Affirmative Action Policies at SUNY Plattsburgh

What SUNY Plattsburgh Students Need To Know About Sexual Violence

SUNY Plattsburgh is committed to preventing sexual violence on campus. You have the right to pursue your studies free from sexual violence.

What Counts as Sexual Violence?

Non-consensual sex is sexual violence.  Period.

Consent means that both parties agree to specific sexual contact. If a person is drunk or high, asleep, unconscious, or otherwise incapacitated, that person cannot give consent for sex of any kind.

Sexual violence includes:

  • Intentional and unwelcome physical contact with an individual’s buttocks or breasts, and unwanted kissing, fondling or groping.
  • Any attempted or completed act of non-consensual sexual penetration.
  • Attempted or completed non-consensual genital contact of any kind.
  • Non-consensual video or audio taping of sexual activity.
  • Read the full policy on sexual violence here.
    Flow-chart for helping victims here.

Get Help Now

If you or someone you know is the victim of sexual violence, here are some resources.

Important: If someone is in danger, call 911 or (on the main campus) University Police at (518) 564-2022. 

Talk to someone:

  • Sexual Assault Services (ANONYMOUS)
    Talk to an advocate, 24/7
    Phone: 1 (877) 212-2323 (Plattsburgh/Main Campus) Web
    Phone:  1 (866) 307-4086 (Warren County/Branch Campus) Web

  • Center for Student Health and Psychological Services (CONFIDENTIAL)
    Phone: (518) 564-3086
  • Advocate for students (Confidential)
    Rhema Lewis (518) 564-4848

To ask about options for reporting non-consensual sex to someone on campus:  (Main or Branch campus)

Lynda Ames, Title IX Coordinator
Hawkins Hall 151
Phone: (518) 564-3310

For medical attention, including STI or pregnancy screening:

  • Center for Student Health - Phone: (518) 564-3086 (Main Campus)
  • Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York -
    Phone: (518) 561-4430 
    66 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh
  • Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) Room
    75 Beekman Street, Plattsburgh (corner of Beekman & Cornelia)
    Phone:  (518) 562-7370 or 911
    Also, an evidence kit may be collected here and only here.

What Will Happen If I Report to the Campus?

That depends on what the victim, the survivor of violence, wants to do.

  • Immediately, we can help arrange a change of residence hall assignments or a change in classroom.
  • The victim or a witness may report a crime (e.g., sexual assault or rape) to the police. The crime will be investigated. Criminal charges may be brought if the evidence warrants.
  • The victim, any witness, or any confidant may report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator.
    We will be sure that the civil rights of the victim are protected.
  • If the alleged perpetrator is a SUNY Plattsburgh  student, charges may be brought through the campus judicial process.

SUNY Plattsburgh will take all reports of sexual violence seriously
We will assist the victim and we will take steps to hold the perpetrator accountable.

What Can You Do to Prevent Sexual Violence?

  • You can speak up when you see someone being given too much alcohol or other drugs.
  • You can speak up when you see someone being assaulted or otherwise in danger--call the police.
  • You can watch out for your friends.
  • You can tell your friends that nonconsensual sex is just wrong.
  • You can talk to your RA, your coach, your teacher about situations you find uncomfortable.
  • Don't be a bystander.  Shatter the silence.  Speak up.

Further Information and Help 


Contact Information

Lynda J. Ames, Ph.D.
Affirmative Action Officer & Title IX Coordinator
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 564-3310
Fax: (518) 564-3318