Syracuse University

Sexual Harassment Resources

Be Heard

Be HeardAs a member of the Syracuse University community, you are entitled to work, study, and participate in the University’s programs without fear of harassment or discrimination. It is the responsibility of all to ensure such an environment is maintained.

Be heard if you witness harassment or discrimination, and report any such incidents which happen to you.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, defined as unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that relates to the gender or sexual identity of an individual if it has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating or hostile environment which denies or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the institution’s programs.

The definition of sexual harassment includes: sexual violence (physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol), rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual coercion and non-contact sexual abuse such as voyeurism and sexual exploitation. This definition includes such conduct against a significant other.

Gender- and sex-based harassment also is prohibited, such as acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex, gender (gender identity, gender expression, and perceived gender), sexuality (sexual orientation and sexual expression), or sex-stereotyping, including those not of a sexual nature (such as jokes mocking a transgender person’s gender identity or expression, or women’s “place” in society).

Sexual harassment can be:

• verbal/audible (jokes, teasing, nicknames, suggestive remarks, flirting, sexual advances, music with graphic lyrics, etc.)

• non-verbal (gestures, staring, personal gifts, etc.)

• visual (graphic pictures, screen savers, e-mail jokes, text messages, cards, etc.)

• physical (touching, hugging, standing very close, etc.)

• implied or overt sexual threats

• quid pro quo—work or education benefits in return for sexual favors (implied or explicit)

Your Rights

Syracuse University’s mission of educational excellence and public engagement is rooted in its vision of Scholarship in Action. As part of this mission, the University is committed to access, opportunity, and cross-institutional collaboration in an intentionally open environment.

Therefore, all University constituents recognize that there is a human obligation to provide safety for all who participate in its programs, and must act as stewards of these relationships, acknowledging the differences of power that often exist in them.

As members of the community, we all have the responsibility to protect those who are in a position of vulnerability. Members of the University community accept and endorse the basic principle of safety that supports our institutional commitment to access, opportunity, and cross-institutional collaboration.

Essential to this core mission is a respectful work and study environment. Each member of the University’s campus community is responsible for preventing harassment and discrimination in work, academic, and residential environments, both on and off campus. Retaliation against you for reporting concerns is strictly prohibited.

If you experience or know about conduct or comments that may be construed as discriminatory or harassment, be heard.

Harassment or discrimination based on any protected category is prohibited. Those categories include: age, race, national origin, veteran status, religion, color, disability or perceived disability; sexual or affectional orientation, actual or perceived sex, or gender identity or expression; military status, domestic violence status, or predisposing genetic characteristics.


Contact the Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) with any issue of physical safety or criminal conduct (including any kind of sexual violence) at 315-443-2224. If the matter does not present any current or on-going risk or danger, a person can contact any of the other resources on this page before contacting DPS.

If you feel you have been sexually harassed or treated differently due to sex, gender (gender identity, gender expression, and perceived gender), and/or sexuality (sexual orientation and sexual expression), or any other protected category, contact Cynthia Maxwell Curtin, the Title IX Coordinator at 315-443-0211. She also serves as the sexual harassment officer, and ensures that concerns are investigated; that interim relief, if requested and needed, is provided; and coordinates any remediation and follow-up. Interim relief and/or remediation can include: no contact orders, moving someone, escort services, referrals to counseling and/or other available resources, arranging for the complainant to do independent study or online study to complete a course, tutoring, etc.

The Counseling Center (315-443-4715) provides confidential counseling for any issues that concern you.

Hendricks Chaplains (315-443-2901) listen, nurture and guide students, faculty and staff through concerns related to human dignity, ethics, and spiritual welfare.

The Office of Student Assistance (315-443-4357) serves as a central helping resource for all students, and helps students and their families manage crises, life traumas, and other barriers that impede success through a variety of interventions, referrals, and case management services.

Syracuse Police Department (911)

Abused Persons Unit: 315-435-3016

Non-emergency: 315-442-5111

Vera House: 315-425-0818

Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights

You are free to discuss issues with faculty and staff members with whom you are comfortable, but recognize that their response (appropriately so) may be to discuss the matter with one of the resources discussed above.

The goal is to prevent problems, and, if a problem arises, to address it and meet the needs of those affected. BE HEARD.

For policy details, go to the Syracuse University Policies web site at

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