College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
 
  
Public Safety
 Annual Security Report


Report in PDF Format With Crime Statistics for Calendar Years 2012, 2011 & 2010

College Overview
The College’s Annual Security Report includes statistics on reported crimes on campus for the previous three years.  The report covers off-campus buildings owned or controlled by the College of Staten Island and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.  The report includes institutional policies concerning campus security, policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report at the Public Safety Office, Building 2A, room 108 or by accessing the following web site:
http://www.csi.cuny.edu/publicsafety/Annualcrime.htm.

The campus is located in Staten Island, a borough of New York City with a population of approximately 500,000.  The campus is situated on a 204 acre site and is comprised of 24 buildings located on the campus.  The College is a comprehensive four-year senior college, a unit of The City University of New York (CUNY), the largest urban university in the United States.  The Willowbrook campus is located at 2800 Victory Boulevard and is the largest college campus (public or private) within New York City limits.  The campus is also the largest single phase project in the history of The City University of New York.

Fourteen renovated neo-Georgian buildings serve as classrooms, laboratories, and offices. The academic buildings house approximately 300 classrooms, laboratories and instructional spaces, study lounges, department and program offices, and faculty offices.

North and South Academic Quadrangles are connected by the Alumni Walk, with the Library and Campus Center as focal points. The Center for the Arts is located midway between the Quadrangles at the fountain plaza. The Sports and Recreation Center and the athletic fields are located near the main entrance to the campus.

Classes are conducted seven days a week with evening classes Monday to Friday. Programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies lead to bachelor and associate degrees. The master’s degree is awarded in 13 professional and liberal arts and sciences fields of study. The College participates in doctoral programs of The City University Graduate School and University Center in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, and Psychology.

The College enrolls approximately 14,400 degree program students who attend day and evening classes.   Additionally, through the Office of Continuing Education the College serves in excess of 2200 individuals during the academic year.

The College employs over 1000 full-time faculty and staff, and approximately 2000 part-time/adjunct staff members.

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Crime Reporting Procedure
Faculty, staff, students, and others who may be on campus or on the contiguous geographic perimeter of the campus are encouraged to promptly report any past crime, attempted crime, or actual criminal activity to the Department of Public Safety.  The department will expeditiously respond to the condition reported and make necessary notifications to the local police precinct.  Criminal activities, as well as other emergencies, can be reported by:

  1. Calling the Office of Public Safety’s emergency telephone line 718-982-2111 or extension 2111 may also be dialed within the College’s telephone system.
  1. Using the Emergency Assistance House Phones located at various sites throughout the campus. Note: Public Safety Pull Boxes (Blue Lights) located in corridors and stairwells throughout the various campus buildings are scheduled to be upgraded in 2013/2014 and are not operational at this time.
  1. Reporting the information to any member of the Department of Public Safety or in person at the Public Safety Office located in Building 2A, room 108.
  1. Reporting an incident online confidentially using the Public Safety “Silent Witness Program” located at http://www.csi.cuny.edu/publicsafety/Annualcrime.htm.

All counselors are strongly encouraged, when they deem it appropriate, to inform the persons they are counseling of any procedures to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.  

 Victims or witnesses may report crimes to persons designated as Campus Security Authorities, who will then forward only the report of the crime – without divulging the name of victim or witness – to the Office of Public Safety for inclusion in the annual crime report.

The College recognizes the importance of confidentiality to victims and witnesses of crimes.  For the purposes of providing crime statistics pursuant to the Campus Security Act in the College’s annual crime report, victim and witness information will remain anonymous; however, complete confidentiality cannot be guaranteed in all other contexts.  The College reserves the right to notify the police when it believes that such reporting is necessary for the protection of the College community.  In many cases, however, notification will be done without divulging the victim’s identity and only for the purpose of providing a campus-wide safety alert.    

If an incident is of an extreme or life-threatening nature, call 911, the New York City Police Department’s emergency phone number and immediately notify the Office of Public Safety at extension 2111.  Public Safety officers will respond to assist and direct the police and other emergency personnel to the reported emergency.

Daily Crime Log
The College maintains a daily crime log.  Its purpose is to maintain a record of reported criminal incidents and alleged criminal incidents.  Incidents on campus and on property adjacent to the campus are included.  The log includes the date the crime was reported, the date and time the crime occurred, the nature of the crime, the general location of the crime and the disposition of the crime, if known.  The log, in paper and electronic format, is available for inspection during regular business hours and contains incidents that have occurred within the last 60 calendar days. If you wish to examine logs pre-dating this 60 day period, your request may be made to the office of Public Safety located in building 2A, Room 108.  These requests will be honored within the next two regular business days. 

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Public Safety and Security Services

The College of Staten Island’s main campus grounds, the contiguous geographic perimeter of the main campus, the off-campus sites, the entry gates, and the parking areas are patrolled on a 24-hour basis by Public Safety Officers. Public Safety Officers are sworn law enforcement/NYS Peace Officers under Criminal Procedure Law 2.10, subsection 79, and have the power to make arrests.

Incidents of a criminal nature that are reported to a Campus Peace Officer are referred via the complainant to the New York City Police Department. The City University of New York and the College of Staten Island have Memorandums of Understanding with the NYPD for emergency, non-emergency and investigative response.  The Office of Public Safety consists of one Director of Public Safety, four Assistant Directors of Public Safety, six Sergeants, five Corporals, and twenty six Peace Officers assigned to patrol the campus.

Additionally, the College employs 14 part-time Campus Security Assistants who are assigned to identification card and other fixed posts. Campus Security Assistants are licensed as NYS Licensed Security Guards and do not have arresting powers (outside of the powers of a private citizen).

The College of Staten Island also employs approximately 20-25 uniform contract security officers. These contract security officers are licensed as NYS Licensed Security Guards and do not have arresting powers (outside of the powers of a private citizen).
The Public Safety Department also oversees the fire alarm response system and the security camera system.  Supplementing these campus safety systems are emergency house phones located in the lobby area of each building, and emergency assistance call boxes that are conspicuously located throughout the campus.

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Off-Campus Organizations Crimes & Safety Hazard Monitoring

Information about off-campus crimes, health hazards, and other potential safety hazards that may impact upon the general welfare of our College community is assembled by members of the public safety staff. 

The College does not have any recognized off-campus student organizations or off-campus housing facilities.

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Campus Security Authorities

The following persons are designated as Campus Security Authorities:

  • Vice President for Finance and Administration  718-982-2240
    Building 1A, Room 309
  • Vice President of Student Affairs  718-982-2335
    Building 1A, Room 301
  • AVP of Student Affairs   718-982-2335
    Building 1A, Room 301
  • Ombudsperson   718-982-2335
    Building 1A, Room 301
  • Provost/Senior Vice President  718-982-2240
    Building 1A, Room 305
  • Director of Sports and Recreation   718-982-3149
    Building 1R, Room 204
Members of the College community may also make reports of crimes and security incidents to these officials. Each year, the Office of Public Safety requests data via official letter request from these authorities for inclusion in the annual report.

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Emergency Notification & Response

The College participates in the University-wide CUNY ALERT System. Upon activation by the College, this system sends messages during emergency events via email, text message and telephone (land-line/cellular). This system is tested monthly for administrative users and one full scale test of the system to all users (students/faculty/staff) is done annually. New students and employees are provided with information on signing up for CUNY ALERT www.CUNY.edu/alert at orientations. Notification will be sent upon confirmation of a significant emergency (unless such notification presents an undue safety risk).

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of Public Safety, constitutes an ongoing threat and there are enough details known about the incident to provide useful information, a campus wide public safety advisory or “timely warning” may be issued unless issuing a notification will in the judgment of Public Safety, the New York City Fire department or the New York City Police Department compromise the efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. The Public Safety Advisory or “timely warning” may be issued through the College email system, the College web site, electronic message board announcements, flyers and/or other available methods, including CUNY ALERT Mass Emergency Notification System.  A change in the delay of an immediate notification will be made if it compromises law enforcement efforts.   

The College conducts evacuation and fire drills three times per year. During these drills, building occupants are familiarized with campus evacuation procedures. Each building has assigned fire/evacuation floor wardens who provide training and direction to the College community during drills and actual emergency events.

Drills or table-top exercises for other emergencies are held on an annual basis.

An Emergency Procedure Guide, prepared by the College of Staten Island Office of Public Safety, assists members of the campus community when reporting or dealing with on and off campus emergency situations. It combines current College of Staten Island policies and procedures along with recommended guidelines from various government agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, New York City Office of Emergency Management, New York City Fire Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Postal Service and the Centers for Disease Control. While it is impossible to produce a document that is all-inclusive, this publication addresses the most common emergencies that have occurred in the past and those that may occur in the future.
The entire campus community plays a critical role during emergency response procedures. This guide will familiarize students, faculty, staff and visitors with the campus, the possible hazards, and procedures to be followed to ensure the health and safety of all in the event of an emergency.
Members of the campus community should become familiar with this guide and review its contents. This knowledge will make a difference during an emergency and could save lives.
The Guide will be updated on an annual basis and an email notification will be made to all enrolled students, faculty and staff that will provide information on how to obtain this guide. You can obtain a copy of the Emergency Procedure Guide at the Office of Public Safety, Building 2A, room 108 or at www.csi.cuny.edu/publicsafety/emergency_procedure_guide.html.

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Public Safety Awareness & Crime Prevention Programs

The Office of Public Safety issues safety alert bulletins when deemed necessary and provides a public safety advisory or a “timely warning (paper/electronic form) to the campus community when serious crimes occur in areas on or near the campus.  The office maintains a relationship with the New York City police precincts that are responsible for the public safety of the campus and its surrounding areas.  All persons reporting crimes to the Office of Public Safety are encouraged to promptly report the incident to the local police precinct concerned.  A record of each report made to the local precincts is maintained as part of the Public Safety Department’s annual statistical report.

Members of the College community are encouraged to attend crime prevention seminars conducted by the New York City Police Department and the Office of Public Safety.  Seminars are scheduled each semester and members of the College community are encouraged to actively participate in their own safety and the safety of others.  Incoming students receive information about campus crime prevention programs during their initial orientation meeting scheduled at the beginning of each semester. At each orientation session every new student is issued materials on safety and security including a copy of the Public Safety Services Brochure and the Sexual Assault Information and Campus Safety Guide. This information covers various aspects of safety on campus including sexual assault information, the Safety Escort Program, drug and alcohol policies and personal safety.

The Campus Activities Board sponsors and the Public Safety Office supports a program called “Stop the Violence” which focuses on student violence, promotes crime prevention and informs of services available for students who were victims of crime.

The Division for Student Affairs offers an integrated program of special events, workshops, courses and research projects on wellness scheduled throughout the year. Included are programs to promote awareness of rape, acquaintance rape and sex offenses. A staff of well qualified Wellness professionals plan and implement these activities. For further information, students are encouraged to contact the College Health Center, the Wellness Coordinator, or the Vice President for Student Affairs.

The Public Safety web site posts a “Safety Tips” on crime prevention and an awareness section with information about personal safety when traveling on campus, when in the classroom, when in the office and tips on theft prevention. http://www.csi.cuny.edu/publicsafety/safetyti.htm.

Along with the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration, and the Office of Campus Planning and Facilities, the Director of Public Safety conducts on-going reviews of campus grounds and facilities.  Emphasis is placed on the need to ensure safe accessibility to buildings with special attention to landscape hazards as well as areas of inadequate lighting.

All public safety personnel, while on patrol, report potential safety and security hazards as well as entry door problems and elevator malfunctions. 

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Access to College Facilities

All students and members of the faculty and staff are required to have a valid, updated College identification card on their person while on campus. Upon request of a campus peace officer or other College official, the identification card must be presented. All visitors and guests must display other identification upon request. During normal school hours all academic, administrative and athletic facilities are accessible to students, faculty, staff and other authorized visitors. Any authorized person may obtain access to a locked facility during non-school hours by presenting themselves at the Office of Public Safety.  ID cards are made and issued in the Office of Parking and DolphinCard Services, located in building 3A, Room 106.

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University Policy Relating to Drugs and Alcohol

The City University of New York (CUNY) is an institution committed to promoting the physical, intellectual, and social development of all individuals.  As such, CUNY seeks to prevent the abuse of drugs and alcohol, which can adversely impact performance and threaten the health and safety of students, employees, their families, and the general public.  CUNY complies with all federal, state, and local laws concerning the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of drugs and alcohol.  The following standards of conduct are in effect at CUNY:

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of drugs or alcohol by anyone, on CUNY property (including residence halls), in CUNY buses or vans, or at CUNY-sponsored activities, is prohibited.  In addition, CUNY employees are prohibited from illegally providing drugs or alcohol to CUNY students.  Finally, no student may possess or consume alcoholic beverages in any CUNY residence hall, regardless of whether the student is of lawful age.

Students are expected to comply with the CUNY and College policies with respect to drugs and alcohol.  Any student found in violation may be subject to disciplinary action under Article 15 of the CUNY Board of Trustees Bylaws, which may result in sanctions up to and including expulsion from the University.   In addition, any student who resides in a CUNY residence hall and who is found to have violated any CUNY or College policy with respect to drugs and alcohol may be subject to sanctions under the CUNY Residence Hall Disciplinary Procedures, up to and including expulsion from the residence hall.

Any employee found to have violated the CUNY policy may be subject to disciplinary action, in accordance with the procedures set forth in applicable CUNY policies, rules, regulations, and collective bargaining agreements. Sanctions may include reprimand, suspension without pay or termination. 

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Weapons Policy

No one within the University community (including visitors), except Campus Peace Officers, pursuant to authorization of the College President, shall have in his/her possession a rifle, shotgun, firearm, or any other dangerous instrument or material that can be used to inflict bodily harm on an individual or damage to a building or to the grounds of the campus.

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College Regulations / Code of Conduct

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF PUBLIC ORDER PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 129-A OF THE EDUCATION LAW (THE “HENDERSON RULES”)
The tradition of the University as a sanctuary of academic freedom and center of informed discussion is an honored one, to be guarded vigilantly. The basic significance of that sanctuary lies in the protection of intellectual freedom: the rights of professors to teach, of scholars to engage in the advancement of knowledge, of students to learn and to express their views, free from external pressures or interference. These freedoms can nourish only in an atmosphere of mutual respect, civility, and trust among teachers and students, only when members of the University community are willing to accept self-restraint and reciprocity as the condition upon which they share in its intellectual autonomy.

Academic freedom and the sanctuary of the University campus extend to all who share these aims and responsibilities. They cannot be invoked by those who would subordinate intellectual freedom to political ends, or who violate the norms of conduct established to protect that freedom.

Against such offenders the University has the right, and indeed the obligation, to defend itself.

We accordingly announce the following rules and regulations to be in effect at each of our colleges which are to be administered in accordance with the requirements of due process as provided in the Bylaws of the Board of Higher Education.

With respect to enforcement of these rules and regulations we note that the Bylaws of the Board of Higher Education provide that:

"THE PRESIDENT. The president, with respect to his education unit, shall:

a. Have the affirmative responsibility of conserving and enhancing the educational standards of the college and schools under his jurisdiction;

b. Be the advisor and executive agent of the Board and of his respective College Committee and as such shall have the immediate supervision with full discretionary power in carrying into effect the Bylaws, resolutions, and policies of the Board, the lawful resolutions of the several faculties;

c. Exercise general superintendence over the concerns, officers, employees, and students of his educational unit."

1. RULES

1. A member of the academic community shall not intentionally obstruct and/or forcibly prevent others from the exercise of their rights. Nor shall he interfere with the institution's educational processes or facilities, or the rights of those who wish to avail themselves of any of the institution's instructional, personal, administrative, recreational, and community services.

2. Individuals are liable for failure to comply with lawful directions issued by representatives of the University/college when they are acting in their official capacities. Members of the academic community are required to show their identification cards when requested to do so by an official of the college.

3. Unauthorized occupancy of University/college facilities or blocking access to or from such areas is prohibited. Permission from appropriate college authorities must be obtained for removal, relocation, and use of University/college equipment and/or supplies.

4. Theft from, or damage to University/college premises or property, or theft of or damage to property of any person on University/college premises is prohibited.

5. Each member of the academic community or an invited guest has the right to advocate his position without having to fear abuse, physical, verbal, or otherwise, from others supporting conflicting points of view. Members of the academic community and other persons on the college grounds shall not use language or take actions reasonably likely to provoke or encourage physical violence by demonstrators, those demonstrated against, or spectators.

6. Action may be taken against any and all persons who have no legitimate reason for their presence on any campus within the University/college, or whose presence on any such campus obstructs and/or forcibly prevents others from the exercise of the rights or interferes with the institution's educational processes or facilities, or the rights of those who wish to avail themselves of any of the institution's instructional, personal, administrative, recreational, and community services.

7. Disorderly or indecent conduct on University/college-owned or controlled property is prohibited.

8. No individual shall have in his possession a rifle, shotgun, or firearm or knowingly have in his possession any other dangerous instruments or material that can be used to inflict bodily harm on an individual or damage upon a building or the grounds of the University/college without the written authorization of such educational institution. Nor shall any individual have in his possession any other instrument or material which can be used and is intended to inflict bodily harm on any individual or damage upon a building or the grounds of the University/college.

9. Any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical health or involves the forced consumption of liquor or drugs for the purpose of initiation into or affiliation with any organization is prohibited.

10. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of illegal drugs or other controlled substances by University students or employees on University/college premises, or as part of any University/college activities is prohibited. Employees of the University must also notify the College Personnel Director of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace not later than five (5) days after such conviction.

11. The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol by students or employees on University/college premises or as part of any University/college activities is prohibited.

2. PENALTIES

1. Any student engaging in any manner in conduct prohibited under substantive Rules 1-11 shall be subject to the following range of sanctions as hereafter defined in the attached Appendix: admonition, warning, censure, disciplinary probation, restitution, suspension, expulsions, ejection, and/or arrest by the civil authorities.

2. Any tenured or non-tenured faculty member, or other member of the instructional staff, or member of the classified staff engaging in any manner in conduct prohibited under substantive Rules 1-11 shall be subject to the following range of penalties: warning, censure, restitution, fine not exceeding those permitted by law or by the Bylaws of The City University of New York or suspension with/without pay pending a hearing before an appropriate college authority, dismissal after a hearing, ejection, and/or arrest by the civil authorities, and, for engaging in any manner in conduct prohibited under substantive rule 10, may, in the alternative, be required to participate satisfactorily in an appropriately licensed drug treatment or rehabilitation program. A tenured or non-tenured faculty member, or other member of the instructional staff, or member of the classified staff charged with engaging in any manner in conduct prohibited under substantive Rules 1-11 shall be entitled to be treated in accordance with applicable provisions of the Education Law, or the Civil Service Law, or the applicable collective bargaining agreement, or the Bylaws or written policies of The City University of New York.

3. Any visitor, licensee, or invitee, engaging in any manner in conduct prohibited under substantive Rules
1-11. shall be subject to ejection, and/or arrest by the civil authorities.

4. Any organization which authorized the conduct prohibited under substantive rules 1-11 shall have its permission to operate on campus rescinded.
Penalties 1-4 shall be in addition to any other penalty provided by law or The City University Trustees.

  1. Any student violating any law or regulation established by the College, University, City, State, or Federal Government (including the use of drugs), shall be subject to the formal disciplinary procedures as outlined in Articles 15.3 to 15.5 of the Board of Higher Education Bylaws and Sanctions as listed in the Board of Higher Education Bylaws and Article 129A of the Education Law (CUNY Henderson Rules).  The initiation of disciplinary procedures requires notice to the student pursuant to 15.3 of the Board of Higher Education Bylaws.  

In emergency or extraordinary circumstances, immediate suspension can be effectuated pending a hearing within seven (7) school days.

  1. All other persons who violate New York State or Federal laws including those that govern gambling activities, the use of alcohol, and the possession, distribution, or consumption of any controlled substance will be subject to arrest.

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Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program

The College of Staten Island, a unit of The City University of New York, actively supports the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse through education. It presents a variety of drug and alcohol abuse education and prevention programs. The college’s Alcohol/Substance Abuse Program is a part of the Department of Student Development/Student Affairs.  The purpose of this program is to:

-     Educate students about alcohol and substance abuse.
-     Identify students with problems related to alcohol and substance abuse.
-     Intervene in the lives of students who are affected by such abuse.
-     Provide counseling and/or referral for students with problems.

A student who is experiencing difficulty with alcohol or chemical dependency may be referred to the Vice President for Student Affairs or the appropriate counseling center by members of the instructional staff or may seek assistance directly.

Strategies for Education and Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse

  • College-wide workshops on substance abuse that focus on drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and food.
  • Ongoing availability of pamphlets, books, videos, and audios designed to heighten awareness and provide information on the subject.
  1. Individual and group counseling and referral.

College Resources

Information and assistance are available by calling any of these offices in the Division for Student Affairs:

Counseling Center - building 1A-109, 718-982- 2391
Health and Wellness - building 1C-112, 718-982-3045
Center for Student Accessibility – building 1P-101, 718-982-2513

Self-Help and Referral Services

  • Alcoholics Anonymous            212-647-1680
  • Al-Anon                                   212-941-0094
  • Narcotics Anonymous             212-929-6262
  • NYS Smokers’ Quitline            866-697-8486
  • Richmond University Medical
    Center – Psychiatric ER           718-818-6300

Treatment Programs

  • Richmond University Medical Center
    355 Bard Avenue
    Staten Island, NY 10301
    800-273-1114
  • Staten Island University Hospital
    392 Seguine Avenue
    Staten Island, NY 10309
    718-356-8910
  • Kingsborough Alcoholism Treatment Center
    754 Lexington Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11221
    866-221-4800
  • YMCA Counseling Service
    3911 Richmond Avenue
    Staten Island, New York 10312
    718-948-3232

For additional information regarding these programs contact the Counseling Center located in Building 1A Room 109, (718) 982-2392 or the Wellness Program located in Building 1C, Room 112, (718) 982-3113.

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Reporting and Prevention of Sex Offenses

CUNY has adopted Policies and Procedures Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking and Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence Against Students, which addresses the prevention of sexual assaults and other forms of violence against CUNY students, on and off CUNY campuses.  Specifically, the goal of the Policy is to:  1) provide the most informed and up-to-date sexual assault, domestic/intimate partner violence and stalking prevention education information to CUNY students; 2) create a comprehensive plan for CUNY colleges to follow in the event that a student is the victim of a sexual assault or other act of violence;  3) provide clear and concise guidelines for students to follow in the event that they or someone they know has been the victim of a sexual assault or other act of violence;  4) ensure that all appropriate CUNY personnel receive education and training to assist victims of sexual assaults and other acts of violence; and 5) ensure that disciplinary procedures are followed in the event that the perpetrator is a CUNY student or employee.

Reporting Procedures

If a student wishes to report the occurrence of a sex offense, he/she should be guided by the following procedures:

  1. Report the incident to the Office of Public Safety 718- 982-2113.  A formal report will be made of the allegation and a copy of the report will be forwarded to the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs; or
  2. Report the incident to the College’s Vice President for Student Affairs, who at the student’s request, will contact the Office of Public Safety to commence an appropriate investigation; or 
  3. A student can call the New York City Police Department or 911, or go directly to a hospital.  It is important to note that if you are a victim of a sex offense, do not destroy any evidence (including clothing) and do not take a shower or bath.
  4. It is important that such physical evidence be preserved in order to assist with any ensuing criminal investigation.  If the student believes that she/he may be the victim of date rape by being drugged, she/he should go directly to a hospital to receive a toxicology examination since such drugs only remain in a person’s system for a short period of time.  The Department of Public Safety will assist with notification of other law enforcement authorities and/or medical professionals if the student so chooses.

Files relating to sex offenses are kept confidential by the Office of Public Safety and by the Office of Student Affairs/Student Development, unless otherwise required by law or CUNY policy.

Definitions of Sex Offenses
Sexual assault is a crime.  Under Article 130 of the New York State Penal Law, it is a sex offense to engage in sexual contact or to engage in sexual intercourse, sodomy or sexual abuse by contact without the consent of the victim or where the victim is incapable of giving consent.  Criminal sex offenses are classified in degree according to the seriousness of sexual activity, the degree of force used, the age of the victim and the physical and mental capacity of the offender and victim. 

See chart on page 10 for a list of some of the major sex offenses and their maximum penalties under New York State Law.

Sexual assault is a crime of power, aggression and violence.  Terms such as “date rape” and “acquaintance rape” tend to minimize the fact that the act of rape, or any sexual assault, is a serious crime.  There is never an excuse or a reason for a person to rape, assault or even touch another person’s private parts without consent.  The impact on survivors of such an attack can cause severe and lasting physical, mental and emotional damage.  

 • Who is a perpetrator?

Many people think that sexual assaults are only perpetrated by vicious strangers on dark, deserted streets.  In fact, studies indicate that between 80 and 90 percent of all people who have been raped know their perpetrator(s).  This is called “date rape” or “acquaintance rape.”  “Date rape” is not a legally distinct or lesser category of rape.  It refers to a relationship and situational context in which rape occurs on a date.  Rape or any sexual offense, whether on a date or not, is the same criminal offense involving the same elements of force, exploited helplessness or underage participation. With sexual assaults where the victim knows the perpetrator, alcohol use is often involved on the part of either the victim or the perpetrator.  However, a sexual assault is still a crime regardless of the intoxication of the perpetrator or the victim.

Who is a victim?

Anyone can be a victim, regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, class or national origin.  Though women and girls are primary targets of these crimes, men and boys are sexually victimized too, and have been found to suffer the same aftermath as women.  Regardless of whether the victim was abusing alcohol and/or underage, she or he is still the victim of the sex offense.

When is there lack of consent?

Under New York law, lack of consent to a sexual contact may be demonstrated in the following ways: (1) forcible compulsion including the use of physical force or threat (express or implied) which places the person in fear of physical injury to self or another; (2) incapacity to consent on the part of the victim; (3) circumstances in which the victim does not expressly or impliedly acquiesce in the actor’s conduct; or (4) circumstances in which the victim clearly expressed by words or actions that he or she did not consent to engage in such sexual act and a reasonable person would have understood such person’s words or actions as an expression of lack of consent to such conduct. 

A person is deemed incapable of giving consent if she/he is (a) under the age of 17, (b) mentally incapacitated (which may include incapacity due to the victim’s ingestion of alcohol or drugs), (c) physically disabled or (d) physically helpless (asleep, unconscious or for any other reason physically unable to communicate unwillingness to act, which may also include incapacity due to the victim’s ingestion of alcohol or drugs). 

 • Who is responsible for a sexual attack?

In the absence of consent, the attacker is always responsible for having committed the sexual assault regardless of the victim’s appearance, behavior, or conduct on previous occasions.  An attacker cannot assume that the way a person dresses or acts is an invitation for sexual advances.  A person may welcome some forms of sexual contact and be opposed to others. The more impaired a person is from alcohol or drugs, the less likely she/he can give consent; having sex with someone who is “passed out” or sleeping is rape.  And regardless of previous sexual activity, if someone refuses sexual contact, the failure to respect that limit constitutes non-consensual sex.

Prevention Education Programs – University Policy

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the College of Staten Island holds its annual ‘Take Back the Night’ event raising awareness to domestic violence issues, intimate partner abuse, date rape and sexual assault.  The event begins in front of the Campus Center where experiences are shared and stories are told.  The night’s event progresses with a peaceful march around the campus grounds raising domestic violence and sexual assault awareness to College and community members.

The Office of Public Safety participates in the “Issues in College Life” (SPD 101) course which is offered each semester to incoming students. Education promoting the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape and sex offenses is presented to the students.

All members of the College community are encouraged to attend crime prevention seminars that are conducted by the New York City Police Department and the Office of Public Safety.  Crime prevention seminars are scheduled each semester and members of the College community are encouraged to actively participate in their own safety and the safety of others.  All incoming students receive information about campus crime prevention programs during initial orientation meetings scheduled at the beginning of each semester. At each orientation session every new student is issued materials on safety and security including a copy of the Public Safety Services Brochure and the Sexual Assault Information and Campus Emergency Procedure Guide. This information covers various aspects of safety on campus including sexual assault information, the Safety Escort Program, drug and alcohol policies and personal safety.

The Campus Activities Board sponsors and the Public Safety Department supports a program called “Stop the Violence” with a focus on student violence and promotes crime prevention and the services available for students who were victims of crime.

The Division for Student Affairs offers an integrated program of special events, workshops, courses and research projects on wellness scheduled throughout the year. Included are programs to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape and sex offenses. A staff of well qualified Wellness professionals plan and implement these activities. For further information, students are encouraged to contact the College Health Center, the Wellness Coordinator, and the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Disciplinary Procedures
The College shall act promptly in response to information that a student has been sexually assaulted by another member of the CUNY community.  Upon receipt of a complaint, the College shall undertake an appropriate investigation.  If it appears that there is sufficient evidence to warrant disciplinary charges against a student, such charges shall be brought pursuant to Article 15 of the CUNY Board of Trustees Bylaws.  If the matter is brought before a hearing, the victim and alleged perpetrator are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present and to be informed of the outcome of the proceedings.  The victim is entitled to a report of the results of the proceeding at her/his request.  If a student is found guilty of committing a sexual assault or other act of violence against another CUNY student or employee after a disciplinary hearing, the penalties may include suspension, expulsion from residence halls, or permanent dismissal from CUNY. 

On-Campus Assistance
Victims of a sexual assault are encouraged to contact the Vice President for Student Affairs to obtain assistance in accessing medical and counseling services, or to make any necessary changes to the student’s academic program or residential housing situation.  Public Safety can assist the victim getting to and from campus safely, filing a police report and obtaining an order of protection against the perpetrator.  The victim can also file a complaint with the College against a perpetrator who is a student or employee of the University with the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Office of Public Safety.   

In addition, the victim of a sexual assault will be provided with on-campus support in the form of an advocate from the Women’s/Men’s Center (if there is one on campus) or an appropriately trained counselor to assist the victim in handling the various aspects of his/her ordeal, such as: 1) explaining to the victim her/his options of whether to report the incident to campus or law enforcement authorities or not; 2) providing guidance if she/he requires medical attention; 3) providing guidance in obtaining crisis intervention and/or ongoing counseling services (or a referral to obtain the necessary services if such services are not available on campus); and 4) assisting the student throughout the College’s disciplinary process if she/he chooses to file a complaint against the perpetrator. 

College and Community Counseling and Support Services for Sex Offense Victims

  • CSI Health and Wellness Center           (718) 982-3045
    Building 1C, Room 112
  • CSI Counseling Center                           (718) 982-2391
    Building 1A, Room 109
  • Rape Advocacy Agency, Staten Island
    (Advocates on call 24-hours)                (718) 720-2591
  • NYPD Sex Crimes Hotline                       (212) 267-7273
  • Safe Horizons: Rape and
    Sexual Assault Hotline                           (212) 227-3000

Pertinent Sex Offenses and Criminal Sanctions under New York State Penal and Criminal Procedure Laws

Crime

Illegal Conduct Criminal
Sanctions
Rape in the first degree
(PL § 130.35)
A person is guilty when he or she engages in sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion, with a person who is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless (e.g. being asleep, unconscious or due to alcohol or drug consumption), who is less than 11 years old or less than 13 and the actor is 18 or older. Is a class B felony, with penalties up to 25 years in prison.
  Rape in the second degree
(PL § 130.30)
A person is guilty when being 18 years old or more, he or she engages in sexual intercourse with another person less than 15, or with another person who is incapable of consent by reason of being mentally disabled or mentally incapacitated Is a class D felony, with penalties up to 7 years in prison.
Criminal sexual act
in the first degree
(PL § 130.50)
A person is guilty when he or she engages in oral sexual contact or anal sexual contact with another person by forcible compulsion, or with someone who is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless, or with someone less than 11 or with someone less than 13 and the actor is 18 or older. Is a class B felony, with penalties up to 25 years in prison.
Forcible touching (PL § 130.52) A person is guilty when he or she intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly touches the sexual or other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading or abusing such person; or for the purpose of gratifying the actor’s sexual desire Is a class A misdemeanor, with penalties up to 1 year in jail.
Sexual abuse in
the first degree
(PL § 130.65)
A person is guilty when he or she subjects another person to sexual contact: by forcible compulsion, when the other person is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless, or when the person is less than 11 years old. Is a class D felony, with penalties up 7 years in prison.
Aggravated sexual abuse in the first degree
(PL § 130.70)
A person is guilty when he or she inserts a foreign object in the vagina, urethra, penis or rectum of another person causing physical injury to such person by forcible compulsion, when the person is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless, or when  the person is less than 11. Is a class B felony, with penalties up to 25 years in prison.
Aggravated sexual abuse in the third degree
(PL § 130.66)
A person is guilty when he or she inserts a foreign object in the vagina, urethra, penis or rectum of another person by forcible compulsion, when the person is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless, or when the person is less than 11. Is a class D felony, with penalties up to 7 years in prison.
Facilitating a sex offense with a controlled substance
(PL § 130.90)
A person is guilty when he or she knowingly and unlawfully possesses a controlled substance or any substance that requires a prescription to obtain to another person, without such person’s consent and with intent to commit against such person conduct constituting a felony, and commits or attempts to commit such conduct constituting a felony defined in Article 30.  Is a class D felony, with penalties up to 7 years in prison.

Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act
The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services maintains a registry of convicted sex offenders which is available to local law enforcement agencies, including CUNY’s Public Safety Departments.  To obtain information about a Level 2 or Level 3 registered sex offender you may:

  • Contact the police department in the jurisdiction in which the offender resides and/or in which the college is located.
  • Contact Robert Yurman,  Interim Director of Public Safety, at 718-982-2113.
  • Call the Division’s sex offender registry at (800) 262-3257.

To obtain information about Level 3 offenders only, you may:

  • Contact the Division’s sex offender registry web site:

  www.criminaljustice.state.ny.us/nsor/sor-about.htm

And then click on “Search for Level 3 Sex Offenses;” or

  • Access the Division’s Level 3 subdirectory electronically at the College’s Office of Public Safety or
  • The local law enforcement agency for the jurisdiction in which the offender resides.

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Campus Crime Statistics

The Campus Crime Statistics report is prepared by the College of Staten Island Office of Public Safety. In compliance with federal law, the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act (Public Law 101-542 as amended), the College must disclose crime statistics for the campus and unobstructed public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus.  Crimes are reported in the following major categories, with several sub-categories:

  • Criminal Homicide, Manslaughter by Negligence: the killing of another person through gross negligence.
  • Criminal Homicide, Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter: the willful killing of one human being by another.
  • Forcible Sex Offenses (includes rape): any sexual act directed against another person, forcible and/or against that person’s will or not forcibly against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
  • Non-Forcible Sex Offenses (incest & statutory rape): unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse.
  • Robbery: taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person(s) by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
  • Aggravated Assault: an unlawful attack by one person upon another to inflict severe or aggravated bodily injury. This is usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce great bodily harm or death, although it is not necessary that injury result when a weapon is used.
  • Burglary: unlawful entry of a structure to commit a crime including, but not limited to, larceny, arson, sexual assault, criminal mischief, and all attempts to do so.
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: the taking (or attempt) or use of a motor vehicle by persons not having lawful access.
  • Arson: willful or malicious burning or attempting to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle, personal property of another, etc.

The College is also required to report the following three types of incidents if they result in either an arrest or disciplinary referral: 1) Liquor Law Violations; 2) Drug Law Violations; and 3) Illegal Weapons Possession. If both an arrest and referral are made, only the arrest is counted.

You may also find this data at the US Department of Education web site at http://ope.ed.gov/security/. This data represents crime activity both on campus and on public property adjacent to campus property. Reported on campus offenses include offenses reported on campus property and in campus buildings. The total number of crimes committed on campus is reported under “On Campus Property.”  The College of Staten Island “Residential Facilities” is scheduled to open in late August of 2013 and therefore there is no reported crime in this category. You may also find this data on the College of Staten Island Public Safety web page: http://www.csi.cuny.edu/publicsafety/Annualcrime.htm.

The category, “Public Property” includes the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities located at 1150 Forest Hill Road and at 1050 Forest Hill Road. Both of these locations are considered public property managed by the State of New York and are immediately adjacent to the campus.  

This section on campus crime statistics also includes arrests and disciplinary referral made to campus authorities for alcohol, drugs, and weapons violations. As defined by the campus safety act, a disciplinary referral is an instance when a student is formally reported in writing to a university officer for possible sanction.

As required by the Clery Act, the College of Staten Island is required to report hate crimes in this report. For this reporting, a hate crime occurs when a person is victimized intentionally because of his or her actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability. The hate crimes presented for this report are those offenses that appear in the Crime Statistics Chart and where the victim suffered bodily injury and the additional offenses of larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, and destruction, damage, or vandalism of property.

Please click here for CSI Crime Statistics

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