Frequently Asked Questions
Knowledge is power. Learn the answers to frequently asked questions in the following topic areas:
- Important terms and definitions
- Sexual and interpersonal violence
- Reporting options, process and expectations
- How SUNY Plattsburgh Title IX supports you
- Resources available on and off campus
- Rights of the respondent/accused under Title IX
- Rights of individuals reporting gender discrimination, harassment or violence
- Gender discrimination
- State and federal regulations/laws
- Pregnancy and lactation protections
Title IX Terms & Definitions
Sexual & Interpersonal Violence
- What are some examples of sexual violence?
- What does sexual assault have to do with the sexual harassment?
- Can I be sexually assaulted by my boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, friend or acquaintance?
- What if I consent to some sexual activity, but then say no to other sexual activity; can there still be sexual assault?
- In order to establish that I have not consented to specific sexual activity, am I required to physically resist the sexual activity?
- I’m feeling so many different emotions. Is this normal?
- What can I do if I or someone I know was sexually assaulted?
- Does it matter when I report the sexual assault?
- What if I am sexually assaulted in another country on a university-sponsored study abroad program?
Sexual Assault, Alcohol & Drugs
- How do I know whether someone is incapacitated (i.e., by drugs or alcohol) and thus, cannot consent to sexual conduct?
- What if I am underage but was intoxicated at the time of the sexual assault – will I get charged with underage drinking if I report the assault?
- Policy for alcohol and/or drug use amnesty in sexual & interpersonal violence cases
- What is the role of alcohol & drugs with sexual assault?
- What do I do if I suspect I’ve been drugged & sexually assaulted?
Reporting: Options, Process & Expectations
- What will happen if I call the police or go to the hospital?
- What are the benefits of reporting the sexual violence to the police?
- What if I don’t want to file a criminal report?
- What if I get the person who assaulted me in trouble & I don’t want that person to get removed from campus?
- I don’t want to go through the university’s judicial process after filing my complaint. Do I have to participate?
- What if I want to make an anonymous report to be included in campus crime statistics?
- What if I do not want anything done? I don’t think I want to report what happened to me. I’m not sure it was sexual assault anyway.
- Why would the university investigate the assault if I don’t want the university to do so?
How SUNY Plattsburgh Supports & Accommodates Title IX
Title IX & Campus Resources
Rights of the Respondent/Accused Under Title IX
- What rights do I have if I am accused of sexual assault?
- What if I am found responsible by campus judicial standards for violating the Student Conduct’s provisions prohibiting sexual misconduct?
- What if I believe that I’ve been falsely accused of sexual assault?
- I would never want to hurt someone or be accused of sexual assault. What can I do to protect myself?