Compliance & Diversity

Patricia A. Cody, Esq.,
Chief Diversity Officer,
Title IX Coordinator,
ADA/504 Coordinator

300 Jay Street
Namm Hall, Room N-325
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 718-260-4983

Protect Yourself, Protect Your Friends, Preserve Evidence

  • Communicate clearly with your partner.
  • Go to a party/bar with friends, not alone.
  • Keep track of your friends and leave with them.
  • Do not leave alone or with someone you do not know.
  • Know how to get in touch with your friends.
  • Try the Circle of 6 App. It's free.
  • Need help getting home? Need an interruption? Two touches lets your circle know where you are and how they can help. Icons represent actions so that no one can tell what you're up to.
  • If you choose to drink, be responsible. Drinking alcohol greatly increases the risk of sexual assault.
  • Know what is in your drink, regardless of whether it contains alcohol. Otherwise, drugs that incapacitate you can be added to your drink.
    • Open a can yourself
    • Make your own drink
    • Avoid punch bowls

If you or a friend were the victim of sexual violence:

  • Preserve any possible evidence, including clothing, electronic communications, voice mails.
    • Store clothing in a paper bag if possible.
  • Do not shower or wash or brush your teeth.
  • If the attack took place in a dorm room or other indoor area, do not rearrange any furniture or objects.
  • Seek medical attention immediately so evidence is preserved.
    • Ask for a rape exam.

  • If your friend is sexually assaulted, do not handle it alone.
    • Encourage your friend to call the NYPD, Campus Public Safety and/or the Title IX Coordinator.
    • Encourage your friend to seek counseling.
    • Encourage your friend to seek medical assistance.
    • Encourage your friend to preserve evidence.
  • You should not intervene in a situation that will put your safety at risk.
  • However, there are things you can do to stop a potentially dangerous situation.
  • If you observe a sexual assault, call 911.
  • If you can do so safely, take a picture of the perpetrator.
  • Remind your friends to go to parties or bars with other friends, not alone.
  • Plan to leave together and do not let anyone leave alone.
  • Watch out for your friends when you are out.
  • Help your friends get home safely.
  • Separate the two people if it appears they are too drunk or if one might take advantage of the other.
  • Convince your friend to go home and help your friend get there.
  • Suggest your friend take a phone number and call the next day.

Create a diversion
Distract your friend and/or the potential perpetrator.

  • Tell your friend the party is lame and you want him/her to leave with you for a new venue.
  • Tell your friend that someone else is waiting to speak to him/her.
  • Tell your friend you need to get his/her advice in private.
  • Tell your friend you feel sick and need assistance.

Good Samaritan Policy

  • If you are the victim of or observe sexual harassment or violence while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you should report the incident and seek medical help.
  • You will not be disciplined for your drug or alcohol use.
  • This policy does not protect you from discipline for other misconduct such as sexual assault, drug sales, causing or threatening physical harm, damaging property or hazing.
  • Similarly, NY's Good Samaritan Law protects from arrest and prosecution individuals who call 911 when they witness or suffer from a medical emergency involving drugs or alcohol.