Title IX Compliance

Gender Discrimination  |  Sexual Harassment  |  Sexual Assault

Policies & Resources

Important Links:

Grievance Form
Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault or Violence Policy
Campus Safety Report

Policy and the Law:

Concordia College-New York fully subscribes to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in private, church affiliated institutions of higher education. Concordia will not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student or applicant on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, gender, veteran or military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law.  However, Concordia College is a Christian educational institution operated by The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and, in compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, reserves the right to give preference in employment based on religion.

Gender discrimination and sexual harassment (including sexual assault) are prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault refers to rape, sodomy, sexual abuse and other nonconsensual sex offenses, which are serious crimes. Rape is committed when any person engages in sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion when the victim is physically, mentally, or legally incapable of giving consent. If you, or someone you know, experiences sexual assault or sexual harassment, follow the guidelines offered here.

What should i do?

IF YOU HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED get to a safe place and do not blame yourself - this is not your fault.  In order to save evidence for DNA collection, do the following:

  • Save all clothing you had on at the time of the assault;
  • Save any sheets, blankets, or towels you came in contact with during or after the assault;
  • Try not to rinse your mouth or brush your teeth;
  • Try not to go to the bathroom;
  • Try not to bathe, wash, shower, or douche until you have been seen by medical professionals;
  • You can go directly to Lawrence Hospital any time, day or night, or call the Rape Helpline(s) (see "Community Resources" section below): and/or
  • Speak to someone you trust.

how to file a complaint:

Complaints may be filed with the Title IX Coordinator, or designated staff (see section “Campus Resources” below). All sexual harassment and sexual misconduct complaints made to mandatory reporters will be reported to the Title IX Coordinator.

The Title IX Coordinator or Manager of Campus Safety will assist you in filing a complaint with the police. Concordia College encourages all members of our community who are victims of sexual misconduct to report the incident to the Bronxville Police.

resolution options:

Students:  The process to address complaints is outlined in the Concordia College Student Guide under "Resolution Options".  If you have difficulty finding the Code or understanding the process, the Title IX Coordinator will assist you.  To access this information electronically:

  • Log onto The Clippings & hover over “Student Life”
  • From the list, click on “Guides”
  • Click on “The Student Guide”

Employees:  The process to address complaints is outlined in the "Employee Handbook".  If you have difficulty in finding the Handbook, or understanding the process, the Title IX Coordinator will assist you.  To access the Handbook, go to the S Drive/Staff Handbook.

College-provided assistance:

Both complainant and accused may select an individual from the College to advise him/her throughout the process.  Students may also select one or both parents instead of a Concordia College staff or faculty member to be his/her advisor.   Either party may request the Title IX Coordinator to assign a person to advise him/her.

Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Defined:

Sexual Harassment is:
 
  • Unwelcomed;
  • Gender-based verbal or physical behavior; and
  • Severe, persistent, or pervasive.

The effect of harassment:

  • Creates a hostile environment and/or
  • Interferes with, denies, or limits a person's ability to benefit from Concordia's educational programs/activities.

Sexual misconduct includes but is not limited to:

  • Sexual Harassement;
  • Non-consensual sexual contact or attempts; and
  • Non-consensual sexual intercourse or attempts.

Examples include:

  • Unwelcomed physical touching;
  • Quid Pro Quo (This for that);
  • Unwelcomed remarks about a person's body;
  • Employer/employee asking for sexual favors;
  • Posting obscene remarks/images of another on social media sites; and
  • Sexual assault or coerced sexual activity.

other forms of misconduct:

Domestic Abuse/Violence (Under NYS Law)

Ways a person might try to gain power and control over their partner include:

  • Isolation– Making it hard to see family; being told friends and family cause problems in the relationship or are trying to interfere.
  • Verbal, emotional, psychological abuse– name calling; put downs in front of other people; criticizing abilities as a partner or parent.
  • Coercion and threats– showing a weapon and threatening to use it; threatening to harm family, friends, or anyone who might be sought for help.
  • Physical Abuse– pushing, grabbing, hitting, slapping, punching or kicking.
  • Sexual Abuse– forcing sex or sexual acts that are uncomfortable; forcing to engage in prostitution.

Stalking (Under NYS Violence Law) is any repeated, unwanted behavior that has no reasonable, legitimate purpose, depending on the surrounding conditions or actions.  Common behaviors include:

  • Following, monitoring, surveillance of victim and/or victim’s family, friends or co-workers;
  • Disorderly conduct offenses;
  • Criminal mischief, larceny, robbery, burglary, trespass, loitering;
  • Forgery or criminal impersonation;
  • Abusing or killing pets or other animals;
  • Repeated threatening communications or attempts to communicate, especially after being clearly informed to stop;
  • Violation of any order of protection;
  • Crossing jurisdictions/borders to stalk/commit offenses;
  • Kidnapping victim or children or threatening to do so; and/or
  • Threats of suicide or homicide.

Dating Violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors (physical, verbal, and/or emotional) used to exert power and control over a dating partner.

  • Physical Abuse: Any intentional use of physical force with the intent to cause fear or injury (e.g. hitting, shoving, strangling, or using a weapon).
  • Verbal or Emotional Abuse:  Non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring, humiliation, or intimidation.
  • Sexual Abuse:  Any action that impacts a person’s ability to control her/his sexual activity including rape and/or coercion.
  • Digital Media Abuse:  Use of technology and/or social media networking to intimidate, harass or threaten a current or ex-dating partner.  This includes checking cell phones, cyber bullying, sexting or threatening by social media communication.

Consent:

As Christians, we view sex as part of our total personality and part of the total context of life, which includes body and soul. Because sex is so personal and existential, God's Word forbids sexual union or intercourse outside of marriage. Therefore, in any unmarried relationship, individuals should get to know one another as total persons by developing a relationship that is spiritual, emotional and social.

Nonconsensual physical behavior is inappropriate, unhealthy and against God's Word. Any physical/sexual behavior cannot be consented to under any of the following conditions:

  • under the influence of drugs and alcohol;
  • a minor (Age of consent in New York is 17 years);
  • mentally impaired;
  • bullied, coerced, or threatened; and/or
  • asleep or unconscious. 

Bill of Rights:

  1. Victims have the right to be treated with dignity and seriousness by campus personnel.
  2. Victims of crimes against one’s person have the right to be reasonably free from intimidation and harm.
  3. College personnel shall be encouraged to inform a victim they are not responsible for crimes against their person.
  4. Victims shall be made aware of existing counseling and other student services that are available, both on and off campus.
  5. Victims shall be entitled to the same support opportunities as the College permits the accused in a campus disciplinary proceeding, which includes the opportunity to have an advocate present during a disciplinary proceeding (see the Concordia College Student Guide for further information).
  6. Both the victim and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sex offense. This includes the final determination of the proceeding and any sanction imposed against the accused. The sanctions that may be imposed are detailed in the Concordia College Student Guide.
  7. Any victim who does not wish to remain in his or her present residence hall or class section may be granted a transfer to any available housing or class section, upon request, if reasonably available.
  8. Victims choose whether or not to report to Law Enforcement.

Confidentiality:

Part of the healing process after being harassed or assaulted is to work through the incident with a trained and compassionate individual.  “Campus Resources” and/or “Community Resources” sections on this website  give you a number of options.  Please consider consulting with any of the following on campus resources:

  • Counseling Staff
  • Campus Chaplain
  • Health Services Staff

A victim may choose not to file a complaint with the College or any police department.

Investigations & campus reporters

Faculty, staff, and student employees are considered mandatory reporters. This includes those who hold a professional license who are not employed by Concordia College to counsel, provide health services, or provide pastoral or ministry care.  A mandatory reporter must report all allegations of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.   Therefore, Concordia College will:

  • Investigate allegations/complaints;
  • Complete investigations in a timely manner (e.g. 60 days) and take interim measures such as a “no contact” order between the parties, interim suspension, and/or room or class reassignment; and/or
  • Assign individuals outside the Athletic Department to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct involving an athlete.

Campus & Community Resources

Campus:

CALL (914) 337-9300 to be prompted for an extension

Terry Vidal, Title IX Coordinator
Extension 2116
Terry.Vidal@concordia-ny.edu

Michael Kush, Dean of Students
Extension 2217
Michael.Kush@concordia-ny.edu

Mandana Nakhai, Faculty Judicial Officer
Extension 2236
Mandana.Nakhai@concordia-ny.edu

Marilyn Ames, Director of Counseling
Extension 2368
Marilyn.Ames@concordia-ny.edu

Susan Crane, Director of Health Services
Extension 2243
Susan.Crane@concordia-ny.edu

Reverend Dr. Joshua Hollmann, Campus Chaplain
Extension 2156
Joshua.Hollmann@concordia-ny.edu

Claire Zhou, Director of International Programs & Services
Extension 2172
Claire.Zhou@concordia-ny.edu

Stephen Bonura, Manager of Campus Safety
Extension 2132
Steve.Bonura@concordia-ny.edu

Community:

Lawrence Hospital (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
55 Palmer Avenue
Bronxville, NY 10708
(914) 787-1000

Lutheran Counseling Center
172 White Plains Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
(800) 317-1173 or (516) 741-0994

Rape Helpline(s)
(914) 345-9111 or (800) 656-HOPE(4673)

Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 942-6906 or (800) 799-SAFE(7233)

Bronxville Police Department
200 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
(914) 337-0500