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  • Residence Hall Handbook

    Please note that the Residence Hall Handbook may be modified and new policies may be instituted at any time if necessary. Any changes will be communicated to all students in residence through their New School email accounts and will be updated on the Student Services website.

    Last update: October 10, 2012

    Housing and Residence Life Staff

    Resident Advisors (RAs)

    Resident advisors (RAs) are highly motivated student leaders with excellent interpersonal skills and a genuine interest in helping others. RAs are valuable resources and are available to answer most questions about academic, social, and personal issues. RAs are selected in the spring semester for the following academic year.

    Head Residents (HRs)

    Head residents (HRs) are graduate students who assist the area coordinator, the residence hall directors, and the Office of Student Housing and Residence Life in managing our residential facilities. Each HR is responsible for the well-being of the residents of his or her building and serves as the liaison between residents, the Office of Student Housing and Residence Life, and the resident assistants.

    Residence Hall Directors (RHDs)

    Residence hall directors (RHDs) are full-time professionals who work closely with the RAs,the assistant vice president of Student Housing and Residence Life, the associate director, and the assistant directors to establish and maintain a residence hall environment that is conducive to the academic and personal growth of our students. The RHDs supervise the HRs and RAs and work with them to initiate programs and activities in the residence halls, respond to problems and emergencies of any kind, and enforce the policies and procedures established for each building. RHDs live in their building and maintain regular office hours, which are posted in the office of each residence hall.

    Area Coordinator (AC)

    The area coordinator (AC) is a full-time professional staff member who works closely with RHDs and HR staff. The AC is based in the Stuyvesant Park Residence Hall office and works closely with the Stuyvesant Park HR and RA staff and resident population. The AC promotes student programs through all the residence hall councils in collaboration with the assistant director for Residence Life and the residence hall directors. The AC also serves as the designated departmental liaison with the Office of Student Development and Activities and Recreation and Intramural Sports to promote and coordinate developmental programs in all residence halls.

    Assistant Directors of Housing

    The assistant director for Residence Life supervises all aspects of student and professional staff selection, training, and departmental programming and serves as a liaison to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

    The assistant director for Summer Programs and Housing Services coordinates summer-term housing and conference groups and special projects throughout the year and serves as the liaison to the campus events planner.

    Associate Director of Housing

    The Associate Director of Housing Operations coordinates the annual housing selection process,new room assignments, and assists the Assistant Vice President of Student Housing and Residence Life in matters related to facilities, security, and billing.

    Assistant Vice President of Student Housing and Residence Life

    The Assistant Vice President of Student Housing and Residence Life supervises all aspects of the Office of Student Housing and Residence Life. The Assistant Vice President is assisted by the Associate Director, two Assistant Directors, and the Area Coordinator (see above for detailed descriptions).

    Community Development

    Residence Life Programming

    Each RA plans programs specifically for his or her floors and residential community. In addition, hall councils plan building-wide programs, and the Collectives help plan programs specifically targeted for Special Interest Communities. We hope you will not only attend hall events but also participate by suggesting ideas and helping the staff with the actual planning. The more involved you are with the types of events that are planned, the more you will enjoy your residential experience.

    Special Interest Communities

    In all of our residence halls, except William Street, we offer residents Special Interest Housing Communities. Special Interest Communities allow students with the same interests and passions to live together in a community that helps to promote their shared interests. Current communities include the Music Community, the Green Community, the New Global Village, the Healthy Living Community and the Honors Community. RAs on these floors work closely with the residents to plan programs and events around the community theme. Residents on these floors are strongly encouraged to join the Collectives, a group of residents that work closely with the RA to plan and implement programming. Joining the Collectives is an excellent way to get involved with the community and to develop leadership and event planning skills.

    Residence Hall Meetings

    Floor and/or building-wide meetings may be held several times a year. Attendance at these meetings is mandatory. You will be responsible for informing your RA if you are not able to attend a meeting. Residents are held responsible for all information discussed at any meeting they fail to attend. The purpose of these meetings is to provide all residents with important information and the opportunity to discuss residence hall community issues. If you miss a meeting, be sure to speak with your RA.

    Hall Councils

    All of our residence halls have Hall Councils, which are elected each year and work closely with the RA staff to plan programs in the residence halls. Elections take place in early September in each hall, and an annual retreat is held on a weekend in late September to welcome new members. Being involved with a Hall Council allows residents to have a direct impact on their communities and also helps students develop leadership skills. You can obtain more information about Hall Councils by stopping by your residence hall office.

    Residence Life Programming Model

    The Community MAP (C-MAP) is a guide for RAs as they create intentional programming to enhance opportunities for student development. In this model, RAs are able to choose how they program and are expected to reach a pre-determined goal each semester by earning points on the basis of the quality of their programs. The four main area of focus are "C," community programming; "M," multicultural programming; "A," academic programming; and "P," personal programming.

    Goals

    • To produce quality programming in the residence halls that meets the needs of residents of all backgrounds and cultures and educate within multiple areas as described for each value
    • To incorporate programming from other areas of the campus community and combine efforts that will broaden students' experiences
    • To promote involvement by members of the community within the residence halls, including faculty, staff from other departments, student and community organizations, and other students and professionals with knowledge in specialty areas
    • To promote inclusion of all residence hall staff in collaborative programming

    Residence Halls

    Residence Hall Descriptions

    See the Residences section for detailed descriptions of our residence halls.

    Living in the Residence Halls

    Items You Should Bring

    Bedding and Linens

    • Sheets, pillow, pillow case, blanket(s)
    • Towels, washcloths

    Toiletries

    • Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
    • Shower caddy to carry toiletry items to the bathroom
    • Shower shoes

    Items to Make Your Room More Comfortable

    • Posters, pictures
    • Personal mementos

    Convenience Items

    • Stereo, radio, TV, DVD player, computer (with 10/100 Ethernet card), Ethernet cable
    • At William Street, residents have an induction cooker, a microwave, and a convection oven in their kitchen in place of a stove. Residents moving to William Street should bring induction-capable cookware with them (carries magnetic current).

    Miscellaneous

    • Alarm clock
    • Laundry aids (laundry bag, soap, dryer sheets, etc.)
    • UL-listed power strips (with breaker switch) for electrical items
    • Flashlight

    You may wish to consult with your roommate(s) to avoid unnecessary duplication. Doing this will save space in your room or suite.

    Items Not Permitted

    • Any cooking appliance that does not have an auto-shutoff or timer function (buildings with kitchens)
    • Hotplates (or any cooking device with an open coil) and grills (including George Foreman-type grills)
    • Space heaters
    • Candles or incense
    • Halogen lamps
    • Window screens (except those installed by The New School where appropriate)
    • Air conditioners
    • Pets of any kind (including but not limited to fish, birds, and any other animals that live in cages or tanks)
    • Weapons (including but not limited to explosives, knives, chukka sticks, decorative swords, pellet guns, firearms, and fireworks)
    • Waterbeds
    • Hookahs
    • Living trees (any plants that will not fit on a table)
    • Flammable or combustible materials (turpentine, paint remover, lighter fluid, gasoline, propane, natural gas, kerosene, motor oil, etc.)

    Room and Roommate Assignments

    Housing information is sent to students beginning in mid-July. Every effort is made to place each student in his or her first-choice building and/or room type with a roommate with similar interests and living habits.

    Generally, roommates are assigned based in part on students' answers to the behavioral questions in the housing application. Honest answers are important for getting a compatible roommate. If possible, requests for specific roommates of the same gender will be granted if both parties have requested each other.

    If time permits, each resident is sent the name and email address of his or her roommate before arrival. Roommates should use this opportunity to get to know one another and to discuss their plans for bringing items to campus.

    The Office of Student Housing and Residence Life believes that honesty, mutual respect, consideration, open communication, understanding, and compromise are the key elements in learning to live productively with a roommate. It is important to recognize that each person is unique and everyone needs space for privacy and freedom of expression. Roommates need not be best friends, but they must respect each other and share responsibility for the relationship and their space.

    Roommate and Suitemate Responsibilities and Agreements

    Your enjoyment of life in a residence hall will depend to a large extent on the consideration and respect you and your roommates or suitemates demonstrate for one another. If you are having difficulty with a roommate or suitemate, ask your RA or HR for conflict-resolution and mediation tips and/or for help mediating a discussion.

    All residents possess the following rights, and all residents are responsible for respecting these rights for their roommates or suitemates.

    • The right to read, study, and sleep in their own room with minimal disturbance
    • The right to expect that roommates or suitemates will respect their personal belongings
    • The right to a clean living environment
    • The right to free access at any time to their room and residence facilities
    • The right to be free from physical or emotional harassment
    • The right to speak openly and have their opinions treated considerately and thoughtfully
    • The right to address problems and concerns with roommates or suitemates in a mature and respectful manner

    Roommate Conflict Mediation Procedures

    Our staff can assist individuals experiencing roommate problems. Please follow the process below:

    • Try to work out differences between roommates or suitemates by scheduling a room or suite meeting and filling out the roommate or suitemate agreement form on the basis of the meeting.
    • If the problem cannot be resolved easily, a resident assistant should be asked to facilitate a dialogue and attempt to find a solution.
    • If a solution cannot be found, the RA will notify the RHD, HR, or AC, as appropriate.
    • The RHD, HR, or AC will review the situation to decide what the next step in the mediation process will be and to consider other possible solutions.
    • In a roommate conflict situation where the New School staff feels that a conflict is irreconcilable and/or an altercation between individuals is a possibility, all roommates or suitemates involved may be relocated immediately.

    Housing and Maintenance Services

    Laundry Facilities

    Laundry facilities are provided in all residence halls. Residents have access to value-card-operated washers and dryers. Please be considerate of other residents by promptly removing your laundry from the washers and dryers when finished. Loeb Hall, 13th Street, and Stuyvesant Park residents can view laundry room and machine status online at www.laundryview.com from any building on campus.

    Lockouts

    The RA on duty is available will unlock a room or suite if a resident is locked out. Lockouts are tracked by the staff. If a resident accumulates more than three lockouts, the resident will be charged $25 to his or her bursar account for each additional lockout. Students locked out after midnight will be admitted in emergency situations only and will automatically incur the $25 lockout charge. Housing staff will not open a door to a room in which a student does not live. Neither the security desk nor the maintenance staff are permitted to provide lockout service or otherwise facilitate access to student rooms or suites.

    Students who lose their room or mailbox key are subject to a $100 lock change charge (or $25 keycard replacement). Residents who lose their room or mailbox key (or whose key is stolen) should inform the on-duty RHD, HR, or RA immediately. Keys and key cards remain the property of The New School.

    Residents cannot lend keys or keycards or duplicate them for anyone. In order to promote safety and security, residents should keep their room or suite doors locked and carry their keys or keycards and ID at all times.

    Mail

    In most cases, mail is delivered Monday through Saturday and is sorted and placed in your building's mailboxes. Mail, packages, and other deliveries cannot be accepted before check-in. Instructions for gaining mailbox access and retrieving packages will be available at your residence hall during check-in. The New School is not responsible for lost, stolen, misdirected, or damaged mail, parcels, or packages. If you are expecting an important package, make sure you are available to receive and sign for it when it is delivered by the U.S. Postal Service or another courier such as FedEx or UPS.

    Mail forwarding service is not provided after a resident moves to another room, suite, or residence hall or out of the residence halls. Students should update their address with banks, magazine subscriptions, etc. when moving. Students should also update their mailing address with The New School through the Registrar's Office or online at my.newschool.edu.

    Telephones

    Each room or suite has a telephone number and each room or suite has a telephone. Incoming, toll-free, and 911 calls, intra-building telephone service, and voicemail are provided free of charge through RCN. To set up voicemail, students simply need to dial 8111 from their phones. Residents can contract for outgoing local and long-distance service by filling out the necessary paperwork at their residence hall office. The front desk will announce guests and deliveries only through the intercom system. To reach another room with RCN telephone service, simply dial the last 5 digits of the person's phone number. If you contract for outgoing telephone service or are dialing a toll-free number, dial 8, 1, and the ten-digit number to reach an outside line.

    Internet Access

    Each resident is provided with an Ethernet jack for Internet access. Students must provide their own properly configured computer and 10/100 Ethernet cable. For more information about system requirements, visit the university's IT website or call the Help Desk at 212.229.5300 x2828.

    Wireless Internet is available in common areas of 13th Street, 20th Street, Loeb Hall, and Stuyvesant Park. Wireless Internet use in residences is subject to the same policy as that outlined for university buildings. Any student who knowingly gives out his or her New School ID and password for guest access to the wireless Internet is subject to disciplinary action as outlined in university policy.

    In order to provide a secure network, the IT department requires that students have the latest system updates and antivirus software installed on their computers. Students must show proof of compliance by making an appointment to have an IT technician check their computers. The IT Help Desk may be reached at 212.229.5300 x2828. To ensure prompt service, make sure you leave your full name, building and room or suite number, and a call-back number.

    Residents of 23rd Street Apartments can contract for Internet service in their rooms through RCN (rcn.com), Verizon (www.verizon.com) for dialup or DSL, or Time Warner Cable (www.twcnyc.com) for cable modem service.

    Cable TV

    Cable TV service is provided in each room and suite at Union Square, Loeb Hall, 13th Street, 20th Street, Stuyvesant Park, and William Street. Simply connect your TV to the cable TV wall outlet. Channel lineups can be viewed at www.rcn.com/cabletv.

    The common area lounges in each residence hall have a television with cable TV service, as well as a DVD player for movie or television viewing.

    Security and Guest Policies

    A security officer is posted in every New School residence hall 24 hours a day. The security officer monitors compliance with the guest policy and assists when emergencies arise. Residents are required to show a valid New School identification card upon entry into a residence hall. Security officers are responsible for checking ID cards and enforcing the guest policy. Any attempt to argue with, intimidate, or harass a guard will result in disciplinary action. Security can be reached through the room or suite intercom and by calling your residence hall's front desk. If you have any comments about security services, direct them to your residence hall director or the area coordinator. No resident or guest is allowed to enter or leave a residence hall by any means other than the front door. Security systems and door alarms are in place at the emergency exits throughout the residence halls and on the roofs. Emergency doors are not to be propped open. If you see strangers alone in a hallway or witness any harassment or altercation, contact the residence hall staff or security immediately. Give your name, room number, and the room numbers near the location of the incident. Do not intervene in the situation on your own.

    Security-Related Suggestions

    • Do not leave your room or suite door open or unlocked, especially when you are not there.
    • Do not sign in people you do not know as guests to the building.
    • Each resident is responsible for his or her guests' behavior and actions while they are in the facility.
    • If someone or something appears suspicious, immediately contact the RA on duty or security.
    • Protect your personal property by acquiring appropriate personal property insurance coverage.

    Message Taking

    The residence halls, security desks, and the Office of Student Housing and Residence Life do not provide message services. The security desks in the residence halls will accept incoming calls only in emergencies.

    Guest Policies in Residence Halls

    All guests must be signed in and out by the host resident at the security desk. All guests must provide valid photo identification (IDs cannot be expired). Any request to have a guest under the age of 16 must be approved by the RHD or AC in advance.

    Residents can sign in up to three guests at a time during the day. No more than two guests are permitted per room from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Any guest signing in after 10:00 p.m. must fill out the After Hours Guest Registration form. A resident can have overnight guests for a maximum of three nights in a seven-day period or seven nights in a 30-day period. For additional guest policies, refer to the Residence Hall Policies section.

    Elevators

    The passenger elevators in the residence halls are used frequently every day. Breakdowns are costly and inconvenient. Please follow these practices in order to avoid a breakdown.

    • Do not detain the elevator by holding open the door. If you must hold the elevator open, use the OPEN DOOR button.
    • Do not push the elevator doors open after they begin to shut; use the OPEN DOOR button or be considerate of other passengers by letting the doors close.
    • Do not overcrowd the elevator cab.
    • Do not smoke in the elevator cab. Smoking in the elevator will set off the fire alarms.

    Disability-Related Accommodations

    Please read all disability-related information in the Student Handbook and online at the Student Disability Services website. Students with disabilities who require disability-related housing accommodations and have not yet made an official request should contact the Office of Disability Services at 212.229.5626 or studentdisability@newschool.edu for details of required information and documentation. Requests and supporting documentation are reviewed by the Housing Accommodations Committee, which consists of administrators from the offices of Student Housing and Residence Life, Student Health Services, Student Counseling Services, Student Disability Services, and Student Rights and Responsibilities. All submitted documentation is kept on a confidential basis and does not become part of a student's permanent record.

    Insurance

    The New School makes every effort to provide a safe environment in its housing facilities, but the Office of Student Housing and Residence Life assumes no responsibility for personal injury or personal property.

    Basic Health Insurance: All students in New School housing are required to have health and accident insurance. Basic accident insurance is provided through the Student Health Services fee that all students pay at registration. Questions about this insurance and other services provided by Student Health Services should be directed to that office, located at 80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor, phone number 212.229.1671.

    Personal Property Insurance: Students are strongly advised to protect their personal property against theft, damage, and other losses beyond our control by having an appropriate individual or family insurance policy. If your family has a policy for their home or apartment, ask whether your room can be included in that policy.

    Repairs and Damage to New School Facilities

    Repair Reporting Procedures

    Residents should report all maintenance problems to their residence hall office or to the RA on duty. The RA will provide a Maintenance Work Order form to fill out. Residents should not attempt to make any maintenance repairs themselves. Maintenance staff are available to attend to routine matters. Do not let a routine maintenance matter become an emergency. Emergencies are costly to rectify and result in great inconvenience to all.

    Emergency Maintenance Requests: Residents should report maintenance emergencies to a member of the residence hall staff immediately. During daytime hours, if residence hall staff are unavailable, alert the security guard in the lobby of your building.

    Extermination Requests: Residents cannot refuse a visit by the university's contracted exterminator unless a medical exemption is on file at the Office of Student Housing and Residence Life. Passing over a room can adversely affect the entire residence hall community. Students are required to move their furniture away from the walls when the exterminator visits.

    Room Condition Reports (RCRs)

    Every resident receives a Room Condition Report (RCR) form at check-in. This form should be reviewed and completed immediately and carefully. It will be used again at check-out to determine any damage costs. The RCR must be signed and returned to the RA within 24 hours after check-in, preferably right upon check-in. Failure to do so could result in liability for room damage that was present before arrival.

    Property and Common Area Damages

    Rooms and suites should be kept clean and in good condition. Every resident is responsible for maintaining a safe and healthy living environment, which includes a clean and hazard-free room or suite. Any damage beyond normal wear and tear noted on the RCR at check-out will be charged to the resident's or residents' bursar account. When responsibility for damage cannot be determined, the damage charge will be split equally between the roommates and/or suitemates. All residents of a floor or building share responsibility for loss or damage to common areas due to their activities. Disciplinary action may be taken against residents who are involved in deliberate damage.

    Furniture

    Furniture provided by the university cannot be removed from rooms, suites, lounges, or common areas. Residents are not permitted to bring in any outside furniture. Special needs must be addressed with the residence hall director or area coordinator. To have an exception considered, you must be able to produce a receipt to prove that the furniture was purchased and is in new condition.

    Windows and Balconies

    Students cannot place any items in their windows or on window ledges. This includes but is not limited to air conditioners, window screens, fans, and plants. Any item that has been installed by the university as a fixture of the residence hall (including but not limited to air conditioners and safety bars) cannot be removed.

    Those who tamper with any window or balcony locking and/or opening restriction device will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include removal from university housing.

    Students are not permitted to access any balcony in any residence hall (locked or unlocked). Any student found responsible for accessing a balcony, placing an item in a window or balcony, letting an item fall from a window or balcony, or throwing an item from a window or balcony will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include removal from university housing.

    Any student found to have entered or exited a building through a window will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include removal from university housing. Fire escapes can be used only for emergency evacuation.

    Decorations

    Students are encouraged to decorate their rooms and suites in a way that is pleasing to them, but repainting and permanent alterations are not permitted. The use of screws, bolts, nails, tacks, glue, or other adhesive on furniture, walls, ceilings, woodwork, or doors is prohibited. Any material that leaves marks on walls or furniture is not permitted. Application of wallpaper or wall paneling and installation of exterior antennas or aerials is prohibited. Damage to walls or other surface areas will be assessed at check-out time, and charges will be issued to cover the cost of repair.

    All decorations must be nonflammable and may not cover or block exits, exit signs, lights, fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide detectors, or ceilings. Living trees are not allowed, but small house plants that can sit on a table or ledge are permitted. Decorations cannot be attached to fire safety equipment (such as sprinklers, fire alarms, or emergency strobe lights). Neon signs cannot be mounted in windows. Decorations are permitted on room and suite doors but must not restrict entry or egress.

    Room Inspection and Room Entry

    Two to three times each semester, the Housing and Maintenance staff conduct inspections of common areas, rooms, and suites for safety, health, inventory, and damage assessment purposes. Staff may also enter rooms to determine if repairs are necessary and to exterminate pests. Whenever possible, students will be notified before entry. The Office of Student Housing Residence Life believes in the right to privacy, but  Housing staff reserve the right to enter a room or suite without notice if a situation warrants. Such an entry will take place when there is a threat to the health or safety of any resident. A resident who wishes to file a complaint about this issue should contact the assistant director for Residence Life.

    Residence Hall Damage Assessment

    Below are the estimated charges for any extra cleaning or damage to university property. These charges are subject to change at any time based on expense of repairs and services rendered. Charges are usually assessed when a resident checks out. To avoid charges, report any discrepancies on your Room Condition Report and complete a Work Order so that repairs and replacements can be made.

    Cost may vary based on amount of damage and item(s) damaged.

    Structural Damage
    Window $200
    Wall holes $50 per hole
    Bathroom sink $300
    Telephone/Ethernet jack $80 per jack
    Floor $450 per room
    Toilet $400
    Shower/tub $600
    Kitchen sink $300
    Kitchen cabinets $400 per cabinet
    Furniture Damage
    Table $250
    Chair $100
    Bed frame $200
    Mattress $150
    Dresser/wardrobe $450
    Desk, including hutch $400
    Ladder $120
    Damage to Fixtures
    Light fixture $50 per fixture
    Window blinds/curtains $100 per panel
    Door frame $500 per door
    Door lock $100 per lock
    Smoke and CO detectors $75 per detector
    Bathroom mirror $75 per mirror
    Trash can (single bin) $40 per can
    3-bin trash can $150 per unit
    Appliance Damage
    Stove $550
    Refrigerator $800
    Microwave oven $250
    Painting Charges
    Wall $250 per wall
    Entire bedroom $500
    Entire common area $700
    Bathroom $400

    Residence Hall Community Management

    Residence Hall Policies

    For any community to function smoothly, its members must follow certain standards of behavior. These standards are often defined by rules and regulations. A community depends on the cooperation, good judgment, and considerate behavior of all of its residents. Status as a resident is a privilege subject to certain expectations. Students are required to respect the rights of all residents to privacy, space, cleanliness, and quiet hours for sleep, study, and health. The need to monitor student behavior arises from misconduct that adversely affects the residence hall community. In cases of violation of residence hall policies and regulations, a resident found responsible for a violation may be subject to various sanctions. Residence hall discipline procedures are not a substitute for any civil or criminal proceedings. All residents are subject to local, state, and federal laws.

    Definitions: As used in this document and in the University Code of Conduct, the term "Residence Hall" means any building, room, facility, or premises owned and/or operated by the university for use as a dormitory, whether by lease or by contract, to students enrolled at the university. A "resident" means any student, whether undergraduate or graduate, occupying a space in a Residence Hall. All residents are to abide by the following policies as well as the policies listed in the University Code of Conduct.

    Substance Usage

    Alcohol Policies

    Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, except when authorized by the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs for a particular function, on university-owned or -controlled property or at university-sponsored functions is prohibited. Furthermore, the sale, distribution, or procurement of alcoholic beverages for anyone under the age of 21, the use of false identification to procure alcohol, and the possession on campus of any type of paraphernalia associated with the consumption of alcohol is expressly prohibited. Alcohol possession and use in the Residence Halls by students under the age of 21, in all building common areas, and in dry residences, including our primarily first-year student residences at 13th Street and Stuyvesant Park, are prohibited. This prohibition applies to empty alcohol bottles used for decoration, academic projects, or other purposes.

    Drugs and Illegal Substances

    Use or possession of narcotics or dangerous drugs or of any illegal or controlled substances, except as expressly permitted by law, on university-owned or -controlled property or at university-sponsored functions is prohibited. Furthermore, students are prohibited from on-campus possession of any type of paraphernalia associated with the use of drugs (e.g., scales, bongs, pipes).

    Theft or Damage to Property

    Air Conditioners

    Residents shall not install air conditioners in any Residence Hall.

    Furniture

    No person may take, steal, burn, destroy, deface, or otherwise damage property not his or her own. No person shall deny another resident the use of any furnishings, property, or areas intended for the benefit of all resident students. Each Resident must keep all university furniture and personal possessions in the room or suite. No furniture shall be removed from common areas. No furniture taken off the street may be brought into the residence halls. Bringing in any furniture after the designated move-in dates is subject to prior approval of the residence hall director or area coordinator.

    Walls

    No person shall tape or nail items to walls. Pictures or other items should be attached to the walls by means of masking tape. Hooks or thumbtacks should be used sparingly.

    Community Conduct

    Noise and Quiet Hour Policy

    All Residents must observe quiet hour restrictions. The quiet hour restrictions are posted in the residence halls. It is the Resident's responsibility to familiarize himself or herself with the hours. If a Resident cannot find the posted hours, she or he should contact the Residence Hall Director or Area Coordinator for the information. During quiet hours, conversation may not take place in hallways. At all other times, Residents should use common sense and are required to respond to requests to keep noise levels down from the Office of Student Housing Residence Life staff.

    Storage

    Each Resident must keep all possessions in their room or suite. No storage space is available in which to place trunks, suitcases, boxes, or furniture in any Residence Hall. Residents may not store any item, including bicycles and room furniture, in hallways, stairwells, or other common space. The university does not provide storage space.

    Telephones

    Placing annoying or harassing telephone calls, emails, rewiring, placing attachments, or attaching unauthorized devices on a telephone is prohibited. Private telephones may be installed in student rooms. All charges connected with private telephones, including installation, bills, and relocation connection charges, are the financial responsibility of the resident. The university will not become involved in mediating disputes between students involving private telephone charges and related issues.

    Roommate Conflict

    As noted in our Roommate Conflict Mediation Procedures, in a roommate conflict situation where Housing staff feels the conflict is irreconcilable and/or violence is a possibility, all roommates or suite mates involved may be relocated immediately.

    Safety Precautions

    Unauthorized Access

    No person shall enter or assist others in entering any area not intended for the use of Residents.

    Safety of Others

    No person shall create conditions that endanger or threaten others or their property or create a health hazard or nuisance.

    Waterbeds

    Waterbeds are prohibited in the Residence Halls.

    Guest Policy

    Guest Registration

    In Residence Halls with front desk service, Residents are required to register each guest at the front desk. Residents may only have three guests signed into a Residence Hall under their name at one time before 10:00 p.m. After 10:00 p.m., only two guests are allowed in each room. Each guest must sign in and leave a photo identification card with the staff at the front desk. Parents, guardians, and other relatives are considered guests. The identification card will be returned when the guest signs out. Guests who cannot provide identification will not be allowed to enter the Residence Hall. A Resident who expects a guest under the age of 16 years should contact the Residence Hall Director or Area Coordinator at least one week in advance. The Resident should not assume that approval will be granted. Security staff assigned to the Residence Halls are responsible for enforcing the guest policies and for checking identification cards. Any attempt to argue, intimidate, or harass a security staff person will result in disciplinary action.

    Overnight Guests

    Having an overnight guest is permitted only with the consent of each roommate and/or suite mate. In the event of a dispute, the residence hall director or area coordinator has sole discretion in deciding whether a guest can stay. The decision of the residence hall director or area coordinator is binding and final. A Resident may have overnight guests for a maximum of three nights in a seven-day period. Overnight guests are required to sign the registration log each time they enter or exit the building. A Resident who wishes to have a guest for an extended period of time must make a written request to the Residence Hall Director or Area Coordinator at least one week in advance. The Resident should not assume that approval would be granted. No more than two overnight guests are permitted per room at any time.

    Resident Responsibility

    The Resident host, while in the Residence Hall, must always accompany his or her guest(s). A Resident host assumes responsibility for any policy infractions committed by his or her guest(s). Residents are prohibited from signing in an individual as a guest if they do not know him or her. Residents are also prohibited from signing in an individual as a guest on behalf of another Resident.

    Loss of Guest Privileges

    A Resident who abuses the guest policy may have his/her guest privileges suspended or revoked. A Resident may also lose guest privileges if a guest becomes disruptive or neglects to follow policy and procedure. Constraints may be placed upon the number of daytime or evening guests a Resident or Residents of the same suite may have simultaneously.

    Fire Safety Guidelines

    Safety Precautions

    As noted in the University Code of Conduct, "smoking cigarettes, cigars, etc. is prohibited in all university buildings." This includes the interior of all our residence halls and any outdoor spaces.

    Fire Alarm Evacuation Policy

    Residents and their guests are expected to comply with all posted evacuation guidelines and/or comply with all staff instructions and building specific procedures. Fire safety drills and information sessions will be held in each residence hall at the start of each term. Any resident who fails to evacuate when instructed to do so or interferes with the orderly evacuation of a residence hall will be subject to disciplinary action. Residents will be held accountable for the actions of their guests.

    • Know where all the building exits are.
    • Take fire alarms seriously. Do not ignore fire alarms.
    • When evacuation is called for by staff or building procedure and you hear the fire alarm or see the alarm lights flashing, leave your room and proceed to the nearest stairwell or exit.
    • If the fire situation does not allow you to leave your room, follow the Life Safety Survival Skills (see below).
    • Do not worry about your personal belongings.
    • Knock on doors when exiting. Yell "FIRE" when exiting.
    • Do not use elevators (use the stairwells) and do not run; evacuate in an orderly manner.
    • Once you are outside, Housing staff will direct you to an evacuation location.
    • When you reach that location, assemble with other members of your floor. An RA will complete a head count as quickly as possible.
    • You may not re-enter the building until directed to do so by a member of the Housing staff.

    Life Safety Survival Skills

    If you spot a fire and the fire alarm system is not already sounding or flashing, activate the nearest fire alarm.

    • Feel the top of the door with the back of your hand for heat and/or look through the peephole.
    • If not hot, open the door slowly and look into the hallway below the level of the doorknob. Doing this allows you to avoid breathing in any smoke that may be present.
    • Exit your room and take your room/suite key with you. Do not waste time trying to grab valuables.
    • If smoke and heat are present, crawl low to the ground to the exit or stairwell and evacuate the building.
    • Do not use the elevators to evacuate the building. Proceed to the nearest stairwell.
    • If you encounter heavy smoke in the building, use another exit. If all exits are blocked, go back to your room and follow the steps below.
    • If you do feel heat at the top of your door, feel the doorknob (if it's hot, do not open the door!).
    • Stuff wet towels and clothing under door and use duct tape to seal around the door.
    • Call 911 and give them the exact location of the building, your floor, and your room/suite, as well as the number of people in your room/suite.
    • Wave a white flag or clothing out the window to attract attention.
    • If smoke comes into your room, open windows six inches at the top and the bottom and breathe air from the bottom of the window. Break glass only as a last resort, as doing this may let in fire and smoke.
    • Listen for and follow any instructions from Fire Safety personnel.

    How You Can Help Prevent Fires

    • Report undercharged fire extinguishers and nonfunctioning smoke detectors to building staff immediately.
    • Do not overload electrical outlets. Use only UL-listed power strips and appliances.
    • Keep your room/suite, particularly the kitchen, clean and free from refuse.
    • When cooking, you should never leave food unattended.
    • Keep your room/suite door closed while cooking. Do not open the hallway door to let out any smoke, this can set off the entire building's fire alarm and cause an evacuation (open a window instead).

    The New School is a smoke-free community. Smoking is not allowed in any room, suite, apartment, stairwell, lounge, hallway, or other common area.

    Prohibited Items

    The following items are not allowed in the residence halls:

    • Open-element cooking device or equipment, including but not limited to hot plates, coils, George Foreman-type grills, and space heaters
    • Any cooking appliance that doesn't have an auto-shutoff or timer function
    • Candles and incense
    • Halogen lamps
    • Flammable or combustible materials like turpentine, paint remover, lighter fluid, gasoline, propane, natural gas, kerosene, motor oil, etc.
    • Any gasoline powered vehicle or device

    If any of these items are found in the residence halls, they will be confiscated by Housing staff and returned to the student when they check out. Additionally, students found in possession of these items will be subject to disciplinary action.

    Fire Safety Equipment

    Tampering with fire safety equipment endangers the safety and well being of every member of the residence hall community. Anyone found tampering with fire safety equipment will be subject to immediate disciplinary actions which may include expulsions from the residence halls. Fire safety equipment includes exit signage, fire doors, emergency lighting, fire extinguishers, pull stations, smoke/heat detectors, fire bells, alarms, horns, and gongs, and emergency key boxes.

    Residents may not disable, remove, or otherwise tamper with room/suite smoke or carbon monoxide detectors. Any person(s) found to have tampered with smoke/carbon monoxide detectors will face disciplinary action through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. A second offense can result in removal form the residence halls. In situations where the specific individual(s) who tampered with the detector cannot be identified, all occupants of the affected room or suite will be subject to an individual fine. Subsequent violations may result in additional disciplinary action including, but not limited to, relocation or removal from the residence halls.

    Residents will be held accountable for the actions of any guest found to have tampered with any fire safety equipment.

    Room Assignment Policies

    Terms and Conditions of Occupancy

    Any offer for a space in a New School residence hall is considered binding only when a completed and signed housing contract is submitted by the designated date. A student agrees to the terms and conditions for residence hall occupancy upon accepting residence. A student must be matriculated in a degree or certificate program to remain in housing. A resident may reside in the residence halls throughout the contract period. The residence halls remain open during holiday periods, semester breaks, and designated intercessions (please note that guest policies are modified during these breaks). Students must checkout on the designated checkout date as outlined in the Housing Contract and as designated by the Office of Student Housing Residence Life. Requests for extensions must be made in advance and in writing. Such requests are handled on a case-by-case basis.

    The Office of Student Housing Residence Life reserves the right to cancel a housing contract if the resident fails to follow the policies or procedures of the residence hall, the Office of Student Housing Residence Life, The New School Student Code of Conduct, or any other policy or procedure outlined by The New School. Any resident who fails to pay any fees or violates regulations outlined within this Handbook shall be subject to dismissal from the residence hall. Students who are dismissed are not entitled to any refund of housing payments or deposits.

    Room Change Policies

    Room changes should always be requested through your Residence Hall Office by filling out the appropriate paperwork. An application for a room change may not necessarily result in a room change, as space is limited. Room change requests are usually not honored for reasons of convenience or preference for a roommate. Should problems arise between roommates/suitemates, RAs are available to help with mediation.

    Any occurrences of verbal or physical intimidation with the intention of forcing a roommate to move or creating an atmosphere of discomfort for a new resident will not be tolerated.

    If a room change request is approved, the resident must:

    1. Arrange to formally check out of the old room/building and check-in to the new room/building.
    2. Move within the period designated by the RHD/AC or forfeit their approved room change.
    3. Complete the Room Condition Report (RCR) for both their old and new rooms.
    4. Exchange the key(s) to their old room for their new room.
    5. Complete the move within 24 hours

    These procedures are the same for a change within a building and a change to a different building. Please note that students cannot swap rooms without permission from the RHD/AC. Moving into a space that is not assigned to the student is strictly prohibited.

    Vacancy Management and Consolidation

    Should one roommate leave at any time during the academic year, the remaining roommate(s) should be prepared to receive a new roommate at any time. The vacant space within the room should always be clear of all possessions. The Office of Student Housing Residence Life has the right to move any such possessions that may be blocking a new roommate's assigned space. Residents who fail to keep a vacant space free of their possessions will be subject to disciplinary action and will be charged for any costs involved in having these items moved.

    Should the occupancy rate of your room or suite fall to 50% or less at any point during the academic year, the Office of Student Housing Residence Life may reassign and move the remaining residents into vacant spaces in other rooms/suites, in order to free up the room/suite for the best allocation of space.

    Notification of New Roommate

    Although the Office of Student Housing Residence Life is not required to give notice before the arrival of a new roommate, every effort will be made to do so. However, resident students should be aware that situations often do not allow for this type of advance notice. All vacant spaces must be cleared of possessions and ready to receive a new roommate(s) at any time.

    Room Selection for the Next Academic Year

    Each spring, the Office of Student Housing Residence Life conducts Housing Selection to give returning students the opportunity to select a room for themselves or with a group of friends for the following academic year, within a variety of living arrangements to suit individual preferences and budgets. Housing Selection information and the online application are made available in early March.

    Floors plans for all residence facilities are available for viewing at www.newschool.edu/housing. During Housing Selection Nights, you (and your group, if applicable) will be able to pick a specific room or suite to live in for the next academic year. You will be able to know exactly where your room or suite is located in relation to other spaces in the residence hall and have a sense of the approximate size and shape.

    Summer Housing

    One or two residence halls are typically designated for summer housing for New School students. The minimum stay is a four-week (27 nights) period unless otherwise approved by the Assistant Director for Summer Programs and Housing Services. Applications for Summer Housing will be available from the Office of Student Housing Residence Life and on this website early in the Spring term. For more information, email summerhousing@newschool.edu.

    University Codes and Policies

    The following policies outlined in the Code of Conduct and the Non-Academic Disciplinary Procedures are accurate as of August 2011. If there are changes to these or other policies, all of the necessary and up-to-date information can be found on the Student Rights and Responsibilities website. There you will also find other University Policies including the Sexual Harassment Policy, Discrimination Policy, and Disability Discrimination Complaint Procedures for Students.

    Student Code of Conduct

    As an institution of higher learning, the university affirms certain basic principles and values that are, in the fullest and best sense of the word, educational. The university is also a community and in that regard, upholds certain basic principles and standards of behavior that underlie its educational purpose. These include the recognition and preservation of basic human dignity, the freedom of expression, equal opportunity, and civil discourse, a sustained atmosphere of safety, respect for policies, rules, regulations, and standards set forth by the university, its academic divisions, and the federal, state, and city governments.

    The Student Code of Conduct is designed to protect and promote these principles and standards of behavior that are in keeping with our educational mission. Formal disciplinary proceedings and penalties have a role subordinate to informal conversation and discussion, constructive advice and counsel, and supportive guidance. The Student Code of Conduct supports an environment where sensitivity, tolerance, and respect are sustained for members of the university community and its neighbors. All students at the university are expected to abide by the Student Code of Conduct.

    Conduct Violations

    The following actions are considered violations of the Student Code of Conduct and are subject to sanctions imposed in accordance with the Non-Academic Disciplinary Procedures of the university.

    General Misconduct
    Conduct unbecoming of a student member of the university community.

    Disorderly Conduct
    Disorderly conduct includes, but is not limited to, lewd, indecent or obscene behavior on university owned or controlled property or at university sponsored functions; conduct that is unreasonable in the time, place, or manner in which it occurs; and/or obstruction or disruption of university sponsored activities; or conduct which adversely affects the student's suitability as a member of the university community or which is inconsistent with the mission of the university.

    Harassing Conduct
    Verbal or written actions that are abusive to any person, or any other conduct which threatens or endangers the physical, emotional health, or safety of any person on university owned or controlled property or at university sponsored functions.

    Physical Harassment
    Physical harassment, includes but is not limited to inappropriate touching, of any person or similar conduct that threatens or endangers the physical or emotional health, or safety of any person on university owned or controlled property or at university sponsored functions.

    Fraud
    Knowingly furnishing false information to the university administration, faculty, or staff.

    Forgery
    Forgery, alteration or misuse of university documents, records or identification.

    False Allegations
    Filing and/or sharing of knowingly false information about another member of the community with faculty, staff, or other members of the university community.

    Theft
    Possession of or involvement with stealing of property belonging to another member of the university community.

    Damage to Property
    Damage to property of the university, or that of a member of the university community or campus visitor, while on university property or at university sponsored activities including, but not limited to, walls, classrooms, and residence halls.

    Vandalism
    Intentional damage, destruction, or defacement of property including, but not limited to walls, classrooms, and residence halls.

    Drugs
    Use or possession of narcotics or dangerous drugs or of any illegal or controlled substances, except as expressly permitted by law, on university owned or controlled property or at university sponsored functions. Furthermore, students are prohibited from the on-campus possession of any type of paraphernalia associated with the use of drugs (i.e., scales, bongs, pipes, etc.).

    Drugs - Distribution
    Distribution or the manufacture of narcotics or dangerous drugs or of any illegal or controlled substances, except as expressly permitted by law, on university owned or controlled property or at university sponsored functions. Furthermore, students are prohibited from the on-campus possession of any type of paraphernalia associated with the use, distribution, or sale of illegal substances/narcotic drugs (i.e., scales, bongs, pipes, etc.).

    Alcohol
    Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, except when authorized by the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs for a particular function, on university owned or controlled property or at university-sponsored functions is prohibited. Furthermore, the sale, distribution, or procurement of alcoholic beverages for anyone who is under the age of 21; the use of false identification to procure alcohol; and the possession on campus of any type of paraphernalia associated with the consumption of alcohol is expressly prohibited. Alcohol possession and use is prohibited in the Residence Halls by those students under the age of 21 and in dry residences as outlined in the Residence Hall Handbook. This pertains to empty bottles used for decoration, academic projects, or other purposes.

    Public Intoxication
    Public disruption due to intoxication or drunkenness from consumption of alcohol, narcotics, or dangerous drugs.

    Hazing
    Recklessly subjecting any person to the risk of bodily harm, or severe emotional distress, or causing or encouraging any person to commit an act that would be a violation of law or university regulations, for the purpose of initiating, promoting, fostering, or confirming any form of affiliation with a student group or organization. The express or implied consent of the victim is irrelevant in determining whether or not there has been a violation.

    University Facilities
    Unauthorized entry or use of university facilities.

    Restricted/Unauthorized Areas
    Students are not allowed on the roof, ledges, or fire escapes of any university building or residence hall.

    Keys
    Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys or key cards to university facilities including residence halls. Giving of keys and key cards to another individual including other residents and guests.

    Weapons
    Possession, display, use or distribution of any weapon such as a firearm, knife, etc., or any item used as a weapon or of such a nature that it is intended for use as a weapon, except with expressed university authorization, on university owned or controlled property or at university sponsored functions.

    Fire Safety
    Tampering with or misuse of fire alarms, fire exits, fire-fighting equipment, smoke/heat detectors, sprinkler systems, and other safety devices on university grounds; causing or creating a fire; and the use of all open flame devices such as, but not limited to, sternos, incense, kerosene lamps, and barbecue grills; failure to evacuate a building at the sound or activation of the fire alarm system; and the use of any and all fireworks.

    Non-compliance
    Failure to comply with directions of university officials acting in the performance of their duties.

    University Identification
    Misuse or transfer of university identification documents. This includes but is not limited to, the transfer of university identification documents to gain entry to university buildings, and/or to procure any university services. Failure to obtain and provide an up-to-date, official student ID for entry to university buildings.

    Gambling
    Gambling in any form anywhere on campus.

    Smoking
    Smoking cigarettes, cigars, etc. is prohibited in all university buildings.

    Pets
    All pets are prohibited on university property, including residence halls.

    Unreasonable and Excessive Noise
    Creating noise as deemed unreasonable or excessive by university staff on university owned or controlled property, including but not limited to noise that can be heard beyond a student's room or suite. The playing of musical instruments in areas other than those deemed appropriate by the university for such activities.

    Unauthorized Posting
    Posting of announcements and other publicity items at the university that are not in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Office of Student Development and Activities (OSDA) and/or the appropriate department within the school or division. Announcements and publicity items to be posted on Residence Hall bulletin boards must be submitted to the Residence Hall Director for approval prior to posting. Approved items may only be posted in designated locations.

    Unauthorized Solicitation and Businesses
    Soliciting or canvassing on university owned or controlled property without prior approval. Authorization for canvassing in the Residence Hall is given only to recognized university groups or organizations. Solicitation is not permitted in the Residence Hall without the advanced written permission of the Office of Student Housing Residence Life. If a solicitor disturbs a resident, a member of the residence life staff must be contacted immediately. Students are not allowed to conduct businesses on campus or in the residence halls. Businesses, as defined by the Student Code of Conduct, pertain to any service provided in exchange for cash, services, or any other form of benefits.

    Safety of Others
    No person shall create conditions that endanger or threaten others or their property, or create a health hazard or nuisance. B. Residence Hall Specific Violations All violations listed in Section A. apply to students residing in residence halls as well as their guests. The following additional actions are also considered violations of the Student Code of Conduct and are subject to sanctions imposed in accordance with the Non- Academic Disciplinary Procedures of the university. Definitions: As used in this document, the term "Residence Hall" means any building, room, facility, or premises owned and/or operated by the university for use as a dormitory, whether by lease or by contract, to students enrolled at the university. "Resident" means any student, whether undergraduate or graduate, occupying a space in a Residence Hall.

    Failure to Comply with Housing Contract Regulations
    Failure to comply with regulations set forth in the Residence Hall Handbook, the Housing Contract, and as set forth by the Office of Student Housing Residence Life. Failure to comply with official requests from university staff, including but not limited to housing and security staff, in the performance of their duties.

    • Garbage and Other Health Hazards
      Failure to keep rooms and shared common areas reasonably neat and orderly as determined by university staff. Failure to keep such areas free of excessive trash and floor space free from debris and other hazards. The creation of an environment that presents a health and safety risk to other members of the community and/or endangers or threatens others or their property, or creates a health hazard or nuisance.
    • Guest Policy Violations
      Failure to abide by the University Student Housing Guest Policy as set forth in the Residence Hall Handbook.
    • Failure to Follow Safety Precautions
      • Windows
        No person may place objects on the outside, or inside of windowsills. No objects of any kind are to be thrown from or at the windows. Removal of screens, window locks, or window guards is prohibited.
      • Prohibited Items
        The following are NOT permitted in the Residence Hall: cooking appliances with exposed elements (open coil); hot plates; candles of any kind; incense and incense burning devices; use of roller blades/skates, skateboards, or bicycles in the hallway or on any university property; mopeds or motorcycles; live trees of any kind; changes to electrical wiring, heating, or alarm systems; and other items as deemed not appropriate by university staff.
      • Cooking
        In accordance with New York State Health Codes, students may not cook in their bedrooms. In certain Residence Halls, kitchenettes are provided for this purpose. Where provided, cooking equipment must be properly maintained and cleaned.

    Academic Dishonesty
    Academic Dishonesty is any act which allows a student to gain an unfair advantage over other students. This includes, but is not limited to, copying, plagiarism, collaboration, alteration of records, use of restricted aids, unauthorized use of proprietary material, bribery, and lying. The academic division in which the student is enrolled has primary responsibility for the adjudication of all infractions involving Academic Dishonesty. It is the responsibility of the student to become familiar with the Academic Dishonesty policy in effect in the division in which the student is enrolled.

    Rights and Expectation of The New School

    • The university reserves the right to enter rooms at any time without a search warrant for the purpose of maintaining safety and security standards, to enforce health regulations, to follow through with disciplinary action, to maintain the orderly operation of the Residence Halls, and to respond to emergency situations.
    • The university reserves the right to require students to change rooms or Residence Halls, without notice, when necessary.
    • The university reserves the right to notify parents of a student's violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
    • The university reserves the right to hold students financially responsible for all losses and damages to university property.
    • The university expects each student to be responsible for securing his/her personal property. The university will not be responsible for the loss, theft, or damage to personal effects of students and their guest(s). Residents are strongly advised to obtain the appropriate homeowner or renter insurance coverage on valuables.
    • The university expects students to comply with any instruction from a clearly identifiable university official, performing his or her duties in the enforcement of application of university policy. Students are expected to show their university identification card upon request to any Residence Hall staff person and other appropriate university official, performing his/her duties in the enforcement or application of university policy.
    • The university reserves the right to amend the Student Code of Conduct and the Non-Academic Disciplinary Procedures at any time.

    Non-Academic Disciplinary Procedures

    Adopted April 26, 2005
    I. General Provisions

    A. Purpose
    The University Non-Academic Disciplinary Procedures are designed to facilitate fact-finding and to review incidents involving violations of the University Student Code of Conduct. It is not intended to create an adversarial court-like proceeding.

    B. Disciplinary Authority
    1. Disciplinary authority is vested in the Senior Vice President for Student Services as the designee of the President of the university.

    2. The Non-Academic Disciplinary Procedures are administered by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR). The Office ensures the fair and dutiful administration of the disciplinary process in the review of incidents involving violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

    C. Violation of Law/Off Campus Conduct
    1. Students of the university are subject to local, state, and federal laws. As a general rule, the university will not institute disciplinary procedures when a student of the university has been charged off-campus with a violation of a local, state or federal law. However the university reserves the right to invoke its disciplinary procedures.

    2. Students are subject to reasonable disciplinary action deemed appropriate, including suspension and expulsion, for breach of federal, state or local laws or university rules or regulations off-campus when such conduct is likely to have an adverse effect on the university, on the educational process, or affects the student's suitability as a member of the academic community.

    II. University Sanctions
    The university is committed to providing an environment where sensitivity, tolerance and respect are sustained for members of the university community and its neighbors. Imposed sanctions are intended to facilitate these goals. While they may initially be perceived as authoritative or punitive, their purpose is to promote an environment in which good citizenship can flourish among and between students and other members of the university community.

    A. General Provisions
    1. The sanctions listed below are recognized by the university in holding students accountable for violations of the Student Code of Conduct. It is understood that previous violations may be considered in determining sanctions.
    2. Students are held responsible for the actions of their guests while on campus. Sanctions may be issued to the host when a guest is not a student of the university.
    3. Students are strongly advised and encouraged to consult with the Student Ombuds for a neutral and confidential appraisal of their
    rights and responsibilities under the Student Code of Conduct and the Non-Academic Disciplinary Procedures.
    4. Failure to comply with imposed sanctions subjects the student to further disciplinary action.

    B. Immediate Suspension Authority
    1. EMERGENCY SUSPENSION
    The President of the university, or a university officer authorized by the President, may impose upon a student an immediate emergency suspension when, in the judgment of the President, such action appears necessary for reasons relating to a student's physical or emotional safety and well-being, for reasons relating to the safety and well-being of members of the university community, or to prevent damage or theft of university property.

    2. INTERIM SUSPENSION
    The President of the university, or an university officer authorized by the President, may impose upon a student an immediate interim suspension when, in the judgment of the President, such action appears necessary to deal with a continuing disturbance by a student(s), an interference by a student(s) with any university activity, or with the free movement of any member of the university community.

    3. SCOPE OF SUSPENSION
    Emergency or interim suspension may be an academic suspension, in which case the student has no right to attend classes, to take exams, or to receive grades. Suspension may also apply to other student privileges including residing in university Residence Halls, attendance at and participation in university functions, admission to university premises, or any combination of the above, unless the
    student's presence or participation is explicitly authorized by the President or the President's designee. Suspension does not constitute termination of the student's matriculation in the university.

    4. DURATION OF SUSPENSION
    Interim or emergency suspension may remain in effect until the Disciplinary Review Panel has taken action with regard to the student. However, the suspension may be lifted earlier by action of the President or the President's designee.

    5. EXPEDITED HEARING
    A student suspended under the interim or emergency authority may request an expedited hearing before the Disciplinary Review Panel. The panel shall schedule a hearing within forty-eight (48) hours of the request or as soon thereafter as possible.

    C. Sanctions
    1. ORAL WARNING
    Verbal notification to the student that repetition of the wrongful conduct may be cause for more severe sanctions, and a clear instruction to desist.

    2. WRITTEN WARNING
    Written notification to the student that continuation or repetition of the wrongful conduct may be cause for more severe disciplinary action within the period of time stated. A copy of the written warning letter will be placed in the student's file.

    3. FINES
    Sum to be paid by the student to the university or another specified body. Failure to do so will result in the withholding of a student's transcript and/or denial of either graduation or continued enrollment at the university.

    4. RESTITUTION
    Reimbursement for damage or loss to either university or individual property. Failure to do so will result in the withholding of a student's transcript and/or denial of either graduation or continued enrollment at the university.

    5. COMMUNITY WORK
    Assignment of a specific number of hours of community service work to be accomplished in a specific time.

    6. DISCIPLINARY PROBATION
    Written notification to the student that he/she is in official jeopardy. A further violation of the Student Code of Conduct while on disciplinary probation may result in suspension or expulsion.

    7. RESTRICTION
    Denial of the use of certain university facilities or the right to participate in certain activities or privileges for a specified period of time.

    8. TERMINATION OF HOUSING PRIVILEGE
    Withdrawal of the opportunity and ability to reside in a university-owned or -operated Residence Hall. All residents should be aware that, as outlined in the Housing Contract and License Agreement, any student dismissed from the Residence Halls for disciplinary reasons is not entitled to a refund of his/her housing charges, including the deposit.

    9. SUSPENSION
    Exclusion from class, exams, and all functions of the university for a stated period of time. Suspension may require petition for readmission.

    10. EXPULSION
    Dismissal from the university. The student may not attend classes or take any examinations and must vacate university property by the effective date of expulsion. Readmission will not be considered.

    III. Initiation of Disciplinary Proceedings

    A. Complaint Procedure
    1. FILING AN INCIDENT REPORT
    An incident report is a detailed, written description of an alleged violation. Any member of the university community may report an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct in writing to the Office of SRR. Complaints must be filed within sixty (60) days of the incident that precipitated the complaint. Incident report forms are available from the Office of SRR and from the Office of
    University Housing.
    2. PRELIMINARY REVIEW OF COMPLAINT
    Upon receipt of the written incident report, the Office of SRR is authorized to conduct a preliminary review of the complaint by questioning persons thought to have knowledge of the particular incident, including the alleged violator. If a person alleged to have violated the University Student Code of Conduct is questioned, he/she must be informed that he/she is being investigated and of the
    nature of the related incident.
    3. NOTIFICATION OF COMPLAINT
    If the Office of SRR finds that there is sufficient information or basis to support the complaint, the alleged violator will be notified of the complaint in writing (by mail, certified mail, hand delivery, or email).
    4. DISMISSAL OF A COMPLAINT
    If the Office of SRR finds insufficient information or basis to support the complaint, the Office is authorized to dismiss the complaint. The Office of SRR decision to dismiss a complaint is final.

    B. Review of Complaints
    1. DISCIPLINARY REVIEW MEETING
    After the student has been given notice of the complaint, the Office of SRR may hold a disciplinary review meeting with the student alleged to have violated the Student Code of Conduct and the person submitting the incident report, if necessary, to determine all the facts surrounding the incident. The Office of SRR will meet with all parties on a one-on-one basis.

    2. LEVEL I REVIEW
    (a.) If in the judgment of the Office of SRR the nature of the alleged violation is unlikely to result in the suspension or expulsion of the student from the university, the Office is authorized to review the matter. The procedures to be used in reviewing the matter will be determined by the Office of SRR. The alleged violator will be given reasonable opportunity to comply with the process.
    (b.) Where appropriate, the Office of SRR may offer the parties to an incident the opportunity to resolve the matter through mediation. If mediation fails to yield a favorable resolution, the Office reserves the right to proceed in a more formal manner.
    3. LEVEL II REVIEW
    (a.) If in the judgment of the Office of SRR, the nature of the alleged violation is likely to result in the suspension or expulsion of the student from the university, the Office will forward the matter to the Office of the Senior Vice President for Student Services for review.
    (b.) The Office of SRR, at its discretion, may also refer matters to the Office of the Senior Vice President for Student Services. This may not necessarily result in suspension or expulsion from the university if the Office believes it would be in the best interest of all concerned to do so.
    (c.) The Senior Vice President or his/her designee will review the complaint to determine whether or not emergency or interim suspension is appropriate or necessary. If it is determined that either emergency or interim suspension is appropriate or necessary, the process outlined in Section II.B will be followed.
    (d.) If it is determined that either emergency or interim suspension is not appropriate or necessary, the Senior Vice President or his/her designee will notify the alleged violator of the date, time, and place of the disciplinary review by a Disciplinary Review Panel. The procedures to be used in reviewing the matter will be determined by the Disciplinary Review Panel. The alleged violator will be given
    reasonable opportunity to comply with the process.
    (e.) The alleged violator may waive the disciplinary review by the Disciplinary Review Panel, in which case the Senior Vice President or his/her designee will review the complaint and make a determination of responsibility, if appropriate.
    (f.) If the matter is referred to a Disciplinary Review Panel for its review, the Panel shall meet and review the complaint. The Panel will make a recommendation which will be sent to the Senior Vice President or his/her designee for his/her consideration.
    (g.) The Senior Vice President or his/her designee will review the recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Panel, and make a determination of responsibility, if appropriate.
    4. Failure to respond and/or participate in either a Level I or Level II Review will result in a decision being made in the student's absence.
    5. Students may not be represented by attorneys in either a Level I or Level II Review.
    6. The Disciplinary Review Panel will consist of five (5) members of the university community to be selected by the Senior Vice President for Student Services or his/her designee in consultation with the Deans of the various academic divisions.

    IV. Appeal Process

    A. Timing for Appeals
    1. Once review proceedings are completed and a sanction imposed, the sanctioned student has the right to appeal on the grounds listed in section IV. B.
    2. Appeals must be filed in writing to the Senior Vice President for Student Services or his/her designee within ten (10) school days of receipt of a decision. Sanctions imposed will remain in effect pending appeal.
    3. The appeal shall specify the basis of the reasons for appeal.
    4. Failure to file a timely written appeal shall constitute a waiver of any right to appeal.

    B. Grounds for Appeal
    1. A decision may be appealed if it can be clearly and specifically demonstrated that sufficient grounds exists to show that the sanctioned student was denied a fair review.
    2. Sanctions may be appealed only when it can be specifically demonstrated that there is a flagrant discrepancy between the infraction and the imposed sanctions.
    3. Sanctions may be appealed if they cause undue hardship on the student's ability to continue or pursue his/her course of study and/or stay in school.

    C. General Provisions
    1. Students are responsible for strict adherence to all deadlines and procedures for the filing of appeals.
    2. No new information shall be considered on an appeal.
    3. Documents filed in an appeal shall constitute a part of the record.
    4. All documents relating to the proceedings from which the student is appealing shall be available to the Senior Vice President for Student Services or his/her designee.

    D. Review of Appeals
    1. The Senior Vice President for Student Services or his/her designee shall be responsible for reviewing all appeals.
    2. The procedures to be used in reviewing an appeal and for providing notification of the decision will be determined by the Vice President for Student Affairs, or designee. The student filing the appeal will be given reasonable opportunity to comply with the process.
    3. The decision of the Senior Vice President for Student Services or his/her designee is final.

    V. Student Organizations
    Student organizations that are officially recognized by the university shall be prohibited from engaging in, or authorizing its members to engage in, any actions which are considered violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

    A. Procedures
    1. The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities is authorized to investigate complaints against student organizations and, if necessary, charge the organization for violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
    2. Charges will be served on the principal officer of the organization. The organization must respond in writing within five (5) school days of receipt of the notice.
    3. The charged organization may request an extension in the response period. Such a request must be in writing and must be received by the Office of SRR within five (5) school days of the receipt of the notice. The length of the extension will be determined by the Office of SRR.
    4. Failure to submit a timely response will constitute an admission of the allegations stated in the notice and may result in the imposition of sanctions.
    5. The Office of SRR may suspend the activities of the charged organization pending the review of the complaint.
    6. The Office of SRR will review the charges and response from the charged organization to determine whether or not the organization violated the Student Code of Conduct. Where it has been found that the organization violated the Student Code of Conduct, the Office will determine the appropriate sanction.

    B. Sanctions
    1. Any student organization found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct shall be subject to revocation of their charter to operate. The Office of SRR may impose a lesser sanction as deemed appropriate.
    2. Disciplinary sanction of a student organization will not preclude disciplinary action for an individual student if he/she is specifically charged in the same incident. Charges against individual students will be adjudicated under the process as outlined in Section III.

    C. Appeals
    The Senior Vice President for Student Services or his/her designee shall hear appeals for the decisions made regarding student organizations using the procedures described in Section IV.D.

    Sexual Assault Policy

    The New School is committed to creating and sustaining a university environment in which students, faculty, and staff can study and work in an atmosphere that is open, healthy, safe, and unhampered by discrimination. Consistent with this commitment and in keeping with federal and state law requirements, it is the policy of the university that sexual assault and sexual exploitation will not be tolerated. Non-consensual sexual conduct and other forms of sexual violence can be traumatizing and detrimental to a person's learning experience and total health and has no place in our community. The New School will take any and all action needed to prevent, correct, and discipline behavior that violates this standard of conduct. Due diligence will be used to ensure the disciplinary review and any appropriate action be taken in as expeditious manner as possible. The university will make every effort to provide assistance and support to the victim of sexual assault in a thorough, consistent, and sensitive manner.

    Sexual assault is a serious problem on college campuses throughout the country. To counteract this problem, the university provides educational and preventive programs, resources for individuals dealing with sexual assault, and accessible methods of complaint resolution.

    Definition of Sexual Assault

    The university defines sexual assault as follows:

    • Non-consensual Sexual Intercourse or Sexual Contact which includes any non-consensual oral, anal, penile, vaginal penetration, with any object, by an individual or group upon an individual or group, without consent. It also includes any intentional sexual touching (intentional contact with the breasts, buttocks, groin, or genitals, or touching another with any of these body parts, or making another touch you or themselves with or on any of these body parts; any intentional bodily contact in a sexual manner, though not involving contact with/of/by breasts, buttocks, groin, genitals, mouth or other orifice), with any object, by an individual or group upon an individual or group, without consent.
    • Sexual Exploitation which when includes a student takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual assault offenses. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to: Prostituting another student; Non-consensual video or audio-taping or photographing of sexual activity; Unauthorized posting or distribution of materials involving the sexual activity of another person(s); Going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as voyeurism or secretly watching others); Tampering with birth control or condoms; Knowingly transmitting a sexually transmitted infection or HIV to another student.

    This definition includes conduct that may be considered criminal under the New York State Penal Code. New York State Law contains the following legal provisions defining the crimes related to sexual assault which can be viewed at the following site: http://ypdcrime.com/penal.law/article130.htm

    Definition of Consent

    The presence of consent involves explicit communications and mutual approval for the act in which the parties are/were involved. A sexual encounter is considered consensual when individuals willingly and knowingly engage in sexual activity. Consent can be revoked at any time for any reason. Consent is active, not passive: lack of resistance, physical or verbal, does not imply consent, nor does silence, in and of itself, imply consent. It must be given for every act and for every time that the act occurs, regardless of history, past behaviors, or reputation. In order to give effective consent in New York State, one must be of legal age (17).

    Consent cannot be procured by use of pressure, manipulation, compelling threats, intimidating behavior, substances and/or force, nor can it be given if an individual is mentally or physically incapacitated by alcohol or other drug use, unconsciousness, mental disability, asleep, and/or involuntary physical restraint. Intoxication does not excuse behavior that violates this policy.

    Reporting Procedures

    Students are encouraged to speak to staff at the university to file a report of sexual assault. Students have the right and can expect to have incidents of sexual assault taken seriously by the university when reported, and to have those incidents investigated and properly resolved through administrative procedures.

    To file a report, a New School employee, whether staff or faculty, should report the sexual assault to the Senior Vice President for Human Resources or to the Office of the General Counsel.

    A student should file a report of sexual assault to any of these university offices:

    • Student Support and Crisis Management, 2 West 13th Street, room 1216, 212.229.5900 x3189 or x3710
    • Student Rights and Responsibilities, 2 West 13th Street, room 1216, 212.229.5349
    • Campus Security, 55 West 13th Street, mezzanine level, 212.229.7001 (24 hours)

    Once a report is filed, the university official receiving the report or another appropriate official will provide the following information:

    • Clear explanation of the university investigative and hearing procedures
    • Where to access medical care
    • Information about legal options
    • Where to access support services on and off campus

    There may be circumstances in which the university must take immediate action to protect the university community, prior to a formal hearing. Actions such as interim suspension and/or removal from housing may be deemed necessary by a senior university official.

    After reporting sexual assault, a student may request the following:

    • Change of on-campus housing assignment or exploration of alternative housing
    • Transfer to a different class sections when available, without academic penalty
    • Determine feasibility of incompletes or leave of absence

    If a student expresses reluctance or unwillingness in proceeding after filing a report, the university, in accordance with the belief that a victim of sexual assault should be given this right, may comply with this request after appropriate investigation, as long as doing so maintains the health and safety of the university community.

    Removing Barriers to Reporting

    The university encourages the reporting of code of conduct violations and crimes. Sometimes, victims are hesitant to report to university officials because they fear that they themselves may be accused of policy violations, such as underage drinking, at the time of the incident. To encourage reporting, the university pursues a policy of offering victims of sexual assault limited immunity from policy violations related to the incident, this also extends to students who offer help and assistance to others in need. While violations cannot be completely overlooked, the university will provide educational options (e.g., utilizing university support resources) rather than punishment, in such cases.

    Confidentiality

    When a report is filed, every effort will be made to protect a student's privacy, and sharing of information will be on a need-to-know basis only. If a student seeks to make a confidential disclosure, this can be made to a medical or mental health professional, as protected by law, either on campus at Student Health Services or off campus (see resource section at end of this policy).

    Investigative and Hearing Procedures

    For the purposes of this Policy, the student making the complaint of sexual assault will be referred to as "the accuser" and the student alleged to have committed the assault will be referred to as "the accused." Complaints will be investigated and processed expeditiously.

    Complaints of sexual assault will be reviewed under the Non-Academic Disciplinary Procedures (hotlink) and handled as a Level II Review. Under Section III.B.3 (e) of the Non-Academic Disciplinary Procedures, if the accused accepts responsibility for the alleged violations, the accused may waive the disciplinary review by the Disciplinary Review Panel. The Senior Vice President for Student Services or his/her designee will then determine sanctions, if applicable.

    If the accused does not accept responsibility or accepts responsibility but does not waive his/her right to a disciplinary review by the Disciplinary Review Panel,the Assistant Vice President for Student and Campus Life will convene the panel. Panelists are selected by recommendation by the Faculty Senate, the University Student Senate, the Provost, and the Senior Vice President for Student Services. Members of the panel will be trained prior to panel hearings on sexual assault, its impact, and other information appropriate to this type of panel hearing. The Assistant Vice President for Student and Campus Life facilitates the hearing but does not weigh in on determining responsibility or sanctions.

    The Hearing

    If the matter is referred to a Panel for its review, the Panel shall set to begin as soon as possible after the accused has received notice of the complaint. The accuser and the accused will have the option to appear before the panel separately. The accuser and the accused may choose not to appear before the panel and may submit a written statement to be read to the panel. At the review, the Panel hears statements from both parties, asks questions, and then makes a decision based upon whether there is a preponderance of evidence that the sexual assault occurred. Preponderance of evidence means that it is more likely than not that the facts the accuser seeks to prove are true.

    The Panel's recommendation will then be sent to the Senior Vice President for Student Services who will review the recommendation of the Panel, and decide on a sanction, if appropriate.

    The accuser and accused party are each entitled to have a support person present during a panel hearing (an ally, friend, family member). A lawyer can be considered a support person and attend, but cannot ask questions or direct the hearing process.

    Past sexual history or sexual character of a party will not be admissible by the other party in hearings unless such information is determined to be highly relevant. All such information will be presumed irrelevant. While previous conduct violations by the accused student are generally not admissible as information about the present alleged violation, the Assistant Vice President for Student and Campus Life may supply previous complaint information to the hearing panel, or may consider it him/herself if s/he is hearing the complaint.

    Sanctions Statement

    The university conduct process is founded on educational ideals that reflect the university's mission. As much as possible, the university is committed to educating students to be aware of policy, to respect others, and to be accountable for their actions. The Hearing Panel attempts to look at each situation independently and consider all variables in recommending a fair and reasonable sanction in a timely manner.

    • Any student found responsible for violation of The Policy on Sexual Assault will receive a sanction ranging from warning to expulsion; depending on the severity of the incident, and taking into account any previous campus conduct code violations.

    The outcome of a hearing panel is part of the educational record of the accused student, and is protected from release under the federal law, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). However, the university observes the legal exceptions as follows:

    • The accuser has an absolute right to be informed of the outcome and sanctions of the hearing, in writing, without condition or limitation.
    • The university may release publicly the name, nature of the violation and the sanction for any student who is found in violation of a university policy that is a "crime of violence," including but not limited to sex offenses and assault. The university will release this information to the accuser in these offenses regardless of outcome.

    The accuser and the accused have the right to appeal the decision of the hearing panel. This appeal must be received in writing within ten (10) working days of the hearing outcome. The appeal will be reviewed by the Senior Vice President for Student Services in consultation with the Provost and the dean/director of the program for which the accused is enrolled. That decision will be final. In making this determination, two things should be considered as grounds for an appeal: (i) clear and specific demonstration of being denied a fair review, and (ii) flagrant discrepancy between the infraction and the imposed sanctions.

    Federal Law on Sexual Assault

    The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act (Clery Act) is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies.

    • Institutions must publish an annual report disclosing campus security policies and three years worth of selected crime statistics
    • Institutions must make timely warnings to the campus community about crimes that pose an ongoing threat to students and employees
    • Each institution with a police or security department must have a public crime log
    • The United States Department of Education centrally collects and disseminates the crime statistics
    • Campus community sexual assault victims are assured of certain basic rights.
    • Institutions must notify victims of their option to report their assault to the proper law enforcement authorities

    Students, faculty and staff who have questions or concerns regarding this policy or the application of this policy may contact the following university offices:

    • Student Rights and Responsibilities, 2 West 13th Street, room 1216, 212.229.5349
    • The Office of the General Counsel, 80 Fifth Avenue, 8th floor, 212.229.5432

    Options for the Survivor of Sexual Assault

    The university strongly encourages students who believe that they have been sexually assaulted to report these incidents, and to be aware of the following options regarding medical, legal and psychological care.

    The Importance of Medical Care

    The survivor of sexual assault has the option of going to a hospital Emergency Room for medical care. This is especially important if the survivor presents within 96 hours of the assault. To preserve the evidence, it is best not to shower, wash, douche, eat or drink, if possible. Carry evidence in a clean paper bag. If the survivor presents post 96 hours of the assault, it is still recommended that they receive medical care, but they will not have available all the options discussed below. The survivor has the right to refuse all or any parts of the treatment/evidence collection. The medical care following a sexual assault includes:

    • a physical exam to examine any internal or external injuries
    • evidence collection (if presenting within 96 hours of the assault)
    • preventive treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections
    • preventive treatment for HIV (if presenting within 36 hours)
    • emergency contraception (if presenting within 72 hours), medical follow-up referrals, and information

    It is recommended that you refer the survivor to one of the hospitals listed below. These hospitals have Rape Crisis Programs and have trained Advocates available 24 hours. The Advocates will provide emotional support and information and help with the police reporting process.

    • Beth Israel Hospital Emergency Department, 16th Street between First and Second Avenues, 212.420.2840
    • St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Emergency Department, 1000 Tenth Avenue (at 59th Street) – 212.523.6800

    Please note: Going to a hospital emergency room does not mean that the survivor has to report the crime to the police. The survivor can go to the emergency room and get medical attention/evidence collection and then take some time to think about reporting the crime to the police. The hospital emergency room is required to store the evidence for 30 days. If the student refuses medical care from a hospital ER, he or she is still encouraged to seeks medical attention. You can refer the student to their private medical provider or our Medical Services, where she or he might feel more comfortable. Just note that the student will not have available all the options stated above, especially evidence collection.

    To learn more about the evidence collection procedure, visit www.health.state.ny.us/professionals/protocols_and_guidelines/sexual_assault/docs/protocol_appendix_q.pdf.

    Legal Options

    In addition to the university's student disciplinary process and those disciplinary procedures applicable to faculty and staff, the survivor has the right to pursue criminal prosecution and/or civil litigation. S/he can go to the precinct corresponding to the area where the crime occurred or call the New York Police Department Special Victims Report Line at 646.610.7273. The hotline provides the option of getting some information without having to disclose their name. With that information the survivor can then decide whether to go forward with the reporting process. The survivor should never be pressured to file a report.

    It is her or his decision to report unless

    • There is suspicion or evidence of child abuse when a report to Administration for Children's Services 800.635.1522 is mandated
    • There is an injury by a deadly weapon, when medical staff only is mandated to report the crime to the police

    Reporting a sexual assault to the police does not obligate the survivor to file criminal charges or pursue other legal action. In the case of sexual assault, however, prompt reporting and a comprehensive medical examination completed at a hospital emergency department within 96 hours of the assault will aid the legal process.

    The Office of Student Support and Crisis Management working with Campus Security are available to provide support and advocacy with local police. The university is committed to providing full and prompt cooperation and assistance in notifying the proper law enforcement personnel if the survivor so chooses.

    Psychological Concerns

    Survivors of sexual assault can experience a wide range of emotional reactions, and the decision to report the assault and seek help is a very personal and complex one. It is encouraged that survivors seek support as soon as they are ready. As reactions can vary and may include shock, denial, anxiety, guilt, anger, and self-blame, as well as nightmares, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, flashbacks, and depression, the survivor may want to seek professional assistance either on campus at Counseling Services at 80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor, or off campus at one of the local Rape Crisis Centers.

    Resources for Survivors, Allies and Advocates

    The New School

    Campus Security – 212.229.7001 (24 hours)

    Student Counseling Services - 212.229.1671, option 1

    Student Medical Services - 212.229.1671, option 2

    After Hours Nurse Advice Line – 212.229.1671, option 1 (when counseling and medical services are closed)

    Student Support and Crisis Management - 212.229.5900 x3189 or x3710

    Student Rights and Responsibilities - 212.229.5900 x3656

    Assistant Vice President for Student Campus Life - 212.229.5900 x3659

    Student Ombudsperson - 212.229.8996 x3619

    Office of Human Resources - 212.229.5671

    New York City

    Police and for Emergency - Dial 911 (24 hours)

    NYPD Special Victims Liaison Unit Report Line - 646.610.7273 (24 hours)

    District Attorney's Offices

    Manhattan District Attorney's Office - 212.335.9373

    Brooklyn District Attorney's Office - 718.250.3170

    Bronx District Attorney's Office - 718.590.2323

    Queens District Attorney's Office - 718.286.6505

    Staten Island District Attorney's Office - 718.876.6300

    Hotlines – 24 Hours

    Safe Horizon: Rape and Sexual Assault Hotline - 212.227.3000

    Safe Horizon: New York City Domestic Violence Hotline - 800.621.4673

    NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project - 212.714.1141

    Suicide Prevention (LifeNet) - 800.543.3638

    New York Asian Women's Center - 212.732.5230

    Sexual Assault Advocacy and Counseling Services

    St. Luke's-Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center - 411 West 114th Street, 212.523.4728

    Beth Israel Rape Crisis Intervention Program - 317 East 17th Street, 212.420.4054

    Women's Rights at Work - 888.979.7765

    New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault - 212.523.4344

    New York State Victim Information and Notification Everyday – 888.VINE.4NY

    New York State Crime Victim's Board - 718.923.4325

    Domestic Violence

    St. Luke's-Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center - 411 West 114th Street, 212.523.4728

    The New York City Gay Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP) - 240 West 35th Street, suite 200, 212.714.1184

    LGBTQI Resources

    The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center - 208 West 13th Street, 212.620.7310

    HIV/AIDS Testing

    Hispanic AIDS Forum at The New School, Student Health Services - 135 East 12th Street, 2nd floor, 212.229.1671; hours: Mondays, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (except university holidays)

    New York City Department of Health - 800.TALK.HIV or 212.447.8200 (call for information: multiple testing sites)

    Local Pharmacies (the following accept coverage under the university-sponsored Student Health Insurance plan)

    Duane Reade - 24 East 14th Street (between Fifth Avenue and University Place), 212.989.3632

    Duane Reade (open 24 hours) - 378 Sixth Avenue (at Waverly Place), 212.674.5357

    K-Mart - Astor Place and Fourth Avenue, 212.253.9661

    Missing Student Policy

    The New School has implemented procedures to ensure that reports of missing students are properly investigated.

    When students enter the university, they are asked to provide a permanent home address and phone number, as well as emergency contact information. In addition, email and telephone information is automatically entered into New School Alerts, a campus-wide emergency notification system. Each academic year, students are reminded by email of the importance of updating this information. Students may update this information at any point during the academic year by logging into MyNewSchool. The individual(s) listed as the emergency contact should be someone with whom a student maintains regular contact and who is likely to know where that student is and how to contact him or her.

    Any member of the University community who believes that a student is missing should immediately complete an Incident Report and submit that report to the Director of Security and the Assistant Vice President for Student and Campus Life. The Incident Report should list all pertinent information and address the questions below:

      • Is the student missing from the campus, his or her family residence, or another location?
      • Is there a witness to or physical evidence of abduction or other foul play?
      • Was the student despondent or mentally or physically disabled when last seen?
      • Was the student experiencing academic, personal, or financial problems when last seen?
      • Has the student disappeared before?
      • Does the student have a known drug and/or alcohol problem?
      • Has the student received any threats or warnings?
      • What was the student's lifestyle? Does the student have a criminal record?
      • Did the student or perpetrator leave a note?
      • Have similar incidents been reported within the area (attempted abductions, suspicious persons)?

    Upon receipt of a report that a student is missing, the university will first attempt to reach the student using the personal contact information in the institution's student information system. If, within four (4) hours, the student has not been reached, the university will next attempt to reach the student's emergency contact. If the student does not communicate with university personnel within twenty (20) hours after speaking with the student's emergency contact, the university will notify both the missing student's parents/guardians and the local authorities to indicate that the student has been missing for 24 hours.

    Once located, the student's health and well-being will be of the utmost priority. Appropriate referrals will be made to support services. Student Services and University Security will assist local law enforcement in all ways prescribed by law.

    Appendix

    Contact the Office of Student Housing and Residence Life for a copy of the most recent Housing Contract and License Agreement. 

    Refund and Cancellation Policies

    Withdrawals and Leaves of Absence from the University

    Students who withdraw or take a leave of absence may be entitled to the same refund percentage received for tuition. For this schedule, please refer to the Registrar's Web page: www.newschool.edu/studentservices/registrar/refunds.aspx?s=3:2.

    Academic Dismissals

    Students who are dismissed from the university for academic reasons may be entitled to the same refund percentage received for tuition. For this schedule, please refer to the Registrar's Web page: www.newschool.edu/studentservices/registrar/registration.aspx?s=3.

    Disciplinary Dismissals

    A resident whose housing is terminated for disciplinary reasons receives no refund.

    All Other Cancellations

    • Petitions to cancel the Housing Contract License Agreement must be received in writing via email or letter. The Office of Student Housing Residence Life reviews all petitions and notifies students in writing of decisions.
    • Filing a petition to cancel the Housing Contract License Agreement does not guarantee cancellation.
    • Vacating your room does not constitute cancellation of the Housing Contract License Agreement.
    • The Office of Student Housing Residence Life must receive your petition to cancel the Housing Contract License Agreement by the dates indicated below to receive the appropriate refund, if any.
    • In all cases, cancellations of the Housing Contract License Agreement result in the forfeiture of the $250 deposit regardless of the date of cancellation.

    Fall 2014

    If you submit your petition to cancel housing and your petition is approved, the cancellation fees are as follows:

    Between July 1 and July 15, 2014, inclusive Forfeit $250 deposit, plus $500 cancellation fee
    July 16–31, 2014, inclusive Forfeit $250 deposit, plus $1,000 cancellation fee
    August 1–15, 2014, inclusive Forfeit $250 deposit, plus 25% of your fall semester room rate
    August 16–22, 2014, inclusive Forfeit $250 deposit, plus 50% of your fall semester room rate
    August 23–29, 2014, inclusive Forfeit $250 deposit, plus 75% of your fall semester room rate
    On or after August 30, 2014 Resident is responsible for full annual housing cost

    Spring 2015 (for students new to Housing in the spring semester only)

    If you submit your petition to cancel housing and your petition is approved, the cancellation fees are as follows:

    January 1–6, 2015, inclusive Forfeit $250 deposit, plus $500 cancellation fee
    January 7–10, 2015, inclusive Forfeit $250 deposit, plus 25% of your spring semester room rate
    January 11–14, 2015, inclusive Forfeit $250 deposit, plus 50% of your spring semester room rate
    January 15–19, 2015, inclusive Forfeit $250 deposit, plus 75% of your spring semester room rate
    On or after January 20, 2015 Resident is responsible for full spring semester housing cost refund and cancellation policies

    Contact Information

    Building Address Hall Office RA on Duty Security Desk
    13th Street 118 West 13th Street 646.414.2671 646.533.7301 646.414.2699
    Loeb Hall 135 East 12th Street 646.414.6244 646.533.7298 646.414.2825
    Stuyvesant Park 318 East 15th Street 646.414.6102 (RHD), 646.414.6135 (RA/HR) 917.577.8682
    646.208.4528
    212.253.2164
    Name Position Office Phone Number Email
    Rob Lutomski Assistant Vice President for Student Housing and Residence Life 212.229.5459 lutomskr@newschool.edu
    Heidi Mackey Associate Director of Housing Operations 212.229.5459 x3615 mackeyh@newschool.edu
    Alisa Bayes Assistant Director for Residence Life 212.229.5459 x3616 bayesa@newschool.edu
    Dennis Scott-Torbet Assistant Director for Summer Programs Housing Services 212.229.5459 x3749 scottd@newschool.edu
    Anna Engelbrecht Senior Office Assistant 212.229.5459 x3611 engelbra@newschool.edu
    David Howe Area Coordinator, Kerrey Hall   howed961@newschool.edu
    Rebecca Stein Residence Hall Director, 13th Street 646.414.2671 steinre@newschool.edu
    Chasity Wilson Residence Hall Director, Loeb Hall 646.414.6245 wilsoncl@newschool.edu
    Marsha Dawson Area Coordinator, Stuyvesant Park 646.414.6102 dawson@newschool.edu

    For general housing questions, email universityhousing@newschool.edu.
    For questions about summer housing, email summerhousing@newschool.edu.
    For questions about housing assignments, email myhome@newschool.edu.

    Other University Offices Telephone
    24-hour Security Desk 212.229.7001
    Student Support and Crisis Management 212.229.5900 x3965
    Student Health Services 212.598.4796
    Counseling Services 212.229.1671
    Health Educator 212.229.1671, option 4
    Disability Services 212.229.5626
    Student Rights and Responsibilities 212.229.5349

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