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Campus Offers Support for Survivors of Sexual Violence and Harassment

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Stony Brook University is deeply committed to maintaining an all-inclusive community that is nondiscriminatory and safe for all. The Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (OIDE) serves the University, Stony Brook Medicine and the Long Island State Veteran’s Home and Stony Brook Southampton — including all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, contract employee’s working at Stony Brook, and visitors, patients, and guests. The office is dedicated to preventing and eliminating all forms of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct.

“We have a process in place that we expect everybody here to be good citizens of our campus community and be mindful of their actions, and know that if they are subjected to certain behaviors, there are avenues available to them,” said Marjolie Leonard, Stony Brook University’s Title IX Coordinator, in a presentation to February’s meeting of the Stony Brook Council.

“Everything that we do, all of the training, all of the education that we do, our goal is to increase the comfort level of people so they can feel like, ‘I have an avenue to go to; I have a place I can go to report the behavior.’”

OIDE’s Complainant Navigator Samantha Winter provides confidential advocacy and support to students, faculty and staff who experience any kind of sexual or interpersonal violence, including domestic and dating violence, and stalking. She is a certified New York State Rape Crisis Counselor with more than five years of experience working directly with survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence. Samantha is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide crisis support and emergency response immediately following an incident, and can assist survivors with obtaining medical care and reporting an incident.

To contact OIDE call (631) 632-6280 or email

Additional Campus Resources
Stony Brook’s Center for Prevention and Outreach (CPO), located at the Student Activities Center Room 310, offers students services and support to address concerns about sexual violence, as well as alcohol and other drugs. CPO offers peer education programs Green Dot, Swallow This! and Red Watch Band.

Counseling and Psychological Services offers free and confidential services to students, including crisis intervention, counseling, consultation, medication management and assistance with referrals to community resources.

Employee Assistance Program provides professional, confidential assistance for faculty and staff facing personal problems or concerns.

Community Resources
The New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline: 800-942-6906 provides information and help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Title IX website offers guidance for reporting sexual violence or harassment, or for filing a Title IX complaint.

The Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (VIBS) provides telephone counseling, information, referrals and access to Emergency Room Companions and SANE Centers. Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: (631) 360-3606 or email the hotline at

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