Violence and Survivor Bill of Rights
The right to:

  • Have disclosures of sexual violence treated seriously.
  • Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or incident and participate in the conduct or criminal justice process free from outside pressures from University officials.
  • Be treated with dignity and to receive from University officials courteous, fair, and respectful counseling services.
  • Be free from any suggestion that the victim/survivor is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such a crime.
  • Describe the incident to as few individuals as practicable and not to be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident.
  • Be free from retaliation by the University, the accused, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances.
  • Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or conduct process of the University.

Victims/survivors have many options that can be pursued simultaneously, including one or more of the following:

  • Receive resources, such as counseling and medical attention;
  • Confidentially or anonymously disclose a crime or violation (See Confidential Resources.)
  • Make a report to:

Title IX Coordinator

Jonathan Delgado
Assistant Dean for Student Development & Title IX Coordinator
Rosary Hall

Dominican University Public Safety Office

John Lennon, Director of Public Safety
Casey Hall

Town of Orangetown Police Department
26 W Orangeburg Rd, Orangeburg, NY 10962
(845) 359-3700

To report a sexual assault on a New York college campus to the State Police, call the dedicated 24-hour hotline at 1-844-845-7269. In an emergency, call 911. For confidential support resources, call the New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906. In New York City, call 1-800-621-HOPE (4673) or dial 311.

Confidential Resources:

On-campus options

Individuals who are confidential resources will not report crimes to law enforcement or university officials without your permission, except for extreme circumstances, such as a health and/or safety emergency. At the University, this includes:

  • Counseling Services
  • Student Health Center
  • Campus Ministry
  • Center for Safety & Change

Off-campus options

Off-campus options to disclose sexual violence confidentially include (note that these outside options do not provide any information to the campus):

  • Off-campus counselors and advocates. Crisis services offices will generally maintain confidentiality unless you request disclosure and sign a consent or waiver form. More information on an agency’s policies on confidentiality may be obtained directly from the agency.Center for Safety & ChangeMain Walk-In Center:9 Johnsons Lane New City, NY 1095624-Hour Hotline: 845-634-3344
    The Center for Safety & Change offers free and confidential services for survivors of sexual assault. The Center for Safety & Change’s Rape Crisis Counselors are trained to help. By calling the 24-hour hotline, you can be assisted by a Rape Crisis Counselor, who can meet you at the hospital or police station. At the hospital Emergency Department, the Rape Crisis Counselor and the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) will explain your rights and your choices, including:

    • Examination
    • Medication to prevent sexually transmitted diseases
    • Emergency contraception
    • Evidence collection
    • Police notification
    • Pressing charges against the perpetrator

    SAFE services are provided at Nyack Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital through a collaborative partnership with the Center for Safety & Change. SAFE services are provided FREE to survivors of sexual assault age 12 and above. Parental permission is not required.

On Campus Resources 

Student Health Center [Confidential Services]

Lynda Chesterman, MA, ANP-C, Director
(845) 848-7918

Office Hours: Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: The Granito Center

The Student Health Center is located on the second floor of the Granito Center and staffed by nurse practitioners. Scheduled appointments are preferred when possible. There are no charges to students for routine services.

Counseling Services [Confidential Services]

Alise Cohen, LCSW, BCD, Director
(845) 848-4036

Eileen A. Piccininni, MA, LPC, CASAC, CEAP Prevention & Education Coordinator
(845) 848-4030

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.; Thursday: 12:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. and by appointment.
Location: Forkel Hall

The Counseling Center offers confidential professional counseling services to Dominican University students.

Center for Safety & Change [Confidential Services]

Natalie Surin, Coordinator

Virtual Office Hours: 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Available by appointment:  Email: nsurin@centersc.org, 914-260-3545

Center for Safety & Change offers free and confidential services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes. If you have questions about these topics or need someone to talk to, please feel free to reach out to Natalie. Services are for victims and survivors, but also concerned friends and family members as well. If you can’t make this time, Natalieis also available by appointment. Her email is nsurin@centersc.org. You can also reach Natalie on the 24/7 hotline number.

Hotline: 845-634-3344
Website: http://www.centerforsafetyandchange.org

Public Safety and Security

John Lennon, Jr., Director of Public Safety & Security
James Corrigan, Assistant Director of Public Safety & Security
24/7 (914) 403-7531

Location: Casey Hall

Off Campus Community Resources

The Center for Safety and Change - Rockland Family Shelter
24-Hour Hotline
(845) 634-3344

Offers a 24-Hour hotline and free comprehensive victim assistance programs, including but not limited to the SAFE Program, counseling, hospital/police/court accompaniment and advocacy services for survivors of sexual violence.

The Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program provides specially trained nurses to people who report sexual assault at Good Samaritan Hospital or Nyack Hospital. Examiners offer prompt, compassionate, non-judgmental care and forensic examination for injury identification and evidence collection. For more information on the SAFE kit, click here: https://www.rainn.org/get-information/sexual-assault-recovery/rape-kit 

Nyack Hospital [SAFE kit available]
160 North Midland Avenue Nyack, New York 10960
(845) 348-2000

Good Samaritan Hospital [SAFE kit available]
255 Lafayette Ave. (Route 59) Suffern, NY 10901
(845) 368-5000

CityMD Urgent Care Center
Open 365 Days a Year
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.,
Weekends 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

256 East Route 59, Nanuet, NY 10954.
(845) 624-2273, http://www.citymd.com/urgent-care-locations/rockland/nanuet

Crystal Run Healthcare
Urgent Care Hours:
Monday – Saturday 8:00am – 8:00pm,
Sunday 8:00am - 6:00pm
2 Centerock Road, West Nyack, NY 10994
845-348-1100, https://www.crystalrunhealthcare.com/locations/west-nyack

Stat Health Medical Services
Walk-in or By Appointment
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.,
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2244 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack, NY 10994
(845) 358-7828, http://www.stathealth.net/

Orangetown Police Department
26 Orangeburg Road, Orangeburg, New York 10962
MAIN: (845) 359-3700
DETECTIVE: (845) 359-2121
RECORDS: (845) 359-5782

It is your choice to report any acts of sexual assault. If you want your assailant to be held criminally accountable for the rape, call 911 immediately to report what occurred. The police may request that you have a medical evidentiary exam.

You may report the assault and later choose not to pursue the criminal case. If you choose not to report the assault immediately, you may still do so at a later time, but there may be less physical evidence against the attacker if you report it later.

To preserve evidence of the assault:

  • Do not wash your hands or face.
  • Do not shower or bathe.
  • Do not brush your teeth.
  • Do not change clothes or straighten up the area where the assault took place.

If you already cleaned up from the assault, you can still report the crime, and the police will take a report and investigate.

It is your right to have a friend, family member, or sexual assault advocate present with you while talking with the police. You also have the right to have a sexual assault counselor and a support person of your choice present with you during the rape exam.

Web Resources

National Sexual Assault Online Hotline
Live Help for Sexual Assault Victims and Their Friends and Families
Free. Confidential. Secure.
866-656-HOPE [4673]

Not Alone
An official website of the United States Governments, providing resources for Students and Campuses resources and Data related to Sexual Assault.

If you are not safe, or if you need immediate help:

Call 911 and/or the Dominican University Security Office 24/7 (914) 403-7531.

Immediately following a sexual assault, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Other incidents and concerns can be reported by clicking here

What is Title IX?

Title IX is the federal anti- discrimination law that states:  "No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." (Title IX 1972 Education Amendments).

Title IX bans sex discrimination throughout our university and campus community -- in all programs and activities including, but not limited to, academic and athletic programs, financial aid and student records and accounts, health and counseling services, and housing and residence life programs. Title IX also prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence, which is a crime.

Title IX Coordinator

All inquiries concerning the application of policies for the prevention of sexual harassment and sexual violence under Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator:

Jonathan Delgado
Assistant Dean for Student Development & Title IX Coordinator
Rosary Hall

The Title IX Coordinator provides advice and oversight on policies, preventive educational programs, resources and services required under Title IX, and in addition, oversees all complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence, as well as identifies and addresses any patterns or systematic problems that arise during the review of complaints.

Training Materials

Dominican University New York is a SUNY Student Conduct Insitute participating institution.

As a participating institution our staff has access to regular training on how to fairly and equitably investigate and adjudicate conduct violations and disclosures.

Student Conduct Institute Website