Office of Gender Equity: If You've Been Assaulted

Photo by Chris Kendall
Photo by Chris Kendall

Call Someone You Can Trust

  • A friend or family member
  • BRAVE: 845-758-7777 (ask for a BRAVE counselor)
  • The Counseling Center: 845-758-7433
  • The Health Center: 845-758-7433
  • Rape Crisis Hotline: 845-452-7272
  • RAINN (National Hotline): 800-656-4673
  • Anti-Violence Project: 212-714-1141

If You Can:

  • Seek immediate medical attention to check any injuries and to discuss concerns about pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Do not shower or bathe.

For Free Medical Care, Contact:
  • SAFE Unit through Rape Crisis/ER: 845-452-7272

If You Seek Medical Care, You Should Be Prepared:
  • To have evidence collected for possible prosecution if the assault occurred within the last 72 hours.
  • If possible, to not shower, bathe, or douche/urinate prior to going to the emergency room for evidence collection. If you have washed or douched, let the doctor know.
  • If possible, to not change your clothes.
  • If you do need to change, place all clothing and shoes in a paper, not plastic, bag.
  • Your clothing, including shoes, worn at the time of the assault will be kept as part of the evidence collection. These will be returned if no charges are pressed or at the conclusion of any legal proceeding.

If You Go to the Hospital:
  • Bring a change of clothing or place each piece of evidence clothing in a separate paper bag and bring them to the hospital.
  • When you arrive at the emergency room, request that a member of the SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner) team be contacted.
  • The SAFE team, specially trained medical personnel, is available to conduct examinations 24 hours a day.
  • You can request that a BRAVE member accompany you to the hospital.
  • You can request an advocate through the Crime Victims Assistance Program of Family Services, Inc., (845-452-7272) to support you during the exam.
  • It is your choice to notify the police.

If You Choose to Report:
  • You can request an adviser be with you while you make your complaint.
  • Understand if the individual taking the report appears cool or distant, they are required to be a neutral party with a responsibility to gather data.
  • It is not uncommon to forget details of the incident, or to remember them later. Share additional details, with your adviser or the investigator of your complaint, as soon as you remember them.
  • Know that you are protected against any type of retaliatory behavior that is connected to your complaint. Any action of retaliation is a further violation of policy and is subject to sanctions.

Notifying Campus Authorities

Filing a Complaint: If a student, or any other member of the College community, believes that they may have been discriminated against, harassed, sexually harassed, retaliated against or have been the victim of gender-based violence, they should contact the Title IX administrator at 845-758-7542 or All members of the College community have an obligation to make sure that complaints about discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, or retaliation are directed to the Title IX administrator for investigation and evaluation.

Complaints should be filed as soon as possible after the date of the alleged misconduct. Complaints can be submitted online or in person at the Office for Gender Equity. The accused will be notified of the substance of the complaint and the identity of the individual submitting the complaint.

Confidentiality: The College has an independent obligation to investigate potential misconduct, even if a complainant does not want to initiate an official process. Therefore, absolute confidentiality cannot be promised with respect to a complaint of discrimination, harassment, gender-based misconduct or retaliation, when reported to institutional offices outside of BRAVE, the Counseling Center, Health Services, or Chaplaincy. The College wishes, however, to create an environment in which legitimate complaints are encouraged, while also protecting the privacy of all involved in an investigation. Complaints about violations of these policies will therefore be handled in strict confidence, with facts made available only to those who need to know in order for the College to promptly and thoroughly investigate and resolve the matter.

External Remedies: Members of the Bard College community are always subject to local, state, and federal laws, and nothing in these procedures is intended to limit or postpone the right of an individual to file a complaint or charge with appropriate federal, state, or local departments or agencies. An individual is not required to ensue the complaint resolution procedure before pursuing other remedies, and should not be discouraged from or punished for pursuing whatever remedy they choose.