Sexual Violence Prevention & Support

Sarah Lawrence College is an academic community grounded in principles of mutual respect. We are committed to providing a living, learning, and working environment that is free from sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Confidential Resources

If you have experienced sexual violence in any form, you may speak confidentially to a counselor at the Health & Wellness Center whether or not you wish to report sexual violence to College officials or the police.

  • Health & Wellness Center
    Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Support is also available from these sources:

  • Victims Assistance Hotline (24/7)
    914.345.9111 or 855.827.2255
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline
  • New York State Hotline for Reporting Sexual Assault

Survivors of sexual violence may experience a wide range of emotional reactions and psychological effects, including shock, denial, anxiety, guilt, anger, self-blame, nightmares, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, flashbacks, and depression. As a consequence, a survivor may want to seek professional assistance either on campus or at one of the local Rape Crisis Centers.

What To Do If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted

Get to a safe place.

  • If you are in immediate danger: Call 911
  • If you are using a cell phone in an emergency: Call 914.377.7777
    This emergency number is a direct line to the Yonkers Police Department

Seek medical attention.

  • Take care to preserve any physical evidence.
  • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room and request a SAFE clinician (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner).
  • Request 911 transport to the Westchester Medical Center Emergency Room, 914.493.7307, for Forensic Acute Care Team treatment.

Talk to a confidential support person.

  • Westchester Victims Assistance Hotline (24/7)
  • Health & Wellness Center (M-F; 9-5)

Please note: Other than the Health & Wellness Center staff, College employees (including RAs) who become aware of a sexual assault at Sarah Lawrence are required to report to the Title IX Coordinator. Sarah Lawrence College offices and employees who cannot guarantee confidentiality will maintain your privacy to the greatest extent possible. The information you provide to a nonconfidential resource will be relayed only as necessary for the Title IX coordinator to investigate and/or seek a resolution.

The College encourages you to report to:

  • Title IX Coordinator, Dean Danny Trujillo: 914.395.2249, Westlands, 2nd Floor
  • Public Safety and Security: 914.395.2222/2209
  • Yonkers Police Department: 914.377.7900

The College encourages you to pursue:

  • Sarah Lawrence College Complaint: Student Affairs: 914.395.2575
  • Criminal Charges: Yonkers Police Department: 914.377.7900
  • Westchester District Attorney's Office, Sex Crimes Division: 914.955.4172

Please note: Members of the College staff are available to help you make these formal complaints.

Reporting Sexual Violence

The decision to report and seek help for sexual violence such as sexual assault, harassment, stalking or intimate partner violence is very personal and complex. What are my options? (PDF)

When a member of the community reports sexual violence, Sarah Lawrence College takes the following steps to ensure student safety and maintain community security:

  • The identified victim is contacted by the Title IX Coordinator and is offered options regarding care, security, and reporting.
  • Sarah Lawrence College connects the identified victim with a Westchester Victims Assistance advocate.
  • If the name of the alleged perpetrator is revealed and they are a member of the College community, the identified victim is offered the option of no contact order. Sarah Lawrence College also convenes its Threat Assessment Team to conduct a campus risk assessment.
  • If the victim wishes to contact the police, Sarah Lawrence College will assist in making contact with the Yonkers Police Department. The Yonkers Police will then conduct their own investigation if the victim chooses to file a police report. 

The College encourages survivors to report sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence. On campus reports can be made to:

  • Title IX Coordinator, Dean Danny Trujillo: 914.395.2249, Westlands, 2nd Floor
  • Student Affairs: 914.395.2575
  • Health & Wellness: 914.395.2350
  • Dean of the College: 914.395.2303
  • Public Safety & Security: 914.395.2209

Reports to the Yonkers police department can be made at 914.337.7900. Reporting sexual assault to the police department does not require you to pursue criminal charges. Members of the College staff are available to help you make formal reports to the College and the police.

Affirmative Consent Policy

Sarah Lawrence College upholds an Affirmative Consent standard for sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Read the full policy

Student Bill of Rights

For reports of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, all students have the right to:

  1. Make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police
  2. Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault treated seriously
  3. Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by the institution
  4. Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard
  5. Be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services, where available
  6. Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations
  7. Describe the incident to as few institution representatives as practicable and not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident
  8. Be protected from retaliation by the institution, any student, the accused and/or the respondent, and/ or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the institution
  9. Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination
  10. Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused or respondent throughout the judicial or conduct process including during all meetings and hearings related to such process
  11. Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice or judicial or conduct process of the institution

More Resources on MySLC offers more in depth information and a wide array of resources on the topic of sexual violence prevention and support. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to visit this site to learn more.

Sexual Assault Taskforce

Early in the Fall of 2013 the Dean of Studies/Title IX Officer convened a Sexual Assault Task Force comprised of students, faculty and administrators to address the sexual assault issues that were appearing on college campuses.

More about the taskforce

Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault

Sarah Lawrence College's policies on sexual harassment and assault can be found in the Student Handbook.

Read the full policy

Discipline Process for Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence & Stalking

An outline of the College's processes and policies for students involved in a sexual harassment or assault complaint.

Read the full process

The College is committed to the prevention of sexual assault and violence, and the provision of sexual violence prevention and support resources and training to all of its students, faculty, and staff. Students have the right to make a report to campus security, local law enforcement, and/or state police or choose not to report; to report the incident to the College; to be protected by the College from retaliation for reporting an incident; and to receive assistance and resources from the College.