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Rights and Responsibilities Table of Contents
Academic Honor Code Penalties Academic Integrity Violation Appeals Process Academic Integrity Due Process and Student Rights Attendance Policy Grade Appeal Procedure
Code of Student Conduct 13 Conduct That Threatens or Endangers Health or Safety Judicial Procedures Judicial Council Procedures Disciplinary Sanctions Involuntary Leave of Absence Process for Return from Involuntary Leave Appeals Confidentiality Campus Safety and Security Maintenance of Public Order Campus Crime Statistics Educational Programs Emergency Response Team Timely Warnings Campus Security Advisory Committee Registered Sex Offenders Procedures College Closing and Emergency Numbers
Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Access and Fair Treatment Confidentiality False Complaints Non-retaliation Role of the Affirmative Action Officer Procedures Cyber-harassment Contacts
Sexual Assault, Stalking, Domestic, and Intimate Partner Violence 32 Support Services Options for Confidentiality Disclosing Sexual Violence Alcohol and/or Drug Use Amnesty in Sexual Violence Cases Sexual Violence Victim/Survivor Bill of Rights False Complaints Non-retaliation Educational and Training Programs Climate Assessment Survey Procedures Emergency Contacts
Child Protection and Mandatory Reporting of Abuse Procedures Emergency Contacts Bias Crime Prevention Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention And Policy Policy on Drugs and Alcohol Procedures for Student Events Sanctions Federal Penalties Health Risks and Effects Resources for Assistance Tobacco-free Campus Tobacco is Prohibited Advertising, Promotions, and Sales Gifts/Donors/Sponsorships Exceptions Procedures Contacts
Care Team 61 Purpose Members Reporting a Concern Residential Life 62 Residence Hall Policies and Procedures Health/Personal Safety Housing Procedures Important Student Information Gladys Marcus Library Library Policies Reading Rooms Stolen or Damaged Materials
Student Life Campus Posting Policy Policy for Club Dismissal
Religious Accommodations 50 Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Commitment to Diversity Commitment to Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Procedure
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Computer and Network Use Prohibited Usage Indemnification Web Pages Digital Downloading Privacy and Confidentiality Sanctions Disclaimer Procedures Contacts
Registrar, Student Records & FERPA 57 Student Records/FERPA Studentâ€™s Rights FIT Responsibilities Disability Support Services (FIT-ABLE) Procedures and Services Federal ADA Compliance Student Health Services Immunization
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) encourages the development of independence, maturity, and ethical
sensitivity of students. The College must establish standards
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of conduct essential to its effective and orderly function as an educational institution. The following Codes of Student Conduct were prepared to guide all members
Business and Liberal Arts
of our student body. All who become members of our community have an obligation to support and obey College
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who cannot or do not comply will be subject to disciplinary action both from the College as well as local, state, and federal authorities, as subsequently set forth, and the privilege of continued attendance at FIT may be withdrawn. Jurisdiction
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These Codes of Conduct and College policies apply to all Fashion Institute of Technology students. A person is considered a “student” when:
• They are registered for, or auditing, credit or non-
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credit FIT courses, on either a full- or part-time basis;
• They are not officially enrolled for a particular semester but have a continuing relationship with the College shall also be responsible for abiding by the Code of Student Conduct;
• They enroll in such courses or programs on a physical campus or site or via distance learning, the internet, or any other means of course-delivery technology.
• They have withdrawn after allegedly violating the Code but are considered students for the purposes of this process.
Academic Honor Code The Academic Honor Code exists to:
• Establish the College’s set of rules and principles governing academic integrity;
• Ensure that faculty and students are aware of and understand their responsibilities with respect to academic integrity; and
• Ensure that there is a clear framework with respect to 6
the processes and procedure for investigation and
College, and may even vary for particular assignments
resolution of charges emanating from breaches of
within a course. Generally, while several students may have
the Academic Honor Code.
the same source material, the analysis, interpretation, and reporting of the data must be each individual’s independent
work. Unless otherwise stated on the syllabus or website,
when collaboration is permitted within a course, students
must acknowledge any collaboration and its extent in all
FIT prepares students for professional excellence in
submitted work. However, students need not acknowledge
design, fashion, and business by providing a premier
discussion with others of general approaches to the
educational experience that fosters creativity, career focus,
assignment or assistance with proofreading. If the syllabus
and a global perspective.
or website does not include a policy on collaboration,
Students who imitate or copy another person’s idea or written work and claim it as original, fail to master the knowledge and skills that they need for successful careers in their chosen fields. Students must also comply with the policy on collaboration established for each course, as set forth in the course syllabus or on the course website. Conduct that evidences any form of disrespect for the intellectual efforts of oneself or others or violates established collaboration policies will subject students to serious penalties.
Dishonesty As recognized by the College, the term “academic dishonesty” is intended to include all forms of imitation, deception, fraud, falsification, plagiarism, cheating, misrepresentation, collusion or any other conduct that might reasonably be considered as wrongfully taking another person’s idea or work claiming it as original. Knowingly aiding or abetting a student in engaging in dishonesty is also academic dishonesty. It is expected that all homework assignments, projects, lab reports, papers, theses, and examinations and any other work submitted for academic credit will be the student’s own. Students should always take great care to distinguish their own ideas and knowledge from information derived from sources. The term “sources” includes not only primary and secondary material published in print or online, but also information and opinions gained directly from other people.
collaboration in the completion of assignments is not permitted. Collaboration in the completion of examinations is prohibited absent written instructions to the contrary. Penalties Students who are found to have committed academic dishonesty or fail to adhere to established collaboration policies will be subject to penalties for breach of academic integrity. If an instructor believes that a student has committed a breach of academic integrity, the instructor will notify the student and the department chair. The instructor will discuss the misconduct with the student and with the department chair, determine a penalty applicable to the particular course(s) involved—a failing grade on the project or exam, or a failing grade in the course—and notify the student, in writing, of the penalty. The notification letter from the instructor must be sent to the student not later than five business days following the date that the course instructor meets with the student to discuss the misconduct and verbally informs the student that the decision has been made to move forward with a formal charge of academic misconduct. Upon receipt of the notification letter the student may elect either to accept the determination of the course instructor or to challenge the determination. Academic Integrity Violation Appeals Process If the student elects to challenge the accusation of the course
instructor or is dissatisfied with the penalty determined by
Policies vary among the many majors and courses in the
the instructor, the student may appeal the decision of the 7
instructor to the dean of the school in which the course
to offset any actual disadvantage the student may have
is offered. The student will have five business days from
sustained as a consequence of the unsubstantiated charge.
the date he or she receives the decision of the instructor to deliver his or her objection, in writing, to the dean of
Academic Integrity—Due Process
the school. The student’s appeal letter should include any
and Student Rights
statement he or she cares to make regarding the charge(s)
I. DUE PROCESS
of misconduct that have been brought against the student.
Section A. Accusation and Notice
The dean of the school will assemble an Appeal Committee to be drawn from members of the College community. The Appeal Committee will consider information and materials provided by the student and the instructor and schedule a hearing date to take place not later than ten business days from the date that the student delivers his/ her appeal letter to the dean of the school. Additional procedural guidelines governing an appeal are contained in the college publication “Academic Integrity–Due Process and Student Rights,” available in the office of the dean of the school in which the course is offered. Upon the completion of the hearing, the Appeal Committee will make a written recommendation to the dean. The dean will review the recommendation and communicate his or her decision to the student in writing not later than three business days following receipt of the recommendation from the Appeal Committee.
A course instructor, or any other person(s), who has reasonable cause to believe that any student has engaged in an act of academic misconduct shall have an obligation to report the same to the chair for the department in which the course is offered promptly; but in no event later than (a) two business days following the date on which the alleged misconduct is observed to have been committed, or (b) except as otherwise provided in Paragraph 3 of this Section A, one business day following the date upon which sufficient evidence has been compiled that could lead one to reasonably conclude that an act of academic misconduct may have been committed. In the event that the accuser of the student is any person other than the course instructor, then that person must present evidence of the student’s misconduct to the course instructor for the course in which the accused student is enrolled and the misconduct is believed to have transpired. Upon review of the supporting evidence
If the student is dissatisfied with the determination of the
provided by the accuser, the instructor shall decide
dean of the school in which the course is offered, the
whether or not to move forward with action against the
student will have three business days from the date the
student. If the instructor is persuaded by the evidence
student receives the decision of the dean of the school to
presented by the accuser the course instructor will
appeal to the vice president for Academic Affairs. The
proceed in place of the accuser and follow the procedure
vice president will review any and all information and
established for accusations brought by an instructor.
materials available and may elect to interview individual(s) that he or she deems appropriate to assist in reaching a decision on whether to uphold or reverse, in whole, or in part, the decision of the dean. The vice president will communicate his/her decision to the student in a timely fashion. The decision of the vice president will be final.
In the event that the act of academic misconduct involves the use of technology (e.g., computers, smart phones, internet), the faculty member and/or department chair will notify the executive director of Online Learning and Academic Technology. All course materials and online activity reports will be secured for examination
In the event that the student is successful in his/her appeal,
by that department (“OLAT”). All such alleged acts
the vice president for Academic Affairs will determine
involving technology will be evaluated initially through
what administrative actions need be taken in an attempt
this process culminating with a final report issued by
OLAT offering its opinion as to whether or not there is
instructor’s charges as of the date that the letter is:
adequate basis to support the allegation that an act of
(a) hand-delivered by campus staff; or (b) mailed
academic misconduct has been committed. The OLAT
(by regular U.S. Mail) to the home address which
report will be provided within ten business days from
the student provided to the College registrar in the
the date it was originally requested unless there are
student’s registration documents; or (c) electronically
extenuating circumstances that compel an extension.
mailed to the student’s FIT email address.
In advance of issuing a notification letter formally
The student will have five business days from the date he/
accusing the student, the course instructor must discuss the
she receives the notification letter from the course instructor
misconduct with both the student and the department’s
to deliver to the dean of the school in which the course
chair but shall not be required to withdraw the accusation
is offered a written objection and decision to appeal the
at the request of the chair. In the event that the course
instructor’s determination. If the student does not take timely
instructor and the chair disagree on whether there is
action to respond to the notification letter, the student’s
adequate basis for accusing the student of academic
failure to do so shall be deemed her/his acquiescence to
misconduct the matter will be referred to the dean of the
the course instructor’s charge and the penalty imposed.
school in which the course is offered. The dean will review the matter and make the final determination as to whether or not there is adequate basis to support the allegation that an act of academic misconduct has been committed.
Section B. The Appeal Process Upon receipt of the student’s written objection and decision to appeal the course instructor’s determination, the dean of the school in which the course is offered
In the event that a decision is made to move forward
shall assemble a committee to review the matter,
with a formal accusation against a student, the course
conduct a hearing and issue a recommendation.
instructor will issue a notification letter to the student (courtesy copying the chair of the department and the dean of the school in which the course is offered). The notification letter from the instructor must be sent to the student not later than five business days following the date that the course instructor meets with the student to discuss the misconduct and verbally informs the student that the decision has been made to move forward with a formal charge of academic misconduct. The notification letter sent by the course instructor to the student must include a clear explanation as to the basis for the instructor’s accusation, and identify the penalty assessed by the instructor—which shall be either a failing grade
The Appeal Committee shall consist of five members of the college community comprised of the following:
• The dean of the school in which the course is offered. The dean shall serve as the chair of the Appeal Committee and shall preside over the appeal proceedings but shall not be permitted to vote at the conclusion of the committee’s deliberations.
• A teaching faculty member who is a member of the same school as the dean, but outside of the accusing instructor’s department.
• A non-teaching/administration member of the college, selected by the dean of the school in which the course is offered.
on the project or exam, or a failing grade in the course. It
• A student, selected by the dean of students, who is
shall also include, in the text of the letter, a clear statement
currently enrolled in the College and otherwise in
that apprises the student of his or her right to challenge the
instructor’s determination, and shall also include a copy of the Academic Integrity–Due Process and Student Rights. The accused student shall be deemed notified of the
• Also included, shall be a non-voting record keeper from the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs for keeping clear and complete records of the proceedings. Once the dean has assembled the Appeal Committee, 9
the dean shall schedule a hearing to consider all
The chair of the committee may solicit outside advice to
issues of fact, review evidence and hear testimony. The
assist the committee in obtaining additional information
hearing should commence within ten business days of
that is considered germane to reaching its finding(s).
the dean’s receipt of the student’s written objection and decision to appeal the course instructor’s determination.
Upon the conclusion of the hearing, the Appeal Committee shall excuse all parties, witnesses and participants that
At the hearing conducted by the Appeal Committee,
may have been involved in the hearing and convene
those present shall be:
a private session to deliberate and vote. Each of the
• The accused student, who has the right to be
faculty, non-faculty administrator and student member
accompanied by an advisor and/or relevant witnesses;
• The course instructor, who has the right to bring relevant witnesses; and
• Any other person called by the chair.
of the Committee shall have one vote to cast. The chair and the record keeper shall be present during the deliberations but shall not be permitted to cast a vote. The Committee need not reach a unanimous decision
At the hearing, the accused student may be accompanied
on the sufficiency (or insufficiency) of evidence to
by one individual of her or his choice. However, no one
uphold the accusation of the course instructor.
accompanying the student may address the Appeal
The Appeal Committee’s recommendation shall not
Committee, respond to questions on the student’s behalf,
govern the final decision of the dean. The dean
offer argument on the student’s behalf, or otherwise
may choose to accept the recommendation in whole
participate in the proceedings other than to speak with the
or in part. The dean will communicate his or her
student. If the student is to be accompanied by someone
decision to the student in writing not later than three
he or she must notify the committee not less than three
business days following the date the dean receives
business days prior to the scheduled hearing date.
the written recommendation of the committee.
At the hearing, only the witness that is presently
If the student is dissatisfied with the determination of the
testifying is permitted to be in the hearing room.
dean of the school in which the course is offered, the
Witnesses who are waiting to be called and those
student shall have three business days from the date the
witnesses that have already given testimony are not
student receives the decision of the dean to appeal the
permitted to be present in the hearing room.
matter to the vice president for Academic Affairs whose
Should the student seeking the appeal, or the course instructor, fail to appear before the Appeal Committee on any date scheduled for the hearing, the committee shall have full authority to proceed in her/ his absence. The chair of the Appeal Committee shall preside over the hearing to ensure that: (a) the proceedings are conducted in conformance with these guidelines; (b) all student rights are observed while the appeal is being heard by the Appeal Committee; and (c) that no person threatens, intimidates, or coerces any of the participants.
review and decision shall be final. The appeal shall be in writing and it may include a supplemental written statement from the student setting forth any information the student believes the vice president should take into consideration upon appeal of the decision of the dean. When an appeal is received by the Office of Academic Affairs, the vice president shall have broad latitude in reviewing the matter. Though conducted in an informal manner, the vice president can schedule one or more conferences with the student, instructor (and/or other accuser), and members of the Committee. The student may
The Appeal Committee is to hear all available parties
be accompanied by anyone of his or her choice. However,
to the dispute and examine all the evidence presented.
the same limitations and prior notice requirements
specified for their attendance at the Appeal Committee
that right be timely exercised by the student).
hearing will apply to conferences with the vice president.
In the alternative, a student may elect to withdraw from
If an academic misconduct appeal is commenced at a point during any semester that could possibly require a number of days to conclude that would extend past the date the course is scheduled to end, at the appropriate time, the instructor will notify the Registrar’s Office that the grade is unable to be assigned until the matter is fully
the course. However, an election to withdraw from the course will not extinguish the instructor’s charge, should the instructor decide to pursue the imposition of the penalty. If a student who withdraws from a course is unsuccessful in his or her defense of the accusation, the student faces the penalty of receiving a failing grade for the course.
resolved. If an academic misconduct matter is underway
Other than the submission of the written objection to
during a student’s final semester and the awarding of the
the dean of the school in which the course is offered,
student’s degree is solely dependent upon the resolution
the student is not required to make any statement
of the charge, the student shall be permitted to participate
at all regarding the matter under investigation.
in the commencement ceremony. However, no degree shall be deemed conferred unless and until (a) the student receives a favorable determination on the appeal; and (b) the student has satisfied all other requirements to receive a passing grade for the course in which the charge arose. In the event the student receives a final ruling that he or she has not committed a breach of the college’s standards of academic integrity, the vice president for
The student may make a voluntary statement during the course of the hearing conducted by the Appeal Committee. However, no one other than the student may make a statement on the student’s behalf. The student has a right to present relevant evidence, supporting witnesses, and other information to the Appeal Committee.
Academic Affairs will determine what administrative
The student has the right to be accompanied by a person
actions need be taken so as to reasonably offset any
of his or her choice at the hearing conducted by the
actual disadvantage the student may have sustained
Appeal Committee. However, no one accompanying the
as a consequence of the unsubstantiated charge.
student may address the Appeal Committee, respond
All second offense accusations are referred immediately to the vice president for Academic Affairs for resolution. A penalty of expulsion is mandated for a finding of academic misconduct on all second offenses. II. STUDENT RIGHTS
A student accused must be assumed innocent until the weight of evidence requires a conclusion to the contrary.
to questions on the student’s behalf, offer argument on the student’s behalf, or otherwise participate in the proceedings other than to speak with the student. If the student is to be accompanied by someone he or she must notify the Committee not less than three business days prior to the scheduled hearing date. In the event the student is successful upon appeal and has continued to satisfy all requirements for the
No student accused of committing an infraction of
completion of the course, the student shall have the
academic integrity may be penalized before having been
election of either: (a) having the grade associated with
afforded an opportunity to challenge the accusation(s)
the alleged misconduct removed from consideration
and appeal an instructor’s determination. Accordingly,
of the student’s final grade for the course; or (b)
a student accused of a breach of academic integrity
resubmitting the homework assignment, project, report,
shall be entitled to remain in the course and continue
paper, or re-taking a similar examination for a grade
to participate fully in meeting all course requirements
equal in weight to the credit originally attributable
until the conclusion of the student’s appeal (should
at the time the student’s conduct was challenged. 11
professor of the class after the first day of the Attendance Policy Attendance shall be taken in all classes. The general policy with regard to student attendance in any class
following semester but no later than the end of the fourth week of that same semester.
• The letter should be addressed to the professor with a
is determined by the instructor and is announced
copy sent to the chair of the department and to the
to the class at the beginning of each semester.
dean of the school. This is an important step not to be
In the event that a student is unable to attend a class session due to illness, accident, or some other emergency situation, he/she should contact their individual instructors directly, through phone or email, from the information in their class syllabus. Extended absences from class should be substantiated by appropriate documentation, and sent to the dean of students, who will notify the student’s instructors and department chair. This notification is not to be construed as an “excused” absence for the student who will still be responsible for following up with instructors and arranging to complete missed work. A student who believes that an instructor has (a) established an unjust attendance policy, or (b) unfairly penalized the student for absences, should abide by the grade appeal procedures. Grade Appeal Procedure An appeal is an important document. Technically, it is an earnest and urgent request made to a higher authority, stating a case for reversal of a decision (such as a grade), or requesting that this authority reconsider its position on an important matter.
overlooked, as it allows the professor to re-examine policies and procedures, and it informs the chair and the dean that there is a problem that may need their consideration.
• The professor should review the merit of the appeal and the student’s academic performance in the relevant course.
• The professor should respond to the student in writing within ten (10) business days of receipt of the student’s appeal letter.
• If the professor is no longer an FIT faculty member, the appeal should be sent directly to the department chair. STEP TWO:
Appealing to the Department Chair • If, for any reason, the student is not satisfied with the professor’s response, he/she can bring the matter to the department chair.
• The formal appeal to the department chair for review should be made in writing within ten (10) business days of receiving the professor’s decision.
• A copy of the student’s initial letter of appeal and the professor’s response should accompany this appeal to the department chair.
• The department chair will consider the merit of the
The purpose of the grade appeal procedure is not to
appeal by assessing whether the course grade is
reassess the student’s performance required by each
appropriate according to the guidelines set forth in
instructor to award a specific letter grade for a particular
the course syllabus handed out by the professor.
assignment. The appeal is only for the final grade received
• The department chair should respond to the student
in a course. The office of your academic dean and the
in writing within ten (10) business days of receipt of
Office of Academic Affairs are concerned primarily with
the student’s appeal letter.
ensuring that the appeal process is followed appropriately and that no procedural errors have occurred. STEP ONE:
Composing a Final Grade Appeal in Writing to the Professor • A student should begin an appeal by writing to the 12
S T E P T H R E E : Appealing to the School Dean • An appeal to the dean of the school is brought forward
only if the student believes that the department chair has not acted in a timely or appropriate manner.
• The formal appeal to the school dean for review
should be made in writing within ten (10) business days of receiving the department chair’s decision.
• The school dean will only evaluate whether the appeal process has been followed properly. He/she will not evaluate the merit of the appeal, the student’s academic performance, the professor’s grade, or the department chair’s recommendation.
• The school dean should respond to the student in writing within ten (10) business days of receipt of the student’s appeal letter. STEP FOUR:
Appealing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs • An appeal to the vice president for Academic Affairs is brought forward only if the student believes that the school dean has not acted in a timely or appropriate manner.
• The formal appeal to the vice president for Academic
Code of Student Conduct The Fashion Institute of Technology (“FIT” or “the College”) encourages the development of independence, maturity, and ethical sensitivity of students. To achieve its purpose, the Fashion Institute of Technology expects students to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with their respective positions within the academic community and comply with the directions of employees who are acting in the performance of their duties. In particular, students are expected to refrain from conduct that threatens or endangers the health, safety, and welfare of their community. All members of the FIT community have an obligation to support and obey College regulations, and all federal, state and local laws. Those who do not comply will be subject to disciplinary action by the College and, where applicable, may face action by federal, local, and/or state authorities.
Affairs should be made in writing within ten (10)
The essential purpose of the College’s governing
business days of receiving the school dean’s decision.
of student conduct is to protect and promote its
• The vice president for Academic Affairs will evaluate
effective and orderly function as an educational institution.
whether the appeal process has been properly followed
These codes of student conduct were prepared to inform
and that no procedural errors have occurred. He/she
the FIT community of the policies regarding the standards
will not re-evaluate the merit of the appeal, the
regulating student conduct, primarily those prohibiting
student’s academic performance, the professor’s
misconduct on FIT property, but may also address off-
grade, or the chair’s and/or dean’s recommendations.
campus behavior that, in the College’s sole judgment,
• The vice president for Academic Affairs should
impairs, obstructs, or interferes with the mission, processes,
respond to the student in writing within ten (10)
or functions of the College. The codes are also intended
business days of receipt of the student’s appeal letter.
to give general guidance to the College as it handles
C O N TA C T S
Vice President for Academic Affairs Special Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs Office of Academic Affairs C913, Feldman Center 212-217-4040 firstname.lastname@example.org General Counsel 333 7th Avenue, 15th floor 212-217-4030
specific cases arising under regulations authorized by the Board of Trustees and approved by the President. This code provides a means for the exercise of student rights and responsibilities within the College’s student conduct system. The code seeks to preserve the individual rights of students while ensuring that the interests of the entire College community are also maintained. I.
A. Student: A person registered for, or auditing, credit or non-credit FIT courses, on either a full- or part-time basis. Any registered person is considered a student if they enroll in such courses or programs 13
on a physical campus or site, whether in the U.S. or
or ordinance, or, in the College’s sole judgment, impairs,
abroad, or via distance learning, the internet, or any
obstructs, or interferes with the mission, processes,
other means of course-delivery technology. Students
or functions of FIT. Students should be aware that FIT
who withdraw after allegedly violating the code are
reserves the right to review and take disciplinary actions
considered students for the purposes of this policy.
based on conduct occurring off campus and/or between
Hazing: In the course of another person’s initiation
into or affiliation with any organization, a person intentionally or recklessly engages in conduct that creates a substantial risk of physical injury to such other person or a third person, regardless of whether injury actually results. C.
On-campus property: Buildings or property owned,
leased or otherwise controlled by FIT, that are within a reasonably contiguous geographic area and are used for FIT’s educational purposes, including residence halls. D.
Non-campus property: Any building or property
academic periods. The following list constitutes a nonexhaustive list of prohibited conduct, some of which are explained in further detail in other FIT policies (accessible online at FIT’s website, including via links at the end of this policy). Please note that unless otherwise noted, any violation of an FIT policy may be subject to the disciplinary process described herein. A. Physical Abuse Physical abuse of any person, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, rape, criminal sexual acts, forcible touching, sexual
that is owned, leased or otherwise controlled by an
abuse, and aggravated abuse is prohibited. See
FIT-recognized student organization or any building
FIT’s Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment, and
or property (whether domestic or international), that is
Sexual Assault, Stalking and Domestic and Intimate
owned, leased or otherwise controlled by FIT that is not
Partner Violence Prevention and Response policies.
within the reasonably contiguous geographic campus area and is used in support of, or in relation to, FIT’s educational purposes and is frequently used by students. E.
Public property: Property that is not privately
owned that is within the FIT campus (e.g., West 27th Street) or that immediately borders and is accessible from the campus (e.g., West 26th and 28th Streets and the sidewalks on both sides of the streets). F.
Preponderance of evidence: The
preponderance of evidence is the standard of proof that requires determining that the alleged conduct is “more likely than not” to have occurred. may be required to take a leave of absence from FIT. II.
The code primarily prohibits misconduct on FIT’s on-campus and non-campus property, but may also address conduct occurring on public property and
Threatening, harassing, bullying or intimidating a person, either verbally, in writing, or through electronic or other means is prohibited. C.
Theft /Unauthorized Possession/ Damage/Misuse of Property Theft or damage, misuse and unauthorized possession or improper use of personal property; College property and buildings; unauthorized or improper use of, or entry into, College facilities is prohibited. D.
Drugs and Alcohol
Possession, consumption, sale, distribution, or use of illicit drugs or alcohol is prohibited. E.
The use of tobacco products on campus is prohibited in accordance with College policy.
property off-campus when the behavior or the continued
presence of the individual violates any law, regulation,
Unauthorized use or misappropriation of FIT’s
Misappropriation and Unauthorized Use
funds, name and/or logo or any other works or
consent of all participants. The use of undisclosed hidden
information belonging to FIT or another
recording devices is prohibited in any circumstance
person or entity is prohibited.
where knowledge and consent of all participants would
be required. Class audio-recordings may be made only
Conduct that is dishonest, deceptive, or misleading is
for personal use and only with consent of the professor
prohibited. The College requires that each student
of the class, and students in the class should generally
act with integrity in all College activities, academic or
be informed when a class may be subject to recording.
otherwise. Lying, dishonesty, or misrepresenting information
Students requesting recording as an accommodation
to any College official, faculty member, or office—including
should contact FIT-ABLE, https://www.fitnyc.edu/fitable.
members of the Department of Public Safety—is strictly prohibited. Lying, misrepresentation, or furnishing false information that inhibits or interferes with a College investigation or hearing will be considered a serious offense. Providing false information about one’s academic history, credentials, or in any other context is prohibited. H. Disruption Behavior that substantially disrupts College activities, academic or otherwise, is prohibited. I.
Internet, Electronic Communications and Social Media Students must use the internet, electronic communications, and social media responsibly. Harassment of any kind online or via electronic communications is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and potential violation of the law. The use of any electronic device operated across the FIT network facilities and resources in violation of copyright
Unauthorized Use or Misuse of Electronic Devices
law or the Student Code of Conduct is prohibited.
The College places certain limitations on the use of
copyrightable materials, such as music, videos, text,
personal technology devices on campus. Electronic
graphics, 3D models, sensor designs, art, photographs,
devices, including but not limited to cellular phones, digital
and software, without permission or legal authority.
cameras, laptops, tablets, and pagers, shall not be used
Students’ online activity may be subject to other FIT
in a manner that causes disruption in the classroom,
policies, including but not limited to the following:
library, or any College-owned or College-operated facility,
This includes the downloading and/or distribution of
Acceptable Data Security for Cloud Systems;
Computer and Network Use; and
or projects, or for other prohibited or illegal activity.
Electronic devices may not be used to photograph, film, or
Hazing violates FIT’s general regulations, as well as
otherwise record via any technology individuals in secured
New York state penal law. Individuals and/or
areas such as restrooms, locker rooms, or other premises
organizations found responsible for hazing may
and/or circumstances where there is an expectation of
face loss of College recognition, disciplinary
privacy. Taking photographs or filming any individual
charges, and/or criminal charges.
except as approved by an instructor or College official. Electronic devices shall not be used for the purpose of unauthorized photographing of test questions, class work,
against their will is strictly prohibited. Students are not permitted to photograph, film, or otherwise record via any technology private, nonpublic conversations, as well as meetings, classroom activities, or in other nonpublic educational settings, without the knowledge and
ID Card Policy/Unauthorized Persons on Campus
Unauthorized or improper use of, or entry into, College property and facilities is prohibited. The ID-card policy requires students to display a valid FIT ID card to enter campus buildings, resident halls and 15
FIT vehicles. A person is considered to be loitering
firearms and/or weapons or items that pose a
and trespassing when they remain in or about a
potential hazard to the safety or health of
building without written permission to do so or
others, including but not limited to explosive
with no legitimate reason for being there.
devices and firecrackers, are prohibited on campus,
including resident halls and FIT vehicles.
Hazardous materials and chemicals-unauthorized
use, possession or storage of any form is prohibited.
M. On-Campus Demonstration or Protest Students shall not engage in substantially disruptive activities while on the College campus or property. FIT supports students’ rights to dissent peacefully, however any form of on-campus protesting that violates the laws of the City or State of New York or interferes with the College’s ability to function as an educational institution will not be tolerated. All demonstrations/ protests must be registered and scheduled in advance with the Department of Student Life. N. Food and Beverages Eating and drinking are permitted only in designated areas, and are prohibited in classrooms, labs and other restricted facilities.
iii. Fire Safety-interfering with, misusing, tampering
with or damaging fire safety equipment,
unauthorized burning of any material
on campus, disregarding a fire alarm signal
or refusing to evacuate a building, reckless or
intentionally activating alarm when an emergency
situation does not exist are all prohibited.
Failure to Comply
Students are expected to comply with instructions, requests, or orders of a College official, a College official’s designee, or College document. This includes, but is not limited to, College administrators, faculty, and
staff, such as residential staff, resident assistants, buildings
Pets are not permitted inside College buildings and
and grounds personnel, campus security officers.
residential halls. Service animals and support
Examples of failure to comply include,
animals are permitted with prior written approval by
but are not limited to:
Disability Support Services FIT-ABLE and/or the dean of
Failing to comply with the directive
students for reasonable accommodations. See Disability
of any College official or faculty member;
Accommodations for Service and Support Animals policy.
Failing to comply with the terms of
any policy, procedure or agreement
between a student and a College
official or department;
Failing to comply with any applicable
federal, state, or local law;
Failing to comply with instructions from
Wheeled Recreational Equi pment
Wheeled recreational equipment, such as skates, bicycles, skateboards, or hover boards, are not permitted inside and may not be used inside any College building, unless the College grants special permission in writing.
members of the Department of Public Safety
Q. Gambling or Gaming
and federal, state, or local law enforcement;
Gambling or gaming, as defined by state law, is
Failing to comply with identification requirements; and
prohibited on College property. Utilizing College
Failing to comply with a sanction issued
resources to engage in or coordinate gaming
by the dean of students, Academic
and gaming activities is also prohibited.
Affairs or the Student Conduct Council.
Dangerous Items or Actions
Violations of Other Published Polices and Laws
Weapons–Use, possession or storage of any
In addition to the above outlined behaviors and
policies, students are prohibited from engaging in conduct that violates other College policies including, but not limited to: ∙
Conduct that violates or is in contravention of
the Student Rights and Responsibilities Manual;
Conduct that violates the policies of the
Resident Handbook; and
Conduct that violates any statute, regulation
VI. P R O C E D U R E S I.
As soon as possible after learning of a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, students, employees, or anyone else in the FIT community should notify the dean of students in writing. Students also have the
Partner Violence Prevention and Response Policy. IV. Protective Measures The College may employ protective measures, including but not limited to: temporary suspension (see below at Section V (A)), class changes, meeting room changes, residential room changes, and restriction of interaction. The College reserves the right to take interim measures as appropriate. V.
Student Disci plinary Process
Although FIT has an obligation to uphold federal, state, and local laws, FIT’s rules and regulations operate independently from them. As such, FIT may pursue enforcement of its own rules whether or not legal proceedings are initiated.
option to report incidents to other College personnel,
A. Dean of Students Procedures
such as residential life staff, student life staff, the
All infractions of the Student Code of Conduct
affirmative action officer or Title IX coordinator, the
are initially handled by the dean of students.
Department of Public Safety, and other faculty or staff.
Whenever possible, charges shall be stated in writing
Members of the FIT community who make false reports, with the exception of reports which even if erroneous, are made in good faith, will be subject to disciplinary action.
by the complainant(s). Upon receiving notice of a potential violation of the Code of Student Conduct, the dean of students shall initiate a disciplinary proceeding. The dean will provide written notice of the charges, as well as the time, place, and nature of the alleged violation to the charged student(s) and the complainant.
The notice shall also state the date, time, and location
Every reasonable effort will be made to complete
for a disciplinary meeting with the dean. Pending the
investigations within 45 days of the report of the
meeting, the dean may temporarily suspend the charged
alleged violation. Investigations will be led by the dean
student if, in the dean’s discretion, the student poses a
of students and may include participation by the offices of
substantial risk of self-harm or harm to others, or take
Public Safety, General Counsel, Information Technology,
other protective interim measures in the dean’s discretion.
and the assistant vice president for Administration, among other departments at FIT, when appropriate.
If a charged student wishes to admit the charges in whole or in part, they may do so and will waive their
Reports of discriminatory harassment or sexual
right to the disciplinary process. The dean will consider
misconduct (including sexual harassment, sexual assault,
the student’s entire academic and/or disciplinary record
stalking, and domestic and intimate partner violence)
in deciding the appropriate sanction in accordance
are subject to different and/or additional procedures
with the disciplinary sanction section of this Code.
and timelines set forth in the applicable policies. See FIT’s Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy, and Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Domestic and Intimate
If a charged student wishes to dispute the charges, the disciplinary meeting will go forward as scheduled. An unexcused absence will be construed as admission 17
to the charge. Notice of whether a non-legal advisor
selection, and training process for Council members.
will attend or legal counsel will be present (subject
All Council members must be present for the hearing.
to Section V(E) of this policy must be submitted in
Every reasonable effort will be made to conduct the
writing to the dean three (3) business days before
hearing within 10 business days of the dean’s referral.
the scheduled meeting. At the disciplinary meeting, the charged student will have an opportunity to present a case, witnesses, and/or pertinent evidence. The dean shall consider the student’s entire academic and/ or disciplinary record. The dean shall render a decision and, if a violation is found to have occurred, impose disciplinary sanctions in accordance with the disciplinary sanction section of this Code. The Dean will send the charged student(s) a written copy of the final decision within 10 business days of the disciplinary meeting.
A list of witnesses, any written evidence, and notice of whether a non-legal advisor will attend or legal counsel will be present (subject to Section V(E) of this policy) must be submitted in writing to the Council three (3) business days before the scheduled hearing. The student(s) has the right to: present witnesses, cross-examine witnesses (through the Council), and submit relevant evidence on their behalf, in writing or verbally. The Council shall consider the student’s entire academic and/or disciplinary record. The Council will make and retain a verbatim
In cases of sexual misconduct or violence, the complainant
record of the hearing in the form of a complete tape
will be afforded the same procedures and opportunity
recording that will be stored with the dean of students.
to present a case, witnesses, and/or pertinent evidence
However, the Council is not responsible for tape recording
as the charged student, and the dean of students will
malfunctions, errors, or lost or destroyed recordings. After
send the student(s) charged a written copy of the final
all presentations are complete, the Council will deliberate
decision, and will also provide written notification to the
in a closed session and arrive at a decision. A decision
complainant, within 10 business days of the hearing.
must be reached by a majority vote of the Council.
Student Conduct Council Procedures
The deliberations and vote will remain confidential.
If the dean determines there is justification to
If the Council finds that a violation of the Code of
suspend or expel a student, a hearing before the
Student Conduct or other College policy occurred, it shall
Student Conduct Council will be scheduled. The dean will
impose disciplinary sanctions in accordance with the
notify the charged student(s) in writing of the time, place,
disciplinary sanction section of this Code. The Council
and location of the hearing, as well as Student Conduct
will send the charged student(s) a written copy of the
Council hearing procedures. The hearing will be held
final decision within 10 business days of the hearing.
even if the charged student declines to attend. Pending the hearing, the dean may temporarily suspend the charged student if, in the dean’s discretion, the student poses a substantial risk of self-harm or harm to others, or take other protective interim measures in the dean’s discretion.
In cases of sexual misconduct or violence, the complainant will be afforded the same procedures and opportunity to present witnesses, cross-examine witnesses (through the Council), and submit relevant evidence on their behalf, in writing or verbally, as the charged student, and the Council
The Student Conduct Council (the “Council”) is made up
will send the student(s) charged a written copy of the final
of three voting faculty or staff members, one of whom
decision, and will also provide written notification to the
will serve as chair, and two voting students, except in
alleged victim(s), within 10 business days of the hearing.
cases involving sexual misconduct, where the Council will be made up of three voting faculty or staff members, one of whom will serve as chair. The president or the president’s designee shall determine the application, 18
Student(s) may appeal decisions in the following manner: i.
Students may appeal the dean of student’s or the
Council’s findings and/or sanctions decisions,
hearing. Failure to present timely notice will result in
on the grounds set forth in Section C(2) below,
a rescheduling of the meeting or hearing. Such non-
to the President or the President’s
legal advisor or legal counsel accompanying a student
designee(s). All appeals must be in writing and
is not allowed to participate in the disciplinary process,
made within ten (10) business days of the
including responding to questions on the student’s
date of the Council’s notification of the
behalf, offering arguments on the student’s behalf, or
outcome or the dean of student’s decision letter.
otherwise participating in disciplinary proceedings
The president or designee(s) shall consider the
other than to speak with the student before, after, or on
student’s entire academic and/or disciplinary record,
breaks from the meeting or hearing. Students will be
review all relevant and available information and
required to sign a FERPA release, allowing the non-
any information submitted by the student,
legal advisor or legal counsel to hear protected student
and shall render a decision within ten (10)
information pertaining to the case. The non-legal advisor
business days of the date of the appeal. The
or legal counsel will be required to leave the meeting
president or designee(s)’ decision is final.
or hearing if they violate any of the above terms.
Students found responsible for offenses under the
Code or FIT policy, and both parties in sexual
Failure to participate or comply with procedures
misconduct or violence cases, may appeal on
at any point during the student disciplinary
the following limited grounds: significant procedural
process may result in adjudication of the complaint
violations, substantial new information including
in the student’s absence, including the imposition
testimony, documentary and/or physical material,
of sanctions, and may result in further disciplinary
and/or the sanction(s) imposed is/are substantially
sanctions for the failure to participate and/or
disproportionate to the severity of the violation.
comply with procedures, including but not limited
In cases where the dean refers a matter to the
to monetary fines and an administrative hold.
Council because there is justification to suspend
or expel a student, the student may not appeal
the dean’s determination, but they may appeal
the decision of the Council, as set forth in this policy.
Burden of Proof
G. Education and Training FIT provides training to members of the community who may have to adjudicate Code of Student Conduct violations. FIT also provides educational programs and training to all staff
All decisions by the dean of students or the
who may respond to incidents of harassment,
Council will be based on a preponderance of
discriminatory harassment or sexual misconduct
(including sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking,
Non-legal Advisor/Legal Counsel
and domestic and intimate partner violence).
Any student(s) charged or involved in a Code of
VI. Disci plinary Sanctions and Other Measures
Student Conduct case may have a non-legal
After disciplinary proceedings, the College may take
advisor or legal counsel present at any meeting or
the following actions including but not limited to:
hearing with the dean of students or the Council. Students must provide advance written notice to the dean of the presence of a non- legal advisor or legal counsel, and their affiliation with the student, within three (3) business days prior to their scheduled meeting or
A. Course Change or Removal FIT has the right to remove the student from a course(s) and/or reassign the student to another course or section. Course removal will not
result in a refund and will be identified in the
College rules and regulations. Fines for specific violations
student’s transcript as a withdrawal (WD). Course
are enumerated in applicable College publications
reassignments will be based on the availability of
(i.e. catalogs or student and resident handbooks).
comparable courses and the student’s schedule. B.
H. Educational Sanction FIT may impose educational sanctions in order to
The College may employ protective measures
help students learn from their mistakes. Such
including but not limited to: class changes,
sanctions may include but are not limited to
meeting room changes, residential room
community service or participation in a project or
changes, and restriction of interaction.
activity, either within or outside the College, during
The College may issue a verbal warning that a
a specific period and in a manner consistent with the nature and severity of the violation(s).
student’s conduct is improper or violates the
College’s rules or regulations, coupled with
FIT may alter, limit, or revoke a student’s privileges
a direction to cease and desist.
associated with membership or participation
Disci plinary Probation
FIT may place a student on disciplinary probation for a designated period of time; more severe disciplinary sanctions may be imposed if the student is found responsible for further violations of the Code of Student Conduct or FIT policy during the probationary period. Disciplinary probation is a serious response to a violation resulting in a notation to the student’s permanent file at FIT and may include, but is not limited to, other education sanctions as well as restriction or revocation of privileges and/or College awards or scholarships. E.
The College may issue a formal written notice that the student has engaged in improper conduct, including warning that subsequent violations will result in more severe disciplinary action. F.
The College may require reimbursement by transfer of property, money, or services to FIT or a member of the FIT community in an amount not in excess of the damage or loss incurred. G. FINES The College may assess a monetary fine as a penalty for improper conduct or violation of
Restriction or Revocation of Privileges
in the College community for a specified or indefinite period of time. Examples of such privileges include, but are not limited to: entering College property or facilities; use of or participation in programs, activities, events, and services on or off campus; membership, election to, or holding office in a club, organization, or society; representing the College on a committee or in a program or activity; visitation by guests; participation in recreational, intramural, or varsity athletic programs; and use of College technology resources. J.
A suspended student will be temporarily deprived of some or all rights and privileges normally accorded an enrolled student. While suspended, a student may be separated from their campus residence, class or classes, and/or College facilities or premises, and have their rights and privileges revoked for a specified period. Conditions may be placed on the student’s return. K.
An expelled student may not return to residence and/or the College. The student is permanently separated and loses all rights and privileges associated with membership in the College community. L.
If a student fails to comply with a disciplinary
sanction, such as failing to pay a fine or comply
officials or law enforcement, will not be subject to
with educational sanctions, the dean of students
disciplinary action by the College for violations
may place an administrative hold on a student’s
of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring
account. While an administrative hold is in effect, the
at or around the time of the incident.
student may not register, access course information,
or receive official or unofficial transcripts. The hold
The College complies with the Family Educational
will be removed promptly upon the student’s full
Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which
compliance with the disciplinary sanctions.
provides for certain protections for education
M. Transcri pt Notations Where a student is suspended, the following notation will be listed on that student’s transcript:
records, including those related to the disciplinary process All records, to the extent they are subject to FERPA, will be kept in accordance with FERPA.
“Suspended after a finding of responsibility for a Code
of Conduct violation.” Where a student is expelled, the
FIT prohibits any form of retaliation against individuals
following notation will be listed on that student’s transcript:
who file a report in good faith, participate
“Expelled after a finding of responsibility for a Code
in an investigation, or are accused of violating this policy.
of Conduct violation.” Should a student withdraw from
It is illegal to retaliate against any individual who reports
the College while conduct charges are pending and the
a complaint, or participates in an investigation of such
student declines to complete the student judicial process,
complaints. Retaliation against an individual for reporting
the following notation will be listed on that student’s
in good faith, or for participating in an investigation is
transcript: “Withdrew with conduct charges pending.”
a serious violation of this policy and will be subject to
A notation of suspension may be appealed, in writing, to the dean of students. Appeals may be granted provided
disciplinary action. Individuals who experience or witness retaliation should contact the dean of students immediately.
that one year has passed since the conclusion of the
suspension, the term of suspension was completed and
No student accused of committing an infraction may
any conditions complied with, and the dean of students
be penalized before having been afforded an
has determined that the student is once again in good
opportunity to challenge the accusation(s). Accordingly,
standing with all applicable College standards. Notations
unless the student is deemed by FIT to pose a significant
for expulsion may not be appealed or removed. If
threat to the health and safety of themselves or others,
a finding of responsibility is vacated for any reason,
any student accused of violating the Code of Student
any such transcript notation shall be removed.
Conduct shall be entitled to remain an active member of
VII. Student Rights and Protection All students charged with a Code of Conduct violation are
the FIT community, including remaining enrolled in classes, pending the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings.
presumed innocent until the preponderance of evidence
VIII. Exceptional Measures
requires a conclusion to the contrary. All students will
Where an individual’s behavior poses a significant
have the following rights and protections afforded to
threat to the health and safety of themselves or
them at all times throughout the disciplinary process:
others as determined by the dean of students, the
A. Amnesty Clause A victim of sexual violence or a bystander reporting, in good faith, sexual violence to FIT
College may in its discretion take exceptional measures, including but not limited to, family/parental notification, development of a letter of understanding with the
student to remediate the issue, mandated evaluation,
whenever the dean of students or the director of Residential
and/or temporary or permanent separation from the
Life determines that the student would pose a significant
College. The application of these measures will not
threat to the health and safety of themselves or others.
preempt disciplinary action. Withdrawal from the
In such instances, the dean of students or director of
College will not preempt the disciplinary process.
Residential Life shall grant an immediate review on request
A. Executive Suspension The dean of students may suspend the student or
of any resident so reassigned and/or restricted with respect to the basis for such a reassignment and/or restriction.
students charged with an infraction, pending
the hearing and determination thereof, whenever the
The dean of students or director of Residential Life
dean of students determines that the student would pose
may temporarily restrict a student from any
a significant threat to the health and safety of themselves
personal, verbal, written, telephone, and electronic
or others. In such instances, the dean of students shall
contact with another person pending an investigation
grant an immediate review on request of any student so
and/or hearing whenever the dean of students or the
suspended with respect to the basis for such suspension,
director of Residential Life determines that the student
at which time the suspended student shall have the right
would pose a significant threat to the health and safety
to present statements tending to show that the basis for
of themselves or others. In such instances, the dean of
executive suspension does not exist. Suspension may
students or the director of Residential Life shall grant
apply to a portion of the College or the entire campus.
an immediate review on request of any individual so
Suspension from the Residence Halls
Temporary Restriction from Personal Contact
restricted with respect to the basis for such a restriction.
The dean of students or director of Residential
Life may suspend from the residence halls a
Any student who withdraws or fails to return to the
student or students charged with an infraction pending the
College while disciplinary action is pending
hearing and determination thereof, whenever the dean of
or fails to appear for a scheduled hearing will be
students or the director of Residential Life determines that
ineligible for readmission, registration, receipt of a
the student would pose a significant threat to the health and
transcript, or diploma until the outstanding matter is
safety of themselves or others. In such instances, the dean
resolved. The College reserves the right to formally
of students or the director of Residential Life shall grant an
restrict individual(s) from the campus grounds while such
immediate review on request of any student so suspended
disciplinary action is pending. Any further readmission
with respect to the basis for such a suspension, at which
would require an appeal in writing to the dean of
time the suspended student may have the right to present
students and approval by the dean of students.
statements tending to show that the basis for the executive suspension from the residence halls/apartments does not exist. Suspension may apply to all residence facilities, an individual residence hall/apartment or any portion thereof.
Withdrawal Prior to Hearing
The dean of students may direct a student to participate in an individualized psychological and/or medical assessment whenever the behavior of the
Residence Hall/ Temporary Reassignment and Restriction from Facilities
student is deemed to pose a significant threat to the health
The dean of students or director of Residential
is designed to assess the factors that contributed to the
Life may temporarily reassign a resident to
studentâ€™s behavior and to assist the student in accessing
another facility and/or restrict a resident from specific
resources in order to maintain appropriate behavior.
campus facilities pending an investigation and/or hearing 22
and safety of themselves or others. The assessment process
Failure to respond to a directive from an FIT official to complete the mandated assessment, or failure to provide necessary records of prior treatment by the date requested, may result in administrative action, up to and including suspension from the College and/or the residence halls until the assessment and records request requirements are met. G. Withdrawal Prior to Assessment The student who leaves (including voluntary leaves of absence for medical reasons), withdraws, is administratively suspended/withdrawn, or fails to return to the College before an assessment has been completed may not be permitted to register for classes or return to campus until the outstanding matter is resolved.
by a treating practitioner.
The dean of students has approved the decision to
permit the student to register for classes, return to
campus, and/or live in a campus residence. Registration and/or housing assignment is not permitted until readiness to return to school has been thoroughly evaluated. C O N TA C T
Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students Enrollment Management and Student Success B221, Business and Liberal Arts Center 212-217-3800 email@example.com
H. Withdrawal by Administrative Action
Campus Safety and Security
The dean of students may initiate and approve procedures
At FIT, the safety and well-being of our students, employees,
for the administrative withdrawal from the College
third parties, and visitors are of paramount importance.
and/or residence halls where, in the dean of student’s
A safe and secure environment can only be achieved with
reasonable discretion, the student poses a significant
the cooperation of all members of the College community.
threat to the health and safety of the student or others.
FIT’s Department of Public Safety provides a range of safety
Students may challenge the withdrawal through
and protection services for the entire FIT community. Their
the submission of a written appeal to the dean of
function is primarily informational and advisory rather
students supported by medical and/or mental health
than regulatory. Public Safety personnel are not police
professional documentation. Administrative
officers and are not empowered as such. The department’s
withdrawal actions may be reconsidered by the
primary protective means is to restrict campus access and
dean of students at regular intervals upon the written
use only to those authorized students, employees, or third
request of the student. The dean of students may elect
parties, or their guests, for reasonable and safe purpose. In
to appoint an independent medical and/or mental
addition, FIT upholds the rights of students and employees
health professional or a panel of professionals to
to be aware of incidents that occur on or off-campus and
provide input to the dean of students with respect
the College’s policies and procedures intended to promote
to administrative withdrawal determinations.
efficient and effective response to incidents and crises.
Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus
Return to the College
Students who leave the College, whether the leave
Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, FIT
is voluntary or involuntary, may return to the
publishes an annual report containing crime statistics and
College and/or residence halls when the
statements of security policy, accessible online through
following steps have been completed:
the following site: fitnyc.edu/safety/statistics. A paper
The College completed an individualized assessment
for the purpose of evaluating the student’s readiness
to return to the College, which may include
receiving and evaluating documents provided
copy of the report will be provided upon request by contacting Public Safety’s administrative office number at 212.217.4999. FIT’s Advisory Committee on Campus Security will provide upon request all campus crime statistics as reported to the United States Department 23
of Education. Statistics may also be accessed at the
Department’s website: ope.ed.gov/campussafety.
(ix) remaining in any campus building after it is closed
On Campus Buildings or property owned, leased or otherwise controlled by FIT, that are within a reasonably contiguous geographic area and are used for FIT’s educational purposes, including residence halls.
or in such manner as to obstruct its authorized uses; without authorization;
(x) refusing to leave a campus building after being
required to do so by an authorized administrative
officer or Public Safety guard;
(xi) obstructing the free movement of people and
vehicles in any place to which these rules apply;
(xii) deliberately disrupting or preventing the peaceful
Property that is not privately owned that is within the FIT
(xiii) deliberately disrupting or preventing the freedom
campus (e.g., West 27th Street) or that immediately borders
of any person to express his or her views, including
and is accessible from the campus (e.g., West 26th and
28th Streets and the sidewalks on both sides of the streets).
(xiv) knowingly having in his or her possession on
Non-Campus Property Any building or property that is owned, leased or otherwise controlled by an FIT-recognized student organization or any building or property (whether domestic or international), that is owned, leased or otherwise controlled by FIT that is not within the reasonably contiguous geographic campus area and is used in support of, or in relation to FIT’s educational purposes and is frequently used by students.
and orderly conduct of classes, lectures and meetings;
premises to which these rules apply, any rifle, shotgun,
pistol, revolver, or other firearm or weapon without the
written authorization of the president whether or not a
license to possess the weapon has been issued to the
person; (xv) willfully inciting others to commit any of the acts
prohibited hereby with the specific intent to procure
them to do so; or
(xvi) taking any action, creating or participating in the
II. MAINTENANCE OF PUBLIC ORDER
creation of any situation, which recklessly or
FIT’s rules for the maintenance of public order prohibit
intentionally endangers the mental or physical health
any person whether singly or in concert with others from:
of anyone or involves the forced consumption
willfully threatening or causing physical injury to
of liquor or drugs for the purpose of initiation into
or affiliation with any organization.
(ii) physically restraining or detaining any other person;
Nothing in these rules shall not be construed to limit or
(iii) removing anyone from any place where he or she
restrict the freedoms of speech and peaceful assembly.
is authorized to remain;
(iv) willfully damaging or destroying property of FIT or
under FIT’s control;
(v) removing FIT property or property under FIT’s care; (vi) using FIT property or property in FIT’s control
(vii) entering into any private office of an administrative
officer, member of the faculty or staff member without
implied or explicit permission;
(viii) entering into and remaining in any campus 24
building for any purpose other than its authorized uses
These rules for the maintenance of public order apply to the conduct of students, faculty, all other staff, licensees, invitees and all other persons, whether or not their presence is authorized, upon any FIT property or property under FIT control that is used in teaching, research, administrative service, cultural, recreational, athletic or other programs and activities. A copy of these rules is provided to all students, faculty and staff and are deemed to be part of the by-laws of all FIT-recognized organizations. In the case of a student or employee violator, his or her
suspension, expulsion, termination or other appropriate
please contact the Public Safety office, located in the
disciplinary action will be determined in accordance
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center, room D442.
with the applicable student judicial process or employee
The general business number is 212-217-4999.
disciplinary process. In the case of any organization that authorizes such conduct, its permission to operate on FIT property or property controlled by FIT will be rescinded. Any licensee or invitee who violates any provision of these rules will have his license or invitation revoked
I V. E D U C AT I O N A L P R O G R A M S
Community members are encouraged to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others. Programs are available on campus for security procedures and practices.
and he or she and any other person who violates the
a. Safety and Security – an educational session on
rules, will be directed to leave the college’s property. In
safety and security at the College is provided to
the event of a failure or refusal to leave FIT’s property,
students during Student Orientation.
such person(s) shall be ejected from the property.
b. Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence – training is provided to
I I I . C A M P U S C R I M E S TAT I S T I C S
members of the community who may have to respond
Campus crime statistics reflect incidents that were reported.
to incidents of sexual violence educational programs
Should an incident be reported, and included in statistics,
to raise awareness of sexual violence are presented
it does not denote that the incident actually occurred,
regularly by the Counseling Center, Health Services,
or that it was a criminal offense. All reported incidents
Residential Life, Public Safety, and Student Life.
are fully investigated and appropriate action is taken by
These programs are also publicized to students during
the Department of Public Safety, by other FIT offices and
Student Orientation. Online training is provided for
personnel, or, in cases where evidence indicates that a
employees. Please refer to FIT’s Sexual Assault,
crime is likely to have been committed, it is referred to and
Stalking, and Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence
investigated by the New York Police Department (NYPD).
Incidents reported as having occurred in or on one of the off-campus public properties are not included in the statistics for incidents reported to have occurred “on
Bias Crime Prevention – an educational session
for the prevention of bias-related crimes is provided to
students during Student Orientation.
campus.” Non-campus incidents are included to the extent
V. E M E R G E N C Y R E S P O N S E T E A M
that statistics are available from NYPD’s 10th and 13th
Personnel from the Department of Public Safety and
Precincts, or other appropriate police departments. See
Health Services work together as a team to respond
FIT’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for statistics.
to medical emergencies. Health Services operates as
The president’s Advisory Committee on Campus Security has designated the office of the director of Public Safety to handle crime statistics reports. Upon request, the office of the director of Public Safety will mail a hard copy to the individual requestor within ten days of the request of all campus crime statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education. For FIT’s
an ambulatory care unit and handles most medical emergencies occurring on campus. At times, however, a 911 operator may be contacted to request the immediate response of an ambulance to transport an injured or ill person to a local hospital. In case of other emergencies, please see a list of possible emergency scenarios at fitnyc.edu/emergency/what-to-do.
campus crime statistics, the United States Department
V I . T I M E L Y WA R N I N G S
of Education’s website address is: http://www.ope.
The President of FIT has established an Emergency
ed.gov/campussafety or, for additional assistance,
Preparedness and Response Group, which provides
timely notifications to the College community of serious
campus buildings (red phones), throughout the campus
incidents, crimes considered to be a threat to students
perimeter (blue phones) or by calling 212-217-7777.
and employees, or dangerous situations when warranted.
The Public Safety office is in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art
The emergency response protocols and procedures
and Design Center, room D442, and the general business
are listed by event in the Emergency Management
number is 212-217-4999. For other emergencies,
Plan (EMP). Depending on the incident and situation,
please refer to the Emergency Preparedness Plan.
FIT has the capacity to send community messages via email, FIT Alert, text messaging, the public address
a. Bias/Hate Crimes
For student protocol and enforcement, please refer to
FIT’s Bias Crime Prevention policy and the related
policy Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Domestic and
VII. CAMPUS SECURITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Intimate Partner Violence. Crimes, serious incidents,
The president of FIT has appointed a President’s Advisory
missing students (see Missing Students policy) and
Committee on Campus Security to review Public Safety
court order directives may also be reported to the
policies and procedures, and to make written findings
dean of students, located in room B221 of the
and recommendations at least once each academic year
Business and Liberal Arts Center, 212-217-
for improving campus safety. Such reports will be made
3800, or to any senior administrator of the College.
system, postings on the College’s website, and the College’s information phone line 212-217-7792.
available upon request. See the related document. VIII. REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS
b. Possession, Use/Consumption, Sale and Distribution of Drug and Alcohol
As a service to the community, in conjunction with
For student protocol and enforcement, please refer to
the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000
FIT’s Drug and Alcohol policy. Crimes, serious
and Article 6-C of New York’s Sex Offender
incidents, and court order directives may also be
Registration Act, a list of registered sex offenders
reported to the Dean of Students, located in
is provided at http://criminaljustice.ny.gov.
room B221 of the Business and Liberal Arts Center,
212-217-3800, or to any senior administrator
of the College.
On-site facilities management engineers are proficient
in working with fire alarm systems and work closely
with the Department of Public Safety. In the event
of fire alarm activation, Public Safety and
maintenance personnel quickly respond to the scene.
FIT has a fire evacuation plan. It is the responsibility of
all FIT personnel, working together, to get students
quickly and safely out of any area where the threat of
fire or smoke exists. The actual fighting of any fire on
campus is the responsibility of personnel from the
New York City Fire Department. Please see FIT’s
Fire Safety policy.
Procedures I. REPORTING CRIMINAL ACTIONS, FIRE, AND OTHER EMERGENCIES
One of the most important tools in an emergency is prompt communication in order to facilitate proper reporting and resource utilization and to record the occurrence for further study and preventive action. FIT has Public Safety staff on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Timely communication with Public Safety in the event of a dangerous situation—an assault, threat, injury, sexual offense, attempted crime, fire, and other emergencies—is critical to the safety of all members of the community. Emergency calls to report a crime, serious incident or dangerous situations may be made by calling the Department of Public Safety from any emergency telephones located within the
d. Property Damage or Loss
Community members should report college or
personal property damage or loss to initiate
appropriate immediate actions. If an investigation
is warranted, appropriate personnel will be
notified. The Public Safety office is located in the
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center,
room D442, and the general business number is
212-217-4999. I I . I N V E S T I G AT I O N S
The Department of Public Safety conducts its own investigation and follow-up. Depending on the nature of the incident and/or threat, Public Safety cooperates with FIT personnel, promptly notifies the New York City Police Department, and cooperates with NYPD and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies in their investigations.
firstname.lastname@example.org College Closing and Emergency Numbers Please note that the College will remain open for business and classes will be held as scheduled unless specifically noted otherwise. In the event of a campus, local, or national emergency, further information will be posted on the front page of the FIT website. USEFUL NUMBERS
Public Safety Emergency Line
Public Safety Administrative Line
College Closings 212-217-7792 Student Affairs
Health Services 212-217-4190 Communications and External Relations
Employee Assistance Program
The Department of Public Safety will coordinate with
Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment
local law enforcement to promptly investigate offenses
The Fashion Institute of Technology (“FIT” or “the
occurring in the buildings and on the grounds of the
College”) is an equal-opportunity employer committed to
College. See also FIT’s Sexual Assault, Stalking, and
providing an educational and employment environment
Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence policy. Crimes,
that encourages and fosters appropriate conduct,
serious incidents and court order directives may
in which all individuals are treated with dignity and
also be reported to the dean of students, Business
respect. Discrimination and harassment are behaviors
and Liberal Arts Center, room B221, 212-217-3800,
that are incompatible with the standard of conduct
or to any senior administrator of the college.
required of a member of the FIT community in the
a. Violent Felony Offenses
b. Missing Students
For missing student protocol and enforcement, please
refer to FIT’s Missing Students policy. Crimes, serious
incidents, missing students and court order directives
may also be reported to the dean of students,
Business and Liberal Arts Center, room B221,
212-217-3800, or to any senior administrator
of the College.
C O N TA C T
Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students Enrollment Management and Student Success B221, Business and Liberal Arts Center 212-217-3800
workplace or in any college-related setting, including but not limited to off-campus, college-related events and activities. The College provides members of the campus community who believe they have been the subject of discrimination or harassment with mechanisms for seeking redress. Everyone at FIT is expected to adhere to the applicable policies and to report conduct or behavior they believe to be in violation of this policy. I. DEFINITIONS
Discrimination Treating members less favorably or differently because of their actual or perceived protected characteristics— such as age, race/color, religion, gender, national origin, sex, disability, equal pay/compensation, genetic 27
disposition/information, pregnancy, citizenship status,
who has made a discrimination or harassment complaint,
or any other legally prohibited basis that is unlawful.
who has opposed discrimination or harassment, or
Discriminatory Harassment Subjecting an individual on the basis of his or her protected characteristics specified by law—race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, genetic disposition, religion, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, unemployment status, familial status, status as a veteran—to humiliating,
cooperated with an investigation of discrimination or harassment complaint. Examples of retaliation include intimidation, threatening, coercion or other types of aggression, termination, demotion, refusal to promote, or any other adverse action that would discourage a reasonable person from opposing perceived discrimination.
abusive, or threatening conduct that denigrates or
shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or
A nonconsensual, intentional physical contact of a
group; that is oral, written, graphic or physical conduct
sexual nature, such as unwelcome physical contact with
relating to an individual’s protected characteristics that
a person’s genitals, buttocks or breasts. Sexual assault
is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to
occurs when the act is committed by: a) physical force,
interfere with or limit his/her ability to participate in or
violence, threat or intimidation; b) ignoring the objections
benefit from FIT’s programs or activities. Examples of
of another person; c) causing another person’s intoxication
discriminatory harassment include, but are not limited to:
or impairment through the use of alcohol or other
• Treating people differently because they fall within a
drugs; and/or d) taking advantage of another person’s
protected class or category listed above;
• A student, on the basis of sex, is denied the ability to
incapacitation, helplessness, or other inability to consent. This includes conduct that is covered under the New York
participate in or to receive benefits, services, or
State Penal Law. (See FIT’s policy on Sexual Assault,
opportunities in the educational institution’s program;
Stalking, and Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence.)
• Unwillingness to train, evaluate, assist, or work with an employee;
• Offensive or suggestive comments, letters, emails or telephone calls;
• Excessive joking, teasing, threatening, making embarrassing comments or other remarks that makes the person extremely uncomfortable;
• Mimicking a person’s accent, or mocking or imitating a disability or stutter;
• Showing inappropriate images, pictures, cartoons, or other objects;
• A pattern of conduct which implies discrimination or hostility toward a person’s personal, professional, or academic interests because of gender or sexual orientation (or any other protected class).
Retaliation Adverse treatment of an individual that occurs when an alleged perpetrator or respondent intimidates, threatens, coerces, harasses, or discriminates against an individual 28
Sexual Harassment Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It can take different forms; accordingly, the determination of what constitutes sexual harassment will vary according to the particular context and circumstances. Sexual harassment is often imposed upon a person in an unequal power relationship through the abuse of authority. Central to this concept is the use of implied reward or threat of deprivation that interferes with the academic or work effectiveness of the victim. Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
• Making unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature;
• A pattern of conduct intended to discomfort or humiliate, or both, that includes comments of a sexual nature or sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, or anecdotes whether delivered in person, in writing, by email, voicemail message, social media, blogs, chats, or any other communication medium;
• A pattern of conduct that would discomfort or humiliate, or both, that includes one or more of the following: unnecessary touching, patting, hugging, or brushing against a person’s body; remarks of a sexual nature about a person’s clothing or body; or remarks about a
I V. FA L S E C O M P L A I N T S
Members of the FIT community who make false reports, with the exception of reports which even if erroneous, are made in good faith, will be subject to disciplinary action.
person’s sexual activity or speculation about a person’s
V. N O N - R E TA L I AT I O N
It is illegal to retaliate against any individual who reports
• Direct or implied threats that submission to such conduct
acts of discrimination or harassment, or participates in
is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an
an investigation of such reports. Retaliation against an
individual’s participation in an educational program,
individual for reporting harassment or discrimination
grades, or letters of recommendation,
in good faith, or for participating in an investigation
• Direct or implied threats that submission to such conduct
of a claim of harassment or discrimination is a serious
is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition
violation of this policy and will be subject to disciplinary
of an individual’s continued employment, work
action. Individuals who experience or witness retaliation
status, promotion, or other condition of employment;
should contact the affirmative action officer immediately.
• Such conduct is intended to interfere, or results in interference, with an employee’s work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.
V I . R O L E O F T H E A F F I R M AT I V E A C T I O N O F F I C E R
The affirmative action officer and supporting staff may receive initial inquiries, reports and requests for consultation and counseling. Assistance will be available
I I . A C C E S S A N D FA I R T R E AT M E N T
whether or not a formal complaint is contemplated or even
It is the policy of FIT that discrimination against or
possible. The Affirmative Action office will respond to such
harassment of individuals will not be tolerated on
inquiries, reports and requests as promptly as possible an
campus or in any programs or activities of the College.
in a manner appropriate to the particular circumstances.
All judgments about and actions toward any community member will be based on their qualifications, abilities, and performance. Attitudes, practices, and preferences of individuals that are essentially personal in nature, such as private expression or sexual orientation, are unrelated to performance and provide no basis for judgment.
Members of the Affirmative Action office are trained in investigating and resolving complaints. They are available for assistance in filing a formal complaint and will remain impartial during an investigation. The Affirmative Action office does not represent any individual or department, but it does advocate on behalf of the College’s commitment
to equal opportunity in an environment that is free from
Every effort will be made to protect the privacy of all
bias, discrimination and harassment. The Affirmative
individuals involved in an investigation of a discrimination
Action office shall solicit information concerning any
or harassment complaint. Information about complaints
factors that might prejudice an objective evaluation of the
or inquiries will be maintained in confidence to the
evidence and shall reassign an investigation if a conflict
fullest extent possible. However, FIT cannot guarantee
or potential conflict emerges. The Affirmative Action
complete confidentiality. An investigation will generally
office may determine that a substantiated complaint
include interviewing necessary parties and coordination
of unlawful discrimination or harassment is of such a
when necessary with relevant offices. Information about
serious nature that the matter is then referred to:
allegations of harassment will be shared only with those who need to know. Records relating to harassment complaints are kept confidential on the same basis.
• Human Resources and Labor Relations, for disciplinary action, when the accused is an employee;
â€˘ dean of students, for judicial proceedings, when the accused is a student; or
â€˘ The appropriate supervisory personnel when the accused is a contractor or third-party vendor. Procedures These procedures provide a mechanism by which FIT may identify, respond to, and prevent incidents of illegal discrimination and harassment. The College recognizes
c. When the discrimination or harassment is or may
be ongoing and the affirmative action officer is
not available, the supervisor to whom the complaint
has been made should immediately contact the
General Counsel or any vice president, any of
whom can be contacted through the
Department of Public Safety if the parties are not
and accepts its responsibility in this regard and believes
that the establishment of an internal, non-adversarial
discriminated or harassed may also file charges
process will benefit the FIT community, permitting a
with external enforcement agencies: the U.S.
thorough and impartial investigation and resolution of
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,
problems without resorting to the frequently expensive
the New York State Division of Human Rights,
and time-consuming procedures of local, state and
the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S.
federal enforcement agencies or court systems. During
Department of Education, the Office of Federal
any portion of the procedures detailed hereafter, the
Contract Compliance of the U.S. Department
parties shall not employ audio or video taping devices.
of Labor, or other agencies having
jurisdiction over such charges. In general, the
deadline to file such charges runs from the last
date of unlawful harassment, not from the date
I. FILING A COMPLAINT
There are no time limits for reporting discrimination and harassment. However, allegations of discrimination and harassment should be reported as promptly as possible:
d. Individuals who believe they have been
that an internal FIT complaint is resolved.
e. The complainant is not required to wait until
an internal FIT complaint is resolved before
filing a charge with one or more of these
agencies. However, after filing with one of these
outside enforcement agencies, or upon the
who have been victims of discrimination or
initiation of litigation, the complaint will be referred
harassment to contact:
to FITâ€™s Office of the General Counsel for review.
Contact information for these agencies can be found
on the Related Documents section of this policy, in the External Enforcement Agencies document.
preferably within 90 calendar days of the alleged incident. A delay in making a complaint may make it more difficult for the College to investigate allegations. 1. The College encourages members of the community
a. The affirmative action officer in the Office of
Compliance and Audit at 212-217-3360,
email@example.com, or in the Dubinsky Student
Center, room A605.
2. If an individual refuses to produce a written complaint,
b. Any senior administrator, dean, department
director, department chairperson or coordinator, or
any other person with supervisory responsibility.
Anyone who receives a complaint of
discrimination or harassment must report
the complaint to the affirmative action officer
there may be a continuing obligation on the part of the campus to investigate the verbal complaint to the best of its ability and proceed with any action that is warranted. Although in rare instances verbal complaints may be acted upon, the procedures set forth here rest upon submission of a written complaint that will enable there to be a full and fair investigation of the facts. Complainants are asked to complete the Complaint
Intake and Information Sheet. 3. Individuals must file a written complaint with the affirmative action officer preferably within 90 calendar days following the alleged act of discrimination
4. If a resolution is not met within 24 calendar days, and there is cause to proceed with a formal complaint, the complainant and respondent will be notified. 5. At any time subsequent to the filing of the Complaint
or harassment, or the date on which the complainant
Intake and Information Sheet, the complainant may
first knew or reasonably should have known of such act.
elect to proceed to a formal investigation and forego
The complainant is provided with a copy of their
the informal resolution procedure. The affirmative
completed Complaint Intake and Information Sheet.
action officer will deem if this is appropriate
4. The Complaint Intake and Information Sheet will be used for both the initiation of complaints under the informal complaint and the conversion of the complaint to a formal complaint.
depending on the severity of the allegations, evidence (documentation or witnesses), or other related factors. I I I . I N V E S T I G AT I O N O F F O R M A L C O M P L A I N T S
1. Should informal resolution be inappropriate or
I I . I N V E S T I G AT I O N O F I N F O R M A L C O M P L A I N T S
unattainable, the formal complaint proceeding
1. The affirmative action officer, receiving a complaint
will be commenced by the filing of the Complaint
of harassment or discrimination, will conduct a prompt
Intake and Information Sheet. The preferred time limit
review on an informal basis. Assistance will be available
for filing a formal complaint is also 90 calendar days
whether or not a formal complaint is contemplated or
from the alleged incident.
even possible. It is the responsibility of the affirmative action officer to respond when he/she receive(s) initial inquiries, reports and requests for consultation and counseling as promptly as possible and in a manner appropriate to the particular circumstances. 2. The affirmative action officerâ€™s response may include interim measures to protect the parties during the investigation process. Interim measures will not disproportionately impact the complainant. Interim measures involving collective bargaining employees will be determined in consultation with the director of Employee Relations. 3. In seeking an informal resolution, the affirmative action officer shall attempt to review all relevant information, interview pertinent witnesses, and discuss
2. If the complainant first pursued the informal process and subsequently wishes to pursue a formal complaint, he/she may do so by checking the appropriate box, and signing and dating the complaint form. The affirmative action officer will deem if this is appropriate depending on the severity of the allegations, evidence (documentation or witnesses), or other related factors. 3. Upon receipt of a complaint, the affirmative action officer will provide the complainant with a copy of his/ her completed Complaint Intake and Information Sheet. 4. Supporting documentation will be reviewed and interviews of witnesses will be conducted to determine the validity of the complaint. 5. The affirmative action officer will notify the respondent
resolution possibilities with the complainant, respondent,
that a complaint has been made against him/her, giving
and/or other appropriate party. If a resolution is
the respondent the opportunity to respond to the
reached within 24 calendar days from filing the
complaint, the affirmative action officer shall close the case, sending a written notice to that effect to the complainant and the respondent, if appropriate.
6. Within 48 calendar days from the filing of a formal complaint, the affirmative action officer shall submit a summary of its findings to the president of FIT.
a. If the findings result in a determination that the complaint was substantiated:
• For employees in the collective bargaining unit: The
president may determine that sufficient information
exists to refer the matter to Human Resource
Management and Labor Relations for disciplinary
action or other action as may be appropriate under
the applicable collective bargaining agreement.
• For employees (including student employees) not
communication technologies (i.e. cellular phones) to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others. The IT System of FIT imposes certain responsibilities and obligations, and is subject to college policies, and local, state, and federal laws. In making appropriate use of college computing resources students are not permitted to use mail or messaging services to harass, intimidate, or otherwise annoy
in the collective bargaining unit: The president may
take such administrative action as he/she deems
appropriate under his/her authority as the chief
administrative officer of the College, including
If the FIT is made aware that cyber-harassment is
but not limited to dismissal, demotion,
taking place through the use of college IT services,
reassignment, suspension, reprimand,
and/or personal technological devices, such
removal of privileges, or training.
actions will result in possible judicial sanctions up to
• For students: The president may determine that
sufficient information exists to refer the matter to the
dean of students for review and appropriate action
under the appropriate student Conduct Code.
another person, for example, by broadcasting unsolicited messages, or sending unwanted mail.
termination and suspension/expulsion from FIT. The disciplinary actions taken by FIT does not shield from any criminal charges that may be taken against the harasser.
• Within ten (10) calendar days of submission of the
findings, the affirmative action officer shall issue a
C O N TA C T
written notification to the complainant and
Affirmative Action Officer and Acting Director
respondent which will state that the complaint
of Compliance (Title IX Coordinator)
was substantiated and that it has been referred
Office of Compliance and Audit
for further action.
A605, Dubinsky Student Center
• The action of the president shall be final.
b. If the findings result in a determination that the
complaint was not substantiated, the affirmative
action officer shall close the case, sending a
written notice to that effect to the complainant
and the respondent. c. If the complainant is dissatisfied with the
decision, the complainant may elect to file a
complaint with one or more local, state and federal
agencies. The disciplinary actions taken by FIT
does not shield from any civil or criminal
charges that may be taken against the harasser.
Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence FIT seeks to create and maintain a safe environment in which all members of the community – students, faculty, administrators, staff, guests and visitors – can learn and work free from the fear of sexual violence. FIT prohibits sexual violence by its students, faculty, administrators or staff. Sexual violence covered by this policy includes sexual assault, stalking, and domestic and intimate
partner violence. The college will promptly investigate
Cyber-harassment involves the use of information and
all allegations of sexual violence, and take appropriate
disciplinary action upon finding a violation of this policy by
or gender expression. Consent may be initially given
a member of the FIT community. The college is committed
but withdrawn at any time. When consent is withdrawn
to supporting victims of sexual violence. Just as important,
or cannot be given, sexual activity must stop. Consent
FIT offers education and training programs intended to
cannot be given when a person is incapacitated.
prevent sexual violence from happening in our community.
Incapacitation occurs when an individual lacks the ability
FIT also prohibits harassment of a sexual nature and has relevant policies on discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment. This policy statement sets forth information for students and other members of the FIT community to follow in the event that they or someone they know have been a victim of sexual violence, as well as the support services provided by the College and appropriate disciplinary procedures. Sexual violence is an intolerable intrusion into the most personal and private rights of an individual. It impacts both the victim and the community as a whole. FIT wants all victims of sexual violence, including assault,
to fully, knowingly choose to participate in sexual activity. Incapacitation occurs due to a disability that limits informed sexual decision-making, and includes impairment due to drugs or alcohol (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary), the lack of consciousness or being asleep, being involuntarily restrained, if any of the parties are under the age of 17, or if an individual otherwise cannot give consent. Consent cannot be given when it is the result of any coercion, intimidation, force, or threat of harm.
Bystander A person who observes a crime, impending crime, conflict or unacceptable behavior.
stalking, and domestic and intimate partner violence,
to be aware of the many resources FIT offers to support
Any act of violence committed by a person who is or has
them. The community must also be confident that those
been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate
who are found to have committed sexual violence will be
nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship
disciplined up to and including expulsion for students or
shall be determined based on the victim’s statement and
termination for employees. The training and educational
with consideration of the type and length of the relationship
opportunities available at the college for students and
and the frequency of the interaction between the persons
employees are intended to help prevent sexual violence
involved in the relationship. Two people may be in a
as well as to teach how to deal with its aftermath.
romantic or intimate relationship, regardless of whether
the relationship is sexual in nature. This definition does not include acts covered under domestic violence.
A clear, unambiguous, knowing, informed, and voluntary
Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence
agreement between all participants to engage in sexual
Domestic violence is any violent felony or misdemeanor
activity. Consent is active, not passive. Silence or lack
crime committed by a current or former spouse or
of resistance cannot be interpreted as consent. Seeking
intimate partner of the victim, a person sharing a
and having consent accepted is the responsibility of the
child with the victim, or a person cohabiting with
person(s) initiating each specific sexual act regardless of
the victim as a spouse or intimate partner.
whether the person initiating the act is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Consent to any sexual act or prior consensual sexual activity between or with any party does not constitute consent to any other sexual act. The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity
Preponderance of the Evidence The standard of proof in sexual harassment and sexual assault cases, which asks whether it is “more likely than not” that the sexual harassment or sexual violence occurred. If the evidence presented meets this standard,
then the accused should be found responsible.
Retaliation Adverse action against another person for reporting a violation or for participating in any way in the investigation or conduct process. Retaliation includes harassment and intimidation, including but not limited to
and affirmatively given. The perspective of a reasonable person will be the basis for determining whether one should have known about the impact of alcohol or other drugs on another person’s ability to give consent. The use of alcohol and other drugs never makes someone at fault for being sexually assaulted (see Affirmative Consent).
violence, threats of violence, property destruction, adverse
II. SUPPORT SERVICES
educational or employment consequences, and bullying.
FIT’s primary concern is to make sure that victims of
Sexual Assault Any non-consensual, intentional physical contact of a sexual nature, such as unwelcome physical contact with a person’s genitals, lips, buttocks or breasts. Sexual assault occurs when the act is committed by: a) physical force, violence, threat or intimidation; b) ignoring the objections of another person; c) causing another’s intoxication or impairment through the use of alcohol or other drugs; and/
sexual violence seek medical attention for physical and mental health. FIT will ensure that those who come forward are advised of all the support resources available on and off campus.
Students Students have available to them the services of trained professionals in the Counseling Center, Health Services, Residential Life and Student Life.
or d) taking advantage of another person’s incapacitation,
helplessness, or other inability to consent. Sexual assault
Faculty, administrators and staff may use the services
includes what is commonly known as “rape” (including
of the Employment Assistance Program.
what is commonly called “date rape” and “acquaintance rape”), fondling, statutory rape and incest. For statutory rape, the age of consent in New York State is 17 years old.
III. OPTIONS FOR CONFIDENTIALITY DISCLOSING SEXUAL VIOLENCE
The College recognizes that confidentiality is particularly
important to victims of sexual violence. A victim who has
A course of conduct directed at a specific person that
made a report may make a request for confidentiality or
would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalking
privacy at any point. This may include a request to remain
involves repeated and continued harassment made
anonymous to the alleged perpetrator or witnesses. FIT
against the expressed wishes of another individual,
will make all reasonable efforts to honor such a request
which causes the targeted individual to feel emotional
limiting information to those who need to know for an
distress, including fear and apprehension. Stalking
investigation to commence. The College understands
behaviors may include: pursuing or following; non-
that it may be difficult for a victim to come forward, and
consensual (unwanted) communications or contact—
there are several options available for students who wish
including face-to-face, telephone calls, voice messages,
to maintain confidentiality while getting the support they
electronic messages, text messages, unwanted
need. However, requests for confidentiality may limit
gifts; trespassing; and surveillance or other types of
FIT’s ability to investigate and respond to the allegations.
observation. Cyberstalking involves using the Internet or
The College cannot guarantee complete confidentiality
other electronic means as a way to harass someone.
because of its responsibility to safeguard all members of the
Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs Alcohol and other drugs can lower inhibitions and create an atmosphere of confusion over whether consent is freely
community and its obligations under the law, including Title IX. Certain employees on campus have different abilities to maintain confidentiality (for a detailed description of Options for Confidentiality/Disclosing Sexual Violence,
see Related Documents included at the end of the policy):
• Some employees are required to maintain near
action for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the sexual violence.
complete confidentiality; talking to them is sometimes
V. S E X U A L V I O L E N C E V I C T I M /
called a “privileged communication.” This includes
SURVIVOR BILL OF RIGHTS
campus counselors from the Counseling Center, Health
The State University of New York and the Fashion
Services personnel and clergy.
Institute of Technology are committed to providing
• Non-professional counselors and advocates may
options, support, and assistance to victims/survivors
talk to a victim in confidence, and generally only
of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence,
report to the College that an incident occurred without
and/or stalking to ensure that they can continue to
revealing any personally identifiable information. These
participate in college/university-wide and campus
individuals are required to report aggregate data to
programs, activities, and employment. All victims/
the Title IX coordinator, including nature, date, time, and
survivors of these crimes and violations, regardless
general location of the incident. These resources should
of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age,
consult with victim/survivors about what information
disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual
to withhold to protect the individual’s identity. Non-
orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing
professional counselors and advocates may include
genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence
staff at on-campus sexual assault centers, women’s
victim status, or criminal conviction, have the following
centers, health centers, and victim advocacy offices,
rights, regardless of whether the crime or violation occurs
including front desk staff, students, and volunteers.
on campus, off campus, or while studying abroad.
• All other employees are required to report the details of an incident (including the identities of both the victim
A L L S T U D E N T S H AV E T H E R I G H T T O :
Make a report to local law enforcement
and/or state police;
Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating
violence, stalking, and sexual assault treated seriously;
Make a decision about whether or not to disclose
a crime or violation and participate in the judicial
I V. A L C O H O L A N D / O R D R U G U S E
or conduct process and/or criminal justice
AMNESTY IN SEXUAL VIOLENCE CASES
process free from pressure by the institution;
The health and safety of every student at the State
Participate in a process that is fair, impartial,
University of New York and its state-operated and
and provides adequate notice and a meaningful
community college is of utmost importance. FIT recognizes
opportunity to be heard;
that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs
Be treated with dignity and to receive from the
(whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time a
institution courteous, fair, and respectful health
sexual violence incident occurs may be hesitant to report
care and counseling services, where available;
such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for
Be free from any suggestion that the reporting
their own conduct. FIT strongly encourages students to
individual is at fault when these crimes and
report incidents of sexual violence to campus officials.
violations are committed, or should have acted in
A bystander reporting in good faith or a victim/
a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations;
survivor reporting sexual violence to FIT officials or
Describe the incident to as few institution
law enforcement will not be subject to campus conduct
representatives as practicable and not be required
and accused) to the Title IX coordinator. A report to these employees, including professors and chairpersons, constitutes a report to the college. The college is obligated to investigate and take appropriate steps to address the situation.
to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident;
V I I . N O N - R E TA L I AT I O N
Be protected from retaliation by the institution, any
It is illegal to retaliate against any individual who in
student, the accused and/or the respondent, and/or
good faith files a report, participates in an investigation
their friends, family and acquaintances within
of a report, or is accused of violating this policy
the jurisdiction of the institution;
and after investigation has been found not to have
Access to at least one level of appeal of a
violated this policy. Retaliation is a serious violation of
this policy and will be subject to disciplinary action.
10. Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who
Individuals who experience or witness retaliation should
may assist and advise a reporting individual,
contact the affirmative action officer immediately.
accused, or respondent throughout the judicial or
conduct process including during all meetings and
hearings related to such process; and
11. Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or judicial or conduct process of the institution.
V I I I . E D U C AT I O N A L A N D T R A I N I N G P R O G R A M S
FIT provides training to members of the community who may have to respond to incidents of sexual violence. This campaign aims to educate the campus community about preventing sexual violence, how to report it, and what resources and remedies are available for
OPTIONS IN BRIEF
victims/survivors. The campaign is consistent with the
Victims/survivors have many options that can be pursued
requirements in the Violence Against Women Act. In
simultaneously, including one or more of the following:
addition, educational programs to raise awareness
receive resources, such as counseling and
of sexual violence are presented regularly by the
Counseling Center, Health Services, Residential Life,
confidentially or anonymously disclose a
Public Safety, and Student Life. These five programs are
crime or violation;
also publicized to students during Student Orientation.
make a report to:
Online training is provided for appropriate employees.
— Deliwe Kekana, Title IX coordinator
at 212.217.3360 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
— Public Safety office at 212.217.7777;
— Dean of Students office at 212.217.3800
— NYPD Special Victims Division
at 646.610.7272; and/or family court
or civil court.
I X . C L I M AT E A S S E S S M E N T S U R V E Y
The College will conduct a climate assessment survey every two years. The survey will be sent to all students and employees. Procedures I. SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESPONSE
In accordance with the Victim/Survivor Bill of Rights,
For more details on the options available, please view
victims/survivors shall have the right to pursue more
FIT’s policy on sexual misconduct and a list of campus
than one of the options below at the same time, or to
and off-campus resources. FIT also prohibits sexual
choose not to participate in any of the options below:
harassment and discrimination based on sex in its
• To report confidentially the incident to one of the
non-discrimination and anti-harassment policy. V I . FA L S E C O M P L A I N T S
Members of the FIT community who make false reports, with the exception of reports which even if erroneous, are made in good faith, will be subject to disciplinary action. 36
following college officials, who by law may maintain confidentiality and can assist in obtaining services (more information on confidential report is available in the Options for Confidentially Disclosing Sexual Violence Policy section):
— FIT Care Team (anonymously via online report form)
with local law enforcement:
— Counseling Center
— Department of Public Safety, 212-217-7777,
— Health Services
• To disclose confidentially the incident and obtain
services from the New York State, New York City or county hotlines:
dating violence, and/or stalking, and/or talk to the Title IX coordinator for information and assistance. Reports
Additional disclosure and assistance options are
will be investigated in accordance with FIT policy (see
catalogued by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic
FIT Investigation and Disciplinary Procedures Section
Violence and presented in several languages:
below). If a victim/survivor wishes to keep his/her
http://www.opdv.ny.gov/help/index.html (or by
identity private, he or she may contact the FIT Care Team
calling 1-800-942-6906), and assistance can also
anonymously to discuss the situation and
be obtained through (note that these hotlines are for
crisis intervention, resources, and referrals, and are
— Title IX coordinator
not reporting mechanisms, meaning that disclosure on a call to a hotline does not provide any information to the campus. Victims/survivors are encouraged to additionally contact a campus confidential or private resource so that the campus can take appropriate action in these cases):
— NYSCADV: http://www.nyscadv.org/ — Pandora’s Project: http://www.pandys.org/
— GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project:
— RAINN: https://www.rainn.org/get-help — Safe Horizons: http://www.safehorizon.org/
• To report the incident to one of the following college
Office of Compliance and Audit,
A605, Dubinsky Student Center
• You may withdraw your complaint or involvement
— Legal Momentum: https://www.legalmomentum.org/ — NYSCASA: http://nyscasa.org/get-help/
Street, New York, NY 10011-3502
• To file a report of sexual assault, domestic violence,
— SurvJustice: http://survjustice.org/survivors/
room D442; and
— NYPD 10th Precinct, 212-741-8211, 230 West 20th
from the FIT process at any time. I I . F I T I N V E S T I G AT I O N A N D DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
When a report of sexual violence is made, the victim and the alleged perpetrator will be accorded the same rights throughout an investigation and disciplinary proceedings with respect to having the assistance or support of an advocate, access to evidence, presentation of witnesses, other evidence, arguments, appeal, and being informed of the outcome of the proceedings. The burden of proof
officials who can offer privacy and can assist in
in all cases is “the preponderance of the evidence” –
obtaining resources (note that an official who can offer
whether it is “more likely than not” that the dating violence,
privacy may still be required by law and college policy
domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking occurred.
to inform one or more college officials about the incident,
If the evidence presented meets this standard, then the
including but not limited to the Title IX coordinator):
college will take action, which may include suspension,
— Title IX coordinator;
expulsion (students), and/or termination (employees).
— Department of Public Safety; and — dean of students
• To file a criminal complaint with Public Safety and/or
The complaint proceeding is commenced by the
filing of the Complaint Intake and Information Sheet.
Upon receipt of a complaint, the affirmative action
officer will provide the complainant with a copy
complaint was not substantiated, the affirmative
of his/her completed Complaint Intake and
action officer shall close the case, sending a
written notice to that effect to the complainant
Supporting documentation will be reviewed and
and the respondent.
interviews of witnesses will be conducted to determine
6. If the complainant is dissatisfied with the decision, the
the validity of the complaint.
complainant may elect to file a complaint with one or
The affirmative action officer will notify the
more local, state and federal agencies. The disciplinary
respondent that a complaint has been made against
actions taken by FIT does not shield from any civil or
him/her, giving the respondent the opportunity to
criminal charges that may be taken against the accused.
respond to the allegations.
Within 30 calendar days from the filing of a formal
complaint, the affirmative action officer shall submit
a summary of the findings to the president of FIT.
a. If the findings result in a determination that the
complaint was substantiated:
I I I . M E D I C A L A S S I S TA N C E
It is extremely important that victims of physical assault receive comprehensive medical attention promptly. The College’s Health Services can provide treatment to students. Employees should see their own health care provider. In the case of sexual assault, victims should go
For employees in the collective bargaining unit: The
president may determine that sufficient information
exists to refer the matter to Human Resource
Management and Labor Relations for disciplinary
action or other action as may be appropriate under
the applicable collective bargaining agreement.
For employees (including student employees) not in a
collective bargaining unit: the president may take
such administrative action as he/she deems
appropriate under his/her authority as the
chief administrative officer of the College,
— Counseling Center
including but not limited to dismissal, demotion,
— Student Health Services - Sexual contact can
reassignment, suspension, reprimand,
transmit Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and
removal of privileges, or training.
may result in pregnancy. Testing for STIs and
For students: The president may determine that
emergency contraception is available here: http://
sufficient information exists to refer the matter to the
dean of students for review and appropriate action
under the appropriate student Conduct Code.
— Within 96 hours of an assault, you can get a Sexual
immediately to a hospital emergency room. Treatment and preservation of evidence are crucial to a criminal investigation. For a person who believes he/she is a victim of date rape as a consequence of alcohol and/or other drugs, should have a toxicology examination at the hospital as quickly as possible as drugs may remain in a person’s system for only a short time. Most hospitals have rape victim protocols that are very supportive of victims.
• To obtain effective intervention services:
— Within 5 calendar days of submission of the findings,
Assault Forensic Examination (commonly referred
the affirmative action officer shall issue a written
to as a rape kit) at a hospital. While there should
notification to the complainant and respondent which
be no charge for a rape kit, there may be a charge
will state that the complaint was
for medical or counseling services off campus and,
— substantiated and that it has been referred for
in some cases, insurance may be billed for services.
You are encouraged to let hospital personnel know
if you do not want your insurance policyholder to be
notified about your access to these services. The New
— The action of the president shall be final. 38
b. If the findings result in a determination that the
York State Office of Victim Services may be able to
assist in compensating victims/survivors for
health care and counseling services, including
emergency funds. More information may be
found here: https://ovs.ny.gov/victim-assistance-
program, or by calling 800-247-8035.
When the accused is a student and presents a
continuing threat to the health and safety of the
community, to have the accused subject to interim
suspension pending the outcome of a conduct process.
When the accused is not a member of the college
community, to have assistance from Public Safety or
other college officials in obtaining a persona
I V. P R O T E C T I O N A N D A C C O M M O D AT I O N S
non grata letter, subject to legal requirements
The following protection and accommodations
and college policy.
are provided by the College:
To obtain reasonable and available interim measures
When the accused is a student, to have the college
and accommodations that effect a change in
issue a “No Contact Order,” meaning that continuing
academic, housing, employment, transportation,
to contact the protected individual is a violation of
or other applicable arrangements in order to
college policy subject to additional conduct charges;
ensure safety, prevent retaliation, and avoid an
if the accused and a protected person observe
ongoing hostile environment. While victims/
each other in a public place, it is the responsibility
survivors may request accommodations through
of the accused to leave the area immediately and
any of the offices referenced in this policy, the
without directly contacting the protected person.
following office can serve as a point office to assist
To have assistance from Public Safety or other
with these measures: dean of students, room B221,
college officials in obtaining an Order of Protection
Business and Liberal Arts Center, 212-217-3800.
or, if outside of New York State, an equivalent
protective or restraining order.
To receive a copy of the Order of Protection or
equivalent and have an opportunity to meet or speak
with a college official who can explain the order and
answer questions about it, including information
from the Order about the accused’s responsibility to
stay away from the protected person(s); that burden
does not rest on the protected person(s).
To an explanation of the consequences for violating
these orders, including but not limited to arrest,
additional conduct charges, and interim suspension.
To have assistance from Public Safety in effecting
an arrest when an individual violates an Order of
Protection or, if outside of New York State, an
equivalent protective or restraining order within the
jurisdiction of Public Safety or, if outside of the
jurisdiction or [if the Public Safety does not have
arresting powers] to call on and assist local law
enforcement in effecting an arrest for violating
such an order.
V. O R D E R S O F P R O T E C T I O N
FIT shall comply and assist with enforcement of all
known Orders of Protection (OPs), particularly orders
in which abusers have been ordered to stay away
from the FIT campus. If requested by the victim
of domestic violence or law enforcement, FIT shall
provide information in its possession concerning
an alleged violation of an OP.
Students are encouraged to bring their OPs to the
attention of the dean of students or, alternatively,
Employees are encouraged to bring their OPs to the
attention of the vice president, Human Resource
Management and Labor Relations or, alternatively,
Once the OP has been brought forward, the OP will
be kept in a locked file cabinet in the office of the
director of Public Safety, which is accessible on
a 24-hour basis. Additionally, regarding students, a
copy of the OP will be kept in a locked file cabinet in
the office of the dean of students. Regarding 39
employees, a copy of the OP will be kept in a locked
in any proceeding is governed by federal law and
file cabinet in the office of the vice president, Human
the Code of Student Conduct;
Resource Management and Labor Relations.
— The right to a prompt response to any complaint
• In the case of a campus emergency requiring the
and to have their complaint investigated and
presentation of the OP to law enforcement, if the
adjudicated in an impartial and thorough manner
director of public Safety is unavailable to obtain
by individuals who receive annual training in
the document, the assistant vice president for
conducting investigations of sexual violence, the
Administration will have access to the Department of
effects of trauma, and other issues related to sexual
Public Safety’s cabinet where the OP is locked.
assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and
• A trained FIT professional will discuss with the student or employee a plan on how to best proceed to ensure
— The right to an investigation and process conducted
the safest possible college and/or work environment for
in a manner that recognizes the legal and policy
the student, employee and all other affected FIT-related
requirements of due process and is not conducted
individuals. With the student or employee’s permission,
by individuals with a conflict of interest.
this plan may include options such as providing a copy
— The right to receive written or electronic notice of
of the OP and/or photo of the perpetrator to Public
any meeting or hearing they are required to
Safety or front desk personnel; identifying a supervisor/
or are eligible to attend.
colleague who would be able to assist with the
— The right to have a conduct process run concurrently
identification of the perpetrator; blocking the subject/
with a criminal justice investigation and
perpetrator from being entered into the Visitor
proceeding, except for temporary delays as
Management System; and creating a personal campus
requested by external municipal entities while law
or workplace safety plan.
enforcement gathers evidence. Temporary delays
• A student is responsible to notify the dean of students
should not last more than ten (10) days except when
and/or the director of Public Safety if there are
law enforcement specifically requests and justifies a
any changes to the OP.
• An employee is responsible to notify the vice president
— The right to review available evidence in the case file.
for Human Resource Management and Labor Relations
— The right to a range of options for providing testimony
and the director of Public Safety if there are any
via alternative arrangements, including telephone/
changes to the OP.
videoconferencing or testifying with a room partition.
VI. STUDENT CONDUCT PROCESS
• To file student conduct charges against the accused. Conduct proceedings are governed by the procedures set forth in FIT’s Student Rights and Responsibilities Manual as well as federal and New York State law, including the due process provisions of the United States and New York State Constitutions.
• Throughout conduct proceedings, the accused and the victim/survivor will have: — The same opportunity to have access to an
advisor of their choice. Participation of the advisor
— The right to exclude prior sexual history or past
mental health history from admittance in college
disciplinary stage that determines responsibility.
Past sexual violence findings may be admissible in the
disciplinary stage that determines sanction.
— The right to ask questions of the decision maker and
via the decision maker indirectly request responses
from other parties and any other witnesses present.
— The right to make an impact statement during the
point of the proceeding where the decision maker
is deliberating on appropriate sanctions.
— The right to simultaneous (among the parties)
written or electronic notification of the outcome of a
conduct proceeding, including the sanction(s).
— The right to know the sanction(s) that may be
imposed on the accused based upon the outcome of
the conduct proceeding and the reason for the actual
sanction imposed. For students found responsible for
sexual assault, the available sanctions are suspension
with additional requirements and expulsion/dismissal.
email@example.com Assistant Vice President for Administration Office of the Assistant Vice President for Administration 333 7th Avenue, 15th floor 212-217-4200 Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students
— The right to choose whether to disclose or discuss
Enrollment Management and Student Success
B221, Business and Liberal Arts Center
the outcome of a conduct hearing.
212-217-3800 C O N TA C T S
Department of Public Safety D442, Pomerantz Center 212-217-7777
firstname.lastname@example.org Vice President Human Resource Management and Labor Relations 236 West 27th Street, 11th floor
Title IX Coordinator (Affirmative Action
Officer and Director of Compliance)
Office of Compliance and Audit 212-218-3360
Child Protection and Mandatory Reporting of Abuse
All members of the FIT community have the responsibility
A605, Dubinsky Student Center
Health Services A402, Dubinsky Student Center 212-217-4190 email@example.com
to conduct themselves appropriately with any child visiting the FIT campus or participating in college-related programs and activities. This policy further requires any member of the FIT community who interacts with, supervises, chaperones, or otherwise oversees children
in programs or activities at the college or sponsored by
the college to immediately report incidents or suspicion of
A212B, Dubinsky Student Center
sexual abuse of children under the age of 17. The policy
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) DC35, Pomerantz Center 212-217-5600
ensures that reporters should not be subject to retaliation. Although most students on FIT’s campus or enrolled in its programs are 17 years of age or older, there are children under 17 years of age present at FIT throughout the year.
FIT has a responsibility to protect those children who are
210 West 27th Street, Ground floor
entrusted to our care or are visiting our campus. This
policy is intended to make clear that protecting children
from sexual abuse on our campus or while participating
Student Life A713, Dubinsky Student Center 212-217-4130
in off-campus college-sponsored programs and activities, is the responsibility of the entire community but especially those who interact with, supervise, chaperone, or otherwise oversee children, whether such persons 41
are administrators, faculty, staff, students, volunteers, consultants or independent contractors. The policy does not modify the special obligations and privileges of the college’s “mandated reporters,” who are required by New York State law to report cases of suspected child abuse (including sexual abuse) and maltreatment as defined in the law. They include physicians, registered nurses, social workers, and mental health professionals, among others. Policy DEFINITIONS
Covered Activity Any activity or program sponsored or approved by the college, including an activity conducted by an affiliated organization, vendor, licensee, or permittee so approved, occurring on or off campus.
Covered Person Any person who interacts with, supervises, chaperones or otherwise oversees children participating in a covered activity and who is: (i)
An employee of the College or college affiliated
organization, (ii) A college student, (iii) A volunteer of the College or college-affiliated
(iv) A vendor, licensee, permittee, or other person,
who is given permission to come onto campus or
to use college facilities for covered activities or
programs and their employees, agents, or volunteers
Sexual Abuse Any sexual activity with a child and/or encouraging or promoting sexual performance by a child. For purposes of this policy the applicable definitions are those used in the New York State Penal Law in Articles 130 and 263 and Section 260.10. These include sexual misconduct, rape, criminal sex acts, forcible touching, persistent sexual abuse, sexual abuse, aggravated sexual abuse, course of sexual conduct against a child, facilitating a sex offense with a controlled substance, sexually motivated felony, and predatory sexual assault against a child. New York State Penal Law defines sexual performance by a child to include any behavior which results in touching of the sexual or other intimate parts of a child for the purpose of sexual gratification of the child and/or adult, including touching by the child and/or adult with or without clothing.
Prohibited Conduct A covered person shall not: 1. Be alone with a child, unless the covered person is a parent, relative, or guardian of the child, in a bathroom, locker room, shower, or sleeping area; 2. Engage in any form of sexual abuse of a child; 3. Engage in the use, possession, distribution or misuse of alcohol or illegal drugs, or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs during covered activities; 4. Enable, facilitate or fail to address a child’s use of alcohol or illegal/nonprescribed drugs; 5. Contact a child through private communication or college-owned equipment or devices, not limited to calls, text messaging, electronic media, including social media, for the purposes of enticing sexual
Responsible College Official The employee of the College, designated by the College,
conduct, or not pertaining to college matters;
who has primary responsibility for a covered activity.
6. Offer or make a gift to a child for the
College-affiliated Organization The FIT Board of Trustees, the Fashion Institute of Technology Foundation, the Alumni Association of F.I.T., Inc., the FIT Student-Faculty Corporation and the FIT Student Housing Corporation.
purpose of enticing sexual conduct;
7. Release a child from a covered activity without a
written authorization from the child’s
parent or guardian; 8. Date or become romantically involved with a child; 9. Use the internet or other media to view or download
sexually oriented or explicit materials
An individual under the age of 17 years.
on college property or in the presence
of a child in a covered activity; and
Public Safety. Reports can also be made to any vice
10. Any other conduct that could be deemed
president, the General Counsel, or any dean,
harmful to a child and of a sexual nature.
department director, department chairperson or
Enforcement Any covered person who willfully fails to report an incident of suspected or witnessed sexual abuse of a child will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
coordinator. Any senior administrator, dean, department director, department chairperson or coordinator, or any other person with supervisory responsibility who receives reports of sexual abuse of a child, must similarly report it to FIT Public Safety immediately, and provide
the report in writing as required by Public Safety;
Retaliation against a person acting in good faith, and
3. Complete all required training developed
without malice, in accordance with this policy, who
pursuant to this policy
reports an incident or suspicion of child sexual abuse is prohibited. The College will review complaints or retaliation against a person who reports child sexual abuse or cooperates in the investigation of an alleged incident of child sexual abuse. Persons found to have retaliated in violation of this policy are subject to disciplinary action. Reports that are knowingly false, made with malicious intent, or with reckless disregard for or willful ignorance of facts that would disprove the allegation made, are not good faith reports, are prohibited by this policy, and may subject the violator to disciplinary action.
A responsible college official shall: 1. Confirm that the requirements of this policy have been communicated to covered persons prior to the commencement of a covered activity; 2. Immediately report allegations of sexual abuse of a child to FIT Public Safety, and provide the report in writing as required by FIT Public Safety for each allegation of sexual abuse of the child; 3. Notify and coordinate with appropriate campus offices to ensure that allegations of suspected or witnessed sexual abuse are investigated
Third Party Use of College Facilities
and addressed appropriately;
Third-party organizations that wish to operate programs
4. Confirm that required training on this policy has
or activities involving children on campus must be
occurred prior to the commencement of a covered
aware of, and comply with, the collegeâ€™s Mandatory
activity or program for all covered persons who
Child Sexual Abuse Reporting and Prevention Policy.
are employees, volunteers, students or agents of
Background Checks As part of the process for hiring new employees, FIT requires new hires to complete a background check. Procedures A covered person shall: 1. Take all reasonable measures to prevent sexual abuse of a child, including immediately removing a child from a dangerous situation; 2. Report immediately suspected or witnessed sexual abuse of a child to the Department of Public Safety, and provide the report in writing as required by FIT
the College or a college-affiliated organization; 5. Confirm that all covered persons have read this policy prior to commencement of a covered activity or program.
FIT Investigation and Disci plinary Procedures When a report of sexual violence is made, the victim and the alleged perpetrator will be accorded the same rights throughout an investigation and disciplinary proceedings with respect to having the assistance or support of an advocate, access to evidence, presentation of witnesses, other evidence, arguments, appeal, and being informed of the outcome of the proceedings. 43
C O N TA C T S
Affirmative Action Officer and Acting Director
of Compliance (Title IX designee)
D442, Pomerantz Center
Office of Planning, Assessment, and Compliance
A605, Dubinsky Student Center
Counseling Center A212B, Dubinsky Student Center 212-217-4260
212-217-3363 firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Vice President for Administration Office of the Assistant Vice President for Administration
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
DC35, Pomerantz Center
Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students
Enrollment Management and Student Success
A402, Dubinsky Student Center
Director of Employee and Labor Relations
Human Resource Management and Labor Relations
210 West 27th Street, Ground floor
Director of Public Safety
Office of Public Safety
A713, Dubinsky Student Center 212-217-4130 email@example.com National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE (7233) ndvh.org NYC Police/Ambulance 911 NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline 800-942-6906 In NYC: 800-621-HOPE (4673)
Bias Crime Prevention It is a SUNY and FIT mandate to protect all members of the FIT community by preventing and prosecuting bias or hate crimes that occur within the campusâ€™ jurisdiction. Hate crimes, also called bias crimes or bias-related crimes, are criminal activities motivated by the perpetratorâ€™s bias or attitude against an individual victim or group based on perceived or actual personal characteristics, such as race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation,
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or disability. Hate/bias crimes have received renewed
Department of Education
the federal Hate/Bias Crime Reporting Act of 1990 and
Office of Civil Rights 202-453-6100 firstname.lastname@example.org
attention in recent years, particularly since the passage of the New York State Hate Crimes Act of 2000 (Penal Law Article 485). Copies of the New York law are available from the Office of the Dean of Students, room B221.
Penalties for bias crimes are very serious and range from
FIT is committed to a drug-free environment in accordance
fines to imprisonment for lengthy periods, depending
with current statutory provisions. Unlawful manufacture,
on the nature of the underlying criminal offense, the
possession, distribution, dispensation, sale, or use of
use of violence, or previous convictions of the offender.
controlled substances (illegal drugs) on the campus is
Perpetrators who are students will also be subject to
prohibited and will not be tolerated. Alcoholic beverages
campus disciplinary procedures which might result
cannot be brought into or consumed on the premises,
in sanctions including suspension and expulsion.
except in connection with authorized college events.
In addition to preventing and prosecuting hate/bias
Under no circumstances are alcoholic beverages to be
crimes, Enrollment Management and Student Success
served to any students on campus or at campus-related
at FIT also assists in addressing bias-related activities
functions. The college strictly enforces these policies.
that do not rise to the level of a crime. These activities,
Violators are subject to dismissal and/or arrest.
referred to as bias incidents and defined by the college as acts of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation directed
Policy on Drugs and Alcohol
at a member or group within the FIT community based
FIT is a dry campus. The possession, sale, use, or
on national origin, ethnicity, race, age, religion, gender,
distribution of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. No
sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, color,
alcohol may be served at any FIT function at which students
creed, or marital status, may be addressed through
may be present. The possession, sale, use, or distribution
SUNYâ€™s Discrimination Complaint Procedure or FITâ€™s
of illegal drugs or narcotics is a violation of federal law.
campus conduct code. Bias incidents can be reported
Illegal sale or distribution of prescription drugs, controlled
to Public Safety at 212-217-7777, and the Affirmative
substances, or other legal drugs is not permitted.
Action officer/Title IX coordinator at 212-217-3360. If you are a victim of, or a witness to, a hate/bias crime on campus, report it to Public Safety. Public Safety will conduct an initial investigation and make appropriate referrals to the dean of students. Victims of bias crime or bias incidents can avail themselves of counseling and support services from the Counseling Center, A212B, 212-217-4260.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Policy
Procedures for Student Events Any individual who brings drugs or alcohol into an FIT sponsored student event will immediately be asked to leave by the appropriate Security and/or Student Life supervisor. The individual will be banned from the activity for the remainder of the semester, or the balance of the academic year. In addition, the individual will be subject to college disciplinary proceedings, which may jeopardize his or her status as an FIT student.
FITâ€™s people are its most valuable resource and their
Students must be aware that the possession, use,
health and safety are matters of serious concern. The
and distribution of illegal drugs and unlawful
abuse of drugs and alcohol is potentially a grave danger
use of alcohol can lead to suspension and/or
to the college and its educational mission, and to the
expulsion from FIT as well as possible arrest.
well-being of the community as a whole. Because of our concern for the health and safety of our students and employees, our desire for an efficient and effective workforce, and our intent to comply with applicable
Any person under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be barred from entry into an event and may be banned from all events for the remainder of the semester.
federal, state, and local laws regarding substance
Non-FIT students who attempt to bring drugs or alcohol
abuse, the college has formulated the following policy.
into an FIT sponsored student event will be asked to leave immediately and will be barred from attending all 45
subsequent FIT events. Any individuals already barred from the campus shall be subject to arrest for trespassing.
Federal Penalties 21 U.S.C. 844(a) — First conviction: up to one year imprisonment and
The names of individuals referred to above will be noted
fined at least $1,000 but not more than $100,000
and kept on file in the Office of the Dean of Students,
as well as the Public Safety and Student Life offices.
— After one prior drug conviction: at least 15 days
in prison, not to exceed two years and fined at
least $2,500 but not more than $250,000 or both.
FIT must uphold the law and, at the same time,
— After two or more prior drug convictions: at least
render assistance to students when needed. If a
ninety days in prison, not to exceed three years and
student is found to have violated the FIT Alcohol and
fined at least $5,000 but not more than
Drug Policy, a formal written complaint should be
$250,000, or both.
submitted to the dean of students who will follow
— Special sentencing provision for possession of crack
the judicial procedures in this publication.
cocaine: mandatory at least five years in prison, not
to exceed twenty years and fined up to $250,000,
or both, if:
Students who violate the FIT Alcohol and Drug Policy will be subject to disciplinary sanctions. Several factors will be considered when developing and applying sanctions for alcohol or drug violations. These include the seriousness of the violation, the intent of the offender, the effect of the conduct on the college community, and whether the student has violated FIT standards in the past. Possible sanctions include one or more of the following: written reprimand,
(a) first conviction and the amount of
crack possessed exceeds five grams;
(b) second crack conviction and the amount
of crack possessed exceeds three grams;
(c) third or subsequent crack conviction and the
amount of crack possessed exceeds one gram.
mandatory drug and alcohol education, appropriate
21 U.S.C. 853(a)(2) and 881( a)(7): Forfeiture of
community service, referral and compliance with substance
personal and real property used to possess or to facilitate
abuse treatment, parental notification, restitution to victims,
possession of a controlled substance if the offense is
or any other action the college deems appropriate.
punishable by more than one year imprisonment.
The most severe sanctions—loss of on-campus housing,
21 U.S.C. 881(a)(4): Forfeiture of vehicles,
suspension from the College, or expulsion—will be
boats, aircraft, or any other conveyance used to
imposed for the most serious violations—offenses that
transport or conceal a controlled substance.
are violent, dangerous, or repeated. If the dean of students sees justification for suspension or expulsion from the college, the Judicial Council Procedures in this
21 U.S.C. 884a: Civil fine of up to $10,000 (pending adoption of final regulations).
publication will be followed. Residence hall students
21 U.S.C. 883a: Denial of Federal Benefits, such as
should refer to the Conduct and Judicial System in the
student loans, grants, contracts, and professional
Resident Handbook. If any student or non-student is found
commercial licenses, up to one year for first offense,
selling or distributing illegal drugs or narcotics, he or
up to five years for second and subsequent offenses.
she will be reported immediately to the legal authorities and will be placed on indefinite suspension or dismissed from FIT. In the event of loss of residence, suspension, or expulsion, tuition and all other fees are non-refundable.
18 U.S.C. 922(g): Ineligible to receive or purchase a firearm.
Health Risks and Effects Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also
(room A212; 212-217-4260) and Health Services (room A402; 212-217-4190) are confidential and free of charge. In addition, non-college resources in the community are also available and information on these can be obtained in these offices.
increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts,
including domestic violence and date rape. Moderate to
Depression, suicide, and information
high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher
and referrals for emotional and
mental functions, severely altering a personâ€™s ability to
substance abuse programs
learn and remember information. Very high doses cause
(24 hours per day, 7 days per week)
respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described. Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal systems, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life threatening. Long-term consumption of large
Self-Help Groups Alcoholics Anonymous
aa.org Offers specific information on AA meetings in the FIT area Narcotics Anonymous Regional Helpline
quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with
poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage
to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.
For friends, relatives, and domestic
Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These
partners who are coping with a loved oneâ€™s alcohol or drug use
infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and
Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment
mental retardation. In addition, research indicates
Beth Israel Inpatient Detox
that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk
of becoming alcoholics. Refer to the Health Risks and Effects Associated with the Use of Drugs and Alcohol Table in the appendices of this manual.
Stuyvesant Square Outpatient Services
(outpatient services) Bernstein Pavilion
Resources for Assistance
1-9 Nathan Perleman Place
All students are encouraged to seek early help if they
(15th Street between First and Second Avenues)
feel they have a problem with alcohol and/or other drugs, and to learn how to assist others with substance abuse problems. With early assistance it is less likely that serious consequences will result from an alcohol
Hazelden New York 322 Eighth Avenue, 12th floor
or other drug problem. There are many resources
The Addiction Institute of NY
on campus and in the community for assistance.
(formerly Smithers Alcoholism Treatment
College resources such as the Counseling Center
and Training Center) addictioninstituteny.org 47
Includes institutional organizations for students
1000 Tenth Avenue
and/or employees that receive funding directly
(two blocks from Columbus Circle;
from the College, and which are coordinated
building says Roosevelt Hospital)
or directed by college employees.
General Mental Health Services Beth Israel Hospital
Outpatient Clinic Bernstein Building 9 Nathan Place (between East 15th and 16th Streets)
by the college to include all college buildings and facilities, residence halls, any indoor area, or anywhere elevated walkway, the breezeway between the David Dubinsky Student Center and the Business and Liberal
(24 hours a day) NYC Police/Ambulance 911 Beth Israel Medical Center
Property or facilities either owned, leased or controlled
on FIT grounds, including (but not limited to) the
Emergency Resources FIT Public Safety
First Avenue at 16th Street
Arts Center, terraces, and any other area within the perimeter of any FIT property. This also includes all college vehicles such as cars, vans, and trucks.
E-Cigarette, Electronic Smoking or Vaping Devices
A cigarette-shaped device containing a nicotine-
FIT supports an environment where its students, employees,
based liquid that is vaporized and inhaled, used
visitors, contractors or other persons do not smoke or
to simulate the experience of smoking tobacco.
use tobacco products, and are not exposed to those
Secondhand smoke—a mixture of smoke given off by
who do. Therefore, FIT prohibits students, employees,
the burning end of a cigarette, cigar, cigarillo, pipe,
visitors, contractors, or other persons from smoking and
beedi, kretek, water pipe, bong and hookah, e-cigarettes,
the use of tobacco products anywhere on campus.
and the smoke exhaled from the lungs of smokers.
Consistent with FIT’s responsibility under the New York
City Smoke-Free Air Act, as amended, the New York
The burning of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe
State Public Health Law Article 13-E, and FIT’s goal of
or other matter or substances which contain
creating a healthful and comfortable environment for all
tobacco and shall also include the use of
members of its community, the College adopts this tobacco-
electronic cigarette (“e-cigarette”) devices.
free policy. In addition to any disciplinary penalties imposed by the College, a violation of this policy may also violate article 13-E of the New York Public Health Law, “Regulation of Smoking in Certain Public Areas.”
Tobacco All tobacco and tobacco-derived products intended for human consumption, including, but not limited to: cigarette, cigar, hookah-smoked products, clove cigarettes,
The New York City Council passed a bill expanding
bidis, kreteks, chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco
the city’s public smoking ban to include e-cigarettes,
and snus. This definition does not include any product
effective April 2014. Penalties may be imposed in
that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
accordance with that article and legislation in addition
Administration for sale as a tobacco use cessation product.
to, or in place of, any disciplinary penalties imposed. Policy I. DEFINITIONS 48
II. TOBACCO IS PROHIBITED
Smoking and the use of tobacco is prohibited anywhere on campus.
III. ADVERTISING, PROMOTIONS, AND SALES
more information and assistance with cessation. Students
The sale of tobacco products, including cigarettes or any
should contact the Counseling Center or Health Services
form of e-cigarette device, is prohibited anywhere on
for more information and assistance with cessation.
campus. The college will not allow advertising, marketing,
distribution, or promotion of tobacco products.
This policy is driven by respect for others and
I V. G I F T S / D O N O R S / S P O N S O R S H I P
The college and its affiliated organizations are prohibited from accepting money or gifts from tobacco companies. This includes sponsorship by tobacco companies, distribution of free, reduced, or full price tobacco products, or any promotional items. This does not apply to research funding. V. E X C E P T I O N S
a. Instructional purposes An exception for instructional purposes allows for the use of tobacco products in classroom instruction,
the environment and relies on the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of tobacco users and non-users for the success of a tobacco-free campus. Enforcement of this policy will depend on the cooperation of all members of the FIT community, both to comply and encourage others to do so.
a. FIT Employees Employees with supervisory responsibilities shall encourage compliance with this policy. Employees who repeatedly violate this policy may be subject to discipline.
b. Non-FIT Employees
classroom discussion, or artistic purposes associated
In the event of non-compliance, FIT security may be
with the curriculum.
notified and take appropriate action. Department
b. Religious purposes This policy does not apply to tobacco products used in connection with the religious practice of cultural activities or other ceremonial use by Native American Indians, in accordance with the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, 42 U.S.C. sections 1996 and 1996a. Procedures I . C O M M U N I C AT I O N
Signage and other forms of communication will be posted in a manner and location that adequately notify students, employees, visitors, contractors or other persons. I I . S U P P O R T A N D E D U C AT I O N
The college understands the addictive nature of smoking and use of tobacco products, and the reality that breaking the habit is extremely difficult for many people. The college will make every effort to assist and encourage those who wish to stop using tobacco products and will offer various educational and cessation programs. Employees should contact Employee Assistance Program (EAP) office for
heads, building coordinators, organizers/sponsors/ hosts of college events are responsible for visitorsâ€™ compliance with this policy. Non-FIT Employees seen using tobacco will be asked to comply with this policy. Refusal to do so may result in removal from or denial of re-admittance to the campus or event.
c. Students Repeated violations of this policy may be cause for discipline in accordance with procedures established by the Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy Manual. C O N TA C T S
Vice President Enrollment Management and Student Success B221, Business and Liberal Arts Center 212-217-3800 Vice President Human Resources 236 W 27th Street, 11th floor 212-217-3650 email@example.com
Employee - All individuals hired to perform services
A212B, Dubinsky Student Center
on behalf of FIT, or its auxiliary corporations, in
exchange for salary or wages. This includes full time,
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) DC35, Pomerantz Center 212-217-5600 Health Services
part time, and temporary workers hired by FIT. This does not include those individuals paid for services on behalf of FIT and classified as consultants, independent contractors, or temporary employees whose services are paid and/or controlled by a third party.
A402, Dubinsky Student Center 212-217-4190
Essential Function - A fundamental job duty
of an employment position for employees or a
Religious Accommodations The Fashion Institute of Technology (“FIT” or “the College”) is committed to providing an educational and employment environment that encourages and fosters appropriate conduct in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. FIT adheres to its nondiscrimination policy and upholds the values of diversity and inclusiveness, which include religious
fundamental system or an academic element of a course or program of study for a student. Good Faith - More than a negligible effort to accommodate the student or employee’s request for religious accommodation. If the proposed accommodation does not eliminate the religious conflict, the College demonstrates that any further accommodation would cause “undue hardship” (see definition for “undue hardship” below).
diversity. As part of this commitment, the College makes
Religious Practice or Belief - A practice or observance
good faith efforts to provide a reasonable accommodation
that includes moral or ethical beliefs as to what is right
of an individual’s sincerely held religious belief,
and wrong that is sincerely held, with the strength of
unless the College believes such an accommodation
traditional religious views, even if no religious group
would create an undue hardship or is contrary to the
espouses such beliefs or the religious group to which
College’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
the individual professes to belong may not accept
FIT is committed to diversity and nondiscrimination and supports qualified applicants, students, and employees, regardless of religious affiliation, in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Guidelines on Discrimination Because of Religion, and the New York State Human
such belief. In a series of decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court has endorsed a broad view of what constitutes a “religion,” focusing not on the particular constructs or beliefs but rather whether and to what extent those beliefs play a role in the individual’s life. Social, political, or economic philosophies, as well as mere personal preferences, are not considered to be religious beliefs.
Rights Law and State Education Law S224-A. FIT supports
Reasonable Accommodation - Any change in the work
individuals regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof
environment or academic course or program of study for
and will exercise good faith to treat qualified individuals
students, in the way tasks or responsibilities are customarily
without discrimination based upon their religious practice
done that enables an employee or student to participate
or belief. This policy is to assist individuals desiring school
in their religious sincerely held practice or belief without
and/or workplace accommodation for religious reasons.
undue hardship in the conduct of the College’s business
or operation. A reasonable religious accommodation may include, but is not limited to, providing leave for
religious observances, providing a time and/or place to
interest in campus security and does not amount to a
pray, and/or providing the flexibility to wear religious
substantial burden on the practice of religious freedom.
attire. Other examples of accommodating religious beliefs or practices may include scheduling changes, substitute project assignments, or lateral transfers.
II. Religious Accommodations Religious accommodations include any change in the work environment for employees, or academic
Student - A person registered for, or auditing, credit or
course or program of study for students, or in the
non-credit FIT courses, on either a full- or part-time basis.
way tasks or responsibilities are customarily done
Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular
that enables an employee or student to participate
semester but who have a continuing relationship with
in their religious sincerely held practice or belief
the College shall also be responsible for abiding by
without undue hardship in the conduct of the College’s
the codes of conduct and any other College policies.
business or operation. A reasonable religious
Any registered person is considered a student if they
accommodation may include but is not limited to:
enroll in such courses or programs on a physical campus or site or via distance learning, the internet, or any other means of course-delivery technology.
• providing a time and/or place to pray; • arranging an alternative time for a course examination; • providing the flexibility to wear attire
Undue Hardship - An accommodation requiring more
required by a person’s religion;
than ordinary administrative costs or other burden that
• scheduling changes;
would cause a fundamental disruption to the College
• substitutions of shifts or hours;
or if the proposed accommodation conflict with another
• job reassignments; and
law or regulation. Determination of undue hardship
• lateral transfers.
is dependent on the facts of each individual situation. In addition, an accommodation will be considered an undue hardship if it would result in the inability of the employee or student to perform an essential function of the position in which they are employed, infringes on other employees’ job rights or benefits, or in a course/ program of study would result in any potential health or safety hazards for students or employees. As an example, it would be consistent with these principals for the College to require that all members of the community wearing something that substantially conceals the face be required to remove it for purposes of issuing a photo
FIT may provide a reasonable accommodation based on a person’s sincerely held religious belief or practice. In making this determination, the College reviews a variety of factors, including whether the accommodation would create an undue hardship. The employee or student’s religious sincerity should not be questioned. The accommodation request imposes responsibilities and obligations on both the individual requesting the accommodation and the College. The person requesting the accommodation is obligated to make the College aware of the need for a religious accommodation in advance.
identification card. Photo identification cards are essential
for ingress and egress between the various buildings
I. Process for Employee Accommodation
comprising the campus, and also maintain a record of
An employee whose religious beliefs or practices conflict
students and employees. When conducted in a respectful
with their job, work schedule, or with other aspects of
manner, this practice is lawfully recognized as a
employment, and who seeks a religious accommodation
neutral, generally applicable one that is not intended to subversively restrict any one person’s free exercise rights. The same affords a clear means to a compelling
must submit a written request for the accommodation to their immediate supervisor. The written request will include the type of religious conflict that exists
and the employee’s suggested accommodation. The immediate supervisor should analyze the request, considering whether a work conflict exists due to a sincerely held religious belief or practice and whether an accommodation is available that is reasonable and that would not create an undue hardship. The supervisor is encouraged to meet with the employee making the request if further information or clarification is needed. Once the
purposes of test security must be comparable, in terms of format and difficulty, to the examinations given to the remainder of the class. If there are concerns about the requested accommodation, the instructor should consult the department chair or academic dean’s office. An instructor may not unilaterally deny a request for a reasonable religious accommodation without first consulting their department chair or academic dean’s office.
supervisor has all necessary information, the supervisor
If registration, classes, examinations, or study or
should discuss the request with both their own supervisor
work requirements are held on Friday after 4:00
and/or senior administrator in their division and the Office
p.m. or on Saturday, similar or makeup classes,
of Human Resources. Even where granting a requested
examinations, study or work requirements, or
religious accommodation would be both reasonable and
opportunity to register will be available on other
not cause undue hardship, the accommodation might
days, where it is possible and practical to do so.
nonetheless otherwise conflict with FIT policy or the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and therefore may need to be fully documented by the Office of Human Resources.
The student requesting the accommodation is obligated to cooperate with the College’s attempts to accommodate the request. When more than one
In all cases, the Vice President for Human Resources
accommodation is possible, the College may select any
and Labor Relations, or their designee, will make a
of the accommodations, provided the accommodation
final determination as to the granting of a religious
will effectively eliminate the religious conflict.
accommodation requested by an employee. II. Process for Student Accommodation Students who expect to miss classes, examinations, or other assignments as a consequence of their sincerely
Should an accommodation be required outside of the academic classroom, requests may be made in writing to the Dean of Students at firstname.lastname@example.org.
held religious belief or practice shall be provided with
a reasonable alternative opportunity to complete such
Individuals who believe that there is an alleged violation
academic responsibilities. It is the obligation of the student
of this policy, who disagree with a determination
to provide faculty and/or employees with reasonable notice
regarding a request for a reasonable religious
of the dates of religious observances on which they will
accommodation, who believe they may have been treated
be absent. A student should make the request directly to
in a discriminatory manner, or who are experiencing
the course instructor. Once a request is made, the College
possible harassment should contact the Affirmative
will explore reasonable accommodations to address the
Action Officer. Complaints will be investigated in
student’s religious belief or practice. Any student who is
accordance with the procedure contained in the College’s
absent from school because of their religious beliefs or
Nondiscrimination and Anti-harassment policy. An
practice will be afforded an equivalent opportunity to
individual who files a complaint or participates in
make up any examination, study, or work requirements,
an investigation will be protected against retaliation.
which they may have missed because of such absence.
Complaints will be kept confidential to the extent possible.
In the event that a student’s request for religious
C O N TA C T S
accommodation involves an alternative examination
Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students
time or date, any make-up examinations given for
Enrollment Management and Student Success
B221, Business & Liberal Arts Center 212-217-3800
Credit Card Marketing Article l29-A of the New York Education Law requires every college chartered by the New York State Board
Academic Affairs Feldman Center
of Regents or incorporated by special act of the New
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York State Legislature to establish an official college
credit card marketing policy. In 2005 the FIT Board of
Human Resources 236 W. 27th Street, 11th Floor 212-217-3650
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Commitment to Diversity FIT is firmly committed to creating an environment that will attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. By providing a learning and working environment that encourages, utilizes, respects, and appreciates the full expression of every individualâ€™s ability,
Trustees approved the flowing college policy regarding the marketing and selling of such cards on FIT property. The following specifically prohibits the advertising, marketing, or merchandising of credit cards on college campuses to students, except as provided in the policy.
Prohibition The advertising, marketing, or merchandising of credit cards to students on the campus of The Fashion Institute of Technology is strictly prohibited, except as provided herein.
the FIT community fosters its mission and grows because
of its rich, pluralistic experience. FIT is committed to
1. Any visitor, licensee, or invitee on the campus
prohibiting discrimination, whether based on race, national
found violating this policy may be banned from
origin, gender, religion, ethnic background, age, disability,
the campus for a period of up to two years.
marital status, sexual orientation, or any other criterion
2. Any credit card issuer represented by such a visitor,
prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws.
licensee, or invitee found violating this policy may be banned from the campus for a period of up
Commitment to Equal Opportunity
to one year.
and Affirmative Action
3. Any student or member of the faculty or staff found
FIT is committed to providing equal opportunity
violating this policy may be subject to disciplinary
in educational programs, in its admissions policy,
action pursuant to the Student Rights and
and in employment (including the opportunity for
Responsibilities Policy Manual, the Collective
upward mobility for all qualified individuals).
Bargaining Agreement between FIT and the DCE of FIT,
Procedure An Affirmative Action Officer provides complaint resolution and investigates complaints regarding discrimination, affirmative action, and Title IX issues. The Affirmative Action Officer also monitors the collegeâ€™s progress in complying with Title IX and laws concerning discrimination and affirmative action. The Affirmative Action Officer is located in room A605.
or such other authority as is applicable. The disciplinary action may result in a penalty including prohibition of any and all future credit card marketing on the campus. 4. The foregoing penalties shall be in addition to any penalty pursuant to the Penal Law or any other law to which a violator or organization may be subject.
Exclusions This policy does not apply to the advertising, marketing, or merchandising of credit cards 1. to non-students by either the College 53
or an agent of the College, or
example, users include a person who accesses IT systems
2. or students through direct mail,
in a college computer lab, or via an electronic network.
newspapers or magazines.
Computer and Network Use Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT or the “College”), through the Office of Information Technology (IT), provides a range of computing equipment, networks, and information resources to support the instructional, research, and administrative functions of the College, as
Systems Administrator Systems authorities may designate another person as “systems administrator” to manage the particular system assigned to him or her. Systems administrators oversee the day-today operation of the system and are authorized to determine who is permitted access to particular IT resources.
well as to enhance the well-being of its students and the
II. PROHIBITED USAGE
FIT community. This policy is intended to guide members
Use of FIT’s network and computing resources may
of the FIT community in the acceptable use of these
be used only for purposes that are legal, ethical, and
network and computer resources. FIT computing resources
consistent with the college’s mission. The following
may be used only for purposes that are legal, ethical,
activities are examples of prohibited behaviors with
and consistent with the College’s mission. Violations
respect to the electronic computing environment.
of this policy constitute unacceptable use of computer resources, and suspected or known violations must be reported to the Office of Information Technology. This policy on the acceptable use of network and computer resources incorporates the ethical principles of respect and reverence for the rights of other individuals that are central to FIT’s mission and identity. It supplements existing FIT policies and agreements, as well as local, state, and federal
Inappropriate Use of Computing Resources
• Using computing and/or electronic mail resources for activities that violate applicable local, state, or federal law;
• Using computing and/or electronic mail resources for commercial or personal profit-making purposes or for solicitation, except as permitted under FIT policy;
• Using computing resources to engage in conduct
laws and regulations. It is the responsibility of all members
that intentionally interferes with others’ use of shared
of the FIT community who utilize the College’s computing
computing resources. This includes consuming
resources to be informed of this policy and abide by it.
unnecessarily large amounts of system resources
IT Systems These are the computers, terminals, printers, networks, online and offline storage media, and related equipment, software, and data tiles that are owned, leased, administered, managed, maintained, or otherwise provided by FIT. For example, IT systems include but are not limited to institutional and departmental information systems, faculty research systems, desktop computers, the College’s campus network, and general access computer labs.
(e.g., disk space, CPU time, or print quotas);
• Altering system software or hardware configurations, disrupting or interfering with the delivery or the administration of computer resources;
• Using computing resources, such as email, to send nuisance messages; for example, chain letters, junk mail, or profane, obscene, threatening, libelous or harassing messages;
• Using IT systems in a way that suggests the College’s endorsement, criticism of any political candidate or ballot initiative, causes, or issues;
• Infringing upon the intellectual property rights of others,
A “user” is any person, whether authorized or not, who
including plagiarism and unauthorized use or
makes any use of any IT system from any location. For
reproduction that is in violation of patents, trademarks,
copyrights, and/or software and other licensing
for IT systems without authorization from the Office
of Information Technology. This preceding list is not all-inclusive. If a question arises about a proposed
use of FIT resources, the question must be directed to
• Misrepresenting one’s identity in electronic
the Office of Information Technology. Any such use will
communication for purposes of fraud or use in
be considered prohibited until FIT expressly approves it.
• Downloading or sharing of copyrighted materials,
I I I . I N D E M N I F I C AT I O N
such as music or videos, without express permission
When using the college’s computing resources, users
of the copyright owner;
are each responsible for all activities that originate from
• Bypassing or attempting to bypass software or
their user IDs or system. By accessing college-owned
hardware security systems without prior permission
computing resources, equipment, or other devices, the
of the owner of the system;
user agrees that he or she will indemnify the college
• Unauthorized access or attempted access to the
and hold it harmless from any liability, loss or damage,
account, private files, or email belonging to the College
whether to the user or any third party, arising out of the
or another user without the owner’s permission;
user’s utilization of the college’s computing resources.
• Allowing or assisting unauthorized users to gain
This includes any loss of information existing or stored
access to college computing resources;
• Accessing or attempting to access any system either inside or outside the College (commonly known as “hacking”);
• Intentionally distributing malicious software, such as computer worms, viruses, or other rogue programs (e.g., Trojan horses).
on the college’s computing equipment, other devices or resources, including all files and electronic mail, whether created by or belonging to the user or to any other person. I V. W E B PA G E S
The official FIT website is available for access by the public. The information distributed through FIT’s computing and networking facilities is a form of publishing and therefore
subject to the same standards as other types of publications.
• Creating programs that secretly collect information
Web page authors are responsible for obtaining all
• Intercepting or monitoring, or attempting to intercept
permissions that may be necessary to incorporate works of third parties in their web pages. FIT rules governing
or monitor, network communications or other
attribution require that all users of computing networks
communications that are not intended for the user’s
acknowledge any usage of ideas or materials produced
access without prior authorization of the intended
by others by identifying the source, nature, and extent of
indebtedness. FIT maintains a content management system
• Using unauthorized devices. Users are expected to proceed with caution when attaching any devices to IT systems at FIT. These devices include external disks, printers, or video systems.
• Devices, such as routers, require IT authorization when the device may affect or disable networks or broader access to systems;
• Modifying or removing devices, equipment or data
(CMS) to administer the FIT website. Departments must utilize the various templates associated with the CMS. All official FIT web pages must align with FIT’s web policies.
a. Personal Web Pages
Google Apps for Education provides a service called
Google Sites which permits the FIT community to
create and manage their own websites. However,
pages created with Google Apps for Education must
adhere to FIT’s standards for acceptable use
of the web structure and for accurate, useful,
and appropriate presentation of information.
For more information, please see FIT’s web policies.
b. Fair Use of Copyrighted Material
one or more of the above factors.
Consistent with principles of fair use, web page authors are responsible for obtaining all permissions that may be necessary to incorporate works of third parties in their web pages.
Creation of web pages for educational and research
purposes may involve incorporation of original works
of third parties (e.g., printed materials, video and
sound recordings, multimedia presentations, software)
that are covered by copyright laws. Copyright
owners are granted five exclusive rights by the
V. D I G I TA L D O W N L O A D I N G
copyright law: reproduction, adaptation,
Copyright protections are created when words are
publication, performance, and display.
put on paper, words are transmitted by email, music
These exclusive rights, however, are subject to the
“Fair Use” Doctrine. Fair Use is the privilege of
persons other than the copyright owner to use the
copyrighted material in a reasonable manner without
the copyright owner’s consent, notwithstanding the
monopoly granted to the owner by the copyright.
A finding of fair use is not easily determined, however,
there are four non-exclusive statutory factors to be
considered in determining whether a use is fair.
the purpose and character of the use, including
FIT rules governing attribution require that all users of college computing networks acknowledge any usage of ideas or materials produced by others by identifying the source and nature/extent of indebtedness.
or video is recorded, computer software is written, or images are created. Once done, the work is protected by copyright. If someone else wants to use the work, that 4 person must obtain permission from the creator of the work. If the material is used without the creator’s permission, it may constitute copyright infringement. Copyrighted material includes almost all forms of original expression fixed in a tangible medium even if no formal copyright notice is filed or attached. However, copyright protection of authorship cannot extend to any idea, process, system, method of operation, concept, and principle, regardless of the form in which it is described.
whether the use is for commercial purposes
or for non-profit educational purposes;
Copyright infringement occurs when a person reproduces
the nature of the work, including whether the
(i.e., downloads), displays, distributes (i.e., uploads),
work is creative or informational and
creates a derivative work, or performs a copyrighted
published or unpublished;
work in public without permission of the copyright owner
the amount used in relation to the work as a
or unless there is an applicable statutory exception or
whole, considering both quantitative
limitation. The downloading of music, video, or other
and qualitative substantiality. No quantification
digital materials, without the permission of the copyright
of use limits exists by statute;
owner is prohibited. These materials include, but are not
the effect of the use on the potential market
limited to, text (including email and web information),
for or the value of the work. (The greater the
graphics, art, photographs, music, film, and software.
effect on market or value, the less the likelihood
For all other copyright issues, please refer to FIT’s
that the use will be fair.) Developers of web
pages are especially cautioned to recognize
that access to their pages by individuals from
outside the college community may impact
V I . P R I VA C Y A N D C O N F I D E N T I A L I T Y
The college has taken the necessary measures to safeguard
the integrity of its computing resources, including
prevention of damage to data, equipment, and devices.
If an individual has observed or otherwise is aware
The Office of Information Technology, as the entity that
of a violation of this policy, he or she may report the
operates and manages computing resources at the
violation to the Chief Information Officer/Vice President
college, has instituted internal mechanisms and controls
of Information Technology, who must investigate the
to safeguard the privacy of data stored in our systems.
allegation and if appropriate, refer the matter to college
These mechanisms require that specific privileges be given
disciplinary officials and/or law enforcement authorities.
to personnel responsible for the maintenance of computer systems. These rights are afforded to facilitate proper operation of the systems and will not be used as a method for accessing private information, except as necessary for maintenance of the systems or for investigation of policy violations, or as directed by appropriate legal authorities. For more information on computer system security, see Network Access and Security policy. VII. SANCTIONS
In all instances where alleged violations of this policy could harm or compromise the college’s computing resources, the college reserves the right to immediately suspend computing privileges pending an investigation of the validity of the charges. In addition to disciplinary action, known violators may be subject to criminal prosecution, civil liability, or both for unlawful use of any IT system. For students:
• Students violating this policy will be adjudicated
Violations of this Computer and Network Use
by the FIT Dean of Students in collaboration
policy constitute unacceptable use of computer
with the Office of Information Technology and/or
resources. Suspected or known violations must be reported to the Office of Information Technology. (See Procedures below for further information.)
other appropriate administrative processes.
• Violation of these regulations by students may result in judicial sanctions as prescribed by the Code of Conduct.
C O N TA C T
As part of the services available through the FIT campus
Vice President for Information Technology and CIO
network, the college provides access to a large number of
Office of the Vice President for IT/CIO
conferences, lists, bulletin boards, and internet information
services. These materials are not affiliated with, endorsed by, or reviewed by FIT. Therefore, the college takes no
Registrar, Student Records & FERPA
responsibility for the truth or accuracy of the content found
FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
within these information sources. Some of these sources
of 1974) is a federal law that protects the privacy of
may contain material that is offensive or objectionable to
personally identifiable information contained in student
some users or would violate this policy if published by an
education records and establishes the rights of students
authorized user. The college cannot protect individuals
to inspect and review their education records and, in
against the existence or receipt of material that may be
certain circumstances, the right to request the record
offensive to them. Furthermore, those members of the FIT
be amended. The law limits the rights of institutions to
community who use email or make information about
disclose education records or information contained in
themselves available on the internet must recognize
such records without the student’s written consent. There
that FIT cannot protect them from invasions of privacy
are exceptions when designated personnel within the
and other possible dangers that could result from an
institution may see the records in order to protect the health
individual user’s distribution of personal information.
or safety of students or other persons. FERPA also requires that campuses notify students on an annual basis. The law 57
also allows an eligible student to file a complaint with the
The law limits the rights of institutions to disclose education
U.S. Department of Education concerning any failures by
records or information contained in such records without
the Fashion Institute of Technology (“FIT” or “the College”)
the student’s written consent. There are exceptions when
to comply with the federal requirements of the Act.
designated personnel within the institution may see the
This policy responds to the Family Educational Rights
records in order to protect the health or safety of students
and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34
or other persons. FERPA also requires that campuses
CFR Part 99), a federal law that protects the privacy
notify students, on an annual basis. The law also allows
of personally, identifiable information contained
an eligible student to file a complaint with the U.S.
in student education records. The law applies to
Department of Education concerning any failures by FIT
all schools that receive funds under an applicable
to comply with the Federal requirements of the Act.
program of the U.S. Department of Education.
Personally Identifiable Information
Includes, but is not limited to, the student’s name, the
name for the student’s parent or other family member,
The only information available for release to the general
the address of the student or student’s family, a personal
identifier that can be linked or linkable to a specific student
Disclosure To permit access to or the release, transfer, or
that would allow a reasonable person in the campus community to identify the student with reasonable certainty.
other communication of personally identifiable
information contained in education records to any
Any information recorded in any way, including, but
party, by any means, including oral, written, or
not limited to, handwriting, print, computer media,
electronic means, except the party identified as
video or audio tape, film, microfilm, and microfiche.
the party that provided or created the record.
Legitimate Educational Interest
In accordance with FERPA, a school official has
Records that contain information directly related to a
a legitimate educational interest if the official
student, maintained by an education agency or institution
needs to review an education record in order
(i.e. emails, print-outs, handwritten notes, tests, papers,
to fulfill his/her professional responsibility.
gradebooks). Contact the Registrar’s Office to determine
This includes such purposes as:
whether records qualify as an education record.
Eligible Student A student who is or has been enrolled at FIT. Once a student is enrolled, FERPA rights take effect. High school students taking college classes at FIT are protected.
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— performing a task that is specified in his/her
position description or contract;
— performing a task related to a student’s education
or to student discipline;
— providing a service or benefit related to the student
or student’s family; or
— maintaining safety and security on campus. Legitimate educational interest does not convey inherent rights to any and all student information. The law discriminates between educational interest, and personal or private interest; determinations are made on a caseby-case basis. Educational interest does not constitute
authority to disclose information to a third party. II. STUDENT’S RIGHTS
The eligible student has the right to have access to his or her education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, the right to have control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the records (except in certain circumstances specified in the FERPA regulations), and the right to file a complaint with the Department of Education.
or misleading. Students may ask the college to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the college official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the college decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the college will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for the amendment. Additional information
Inspection and Review
regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to
The right to inspect and review the student’s educational
the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
records within 45 days of the day FIT receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The college official will make arrangements for access and notify the students of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the college official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
Education Records subject to FERPA The following educational records are maintained by FIT and are considered as subject to this law: 1. 2. 3. 4.
Release of Records The college reserves the right to refuse to permit a student to inspect the following records: 1.
Admissions records are maintained by the Office of Admissions. Academic transcripts are maintained by the Office of the Registrar. Financial records are maintained by Financial Aid and Services. Judicial records are maintained by the Dean of Students.
Withholding of Directory Information The right to request the withholding of
The financial statement of the student’s parents
directory information disclosure.
or legal guardian.
File a DoED compliant
Letters and statements of recommendation for
The right to file a complaint with the United States
which the student has waived his or her right of
Department of Education (DoED) concerning alleged
access, or which were placed in file before
failures by FIT to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
January 1, 1975.
3. 4. 5.
Records connected with an application to attend FIT if that application was denied. Those records which are excluded from the FERPA definition of education records.
III. FIT RESPONSIBILITIES
FIT is committed to protecting the privacy of personally identifiable information contained in education records in accordance with FERPA.
Records for which access has been waived by
Students will be notified of their FERPA rights annually
by publication in the student handbook.
FIT holds the right to release directory type
information to third parties outside the institution,
without written consent of the student, provided
Request Record Amendment The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate
that the student has been given the opportunity to
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withhold such disclosure. FIT, at its discretion,
will release the following as directory information:
— Address, City, State, Zip Code, Country
Disability Support Services (FIT-ABLE)
— Major Class standing
— Participation in recognized sports
— Height and weight of athletes
— Dates of attendance and enrollment status
— FIT email address
— Degrees, certificates, and/or awards received
— Digitized images
FIT is committed to ensuring equal access to its educational programs, housing, dining services and all on-campus activities for students with disabilities; accessibility is fundamental to our mission. FIT will provide students the opportunity to learn in a nondiscriminatory environment commensurate to their chosen educational goals. Appropriate academic, housing and dining hall accommodations are determined, after the student provides the FIT-ABLE office with the requested
If any person has any questions concerning FERPA, or
documentation and an intake meeting is set up between
what information can or cannot be released, please
the student and the coordinator. Accommodations are
contact the Registrar’s Office at 212-217-3820.
on an individual, case-by-case basis and in accordance with Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities
Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Students who do not wish this information
of 1973. Disabilities that may need accommodations
to be released outside of the college must submit
can include learning, physical, sensory, psychological,
written notice to the Office of the Registrar.
medical, and certain temporary disabilities. A diagnosis
Rights are granted to the student to challenge the
contents of education records on the basis of
possible clerical errors. Students may also question
a possible violation of privacy. If the student believes
that the education record is inaccurate, misleading,
or in violation of privacy rights, the student may
request that the record be changed. If the request
for the change is denied, the student has a right to
a hearing on the issue.
of a disorder or submission of documentation does not automatically qualify an individual for accommodations. Procedures and Services Located in room A570, the FIT-ABLE coordinator serves as the initial contact for all students with disabilities who wish to self-identify and inquire about receiving campus accommodations. Additional staff members for the FIT-ABLE office include a coordinator for students with learning disabilities, a coach/counselor for nonverbal Asperger
III. Possible privacy violations should be first addressed
students (under projectTHRIVE) and a counselor for assistive
with the Director of the Registrar’s Office. If
technology. Students within the Learning Disabilities
necessary, a hearing will be held. If the hearing
program are also eligible for additional tutorial services,
does not resolve the matter, the student may then
as well as academic and career-readiness support.
notify the FERPA Office in Washington, D.C.; the
address is available in the Registrar’s Office.
After acceptance to the college, during the first semester, degree and non-degree students should make an
C O N TA C T
appointment with the coordinator of FIT-ABLE. Students
Director of the Registrar’s Office
are encouraged to make themselves known to FIT-ABLE
Office of the Registrar
by registering with the office. For subsequent semesters
it is required that students meet with their FIT-ABLE office
For the purposes of the college immunization
counselor in order to reestablish their accommodations
law, proof of immunity for measles, mumps,
as changes occur related to each student’s schedule
and rubella shall mean the following:
and ability. Accommodations are not retroactive. Federal ADA Compliance FIT seeks the full cooperation of faculty, staff, and administration in the provision of accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services that it has determined to be reasonable and necessary. Any student who believes he or she has been subject to discrimination based upon a disability should report the incident, in writing, to the FIT-ABLE coordinator within 48 hours of the occurrence. A written report may also be submitted to the Affirmative Action Officer in the Office of Planning Assessment
— Measles: two (2) doses of live measles vaccine
given on or after the first birthday and after
1967, physician documented history of
disease, or serological evidence of immunity;
— Mumps: one (1) dose of live mumps vaccine given
on or after the first birthday, a physician documented
history of disease, or serological evidence
— Rubella (German measles): one (1) dose of
live rubella vaccine given on or after the first
birthday, or serological evidence of immunity;
& Compliance in A605. The college will promptly
Meningitis: New York public health law requires all
investigate all complaints of alleged discrimination
students registered for six (6) credits or more to provide
and pursue appropriate remedies where necessary.
information to the college about whether they have
FIT prohibits acts of reprisal against anyone involved
received, or decline to receive vaccination for meningitis.
in lodging a complaint of discrimination. Conversely,
All FIT students must submit documents satisfying the
the college considers filing intentionally false reports
immunization requirements prior to registration.
of discrimination to be a violation of this policy.
In order to comply with New York State Public Health
The Office of Disability Services is a National Voter
Law, all FIT students must submit documents satisfying
Registration Act voter registration site whereby
their immunization requirements prior to registration.
students with disabilities are able to register to vote.
Student Health Services
Care Team The FIT Care Team (fitnyc.edu/student-life/care-team)
works together to establish a coordinated point of contact
The New York State Legislature (Public Health Law, Article
for providing support to students in crisis. As such, the
21, Title VI, Section 2165) has passed legislation requiring
Team is tasked with the responsibility to identify, assess,
certain immunizations for college and other post-secondary
and assist students who display mild to extreme levels
of distressed or disruptive behavior including but not
Applicants should consult parents, doctors, a high
limited to suicidal, assaultive, and/or self-harm.
school nurse, or a public health clinic to obtain copies
Care Team assessment will include the implementation of
of their immunization records. Immunization records
timely interventions geared toward the health and safety
should be reviewed with a health care provider.
of the individual student and the campus community.
In order to attend classes, all students must provide
Any member of the FIT College community (faculty, staff
proof of immunity against measles, mumps,
or students) may fill out a Care Incident Communication
and rubella. Students born prior to January 1,
form (fitnyc.edu/student-life/care-team/report.php) if
1957 are exempt from these requirements.
they are concerned by student behavior that could be
construed as harmful to the student or to others. Examples
Assistant Dean of Students
of such behavior can include but is not limited to:
Acting Director of the Counseling Center
— Unusual or erratic behavior in or outside the
— Extended absences from class by an otherwise
engaged and involved student.
Coordinator of Disability Support Services (FIT-ABLE) Director of Health Services Director of Residential Life Associate Director of Residential Life
— Submission of class work that consists of
Other members of the campus community may be
called upon to serve as ad hoc members of the
troubling themes or references.
— Threatening behavioral, verbal, written or
Team. These members may be from relevant offices
physically demonstrated through action,
including but not limited to any of the following:
social media, and/or any other means.
Public Safety, Academic Advisement, Health Services,
— Other actions which cause an alarm or call into
question the safety of the student or his/her peers.
Student Life, the School Deans’ offices, and others.
— Behavior that could be construed as threat to self
The Residential Life Department is committed to creating
All reports are confidential and will be handled by members of the Care Team.
a diverse community living environment by offering students opportunities to develop an understanding of others and enable them to grow personally and
It should be noted that the Team is constituted to respond
intellectually. All students and staff are accepted as
to student behavior only. Concerns regarding faculty and/
individuals, without regard to nationality, ethnicity,
or staff behavior should be brought to the attention of
race, age, gender, religion, class, social background,
the Office of Academic Affairs or the Office of Human
physical differences, sexual preference, personal beliefs,
Resources respectively, or to the Office of Public Safety
etc. In keeping with the college’s mission to provide an
should the severity of the situation warrant such a report.
environment that is conducive to learning, the Residence
To alert the Care Team to a concern, complete and submit the Care Incident Communication form. A member of the Team will receive and review your submission. Note that you may be contacted for follow-up information. The Care Team responds to a wide range of student concerns and incidents. A Care Team report is NOT the appropriate way to report sexual harassment, sexual violence, or gender-based harassment, and reports of this nature made to the Team cannot be kept confidential. If you need to report information of that nature, please contact Public Safety (212-217-7777), the Title IX Coordinator (212-217-3360), or the Dean of Students (212-217-3800).
Halls have strict policies that are diligently enforced. Residence Hall Policies and Procedures
Alcohol and Drug Policy (see Resident Handbook - Alcohol and Drug Violations and Sanctions) FIT’s Residence Halls’ Alcohol and Drug Policy strictly forbids the use and possession of alcohol, drugs and paraphernalia. This policy is strongly enforced. The Residential Life office takes into consideration the health and safety of all resident students and strives to maintain a drug and alcohol-free residence hall community.
Visitation Policy Members
(see Resident Handbook - Visitation
AVP for Student Success & Dean of Students
Violations and Sanctions)
(Chair of Care Team), 212-217-3800
To maintain a safe and secure community that is
conducive to studying and learning the Residential Life office has developed a strict guest and visitation policy. Visitors must be checked in/out of the residence halls. It is each resident’s responsibility to be familiar with all visitation policies. The Residential Life office reserves the right to revoke and restrict any and all visitation privileges according to the guidelines outlined in the handbook. Visitation is considered a privilege, not a right. Each resident pays for his/ her own space, not for the right to have guests.
Day Visitation (see Resident Handbook – Visitation Policy) Day visitation hours are between 8am-12pm. Anyone in the halls after 12am is considered an overnight visitor.
one’s actions, vomiting, slurred speech, etc.
Fire Safety (see Resident Handbook – Fire Safety Policy Violations and Sanctions) At the sound of an alarm, residents must immediately vacate the halls using the nearest stairwell. Every resident is responsible for keeping the halls safe and complying with fire safety rules. Residents are asked to immediately report any noticeable problems with fire equipment to the Residential Life office.
Health Information (see Resident Handbook – Health Information, Fire and Personal Safety) Residents are encouraged to use FIT’s Health
Services office. Services include consultations,
(see Resident Handbook – Visitation Policy)
general and gynecological concerns, treating
All overnight visitors must be pre-registered online prior to
illnesses, injuries, emergencies, and referrals to
arrival and no later than 4pm on the day of arrival. Visitors
off-campus medical resources and providers.
between the hours of 12am-8pm are considered overnight guests. NO OVERNIGHTS are permitted at the start or end of each semester. Visitation is limited for Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day. The college will impose additional limitations as needed. Please check postings for dates and details.
Health and Safety Checks (see Resident Handbook – Residence Hall Policies and Procedures) The college unconditionally reserves the right to inspect rooms and all areas in or outside of the residential
buildings at times convenient to the Residential Life office
(see Resident Handbook – Visitation Policy)
and by college and/or other approved personnel. This
Requests for extended visitation can be submitted for
includes entry/inspection for repairs, remodeling or
overnight guests staying more than two consecutive
any other necessary steps advisable for safety and
nights. The maximum length of an extended
security. Residential Life staff may enter all rooms or
stay is 5 days. Extended visitors are not allowed
suites at any time if it is reasonably believed there
during Winter & Summer Housing sessions.
exists a threat to the health, safety or security of any resident, the residential community or that a violation
Dealing with an Intoxicated Person (see Resident Handbook – Alcohol and Drug Policy) Alcohol is safely and responsibly used by millions of people. Irresponsible and unsafe use of alcohol not only endangers you, but also places others at risk. Residents are asked to contact Public Safety when dealing with an intoxicated person. Signs of intoxication may include, but are not limited to: inability to control
of the terms of the Residence Contract exists. Periodic health and safety checks are made by the Residential Life staff for the purpose of ascertaining damage or conditions potentially threatening to the health and safety of its residents. The times for these inspections may be announced (but not required) at least 24 hours in advance to allow occupants of the room an opportunity to be present.
On-campus Safety Ti ps (see Resident Handbook – Health Information, Fire and Personal Safety) + +
Keep your suite and/or room DOUBLE LOCKED at all times. Report any suspicious activity to the FIT Public Safety office at 212-217-7777.
Do not leave valuables out in the open in your room.
Do not permit strangers into any building, room,
2. 3. 4.
Residents are encouraged to address their concerns in a non-confrontational discussion. Residents should speak to their RA. The RA will help negotiate a compromise. If conflict continues, a meeting with a Resident Counselor is recommended. The Resident Counselor will mediate with residents
involved in the conflict and advise residents of
the room swap procedure.
Do not admit unescorted persons into the
Please note that all room swaps are at the
discretion of the Residential Life office.
Be careful when you meet new people. Do not
invite strangers into you room or go to their room
or apartment. When going out with or visiting new
acquaintances, be sure to give your roommate or a
friend the name, address, and phone number of
If you receive a bomb threat – do not pull the fire
alarm. Call the FIT Public Safety office
immediately at 212-217-7777.
Withdrawals and Refunds (see Resident Handbook – Withdrawal Information) Students who decide to decline Residence Hall space, must contact the Residential Life office by completing the online withdrawal form. Contacting another department at FIT does not relinquish a student from charges. Students who are graduating, participating in an exchange program, or withdrawing from the college must complete the housing withdrawal form. Residents withdrawing
Please note that there are red phones located
from the residence halls must adhere to the established
throughout the college. Pick up the red phone
check-out procedures as outlined in the handbook.
to speak with the FIT Public Safety. Housing Procedures – Campus Housing
Late Check-out Fine (see Resident Handbook – Residence Hall Closing section for further information)
(see Resident Handbook – Re-Application Procedures)
Each spring, residents must re-apply for housing for
(see Resident Handbook – Residence Contract
the upcoming academic year through the Current/
for Fashion Institute of Technology)
Returning Application Process. A $500 non-refundable
By submitting a housing application, residents agree to the
housing deposit is required. Priority is given to the
terms and conditions of the Resident Contract. Residents
earliest housing applicants. All other applicants
accepted for on-campus accommodations at the Fashion
will be placed on a wait list and awarded housing
Institute of Technology enter into this contract and are
based upon availability. Notification of dates and
subject to the terms and conditions outlined in the contract.
times to re-apply for campus housing will be publicly displayed as well as emailed to students. Returning
Important Student Information
students will be accommodated in Kaufman Hall.
Conduct and Judicial System (see Resident Handbook – Conduct and Judicial System)
Room Conflicts and Reassignments
The Fashion Institute of Technology encourages students to
(see Resident Handbook – Room Occupancy Information)
act independently and maturely while in residence. Since
students come from many backgrounds and have varied
Replacement keys must be made by the college.
expectations about living in a residential community,
Students are charged for a replacement key.
defining community norms is not always easy. “Policies and Procedures” are established to outline standards by which all members of the community can live together. The college and the Residential Life office have designed a conduct process which addresses inappropriate or illegal behavior.
ID Policy/ID Replacement (see Resident Handbook – Residence Hall Policies and Procedures) Every student must show their college ID when entering any building on campus and when signing visitors into the
residence halls. There is a charge associated with replacing
(see Resident Handbook – Residence
an ID. Once payment has been made through the Bursar’s
Hall Policies and Procedures)
office, the FIT Public Safety will issue a replacement ID. Any
Residents are responsible for any loss or damage to
altering or misuse of IDs will result in disciplinary action.
their assigned rooms (furniture, fixtures, equipment, etc.). The use of such materials as tape, paste, glue, nails, tacks, etc. on any college property is prohibited. Residents are not permitted to alter the appearance of the room (i.e. painting, shelving, etc.). When it cannot be ascertained who is responsible for the damages or
Lockouts (see Resident Handbook – Residence Hall Policies and Procedures) There are charges associated with lockouts. Charges vary depending upon the time of day.
losses, an assessment will be made against residents
Noise and Quiet Hours
equally. Public area damage will be billed to the floor
(see Resident Handbook – Residence
residents and/or building residents with a minimum fine
Hall Policies and Procedures)
of $5.00 per person. Any resident found responsible
All residents are expected to be considerate of fellow
for an act of vandalism and/or neglect will be fined a
students and avoid excessive noise in the hallways,
minimum of $25.00, and additional sanctions may apply.
bathrooms, stairwells and other public areas. Voices, radios, stereos, televisions, musical instruments, etc.
Fines (see Resident Handbook – Residence Hall Policies and Procedures) Fines are assessed to residents when they are found responsible for certain violations of Residence Hall policy. The minimum fine is $25.00 per person, per violation, unless otherwise noted. — Acts of vandalism and/or graffiti — Entering or exiting from a Residence Hall window
(1st offense: Dismissal from the residence halls)
should never be loud enough to be heard by people outside of the room. Quiet Hours are from 10pm to 9am, everyday including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. During exam periods, Quiet Hours are in effect 24 hours every day, including weekends.
Residence Hall Calendar (see Resident Handbook – Residence Hall Calendar)
Gladys Marcus Library
— Improper maintenance of room and/or public area
FIT’s Library supports the academic and research
— Late check-out ($100.00/day. Please see Residence
needs of the FIT community. A well-selected collection
of more than 175,000 volumes of print materials
Hall Closing section for further information)
— Leaving objects in hallway or stairwell
Key Replacement (see Resident Handbook – Residence Hall Policies and Procedures)
(and over 300,000 combined print, non-print, and electronic) supports the instructional programs in Art and Design, Business and Technology, Liberal Arts and the Graduate School. Collections also include specialized
electronic and digital resources and materials not
— Keep sound to a minimum. Personal technology
often found in conventional academic libraries, such
as the fashion and trend forecasting services, sketch
— Cell phones should be turned off or set to
collections, clipping files, and fashion show DVDs. Our
vibrate. Please use phones only in library stairwells
newspapers and periodicals include more than 400
or the library lobby.
current subscriptions and extensive back issue runs.
— Cords for electronic devices should not cross aisles
Databases provided by FIT, SUNYConnect, and the
New York State Library, provide access to thousands of
— Use of spray paints or chemical fixatives is
full-text journal articles, books, images, research reports
strictly forbidden in the library. Spray rooms are
and other resources. Most are available remotely.
available on the 6th floor of the Pomerantz Center.
devices must be muted or used with ear buds.
or obstruct walk ways.
Special areas and projects include: Special Collections
Stolen or Damaged Materials
with scrapbooks, archives, illustrations, and other
Theft or mutilation of library materials is a major
primary research material in their original formats;
offense and will result in disciplinary action, which
the Interior Design Resource Center, a professional-
may include suspension or expulsion from the
level product literature collection; and the FIT Digital
college, other sanctions, and possibly legal action.
Image Library (FITDIL), a database of approximately
In addition, the person will be held financially
66,000 digital images. Also under the auspices
accountable for replacement of the materials.
of the Library, is PrintFX, a state-of-the-art digital service bureau for pre-press printed graphics. The Gladys Marcus Library webpage is a dynamic resource, providing a wealth of information, including access to StyleCat, databases, and LibGuides research guides prepared by FIT faculty librarians.
Student Life Campus Posting Policy The Fashion Institute of Technology (“FIT” or “the College”) coordinates the posting of notices for Collegeaffiliated events on FIT property.
As a member of local, state, and international
This policy provides campus organizations and FIT
consortia, the Library participates in resource-
departments the opportunity to promote events while
sharing programs including the Metropolitan New
outlining requirements for the preparation, display
York Library Council (METRO) and the SUNY Council
and removal of postings. The policy ensures
of Library Directors (SCLD). Through SUNY’s Open
effective campus postings that reduce waste, restrict
Access Policy our students have access to and
unauthorized publicity, support an inclusive community
borrowing privileges at all other SUNY libraries.
and avoid damage to buildings and facilities.
Borrowing, Renewals, and Fines Please refer to http://fitnyc.edu/library/loans for detailed information on loan and renewal periods, overdue fines, etc., or contact the Access Services unit at 212-217-4360.
The Campus Posting Policy provides FIT students and employees with space to advertise approved events at designated locations throughout the campus. All postings will be neat and support the interest of both the sponsoring organization and FIT. All postings will adhere to the FIT community’s sense of decency
and good taste. Obscene, inflammatory, libelous,
Rules of conduct for all library users:
racist, sexist or otherwise offensive postings to the
— Eating and drinking are not allowed on the 4th or 66
6th floors or near computer workstations.
diverse campus community will not be permitted.
V. P O S T I N G S C H E D U L E
Campus - means all academic, office and administrative
No posting may remain up beyond the date of the event in
buildings and residence halls. Department-labeled bulletin
the posting. The group that posted the item is responsible
boards are the responsibility of the department and any
for removing every posting immediately after the event
items to be posted on department bulletin boards require
date. An individual or organization that fails to remove
approval of the department. In addition to this Policy,
outdated postings may be denied permission to post in the
all postings must also comply with any other applicable
future. Outdated postings may be removed and discarded.
FIT policy, with the Student Rights and Responsibilities Manual and with policies of FIT Residential Life.
V I . P O L I C Y V I O L AT I O N S
Postings that do not comply with this policy may be
Campus posting - refers to attaching, temporarily,
removed and discarded without notice. Any student who
any information to any surface on the FIT campus
posts unapproved items will be subject to discipline,
other than a department-labeled bulletin board.
including judicial action, through the Residential
I I . A L L O W E D / A C C E P TA B L E P O S T I N G S
Only FIT-recognized student organizations or clubs,
Life Office or the Department of Student Life, and may be denied permission to post in the future.
registered FIT students; FIT departments, offices and
VII. EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY
employees; and FIT-affiliated departments, offices
Exceptions to this policy may be made only by the Vice
and employees may post notices on campus.
President for Enrollment Management and Student Success.
Postings must announce or be related to specified FIT events, and must be intended for the FIT community
Poster approval for notices to be hung in Academic and Administrative Spaces
Submit poster/flyer to the Office of
Student Life 10 business days prior to
desired posting date to ensure consideration.
Student Life will notify submitters of approval
I I I . P O S T I N G A P P R O VA L S
or revisions via email within 5 business days.
Prior to posting, all items must be approved and stamped
Submitters will bring the approval notification and
by the Residential Life Office for posting in an FIT
the number of posters/flyers they would like
Residence Hall or by the Department of Student Life for
stamped indicating posters/flyers have been
posting anywhere in an FIT non-residence hall building.
approved. The Office of Student Life will
affix the approval stamp, immediately.
Departments and Organizations are responsible
for their own printing and distribution
across campus buildings in accordance with
the policy above.
as a whole. Every posting must contain the date, time, location and sponsor of the event. Items announcing specific events, parties or lectures may not exceed 11” by 17”. Items announcing regularly scheduled meetings may not exceed 8.5” by 11”.
I V. P O S T I N G A R E A S
Posting is allowed only on bulletin boards and in glass cases mounted across the FIT campus. Items may not be posted on other surfaces (walls, doors, windows, etc.) and will be removed and discarded without notice. Only one posting for any event is allowed on any one board. Posting over other items is not permitted. Any
II. Poster approval for notices to be hung in Residence Hall Spaces
item posted over another item, whether or not it obscures
Submit 15 copies of the poster/flyer for
the item underneath, may be removed and discarded.
approval to the Office of Residential Life
one week before desired posting date. 67
Vice President of Enrollment
Management and Student Success
B221, Business and Liberal Arts Building
212-217-3800 email@example.com ∙
Office of Student Life
A713, Dubinsky Building
212-217-4130 firstname.lastname@example.org ∙
Residential Life Office
Alumni Hall, 1st Floor
Submitters will be contacted if the poster/flyer
submission is not approved.
Once approved, Residential Life staff will post
appropriately in each residence hall.
Policy for Club Dismissal The Fashion Institute of Technology Student Association (FIT SA) Student Council, which grants recognition to clubs, also has the power to withdraw recognition. Should any club violate FIT SA’s club rules and policies as outlined in the FIT SA Constitution, or violate FIT’s Code of Student Conduct, the club will be subject to the following procedure:
• First violation: A verbal warning will be issued through the club advisor to the club president by the director of Student Life and the FIT SA first Vice President.
• Second violation: A written warning placing the club on six months’ probation will be issued through the club advisor to the club president by the Director of Student Life and the FIT SA first Vice President. The club in question should use this probationary period to evaluate and correct the problem(s) resulting in their probationary status. If the probationary period is completed without incident, the club will remain in good standing with FIT SA.
• Third violation: Should a third violation occur during the probationary period all club activities will be suspended and all funds will be frozen pending a hearing before the Judicial Council of the Student Affairs Committee. At the hearing, the Judicial Council of the Student Affairs Committee will make a recommendation to the Student Council as to what action should be taken.
FIT Student Government Association Table of Contents FIT Student Government Association Introduction
FIT Student Government Association Board Members
Board of Directors Communications Committee Finance Committee Programming Committee Student Advocacy Committee Student Council FIT Student Organizations
FIT Student Government Association Clubs FIT Student Government Association Media FIT Athletics FIT Student Government Ambassadors FIT Honor Associations FIT Student Association Sponsored Programs
Leadership Workshop Student Volunteer Community Service (SVCS) Center Legacy Week: FIT Homecoming FITLink Student Web Portal FIT Student Association Facilities The Center Game Room Hall of Art FIT Student Government Association Offices
Greetings from the FIT Student Government Association! It is my pleasure to welcome you all to another exciting year at FIT. For those of you who are returning, welcome back; for those who are starting your collegiate careers here, you’ve made a great decision. Welcome to your new home! As you continue or begin your journey, know that Scott P. Girvan
you have the power to shape your FIT experience. I
President of the FIT Student
encourage you to become an active member of our
Government Association and Student Trustee on the FIT Board of Trustees
school community. Join one of the 70+ clubs and student organizations. Get physical on one of our champion sports teams or bust a move as a member of our dance team. For those more interested in leadership, there are opportunities to run for an elected position, volunteer or share your opinions at a Student Council or town hall meeting. You can even start a new club. Whatever you choose, take advantage of all opportunities that FIT has to offer and leave a legacy for others to follow. The FIT Student Government Association exists to address the needs of the FIT student body, whether it be a serious concern or a suggestion for an event to host, we are excited to serve as your voice. Our strength as a Student Association comes from you, the students, through your voice and your ideas. So please don’t hold back. Again, welcome to FIT and let’s make this a year to remember!
FIT Student Government Association The mission of the FIT Student Government Association is to serve, empower, and unify the FIT student body. This mission will be met through student advocacy and innovative programming that supports and shapes the FIT experience.
FIT Student Government Association Structure The FIT Student Government Association consists of many different branches of students who are actively involved in the FIT community. The Executive Council, comprised of the Board of Directors and four executive committees, in partnership with the Student Council, serves as the center of our student government and carries out the responsibility of representing the interests of the student body.
FIT Student Government Association Budget The Student Government Association collects the student activities fee and is responsible for allocating these funds on behalf of the FIT student body. The per-semester fee is $65, adding up to almost $1 million. The FIT Student Government Association budget is allocated to organizations, activities, and related programs at FIT.
FIT Student Government Association Board Members BOARD OF DIRECTORS
sa.fitnyc.edu The Board of Directors is responsible for student advocacy. Each member is responsible for identifying the needs of a subset of or the entire student body and works with departmental faculty to solve these needs, in addition to other responsibilities.
internal accounts and budgets, in addition to the President. Director of Programming The Director of Programming serves as the Chair of the Programming Committee and is also the Events Coordinator of the Student Government Association. Director of Student Advocacy The Director of Student Advocacy is the chair of the Student Advocacy Committee and serves as the liaison between the student body and the Executive Council. The
Director of Student Advocacy also serves as the chair
The President serves as the student representative
of the Faculty Senate’s Student Affairs Committee.
on the FIT Board of Trustees, and presides as the chairperson of the Executive Council. The President advocates and sets the strategic direction of the FIT Student Government Association.
Director of Sustainability The Director of Sustainability serves as the liaison between the FIT Student Government Association and the Sustainability Council. The Director of
Sustainability creates and maintains environmental
The Vice President assumes the duties of the President in
initiatives that promote sustainability for present
their absence or at the request of the President, and serves
students as well as future generations at FIT.
as the chair of the Student Council. The Vice President also recruits student representatives for the Faculty
C O M M U N I C AT I O N S C O M M I T T E E
Senate Committee, for the Student Council’s approval.
The Communications Committee is the organization’s
Executive Secretary The Executive Secretary is the master record keeper for the Board of Directors and Student Council. The Executive
public relations team, appointed by the Board of Directors. The Director of Communications is the chairperson of the Communications Committee.
Secretary provides support and structure to maintain
Coordinator of Graphic Design
the successful functions of the Board of Directors.
The Coordinator of Graphic Design creates, prints
Director of Communications The Director of Communications serves as the chair of both the Communications Committee and the Communications Council. The Director of
and distributes banners, posters, flyers and other promotional items for all Student Government Association initiated events, programs, and general outreach to the student body.
Communications promotes all clubs, publications, and
Coordinator of Information Technology
campus events through various media platforms.
The Coordinator of Information Technology serves as
Director of Finance The Director of Finance serves as the chair of the Student Government Association’s Finance Committee and is the
the representative on the college’s IT Committee and is the liaison between the Student Government Association and the Department of Information Technology.
overseer of all Student Government Association funds.
Coordinator of Social and Digital Media
The Director of Finance has the signatory right for all
The Coordinator of Social and Digital Media manages
transactions from the Student Government Association
all of the Student Government Association’s social
Historian The Historian documents, promotes, and archives FIT activities through the use of photos and videos. FINANCE COMMITTEE
The Finance Committee is the organization’s treasury, appointed by the Board of Directors. The Director of Finance is the chairperson of the Finance Committee. Treasurers The Treasurers are responsible for overseeing
Events is the co-chair of the FIT Drag Pageant. Hall of Art Curator The Hall of Art Curator is similar to a curator for an art gallery. The curator exhibits student artwork through juried contests and holds art-related events, which are to be promoted and publicized. Manager of the Game Room The Manager of the Game Room is responsible for planning and executing events and activities in the Game Room.
and processing all fiscal transactions from the
Manager of the Center
Student Activities Fund for the Student Government
The Manager of the Center is in charge of hosting
Association, clubs, organizations and publications.
artistic and creative events and activities in The Center.
STUDENT ADVOCACY COMMITTEE
The Programming Committee organizes innovative
The Student Advocacy Committee serves as the
programs and events on and off campus with a
primary liaison between the student body and
mission to enhance the student’s FIT experience.
the Student Government Association’s Executive
The Director of Programming serves as the
Board. The Director of Student Advocacy is the
chair of the Programming Committee.
chair of the Student Advocacy Committee.
Coordinator of Cultural Events
Coordinator of Alumni Engagement
The Coordinator of Cultural Events is in
The Coordinator of Alumni Engagement serves as the
charge of developing and promoting all
liaison between the FIT Student Government Association
cultural diversity activities on campus.
and FIT alumni organizations. The Coordinator of Alumni
Coordinator of Off-Campus Events
Engagement connects current FIT students with FIT Alumni.
The Coordinator of Off-Campus Events provides discounted
Coordinator of Athletics & Wellness
tickets to off-campus events in and around New York
The Coordinator of Athletics & Wellness serves as the
City to further the student body’s cultural opportunities.
liaison between the Department of Athletics, Health
Coordinator of Campus Day Events The Coordinator of Campus Day Events is responsible for planning all programs, presentations and events during the day, within the designated hours of
Services, and the FIT Student Government Association. The Coordinator of Athletics & Wellness addresses the concerns of the FIT Student Government Association in regards to athletics and wellness on campus.
8am and 4pm. The Coordinator of Campus Day
Coordinator of Commuter Affairs
Events is the co-chair of the FIT Drag Pageant.
The Coordinator of Commuter Affairs serves as the
Coordinator of Campus Evening Events The Coordinator of Campus Evening Events is responsible
liaison between commuter students and the FIT Student Government Association. The Coordinator of Commuter
for planning all programs, presentations and events during the evening, within the designated hours of 4pm to the end. The Coordinator of Campus Evening 5
Affairs works to strengthen the commuter experience at FIT. Coordinator of Residential Affairs The Coordinator of Residential Affairs serves as the President of the Residence Hall Community Council (RHCC) and is the liaison to the FIT Student Government Association. The Coordinator of Residential Affairs works to strengthen the residential experience at FIT. (This position is elected through the Residence Hall Community Council).
President, the President shall chair the Student Council. Meetings will be held at least once a month while full-time classes are in session. For voting purposes only, quorum of Student Council will consist of majority (one more than half) of Student Council voting members. Decisions shall be made by majority vote of present Student Council voting members.
FIT STUDENT GOVERNMENT
A S S O C I AT I O N C L U B S
The Student Council, on behalf of the FIT
Student Government Association will act as
In addition to the governing and programming bodies, the
the representative and the legislative body of
FIT Student Government Association is also compiled of
the FIT Student Government Association.
over 60 clubs and organizations. Student organizations
The Student Council will:
• Establish and/or approve boards, clubs organizations, committees, and publications
• Approve an annual FIT Student Government Association budget, nominate, elect, and/or appoint members to Student Council and/or committees
• Preside over the removal from office of an individual elected or appointed by the Student Council
• Nominate and select candidates for FIT Student Government Association club/ organization and individual awards
serve in many different capacities to fit every student’s unique interest from performance arts to academic affiliations. In the unlikely event that a student does not find a club that interests them, they are able to start their own. To start a student organization, interested students need to meet with the Director of Student Organizations on the Executive Board to review the full chartering process, however, it all starts with a minimum of 10 members including mandated club officers and a club constitution. Here is a list of all the FIT Student Government Association Student Organizations: Academic Groups and Honor Societies AATCC (American Association of
Any member of FIT student body can become a voting
Textile Colorists and Chemists)
member after attending two consecutive Student
Council meetings. The Executive Council, either
AD @ FIT (Art and Copy Club)
president or vice president of each approved club/
American Marketing Association (AMA)
organization and publications, students elected to
CFMA (Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Association)
standing committees and to faculty-led committees
are automatically members of the student council.
Each Student Council member will have one vote.
The Student Government Association Vice President shall serve as the chairperson of the Student Council, and shall vote only in case of a tie. In the absence of the Vice 6
Entrepreneurs Club Fashion Art and Design Club Home Products
ITSA (International Trade Student Association)
Chabad - Jewish Life @ FIT
Media Design Club Menswear Merchandising Society NRFSA (National Retail Federation Student Association)
Government and Programming RHCC (Residence Hall Community Council) FIT Student Association (Student Government)
Phi Theta Kappa (Honor Society)
Archery at FIT
Figure Skating Club
PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) Technical Design Club The Stitch: Men Who Knit Advocacy Corporate Social Responsibility Half the Sky Sustainable Design Club Arts, Entertainment, and Social
Service Dance-A-Thon FIT Outreach Student Media Blush Magazine ICON Magazine W27 (Newspaper) WFIT (Broadcasting)
Anime Art Collective
Creative Movement (Breakdancing Club)
Pick up a laptop, pen, camera, or microphone, and
find your voice through one of the Student Government
Associationâ€™s three student-run publications and WFIT, the
FIT Models and Stylists Association (FITMSA)
student broadcasting media organization. Blush Magazine
is the latest beauty and fashion magazine which includes
Hula Hoop Dance Club
beauty news and industry insights. W27 is a monthly
Runway27 (Fashion Show Club)
newspaper highlighting life on campus, trends, and current
SELF (Students Excelling with Lifestyle Fundamentals)
events. ICON Magazine is released annually and exhibits
Skyliners (A Cappella)
the work of FIT students. WFIT uses video and radio to
broadcast news, ideas, and events to the community.
Here at FIT, the opportunities are endless and
your involvement and success in these diverse
Cultural and Identity
organizations can help equip you with valuable skills
ASN (Asian Student Network)
for both personal and professional development.
BRAG (Black Retail Action Group)
Visit fitnyc.collegiatelink.net to find out more
BSU (Black Student Union) FIT IN (LGBTQ and Supporters)
about clubs and organizations at FIT.
French Language and Culture Club Korean Student Organization LASO (Latino American Student Organization) 7
F I T H O N O R A S S O C I AT I O N S
“I LOVE FIT”
The Student Ambassadors are a team of student employees and peer leaders that welcome new students to campus through admissions tours, help with orientation and residence hall move-in, and through assistance with other campus events. The Student Ambassador selection process is highly competitive and students selected agree to serve in their roles for an entire academic year. If you’re interested in enhancing your leadership skills, becoming well-versed in group facilitation and public speaking, and in being a part of a team sharing their love of FIT, consider becoming an ambassador! F I T AT H L E T I C S
fittigers.com At FIT, your brain isn’t the only part of you that can get a great workout. FIT provides an equal opportunity intercollegiate athletics program along with recreational programs and fitness facilities to the entire college community. FIT is also home to over 6 championship athletic teams for both men and women and is ranked among the top New York State collegiate sport teams.
• Phi Theta Kappa Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the international honor society for students who maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher in their associate’s degree program. PTK’s mission is to plan and present events and programs for the college community that emphasize the society’s hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and service. More information on PTK can be found at http://fitnyc.edu/3156.asp or in the Department of Student Life, located in room A713 of the Dubinsky Student Center.
• Delta Alpha Pi The purpose of Delta Alpha Pi is to provide an opportunity to change the negative stereotyping associated with disability by recognizing students with disabilities for their academic accomplishments. In addition, this honor society facilitates development of skills in leadership, advocacy and education for participating students. The Delta Alpha Pi members are instrumental in promoting disability awareness
Here is a list of FIT’s athletic teams:
on campus through a disability awareness week
M E N ’ S AT H L E T I C T E A M S
and other disability awareness week and other
Cross Country/Half Marathon
disability awareness events throughout the school
year. Delta Alpha Pi members also mentor new
Swimming & Diving
incoming students who have registered with the
disability services office to help them navigate the
school, show them around the city and introduce
Track and Field
them to other students on campus.
W O M E N ’ S AT H L E T I C T E A M S
Cross Country/Half Marathon Dance Company Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis
Students are eligible for membership in the Honor Society if they meet the following criteria; present with a documented disability and work with one of the advisors in the FIT-ABLE office, demonstrate an interest in disability issues, completed a minimum of 15 credits and earned an overall GPA of 3.10.
• Chi Alpha Epsilon
Track and Field
The Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society (XAE)
is dedicated to acknowledging the academic
performance of students in the Educational
CFDA fashion shows, and Toys for Tots are just a
Opportunity Program (EOP) or similar post-secondary
few of the volunteer opportunities available.
programs that support students with socioeconomic,
Opportunities can be viewed on the bulletin boards
challenges. XAE promotes academic excellence,
in the Department of Student Life located in room
civic engagement, and distinguished participation
A713 of the Dubinsky Student Center. Peer student
in campus life. Students must achieve a minimum
mentors are available to answer your questions at the
grade point average of 3.0 for two consecutive
volunteer desk. Remember, as a community we are
semesters in full-time status (or during four
only as strong as our weakest link. Please consider
consecutive semesters in part-time status) and must be
volunteering to help keep the FIT chain strong!
participants in good standing in EOP. LEGACY WEEK: FIT HOMECOMING
FIT Student Association Sponsored Programs LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
Leadership Workshop focuses on the concept of shared leadership through a variety of group training exercises. Students will experience a process that includes all members of a group. Communication skills, cultural diversity, decision-making, team building, and other human relations skills will be explored. The Leadership Workshop is free and open to first- through seventh-semester FIT undergraduate students and graduate students. For more information, please contact the Department of Student Life, located in room A713 of the Dubinsky Student Center. STUDENT VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY SERVICE (SVCS) CENTER
The Student Volunteer Community Service Center is a
Homecoming is a time honored collegiate tradition that can be traced as far back as 1908. Although the modern college homecoming is tied to athletics, the tradition itself is meant to unite alumni, faculty, and current students in celebrating their institution as well as continuing the traditions of the past. FIT continues this tradition, as they have for over 30 years, during Legacy Week. FIT incorporates the following four principles that serve to bring together the entire community:
• SPIRIT – demonstrates both academic and athletic pride
• CONNECTIONS – unites students, alumni, and faculty together
• FAMILY – honors the commitment of our students’ families
• COMMUNITY – celebrates service and community partnerships
service offered through the Department of Student Life. This program enhances our greatest natural resource:
F I T L i n k S T U D E N T W E B P O R TA L
volunteers. FIT is a recipient of the President’s Higher
The private social network for FIT students, FITLink, provides
Education Community Service Honor Roll. As part of FIT’s
the tools for managing FIT Student Association clubs and
commitment to community service, SVCS offers interested
student co-curricular activities. FITLink can also be utilized
students an opportunity to give back to our community and
in areas outside of campus life, serving a variety of needs
the greater society in which we live. Clubs, students, faculty,
related to the FIT student experience. From elections to
and staff are welcome to tap the information available
surveys and communication to budgeting, stay connected
regarding local organizations requesting volunteers.
at FIT from across the globe. Visit fitnyc.collegiatelink.net.
SVCS sponsors a Volunteer Expo each fall to introduce interested volunteers to agencies in need of their services. The Children’s Hope Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy Foundation, 7th on 6th, the
FIT Student Association Facilities THE CENTER
The Center, located in room A739 of the Dubinsky Student Center, is a multipurpose art studio. Students may borrow tools to use in the studio for drawing, beading, painting, collage, tie-dye, leather crafts, and much more. Each semester, the Student Association sponsors drawing sessions, cooking, arts and crafts demonstrations, and lectures in the Center. In addition, there are video screenings and programs in nutrition, exercise, and health, as well as in political, environmental, and social issues. Non-credit workshops are scheduled each semester for those students interested in short-term, ongoing instruction. There are open studio sessions for those students who like to work independently, or to work on class assignments. Due to limited space, students are asked to register in advance (room A739). Anyone using these facilities must be able to present a valid FIT ID card. Students and faculty interested in hosting a lecture program or workshop should contact the Department of Student Life, located in room A713, or call 212-217-4130. Current programs and schedules are posted on the bulletin boards and on FITLink. For further information regarding available hours or use of studios and equipment, contact The Center Technician, room A739, 212-217-4151. GAME ROOM
The Game Room, located in room A738 on the seventh floor of the Dubinsky Student Center, is a place for the entire FIT family. Hours of operation are 10am– 7pm, Monday through Thursday, and 10am–5pm on Friday. The Game Room has billiards, air hockey and foosball tables. There are televisions to watch cable TV or to plug in your video game. These facilities are open to all students. The Game Room also offers a variety of board games and special events, such as caricature artists, magicians, video screenings, and other entertainment. For additional information, contact the Programming Board Manager of the Game Room.
THE HALL OF ART
The exhibition space located on the seventh floor of the Dubinsky Student Center is reserved and programmed for and by students. Exhibitions of varying themes as well as art contests are presented throughout the year. Each exhibition starts with an opening reception for the artists. Student publications, student life, and social interest themes are typical topics on exhibition in this space. A series of art contests judged by a committee of students and faculty is also part of the annual schedule of exhibitions. Students of all majors are welcome to become involved in this activity. F I T S T U D E N T A S S O C I AT I O N O F F I C E S
The Student Association offices for the Board of Directors, Executive Council, Programming Committee, and the offices of the FIT student media offices are located on the seventh floor of the Dubinsky Student Center. Computer stations and fax machines are also available to club members, Monday-Friday, 9am–10pm.
FIT is committed to prohibiting discrimination in its programs, activities, and employment, whether based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military service status, genetic information, pregnancy, familial status, citizenshi p status (except as required to comply with law),or any other criterion prohibited by law. Inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policy may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 212 217.3360, email@example.com. 11
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