Alcohol and Other Drug Issues
The Fredonia State Campus is concerned about the impact of alcohol and other drugs on the health and safety of all members of the campus community. The College complies with federal, state and local laws including those which regulate the possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances. The following represents the drug and alcohol policies of SUNY College at Fredonia:
On the College premises or at college-sponsored activities, the following are prohibited:
The Alcohol and Drug Policy details offenses and discipline for students including probation, suspension or dismissal from the college for such acts.
The College at Fredonia Counseling Center and the Student Health Center provide assessment and assistance to students. Educational programs addressing alcohol-related and drug-related issues are co-sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, Residence Life, Department of University Police, Counseling Center, Student Health Center, and by several student organizations.
Although alcohol is often viewed as a "social lubricant," it can quickly deteriorate social relations, as well as have other consequences. Some of the consequences include: increased risk of accidents, homicide, suicide, physical injury, sexual assault and psychological and behavioral problems. This is in addition to the legal, health and academic risks of abuse. These same risks hold true for alcohol or drug impaired faculty and staff.
If you decide to drink, some of the following tips may help prevent problems.
Problem Use: A Personal Checklist
Others can help you make decisions about your use, but the real responsibility is yours. As a start, answer the following questions for yourself:
*Do I drink/use drugs to warm up for social events?
If you said yes two or more times, there may be a cause for concern. You may wish to seek assistance from the Counseling Center. If you are concerned about a friend or loved ones use, the same questions also apply.
Getting a Person to Seek Help
Alcohol/Drug abuse is often characterized by denial; here are a few hints for getting the message across:
If you have been battered, shoved, or physically abused in any way, IT IS A CRIME. Unreasonable jealousy or distrust, verbal abuse and the destruction of property are all symptoms of domestic violence. The College has Counselors in the Counseling Center who will assist, as well as the University Police Department.
What You Can Do
To prevent the escalation of violent incidents, every member of the campus community should learn how to recognize and report behavior that could lead to violence. If you are the victim of an assault, or of a direct threat, you should report the incident to the University Police Department and to your supervisor, or another College Official. The person to whom you make the report should take immediate steps to ensure your safety and address the problem behavior. The University Police may take a report, or arrest the responsible individual if a crime has been committed.
*Do not ignore or down play direct or indirect threats, as they could escalate into serious incidents.
Harassing and Threatening Phone Calls
Anyone can be the victim of harassing, annoying, obscene or threatening phone calls. These may include random calls by pranksters, calls at hours when you are sleeping, frequent pointless calls or those where the caller says nothing, obscene calls, calls from former romantic interests, or calls where some threat is made against you, those you live with or your property.
These calls are intended to upset you, either for revenge or to gratify the callers personal urges. Most can be prevented or avoided by learning and using some simple techniques to decrease your potential for victimization.
REMEMBER: CALL University Police IMMEDIATELY AND REPORT THE HARASSING CALL!
Specific guidelines for Hate Crime determination are:
The unapproved possession, use or sale of firearms, ammunition, fireworks, major or minor explosives or any lethal weapon is forbidden and subject to college discipline as well as to criminal sanctions.
One out of six college women will be sexually assaulted this year. Freshman women are especially at risk. Men can also be sexually assaulted, and men sometimes feel pressured into sexual experiences they dont want. One out of fifteen male college students reports committing rape or attempting it. Most of the time, the victim is another student. The vast majority of rapes and sexual assaults involve two people who know each other, who trust one another.
If You Are Raped or Sexually Assaulted:
What Police Will Want to Know When You Call
University Police need to know basic information about the crime. Expect to hear these types of questions:
Many individuals experience sexual assault and dont tell anyone about it at the time of the incident. If you were victimized weeks ago or even years ago, assistance is still available. Talking with someone now may help you cope better with abuse from the past, whether it was rape, child sexual abuse, incest or sexual harassment.
While most victims of sexual assault are women, some men are also victims. Male victims at Fredonia can receive the same service as women. Emotional support, options counseling, and medical treatment are available to assist all of those recovering from sexual assault.
ON-CAMPUS EMERGENCY 673-3333 or 911
OFF-CAMPUS EMERGENCY .911
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saturday Noon-4:00 p.m.
Brooks Memorial Hospital Emergency Room 366-1111
ON-CAMPUS POLICE AND OTHER POLICE INFORMATION:
Off-Campus: Fredonia Police 679-1531
COUNSELING AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT:
Hotline for Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis ....1-800-252-8748
STUDENT AFFAIRS OFFICE:
Vice President Dr. David Herman.
Assistant V.P. Monica White .673-3271
SEXUAL ASSAULT ADVISORS:
Ann McCarron Burns 673-3333
It is important to seek immediate and follow-up medical attention for several reasons:
Physical evidence should be collected immediately, ideally within the first 24 hours. It may be collected later than this, but the quality and quantity of evidence may be diminished.
Immediate Emergency Services
A special hospital exam is performed by an emergency department physician or gynecologist. A nurse is present throughout the procedures, and a support person of your choice also can be present. The Hotline for Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis can provide a support person. Students can receive the exam at Brooks Hospital. The hospital emergency departments follow national standards for victim care, rape exams and evidence collection procedures.
University Police is available to transport sexual assault victims to the hospital if necessary. To arrange transportation, call the University Police dispatcher and indicate your need for immediate assistance.
Reporting to University Police
Immediately following an incident, call the University Police office at 673-3333. To report an incident at a later date, call the University Police office at the above number.
Reporting to the University Police office helps:
When you report the incident, a University Police Officer will take a statement from you regarding what happened. You will be asked to identify or describe the alleged assailant(s). You may be asked questions about the scene of the crime, any witnesses, and what happened before and after the incident.
Reporting an incident is a separate step from choosing to prosecute. When you file a report, you are not obligated to continue with legal proceedings or University disciplinary action.
University Police will take a written report which will be important to you in case you wish to bring charges, immediately or at a later date. Your identity can be kept confidential.
Counseling and Emotional Support
The Counseling Center can be reached at 673-3424 during regular office hours. The Counseling Center staff also maintains an on-call schedule for emergencies and may be reached through the University Police office (673-3333). Counselors in this office are available to assist in a crisis situation and to provide you with information about your options including medical assistance, psychological counseling, college disciplinary actions, and legal prosecution.
These counselors can provide safe, confidential support for you during this difficult period. They can inform you of common reactions to crisis and discuss coping methods that may assist you immediately following the assault and later. Talking about your concerns with one of these counselors may help you sort through feelings and decide what to do.
You do not need to disclose your name if you call the Counseling Center for information. Counselors will not reveal your identity to anyone without your permission.
The Sexual Assault Advisors, listed on the previous page, also can provide important emotional support and understanding of available options.
Chautauqua County Hotline for Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis
Trained volunteer counselors can provide information and confidential options counseling to those who have been sexually assaulted. The Hotline also provides support groups for survivors of sexual assault. They can be reached at 1-800-252-8748.
Rape Trauma Syndrome
Many rape and sexual assault survivors endure long-lasting emotional effects. Although these effects will differ for every person, certain responses are quite common.
The severity and duration of this phase can be influenced by the responses of friends and family. Those close to the victim should avoid questioning him or her about the event in a way that might be taken to imply blame, and they should avoid urging the victim to hurry the process of emotional recovery. Helpful responses include allowing the victim to decide when and how much to talk about the assault, listening in a caring, non-judgmental way, and encouraging the victim to do what he or she feels will be helpful for him or herself. Counseling, a "survivors" group, and the support of genuinely caring friends and family can assist with the transition to the next phase.
N.Y.S. Crime Victims Board
Crime victims can receive help including lost earnings, expenses involving medical, burial, rehabilitation, counseling, transportation, shelter, property loss, and compensation for good samaritan victims. The Crime Victims Board phone number is 518-457-8727. Under New York State Law, police and other officials are prohibited from disclosing the names of alleged rape and sex crime victims.
Sexual assault is prohibited. Sexual assault is defined as forced, manipulated, or coerced sexual acts, which include but are not limited to, unwanted touching of an intimate part of another person such as a sexual organ, buttocks, or breast; sodomy; oral copulation; and rape by a foreign object. Violations may lead to University disciplinary action and/or arrest.
Rape is prohibited. Rape is defined as sexual intercourse by a friend, acquaintance, or stranger:
Criminal Investigation and Charges
If you want to bring criminal charges after a sexual assault, University Police will assist you in prosecution. If apprehended, the suspect will be taken to court by University Police and charged with the appropriate offenses at a preliminary arraignment. The assailant may be jailed or released on bail, depending upon the circumstances of the crime. If you are contacted by the assailant after charges have been filed, or feel threatened in any way, you should call University Police immediately. Bail can be revoked and additional charges can be filed if necessary. A lawyer from the District Attorneys Office will handle the criminal proceedings.
Sexual Assault Awareness Education
Educational programming is provided by several departments which normally work together. The peer education program (STEPS) described below, the Counseling Center, and the University Police Department present programs during Summer Orientation for the incoming freshmen. Throughout the year they also present programs for the Residence Halls and any student group who may be interested.
The Hotline for Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis is also very active in providing educational programming to students whenever requested. To request a program or information, simply call University Police, the Counseling Center, of the Hotline for Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis.
Students Teaching Equals Positive Sexuality
The purpose of the STEPS (Students Teaching Equals Positive Sexuality) is to raise the level of awareness of SUNY Fredonia students about issues like acquaintance rape and AIDS, and to increase students skills in communicating effectively and maintaining healthy relationships.
Volunteers conduct workshops, lead discussions, and design programs for various student groups. By involving trained student volunteers in outreach and education, we hope to provide programming that is exciting, effective, and in touch with student needs. We also hope to reach a greater number of students than could possibly be reached by professional staff alone. Call the Counseling Center (673-3424) to request a STEPS Program or to learn more about becoming a part of STEPS.
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