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Office of Gender Equity: If You've Been Accused

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If You've Been Accused of Harassment or Misconduct

  1. Talk to someone you can trust: a friend, family member, counselor, or member of the clergy.

  2. Do not contact the alleged victim through any means—in person, by phone, by mail, by social media, via electronic communication, or through someone else. 

  3. Familiarize yourself with Bard's Gender-Based Misconduct Policy and process for investigating complaints of sexual harassment so that you know what to expect.

  4. Be aware that retaliation against a complaint, or any behavior that could be interpreted as such, will not only make the situation worse but is also unlawful and could result in additional complaints of misconduct and possible sanctions.

Questions and Additional Resources

Confidential Support

Legal Assistance and Referral

Dutchess County Bar Association
Poughkeepsie, New York
Phone: 845-473-2488 
Counties Served: Dutchess

For legal referrals in additional New York counties and/or other states, click here.

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