NYS Students' Bill of Rights

New York State law requires that all institutions of higher education in New York publish the following Bill of Rights for all students attending higher education institutions in the State.

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, harassment, stalking, sexual exploitation, sexual assault, and retaliation treated seriously
  3. Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the University genderĀ­ based misconduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by the University
  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 University courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services, where available
  6. Be free from any suggestion that the Complainant 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 University representatives as practicable and not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident
  8. Be protected from retaliation by the University, any student, the accused and/or the Respondent, and/or their friends, family, and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the University
  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 Complainant, accused, or Respondent through the judicial or conduct process included 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 University