INTRODUCTION

Notice of Nondiscrimination and Policy Statement on Sexual Misconduct

Pratt Institute’s mission is to educate students to become creative, responsible professionals who will contribute fully to society. The Institute upholds values and standards that support that mission and holds high expectations regarding the conduct of students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

The health, safety, and well-being of all members of the Pratt Institute community are the Institute’s primary concerns. In furtherance of the mission of Pratt Institute, and in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the “Clery Act”), as amended by the Violence Against Women Act/Campus Sexual Violence Act (“Campus SaVE Act”), and Article 129-B of the New York Education Law (“NY Law”), the Institute is committed to maintaining a community free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct. In accordance with Title IX, the Institute does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, or gender identity or expression in its education programs and activities. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Sexual misconduct will not be tolerated in the Institute’s education programs or activities. The Institute strictly prohibits sexual harassment and sexual violence, including the offenses of sexual assault, sexual coercion, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

Sexual misconduct can occur between strangers, acquaintances, or people who know each other well, including those who are involved in an intimate or sexual relationship, and can be committed by anyone regardless of sex, gender, or gender identity. The Institute does not tolerate any form of sexual misconduct and adopts the standard of affirmative consent to sexual activity set forth in the NY Law.

Questions regarding Title IX, the Campus SaVE Act, and the NY Law may be referred to the Institute’s Title IX Coordinator or to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

The Institute’s designated Title IX Coordinator is: 

Esmilda Abreu, Ph.D. 
​Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Title IX Coordinator 
Main Building, Lower Level, Room 008
eabreu26@pratt.edu, 718.636.3722

The Title IX Coordinator’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, overseeing the Institute’s response to complaints of sexual misconduct, coordinating investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct, and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems of sexual misconduct that arise during the investigation of a complaint of sexual misconduct. In the event that the Title IX Coordinator is unavailable, her designee will act to initiate and oversee the process on behalf of the Institute.

Scope of Policy

This policy governs sexual misconduct involving Pratt students, and applies to such students regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, part-time/full-time status, or other protected status. Complaints of discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex that do not involve sexual misconduct are governed by the Institute’s Human Rights Policy included in the Student Handbook, The Faculty Handbook, and on the Pratt website at www.pratt.edu/uploads/96-human_rights_policy.pdf.

If the respondent is an Institute employee or other person doing business with the Institute, the investigation and disciplinary processes described in the Institute’s Employee Sexual Misconduct Policy will apply. For information about this policy, please contact the Title IX Coordinator. Please be aware that it is Pratt’s policy to ensure that its work and learning environment is free from intimate, romantic, dating, or other similar relationships between supervisors and their subordinates, and between faculty members and their students.

This policy applies to any allegation of sexual misconduct that takes place on Institute property, including Pratt residence halls, or any other property on which an Institute program or activity takes place. This policy also covers conduct that takes place off of Institute property, including study abroad programs, but which may have an impact on the Institute community or in which both the complainant and respondent are members of the Pratt community.

This policy (i) sets forth the available resources and reporting options for victims of sexual misconduct; (ii) specifies and defines the prohibited conduct; (iii) describes the Institute’s procedures for responding to complaints of sexual misconduct, including the investigation, hearing, and sanctioning process; and (iv) describes programs implemented by the Institute to educate and increase awareness among the Institute community regarding sexual misconduct. 

The following forms of sexual misconduct are prohibited:

  1. sexual harassment
  2. sexual assault
  3. sexual coercion
  4. sexual exploitation
  5. dating violence
  6. domestic violence
  7. intimidation
  8. stalking