Discrimination and Harassment Misconduct Policy

All harassment and discrimination based on protected identity is against University policy. 

St. Lawrence University has combined its policies to show our expectations of respect for all people. However, gender-based discrimination has specific state and federal laws with which the University complies. 

Section 1:  Gender

If you believe you have experienced harassment or discrimination based on gender (including sexual assault, stalking, dating violence or domestic violence), please see Section 1 of the Combined Discrimination and Harassment Policies.

Complaints of Gender-based discrimination and/or harassment must be made in writing to the Title IX Coordinator.  This form may be used: Sexual Misconduct Reporting Form

Section 2: All other protected identities

If you believe you have experienced harassment or discrimination based on any other protected identity, please see Section 2 of the Combined Discrimination and Harassment Policies.

Optional Form: Bias Incident Reporting

If you or someone you know may have experienced discrimination, help and support are available.  

Option A:  Get confidential help
Option B:  Report to a campus official for a) supportive measures only, or b) informal resolution or c) formal investigation and adjudication by the Review Board.   
Option C: Report to local police: Canton Police (911) or New York State Police Sexual Assault Hotline: 844-845-7269   

If the University receives a complaint of discriminatory harassment (Option B), effective August 14, 2020, we:

  • Assist with safety and medical needs first
  • Understand the requests of the person making the complaint (See Option B, a,b or c above)
  • Provide support services (academic and student life) as possible
  • Consider interim measures such as change of residence, “no contact” orders as appropriate
  • Maintain neutrality and offer equitable process to both people
  • Investigate, if requested and/or University determines need, to the extent possible, always in a private, compassionate setting.
  • Provide investigation materials to both parties, and provide Investigation Report to both parties in advance of a live hearing.
  • Provide report to the Review Board and schedule and conduct a live hearing
  • Notify both people of outcomes
  • Provide for appeal

Discipline for discriminatory harassment can include community service, counseling, probation, suspension, or expulsion.  If a student is found responsible of violence and is suspended, expelled, or withdraws with charges pending, New York State law requires colleges to post a notation on a student's transcript "violation of student code of conduct."