Effective Date Supersedes Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Resource Guide for Employees dated 9/30/14 Issuing Authority N/A Responsible Officer N/A
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New York University (NYU) is committed to providing a safe environment for its Employees. Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking are emotionally and physically traumatic, and are a violation of one’s rights. There are many on-campus and community support services and resources available to help Employees.
Employees who have experienced Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence or Stalking are referred to as “Complainants.” Employees who are accused of Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence or Stalking are referred to as “Respondents.” This document provides resources and information for both Complainants and Respondents. This resource guide should be read in the context of the Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Policy (the “Policy”) and capitalized terms in this guide are defined in the Policy.
Reasonable and appropriate protective measures are available for Complainants regardless of whether an investigation under the applicable procedures is pursued.
I. Emergency Medical, Law Enforcement, and Crisis Response Resources
A. Medical Assistance
NYU encourages individuals to seek medical attention following an incident of Sexual Assault or Relationship Violence. Local medical providers can provide emergency and follow-up medical services to address physical well-being or health concerns and conduct forensic sexual assault examinations. A medical exam obtained from a hospital or sexual assault response center serves two purposes: first, to diagnose and treat the full extent of any injury or physical effect (sexually transmitted infection (STI) or possibility of pregnancy) and, second, to properly collect and preserve evidence. The exam may include testing and prophylactic treatment for HIV/AIDS, STIs, and pregnancy, a vaginal/anal examination, collection of fingernail scrapings and/or clippings, examination for injuries, and blood testing. There is a limited window of time (typically 72 to 96 hours) following an incident of sexual assault to preserve physical and other forms of evidence. Taking the step to gather evidence immediately does not commit an individual to any course of action. The decision to seek medical attention and gather any evidence will preserve the full range of options to seek resolution through NYU’s complaint processes or criminal action.
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