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Policies and Laws

Cornell Policy

Cornell University will not tolerate sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual coercion, or other forms of sexual violence by or against students, staff, faculty, alumni, or visitors.”  University Policy 6.4 prohibits all members of the university community from engaging in sexual assault/violence.  Policy 6.4 also prohibits community members from engaging in prohibited discrimination, protected status harassment, and sexual harassment, which includes sexual assault/violence.

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Sexual offenses (including rape and sexual abuse), family offenses, and stalking are crimes in New York State.

Under NYS penal code, consent cannot be compelled by violence, the threat of violence or where one is incapable of consent. NYS law states that a person is incapable of consent when he or she is (a) under the age of 17, (b) mentally disabled, or (c) mentally incapacitated or physically helpless, including as a result of alcohol or drugs. In NYS, “family offenses” are certain violations of the penal code, including but not limited to harassment, sexual abuse, stalking, and menacing, committed by a family member or intimate partner that have created a substantial risk of physical or emotional harm to a person or a person’s child.Under NYS penal code, stalking is an intentional course of conduct directed at a specific person that causes harm to the mental or emotional distress of that person, fear for his or her health, safety or property, or the health, safety or property of his or her family or acquaintances, or fear that his or her employment, business or career is threatened.

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