Sexual Misconduct (Title IX)

Title IX Coordinator

The Cooper Union Title IX Coordinator is
        Grace Kendall
        Title: Title IX Coordinator and Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion
        Email: gkendall@cooper.edu
        Phone: 212.353.4053
        Office: 29 3rd Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003

The Deputy Title IX Coordinator is
        Mary Ann Nissen
        Title: Human Resources Manager
        Email: mnissen@cooper.edu
        Phone: 212.353.4145

Policy

The Cooper Union policy addressing sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct can be found here. Resources, student rights, and the procedures for handling complaints are fully described in the policy.

For any questions, or to file a complaint, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Students’ Bill of Rights

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 judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by 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 institution representatives as practicable and not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident
  8. Be protected from retaliation by the institution, any student, 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 judicial or conduct 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 judicial or conduct process of the institution

For additional information regarding filing a report and options for confidential reporting and disclosure, please consult the Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Exploitation, and Stalking or contact the Title IX Coordinator, Grace Kendall, at 212.353.4053, gkendall@cooper.edu or visit the Office of Student Affairs in 29 3rd Ave, 3rd floor.

Climate Survey

The results from the Climate Survey from students enrolled during Spring semester 2017 are still in progress and will be shared on this page once they have been completed.

Haven

All new students are required to complete the online Haven course, offered by EverFi, prior to beginning the Fall academic semester. Haven addresses issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment, and provides important information on how to recognize and safely intervene in situations students may encounter. Information on how to complete Haven, as well as Alcohol.edu, will be emailed to new students during July.

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