The health and safety of every student at Siena College is of utmost importance. Siena College recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that violence, including but not limited to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, or discrimination and harassment occurs, may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct.

Siena College strongly encourages students to report domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault, discrimination and harassment to College officials. A reporting individual acting in good faith who discloses any incident of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault or discrimination and harassment to college officials or law enforcement will not be subject to Siena’s code of conduct action for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the commission of the domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault or discrimination and harassment.

This policy may also be applied, but not limited to: alcohol or drug related incidents, cases of sexual misconduct or situations of vandalism and damage or discrimination and harassment. The policy only applies to the College’s Student Code of Conduct and has no status in other jurisdictions such as local or state courts.