Sexual misconduct, which includes, but is not limited to, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment, and stalking, are violations of federal and state law, and Institute policy, and are not tolerated by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Rensselaer is committed to treating all members of the community with dignity, care, and respect. Any individual who experiences or is affected by sexual misconduct, whether as a Complainant (alleged victim), a Respondent (alleged accused), or a third party, will have equal access to care and support through the Institute. Interim remedies are also available to all parties. Rensselaer recognizes that deciding how to respond to discrimination, harassment, and/or sexual misconduct can be difficult.
Rensselaer encourages all individuals to seek the support of and use all available resources on and off campus, regardless of when or where the incident occurred. There are both confidential and non-confidential care and support resources available. Confidential care and support resources are individuals, who by the nature of their work, are required by law to keep information shared with them confidential and who cannot share information revealed to them to another person without the express permission of the individual sharing the information. These campus and community professionals include medical providers, mental health providers, clergy, rape crisis counselors, and attorneys. These individuals are prohibited by law from breaking confidentiality unless there is an imminent threat of harm to self or others. However, when a report involves suspected abuse of a minor under the age of 18, some of these confidential resources may be required by state law to notify child protective services and/or local law enforcement.
Please note the below On-Campus Confidential Care and Support Resources are available without any additional fees or charges.
On-Campus Confidential Care and Support Resources:
|Student Health Center - Medical Services and Student Advocacy, Academy Hall, Suite 3200:||(518) 276-6287|
|Student Health Center - Counseling Services, Academy Hall, Suite 4100:||(518) 276-6479|
|After normal business hours and weekends, contact Public Safety (located at the Visitor Information Center, 15th Street Footbridge) and request confidential services:||(518) 276-6611|
|Religious Affairs, Chaplains Office, is located in the Rensselaer Union, 3rd Floor, Room #3514: For the Coordinator of Religious Affairs (clergy):||(518) 276-6518|
Off-Campus Confidential Care and Support Resources:
St. Peter's Health Partners' Samaritan Hospital Emergency Department, located at 2215 Burdett Avenue, Troy, NY, 12180 (Sexual Assault Forensic Exams are performed free of charge without billing the victim's health insurance plan):
|Go to the nearest hospital emergency department:||911|
|The Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program for Rensselaer County (SACVAP) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for faculty, staff and students by contacting their 24-hour Sexual Assault Hotline (FREE):||(518) 271-3257|
|Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center, Albany County, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for faculty, staff, and students by contacting their 24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline (FREE):||(518) 447-7716|
|Faculty, staff and their dependents can receive confidential counseling and/or mental health services through Rensselaer's Employee Assistance Program (EAP):||(518) 465-3813 or
Connecticut Coalition against Domestic Violence, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for faculty, staff, and students at Rensselaer at Hartford by contacting their 24 Hour Hotline (FREE):
|Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern Connecticut, Inc. (SACCEC), is avaiilable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for faculty, staff, and students at Rensselaer at Hartford, Groton Site by contacting their 24 Hour Hotline (FREE):||(888) 999-5545|
|New York State Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (FREE):||
518-482-5465 (Albany Office)