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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

Important Resources

The State University of New York and SUNY Potsdam wants you to get the information and support you need regardless of whether you would like to move forward with a report of sexual violence to campus officials or law enforcement. You may want to talk with someone about something that you observed or experienced, even if you are not sure that the behavior constitutes sexual violence. A conversation where questions can be answered is far superior to keeping something to yourself.

If It Happens To You

  • Get to a safe place as soon as you can.
  • If an emergency, contact University Police immediately at (315) 267-2222 or x2222, use an emergency blue light phone, or use the Rave Guardian app.
  • Try to preserve all physical evidence. Do NOT shower/bathe/wash/douche, change clothing, comb hair, brush teeth, drink or eat, or do anything that would alter a physical exam. Wait until after one has been completed at the hospital.  Do NOT launder clothing and/or bedding or throw away anything that can be used as evidence.
  • Tell someone. Contact the Title IX Coordinator, University Police, Health Services, Counseling, or other resources.  When reporting to the Title IX Coordinator, you are in full control of what happens next, if anything. 
  • Sexual contact can transmit Sexually-Transmitted Infections (STI) and may result in pregnancy. Testing for STIs and emergency contraception is available both on campus and off.  Student Health Services offers low-cost STI testing, can provide Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV infection, emergency contraception (Plan B, Next Choice, Ella), and send labs for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C testing if someone is sexually assaulted. Students will have the choice to use their insurance or pay out of pocket. The HIV test is free, gonorrhea/chlamydia is $5 per site (vaginal, rectal, throat), and the syphilis test is $11. Hepatitis tests would be billed to insurance, since they are cost-prohibitive otherwise. Records are kept confidential.
  • Within 96 hours of an assault, you can get a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (commonly referred to as a rape kit) at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. While there should be no charge for a rape kit, there may be a charge for medical or counseling services off campus and, in some cases, insurance may be billed for services. You are encouraged to let hospital personnel know if you do not want your insurance policyholder to be notified about your access to these services. The New York State Office of Victim Services may be able to assist in compensating victims/survivors for health care and counseling services, including emergency funds. More information may be found here or by calling (800) 247-8035. Options are explained here. Renewal House can also assist in obtaining these services.
  • A list of important resources, with phone numbers and website links, can be viewed here on the victim services notice.

On-Campus Resources

*Denotes a confidential resource.

Off-Campus Resources

*Denotes a confidential resource.

  • Canton-Potsdam Hospital*, 50 Leroy Street, Potsdam, (315) 265-3300
  • Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad*, 29 Elm Street, Potsdam, (315) 265-2550
  • Potsdam Village Police, 38 Main Street, Potsdam, (315) 265-2121
  • St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, 48 Court Street, Canton, (315) 379-2222
  • New York State Police, Public Safety Building, 49 ½ Court Street, Canton, (315) 379-0012
  • New York State Police Campus Sexual Assault Unit 24-Hour Hotline, (844) 845-7269
  • Renewal House*, 3 Chapel Street, Canton, (315) 379-9845
  • Reachout of St. Lawrence County*, 70 Market Street, #2, Potsdam, (315) 265-2420 or 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, (315) 265-2422
  • New York State Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline*, (800) 942-6906
  • New York State Office of Victim Services*, (800) 247-8035
  • Mental Health Counseling Services of NNY*,6956 State Highway 56, Potsdam, (315) 268-0264,  mhcsnny@gmail.com
  • Planned Parenthood*, 9 Miner Street, Canton, (315) 386-8821

Online Resources

  • SUNY Sexual Assault & Violence Response (SAVR) Resources
  • SUNY Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedure
  • Changing Our Campus
    Changing Our Campus is an official website of the United States Department of Justice that provides research and resources to guide colleges in responding to dating and domestic violence and stalking on campus.
  • The Clery Center
    The Clery Center for Security on Campus is a nonprofit organization dedicated to prevention violence, substance abuse, and other crimes on university campuses. The organization’s website provides in-depth information about the Clery Act, webinars (most are free), and registration for in-person training seminars.
  • Know Your IX
    Know Your IX provides a basic overview of Title IX and the Clery Act in language that is easy to understand. It also provides details about each law along with guidance on how to file a Title IX and Clery Act complaint. The website offers recommendations for supporting a survivor of sexual violence and instructs students how to advocate for improving the campus culture.
  • Prevent Connect
    Wiki brings together a community of practitioners and researchers who are actively engaged in sexual violence prevention. The website provides an online space for individuals to share experiences, practices, theories, and research about primary prevention, social norms change, and addressing sexual violence within the community.

Resources for Survivors

Title IX Policy Resources

The Latest on Title IX - Resources for Survivors, Students, Faculty, Administration

In May 2020, then-Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos amended the regulations implementing Title IX, called the Final Rule. The Biden Administration has now begun the process of reviewing this rule, with an eye to revoking it. That process will take time because, the Final Rule is legally binding and cannot simply be revoked by Presidential Executive Order. The Biden Administration, the Department of Education and the Office of Civil Rights anticipate that following their reviews, new rules and new legislation will be issued. This process could take a few years to complete.

Under the directive of a March 8, 2021, Executive Order from President Biden, the Department of Education and the Office of Civil Rights are holding virtual public hearings plus written impact statement submissions in a process that centers the voices and stories of survivors and their advocates in order to review and revoke The Rule. Sign Up for this newsletter to be informed of the dates of these hearings.

Below are some resources for better understanding Title IX and your current rights under The Rule.

These resources come from: End Rape on Campus and It’s On Us:

SUNY Students Studying/Traveling in U.S., Outside NYS

If you are studying/traveling outside of New York State, resources in states across the country may be accessed through a map prepared by the Department of Justice. This is in addition to campus resources.

SUNY Students Studying Overseas

If you are a SUNY student studying overseas and are the victim or survivor of an assault, in addition to campus resources, you may contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country of study through the U.S. State Department.

International Students in U.S.

If you are an international student studying at a college in the United States and have questions appropriate to your embassy, in addition to campus resources, you may contact your nation's embassy.

To learn more about visa and immigration options for victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, please see Immigration and Visa Information for Victims of Sexual & Interpersonal Violence.