Graduate Catalog 2018-2019

Policy Against Sexual Harassment

It is the policy of The College of Staten Island (“the College” or “CSI”) to promote a cooperative work and academic environment in which there exists mutual respect for all College students, faculty, and staff.  Harassment of employees or students based upon sex is inconsistent with this objective and contrary to the College’s Non-discrimination Policy.  Sexual harassment is illegal under Federal, State, and City laws, and will not be tolerated within the College.

Please access CSI’s complete Policy Against Sexual Harassment here: www.csi.cuny.edu/diversity and compliance/sexual harassment.html

Prohibited Conduct

It is a violation of College policy for any member of the College community to engage in sexual harassment or to retaliate against any member of the College community for raising an allegation of sexual harassment, for filing a complaint alleging sexual harassment, or for participating in any proceeding to determine if sexual harassment has occurred.

Definition of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other oral or written communications or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  1. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic standing;
  2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individual; or
  3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or abusive work or academic environment.

Sexual harassment can occur between individuals of different sexes or of the same sex. Although sexual harassment most often exploits a relationship between individuals of unequal power (such as between a faculty member and student, supervisor and employee, or tenured and untenured faculty members), it may also occur between individuals of equal power (such as between fellow students or co-workers), or in some circumstances even where it appears that the harasser has less power than the individual harassed (for example, a student sexually harassing a faculty member).  A lack of intent to harass may be relevant to, but will not be determinative of, whether sexual harassment has occurred.

Examples of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment may take different forms.  Using a person's response to a request for sexual favors as a basis for an academic or employment decision is one form of sexual harassment.  Examples of this type of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • requesting or demanding sexual favors in exchange for employment or academic opportunities (such as hiring, promotions, grades, or recommendations);
  • submitting unfair or inaccurate job or academic evaluations or grades, or denying training, promotion, or access to any other employment or academic opportunity, because sexual advances have been rejected.

Other types of unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature can also constitute sexual harassment, if sufficiently severe or pervasive that the target does find, and a reasonable person would find, that an intimidating, hostile or abusive work or academic environment has been created.  Examples of this kind of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • sexual comments, teasing, or jokes;
  • sexual slurs, demeaning epithets, derogatory statements, or other verbal abuse;
  • graphic or sexually suggestive comments about an individual's attire or body;
  • inquiries or discussions about sexual activities;
  • pressure to accept social invitations, to meet privately, to date, or to have sexual relations;
  • sexually suggestive letters or other written materials;
  • sexual touching, brushing up against another in a sexual manner, graphic or sexually suggestive gestures, cornering, pinching, grabbing, kissing, or fondling;
  • coerced sexual intercourse or sexual assault.

Responsibilities of the College Community-At-Large

Members of the College community who become aware of allegations of sexual harassment should encourage the aggrieved individual to report the alleged sexual harassment to the Sexual Harassment Coordinator, a Deputy Coordinator or any member of the Awareness and Intake Committee.

The Sexual Harassment Coordinator and Director of Diversity and Compliance, Danielle Dimitrov , Esq., may be contacted by phone: (718) 982-2250, or email: danielle.dimitrov@csi.cuny.edu (Building 1A, Room 103).

Confidentiality

The privacy of individuals who bring complaints of sexual harassment, who are accused of sexual harassment, or who are otherwise involved in the complaint process should be respected, and information obtained in connection with the filing, investigation, or resolution of complaints should be handled as confidentially as possible. It is not possible, however, to guarantee absolute confidentiality and no such promises should be made by the Sexual Harassment Coordinator, a Deputy Coordinator, Awareness and Intake Committee member or other College employees who may be involved in the complaint process.

Making a Complaint of Sexual Harassment

Any member of the College community may report allegations of sexual harassment to the Sexual Harassment Coordinator, a Deputy Coordinator or any member of the Awareness and Intake Committee. Employees who are covered by collective bargaining agreements may elect to use both their contractual grievance procedures, within the time limits provided in those agreements, to report allegations of sexual harassment; and to report such allegations directly to the Sexual Harassment Coordinator, a Deputy Coordinator or a member of the Sexual Harassment Awareness and Intake Committee. Members of the College community who believe they been aggrieved under the Policy are strongly encouraged to report the allegations of sexual harassment as promptly as possible. Delay in making a complaint may make it more difficult for the college to investigate the allegations.

Sexual Harassment is Illegal

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Members of Sexual Harassment Awareness and Intake Committee

Danielle Dimitrov, Esq. (Coordinator)

Director, Diversity and Compliance, 1A-103

(718) 982-2250

Karen Arca-Contreras

Lecturer, Nursing, 5S-210

(718) 982-3799

Hope Berte

Director, Human Resources, 1A-204

(718) 982-2379

Sondra Brandler, PhD

Associate Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work (SASW), 4S-234

(718) 982-3769

Christopher Cruz Cullari

Director, Center for Student Accessibility, 1P-101E

(718) 982-2510

Winnie Eng, PhD

Higher Education Officer Associate, Counseling Center, 1A-109E

(718) 982-2738

Calvin Holder, PhD

Professor, History, 2N-210

(718) 982-2880

Darryl Hill, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychology, 4S-112

(718) 982-3758

Fran Mitilieri

Assistant Athletic Director/Business Manager, Sports and Recreation, 1R-204J

(718) 982-3167