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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:

Domestic Violence

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 caller’s 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!

Hate Crimes

Specific guidelines for Hate Crime determination are:

Weapons Possession

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.

Acquaintance Rape

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 don’t 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.

Definitions

Forcible Rape
Sexual Intercourse agains another person with force or against the person's will, or where the victim is legally incapable of giving consent.
Vaginal, anal, or oral intercourse OR vaginal or anal penetration with an object other than genetalia.
Forcible Fondling
Touching the private parts of another forcibly or agains the person's will or without legal consent as above
Non-Forcible
Incest and Statutory Rape

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:

WHERE ?

WHAT?

WHEN?

WHO?

Past Abuse

Many individuals experience sexual assault and don’t 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.

Male Victims

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.

Resources

ON-CAMPUS EMERGENCY……………………………………………………673-3333 or 911

OFF-CAMPUS EMERGENCY………………………………………………….911

MEDICAL TREATMENT:

Health Center……………………………………………………………………673-3131
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:

On-Campus: University Police…………………………………………………….673-3333
Off-Campus: Fredonia Police……………………………………………………679-1531

COUNSELING AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT:

Counseling Center………………………………………………………………………...….673-3424
Hotline for Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis…………………………………....1-800-252-8748

STUDENT AFFAIRS OFFICE:

Vice President – Dr. David Herman.……………………………………………………….673-3271
Assistant V.P. – Monica White………………………………………………………….673-3271

SEXUAL ASSAULT ADVISORS:

Leanna Jardin……………………………………………………………………………....673-3424
Ann McCarron Burns………………………………………………………………………673-3333

Medical Treatment

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.

Transportation

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

ON-CAMPUS

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.

    1. There is no right or wrong way to respond emotionally to sexual assault. In the aftermath of the event, victims tend to respond in either a very controlled manner, projecting an unreal calm; or in a very expressive manner, crying, shaking and acting disoriented. All victims, regardless of how "in control" they seem, need plenty of gentle, non-intrusive support. Unfortunately, many decisions must be made by victims immediately after the assault. Support people can provide information about options, but it is essential that the victim make his or her own choices about reporting, seeking medical care, etc.
    2. In the disorientation phase victims typically struggle with fear, anger, self-doubt, shame, and difficulty trusting others. Physical symptoms such as disturbances in eating or sleeping, headaches, and digestive disturbances are common as well. Victims frequently try to block out the memory of the assault, and they may dramatically limit their activities in an effort to avoid anything which might trigger memories or fear. They may focus on blaming themselves for having been vulnerable to the assault and for not being able to "snap out" of its emotional aftermath.

      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 "survivor’s" group, and the support of genuinely caring friends and family can assist with the transition to the next phase.

       

    3. During the reorientation phase, the victim becomes a SURVIVOR. The person will never be the same as before the assault, and may come to feel that he or she has grown stronger and wiser through the painful process of coming to terms with the experience. The survivor can live a satisfying, productive life, build healthy relationships, and feel good about him or herself. Often survivors will choose to work in some way to raise awareness about rape and sexual assault or to assist others who must deal with these issues.

 

N.Y.S. Crime Victim’s 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 Victim’s 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.

Campus Consequences

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:

    1. which is forced, manipulated, or coerced through the use of verbal coercion, intimidation (emotional and/or physical), threats, physical restraint, and/or physical violence; and/or
    2. where no consent was given due to the victim being unconscious or asleep, being unable to communicate, or the victim saying nothing; and/or
    3. where the victim is temporarily incapable of appraising or controlling his or her conduct owing to the influence of alcohol or other drugs consumed without his or her consent or to any other act committed upon him or her without his or her consent.

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 Attorney’s 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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