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How does it work?
To report an incident of sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact, you can connect with St. John's Deputy Title IX Coordinator by phone, email, or in-person.
Queens Campus in Bent Hall
Garden Level, Room 17C
You can first save info about what happened in Callisto and bring the downloaded PDF with you to help you make a report in-person. Learn more about Using Callisto.
All faculty and staff, as well as students who receive payment for leadership roles and/or work study are considered “Mandated Reporters” and are required to share reports of sexual and relationship misconduct with the Title IX Coordinator. Students who are not employees of the college are encouraged to promote safety on campus by sharing any reports they receive about sexual and relationship misconduct with the Title IX Coordinator, as well.
To speak with someone confidentially, contact;
- Campus Support Advisor, Hannah Artiles-Straver on the Queens Campus in the University Center (718-990-6550)
- Center for Counseling and Consultation on the Queens Campus in Marillac Hall Room 130 (718-990-6384) and on the Staten Island Campus in Spellman Hall Room 101 (718-390-4451)
- Student Health Services on the Queens Campus in DaSilva Hall First Floor (718-990-6360) and on the Staten Island Campus in Campus Center Room B-17 (718-390-4447)
What happens after I report?
If you report to a St. John's University “Mandated Reporter”, they will notify the Title IX Coordinator, who will (or will designate a Deputy Title IX Coordinator to) contact you within two business days of your report.
If you choose to report directly to either the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator by speaking with them in person, they will explain to you your options and the associated procedures. They will also provide you with information about academic, housing, or safety related accommodations that you may want or need.
If you’d like to proceed with an investigation, you will meet with a trained Title IX Investigator. You can learn more about investigations below.
You can request interim remedies at any point during the process. These can include room change requests, class adjustments, transportation assistance, a no-contact order, and access to on- and off-campus support services.
- If the incident you are reporting happened before you were a St. John's student, the available options may be different.
- If the identified perpetrator is not affiliated with the school, they can still be banned from school property.
What is an investigation?
St. John's University is obligated to investigate any reports to the best of our ability and to provide a safe, nondiscriminatory environment for all. As such, any report you provide to the school will be investigated. If you do not wish for this to happen, you can speak with someone confidentially. If you do not want to take part in an investigation, St. John's will proceed with minimal or no involvement from you.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the investigators will determine whether a preponderance of evidence supports a finding that the policy was violated.
If St. John's does not determine that a policy violation occurred, that does not mean that a sexual assault did not happen. It means that the investigation did not find a “preponderance of evidence.” This standard of evidence means that a hearing must determine whether a policy violation is “more likely than not” to have occurred or 51% likely to have occurred. The outcome of an investigation will not always be representative of what actually happened, and a finding of no violation does not change what happened to you.
If a policy violation is found as a part of the investigation, the sanctions will be based on the nature of the incident, any prior conduct violations, sanctions resulting from prior, similar cases, and any other relevant facts. Possible sanctions include:
- Suspension (removal from St. John's for a minimum, designated length of time)
- Expulsion (permanent removal from St. John's)
Both you and the perpetrator have the right to appeal the outcome of the investigation. To do this, you’ll need to submit written notice to the Title IX Coordinator within 5 calendar days of the decision. The basis for the appeal must be one of the four following reasons;
- To consider new information that was not available during the time of the investigation
- To assess whether the written procedures were followed by St. John's
- To decide if the sanctions were disproportionate to the policy violation
- To assess whether bias on behalf the investigators impacted the investigation
Learn more about the investigation & appeals process in St. John's Sexual Misconduct Policy & Procedures.Back to top
Who is Involved?
Reports of sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact are directed to the Title IX Coordinator, Yael Wepman. Most often, Yael will designate the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Jackie Lochrie, to reach out.
You can report directly to Yael or Jackie, or you can tell any St. John's faculty or staff about what happened. They are required to tell the Title IX Coordinator what you tell them, as a part of the Mandatory Reporting process.
You will not have to interact with the perpetrator. You will be interviewed separately as part of the investigation. If you choose to pursue a student conduct case, you can give your statement remotely so that you do not have to be in the same room as the perpetrator unless you choose to do so.
Your parents will not be informed unless you tell them. St. John's primary relationship is to the student and not to the parent. If you go to the hospital for a forensic exam (rape kit), you will be taken to the emergency room. Generally, when a student is transported to the emergency room, their parents are notified. However, to receive medical treatment after unwatend sexual contact, your parents will not be notified unless you tell them.Back to top