Immediate Medical Assistance and Counseling
The Institute strongly urges any student who has been the victim of any form of sexual misconduct to seek immediate assistance. Sexual assault forensic examinations (SAFE) are available at local hospitals noted below. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from:
- Local Police and Emergency Assistance – Call 911
- Pratt Public Saftey
Brooklyn Campus (Main Guard Booth) – (718) 636-3540
Manhattan Campus Public Safety Desk – (212) 647-7776
- Safe Horizon Victims’ Services and Advocacy
Rape Crisis/Sexual Abuse Hotline – (212) 277-3000 or (866) 698-HELP (4357)
Domestic Violence Hotline – (800) 621-HOPE (4673)
- Woodhull Medical Center Sexual Assault Response Team
760 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11206
- Bellevue Hospital Center Sexual Assault Response Team SAFE Center
462 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016
- Kings County Hospital Center Rape Crisis Center
451 Clarkson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11203
- Beth Israel Medical Center Petrie Campus Rape Crisis Center
First Avenue at 16th Street, New York, NY 10003
- Coney Island Hospital Sexual Assault Response Team SAFE Center
2601 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11235
- Queens Hospital Center Sexual Assault Response Team SAFE Center
82-68 164th St, Jamaica, NY 11432
- Elmhurst Hospital Sexual Assault Response Team SAFE Center
79-01 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY 11373
In instances involving physical injury or sexual assault, the Institute strongly encourages obtaining a medical examination to determine the extent of injuries. In addition, the hospital, with the victim’s permission, will collect physical evidence in a sexual offense evidence collection kit. Consenting to the completion of a sexual offense evidence collection kit does not obligate pursuing criminal charges with the police; it is a way to preserve evidence should there be a choice to pursue criminal charges at a later time. Hospitals are required by law to preserve such evidence for a minimum of 30 days. If choosing to seek medical assistance:
- It is important to not bathe, wash, shower, douche, brush teeth, comb hair, change clothes, or clean up so that no evidence of the attack is destroyed.
- A specially trained nurse or physician will conduct an interview about the circumstances of the assault.
- The examination will occur in a private examination room; no police personnel will be present during the examination.
- Medications to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, will be offered and, if any injuries will be treated.
Law Enforcement Notification
Under NY Law, victims of sexual misconduct have the right to notify or decline to notify law enforcement. Timing is a critical factor in collecting and preserving evidence that may assist in proving that the alleged misconduct occurred, or may be helpful in obtaining a protection or restraining order from the police. Campus Security and other Institute representatives, indicated below, are available to assist in notifying law enforcement of an incident of sexual misconduct and in contacting law enforcement or legal service organizations to learn about these remedies. Pursuant to New York State Law, Pratt is required to report all incidents of sexual violence (domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault) to law enforcement.
Institute Resources and Reporting
The Institute is committed to providing a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution to all allegations of sexual misconduct. Therefore, the Institute also encourages the reporting of sexual misconduct to an Institute representative in a timely manner. Incidents of sexual misconduct should be reported to the Institute’s Title IX Coordinator. Any incident of sexual misconduct reported to another Institute employee, with the exception of those employees designated as confidential, as set forth below, will be reported by the employee to the Title IX Coordinator (see pages 8-9 for information regarding “confidential” and “responsible” employees).
Reporting individuals should be aware that they have the following rights: to make a report to Pratt Public Safety, local law enforcement, and/or state police or choose not to report; to report the incident to Pratt’s Title IX Coordinator; to be protected by Pratt from retaliation for reporting an incident; and to receive assistance and resources from Pratt.
Regardless of whether or not an official complaint of sexual misconduct is made, various counseling options are available from the Institute’s Health and Counseling Center, located in Suite 117 of Willoughby Hall, 215 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 (719.399.4542).
Hours of operation for Health and Counseling can be found at www.pratt.edu/health.
The Institute understands that, for many victims of sexual misconduct, confidentiality is a primary concern. The Institute values the privacy of all members of the Institute community. However, it is important to note that certain Institute employees are required by state and federal laws to share information from a report of sexual misconduct with the Institute or governmental agencies. The ability of Institute employees to maintain confidentiality is as follows:
Professional and Pastoral Counselors and Medical Providers
Professional, licensed counselors and pastoral counselors (ordained clergy) whose official responsibilities include providing mental-health counseling to Institute students, including those who act in that role under the supervision of a licensed counselor, are not required to report any information about an incident of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator without a victim’s permission. State law requires professional counselors to report: (i) when a patient is likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to the patient or to others; or (ii) if there is reasonable cause to suspect that a minor has been sexually abused. The following is a list of the Institute’s professional and pastoral counselors and medical providers:
Professional Counselors (Available at 718.687.5356):
Dr. Caroline Kasnakian, Counseling Services
Dr. Olga Poznansky, Counseling Services
Hali Brindel, Case Manager and Staff Therapist (SART Member)
Dr. Pinchus Feintuch, Counseling Services
Dr. Althea Maduramente, Counseling Services
Jernee Montoya, Alcohol and Other Drug Coordinator and Staff Therapist
Elisabeth Sullivan, Director of Learning / Access Center (Disability Services)
Hali Brindel, Case Manager and Staff Therapist (SART Member)
Pastoral Counselors (Available at 718.636.3422):
Rabbi Simcha Weinstein
Father Richard Bretone
Medical Providers (Available at 718.399.4542):
Debbie Scott, Associate Director for Health and Nurse Practitioner
Tamara Holness, Licensed Practical Nurse
Pratt office and employees who cannot guarantee confidentiality will maintain individuals’ privacy to the greatest extent possible. Information provided to a non-confidential resource will only be relayed as necessary for the Title IX Coordinator to investigate and/or seek a resolution.
A “responsible employee” is an Institute employee who has the authority to redress sexual misconduct, who has a duty to report incidents of sexual misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty. A report of sexual misconduct to a responsible employee will immediately trigger the Institute’s investigation into the alleged sexual misconduct in accordance with the procedure described in this policy. A responsible employee must report all relevant details about the alleged sexual misconduct shared by the victim to the Title IX Coordinator. To the extent possible, information reported to the responsible employee will be shared only with those having a need to know such information in order to respond in accordance with Institute policy.
The Institute is obligated by law to investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct regardless of whether the victim wishes to file a complaint. Therefore, if a complainant reports an incident of sexual misconduct to a responsible employee, but wishes to remain confidential or requests that no investigation into the incident be conducted, the Institute will weigh that request against the Institute’s obligation to provide a safe, nondiscriminatory environment for all members of the Institute community, including the complainant. If the Institute honors the request for confidentiality, the complainant must understand that the Institute’s ability to effectively investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action against the accused may be limited. In rare circumstances, the Institute may not be able to honor a complainant’s request for confidentiality when doing so would jeopardize the Institute’s responsibility to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment. The Institute has designated the Title IX Coordinator to evaluate requests for confidentiality once a responsible employee is notified of alleged sexual misconduct.
When weighing a complainant’s request for confidentiality, the Title IX Coordinator will consider a range of factors, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Whether there have been other sexual misconduct complaints about the same respondent;
- Whether the respondent has a history of arrests or records from a prior school indicating a history of violence;
- Whether the respondent threatened further sexual misconduct or other violence against the complainant or others;
- Whether the sexual misconduct was committed by multiple perpetrators;
- Whether the complainant’s report reveals a pattern of perpetration (e.g., via illicit use of drugs or alcohol) at a given location or by a particular group;
- Whether the alleged sexual misconduct was perpetrated with a weapon;
- The age of the complainant;
- Whether the Institute has other means to obtain relevant evidence (e.g., security cameras or personal, physical evidence).
After considering these factors, the Institute may be compelled to investigate the alleged sexual misconduct and, if appropriate, pursue disciplinary action in a manner that may require the Institute to disclose the complainant’s identity to the respondent. If the Institute determines that it must disclose the complainant’s identity to the respondent, the Institute will promptly inform the complainant.
If, after considering these factors, the Institute determines that it is able to respect the complainant’s request for confidentiality, the Institute will nevertheless take all reasonable steps to respond to the complaint consistent with the complainant’s confidentiality request, and will determine whether interim measures are appropriate or necessary. The Institute will also consider broader remedial action, such as increased monitoring, supervision of security at locations where the reported sexual misconduct occurred, increasing training, education and prevention efforts, and conducting climate surveys.
Any individual who has been the victim of sexual misconduct may request assistance in changing academic, living, transportation, and working situations. The Institute will grant such accommodations, provided they are reasonable and available, regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the crime to law enforcement. Such accommodations may include moving a student’s residence, adjusting a student’s academic or Institute work schedule, and issuing a “no-contact” order. Under such orders, a respondent’s intentional contact with the victim will be deemed a violation of this policy subject to additional conduct charges. Pratt Security will provide assistance to any victim seeking an order of protection order through local law enforcement or the equivalent if outside New York.
Requests for accommodations in connection with incidents of sexual misconduct should be made to the Institute’s Title IX Coordinator. The Institute will provide information about the student’s request for accommodations only to those having a need to know such information in order to implement the accommodations.
Any individual who has been the victim of sexual misconduct will be appointed a Victim Advocate through SART. The Victim Advocate can assist the victim in seeking accommodations, accessing medical or counseling services, reporting to local law enforcement, and understanding options for filing a complaint on-campus. The Victim Advocate does not take part in either formal or informal resolution of a Title IX complaint, unless selected by the victim/complainant to act as Advisor during the hearing process.
Reports of Sexual Misconduct from Others or Anonymous Sources
If the Institute receives a report of alleged sexual misconduct by someone other than the alleged victim (e.g., by a friend or roommate, resident advisor) or from an anonymous source, the Institute’s Title IX Coordinator will promptly notify the alleged victim of the report, and inform the alleged victim of the available resources and assistance. The Institute will respond to the report of sexual misconduct as if the victim had made the initial report.
The health and safety of every student at the Institute is of utmost importance. Pratt recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that violence, including but not limited to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. Pratt strongly encourages students to report domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to institution officials.
A bystander acting in good faith or a reporting individual acting in good faith that discloses any incident of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to Pratt’s officials or law enforcement will not be subject to Pratt’s code of conduct action for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the commission of the domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault. Pratt also reserves the right to provide amnesty to code of conduct violations in additional circumstances.
Time for Reporting
There is no time limit for reporting sexual misconduct. Nevertheless, any member of the Institute community who believes that he or she has been a victim of sexual misconduct is encouraged to report the alleged sexual misconduct immediately in order to maximize the Institute’s ability to obtain evidence and conduct a thorough, impartial, and reliable investigation.
Under no circumstances will the Institute allow an impending graduation to compromise its resolution of a sexual misconduct complaint. The conferral of a degree may, therefore, be held, if necessary, until proper resolution of any sexual misconduct charges, provided that a hearing opportunity will be scheduled for the earliest possible date that can accommodate the parties and their witnesses.
The Institute prohibits retaliation against any person who reports sexual misconduct or participates in the investigation of any allegation of sexual misconduct, including testifying as a witness. Retaliation should be reported promptly to the Institute’s Title IX Coordinator. Reports of retaliation will be investigated in accordance with the appropriate Institute policy, and such conduct may result in disciplinary action independent of the sanction(s) or interim measures imposed in response to the underlying allegations of sexual misconduct.