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Title IX Frequently Asked Questions

What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence includes sexual assault, sexual battery and sexual coercion. All such acts are forms of sexual harassment and covered under Title IX.

How do I know if I've been sexually assaulted?

Sexual assaults any unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact against any individual by another. Sexual assault can occur either forcibly (against a person's will) or when a person can not give consent (under the age of consent, intoxicated, developmentally disabled, mentally/physically unable to consent, etc).

What should I do if I think I have been sexually harassed or victimized?

Contact the Interim Title IX Coordinator, Thomas McDonald at (914) 674-7679 or by email or

You may also fill our a complaint form and deliver it to the Title IX Coordinator. If it is an emergency, please contact the Department of Safety and Security: (914) 674-9999.

Are women the only victims of sexual harassment or sexual violence?

No, both females and males can be victims of sexual harassment and/or sexual violence.

It is possible to be sexually harasses/assaulted by someone of the same gender?

Yes, if you have been subjected to unwanted sexual contact or sexual harassment, your gender and the gender of the alleged perpetrator are irrelevant. Such conduct is prohibited under Title IX.

If an incident occurred at a party and I was drinking, will I get in trouble?

Mercy College's priority is to prevent sexual harassment and sexual violence. While the specifics of the situation will be considered, Mercy's primary focus will be to address the sexual violence or harassment. Mercy College does not want the involvement of alcohol or drugs to prevent the reporting of such serious misconduct. Also, the use of alcohol or drugs will not excuse sexual violence or harassment.

I've already gone to the police, so why do I need to go to the Title IX Coordinator?

Sexual harassment and sexual violence are potential crimes, but they are also violations of Title IX and the Mercy Code of Student Conduct. Sometimes, specific conduct may not constitute a crime, but it still constitutes a violation of Title IX and Mercy College. Mercy is committed to addressing and preventing sexual harassment and sexual violence, regardless of whether such activity constitutes a crime.

What if I want to remain anonymous? Will my complaint remain confidential?

Your confidentiality will be protected to the maximum extent possible, by anonymity may hinder an investigation into your complaint.