Faculty and Staff Responsibilities for Reporting

Students in Distress

Faculty and staff occasionally encounter students who confide that they are not doing well academically or socially in college for various emotional or interpersonal reasons. Please encourage the students to contact a counselor (Counseling Services Center, 312-4416, located in Walker Health Center) to chat about their concerns.  If you observe that a student is in distress or is not "present", or if you receive e-mail messages or writing assignments or observe a classroom presentation with indications that the students may be distressed or disoriented, please feel free to immediately contact a counselor for the student.  Our counselors will see students in distress quickly and will sometimes be able to come to your office if the needs seem immediate to you.  You may also call the Counseling Center and consult with a counselor to help you assess the student.  Your help in assisting students to address personal barriers to their academic success is greatly appreciated by our students.

 If a student is deemed by their words or actions to pose an immediate threat to others, please call University Police immediately at 315-312-5555.

Student Assistance Team

The College provides a Student Assistance Team to respond to students experiencing psychological or emotional distress, exhibiting distress or disoriented behavior, or where referral or transport to a hospital for reasons of psychological or emotional distress or disorientation occurs.  Generally, the Student Assistance Team will assess the nature and pattern of behavior and the extent of disruption to College activities and to the student's ability to learn.  All team deliberations and information related to a student are private to the extent permitted by law. Consultation may occur with officials of the College with a legitimate educational interest or other appropriate parties.  The objective of the team is to engage the students in managing and ultimately alleviating their distress.

Disruptive Students

In general, faculty and staff who encounter disruptive students in the classroom, office or event venues may address the student's behavior directly and clarify expectations for the student's behavior, particularly within the context of a classroom activity or an event venue.  If the behavior continues or takes on an increasingly disruptive character, report the incident to the department chair or director and contact the Office of Student Conduct and Compliance at 312-3378 to consider alternative actions.  Disruptive students should be notified by the faculty or staff, verbally once, in writing thereafter, to cease the behavior or be subject to removal from the classroom or activity.  If the student does not comply, contact University Police (312-5555) for assistance.

If disruptive behavior by a student is threatening or intimidating in any way, including e-mail messages, call University Police immediately (312-5555).

Title IX: Sex Discrimination, Sexual Assault, Harassment, and Sexual Violence

Sex discrimination, sexual assault, harassment, and sexual violence by employees, visitors, and students toward other students is classified by the Office Civil Rights (Federal Department of Education) as sex discrimination and as such, is subject to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.  The College has adopted specific sex discrimination and sexual harassment policies.  In addition, harassment, intimidation, stalking, and bullying are also prohibited by the Code of Conduct.  Victims of sex discrimination, sexual assault, sexual harassment and all forms of sexual violence (see Section 43.D, Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct, page 21 of the 2013-2014 Student Handbook) will be contacted by a designated, trained College staff member and provided a description of options and services.  Faculty and staff who may receive a report of sex discrimination from a student should contact the College's Title IX Coordinator, Lisa Evaneski, at lisa.evaneski@oswego.edu, or call her at 315-312-5604.

Reporting Crimes

When faculty or staff encounter students who have observed or have experienced, criminal incidents, listen to the student and encourage the student to contact the University Police (315-312-5555).  Ask the student to report in a detailed manner the time, date and location of the incident and the nature of the conduct.  Further, a faculty or staff member who is informed of a crime by a student should then contact the University Police to report the incident.  If a student is the perpetrator of a crime, an investigation will ensue.  If the student is a victim of a crime, then the College will contact the student and provide information about the campus or community services available to them regarding the incident.  Options to pursue either legal or student conduct actions will also be explained to the student. In either case, the faculty or staff member who reported the incident will be informed of process and progress where possible.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act  (Clery Act)

As mandated by the Clery Act, each College is required to report "statistics concerning the occurrence of certain criminal offenses reported to the local police agency or any official of the institution who is defined as a Campus Security Authority".  Campus Security Authority is defined as "...an official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including but not limited to, student housing, student discipline and campus student conduct proceedings". 

The criminal offenses that we are required to report are:  murder/non-negligent manslaughter; negligent manslaughter, sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, liquor law violations, drug violations and/or illegal weapons possession.  We are required to report offenses that occur on campus, in residence facilities, in extension program property, at off-campus student residences and student organization residences, and on property adjacent to the campus. 

SUNY Oswego also participates in the active process of crime statistic reporting in collaboration with the Oswego County Sheriff's Office and the Oswego City Police Department. Our community members travel between each of these jurisdictions frequently.  One may gain additional insight into the incidence and frequency of crime effecting campus through statistics compiled for the police jurisdictions adjacent to the campus. 

If you have questions or concerns about these reporting procedures, please contact the Dean of Students' Office, 315-312-3214, (james.scharfenberger@oswego.edu) or University Police, 312-5555, (police@oswego.edu).

Distressed Student Procedure (PDF)