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Student Services

Student Services provide support for Career Services, Disabled Student Services, Health Services and Orientation, and also work closely with student representatives. The goal of the Office is to offer programs and services that support students’ academic projects. If any student has questions, concerns or ideas about any of the services offered, please do not hesitate to contact anyone in Student Services. Click here to download a copy of the current Student Handbook.

Disability Services

The School is committed to helping its disabled student population obtain equal access to educational and programmatic services, while allowing students to maintain a sense of independence.
Upon acceptance, students are requested to provide documentation of any special needs to the School. Students who need to discuss any disability-related needs or services should contact the Student Services office to discuss all available options. In order to receive reasonable accommodations, the School must have documentation of any disability on confidential file.

Health Services & Information

Students enrolled in either the Certificate or MFA programs must be aware that the School does not provide health insurance cover for any student. We strongly recommend that students enrolled in the School organize their own health insurance coverage, either via a parent/guardian or on an individual basis. There are many health insurance providers who offer individual insurance programs, and it is the responsibility of each student to fully research the benefits of each individual provider.

Bill Of Rights: Pertaining to Sexual Assault and Misconduct

The following forms of sexual misconduct are prohibited: Sexual Harassment; Sexual Assault; Sexual Coercion; Sexual Exploitation; Dating Violence; Domestic Violence; Intimidation; Stalking. NYSS students, who experience campus-related sexual or gender-based harassment or sexual violence, including sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, intimate partner violence or dating violence, are entitled to the following rights:

  1. To report the incident to the School;
  2. and/or to file a criminal complaint with the NYPD and/or state police, or to choose not to report;
  3. To have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault treated seriously;
  4. To make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by the School;
  5. To participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard;
  6. Be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services, where available;
  7. Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations;
  8. To receive assistance from the School campus or others in filing a criminal complaint, which may include seeking an Order of Protection;
  9. To describe the incident only to those School officials who need the information in order to properly respond and to repeat the description as few times as practicable;
  10. To request that the School file conduct charges against the respondent(s). The decision on whether to bring charges rests with the campus;
  11. To be protected by the School from retaliation for reporting the incident, and to have any allegations of retaliation addressed by the School;
  12. To receive assistance and resources from the School, including confidential and free on-campus counseling, and to be notified of other available services on- and off-campus, including, among other resources, the New York State Office of Victim Services;
  13. To receive assistance in seeking necessary medical services or treatment, including a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE exam), on or off campus;
  14. To have your complaints handled respectfully by the School, and to be informed about how the School will protect your privacy and confidentiality;
  15. To have your complaint investigated in a prompt, impartial and thorough manner by individuals who have received appropriate training in conducting investigations and the issues related to sexual harassment and sexual violence, and to be accompanied by a person of your choice at all meetings or hearings related to the process;
  16. To have your complaint against a student adjudicated by individuals who have received appropriate training on issues related to sexual harassment and sexual violence;
  17. To report incidents of sexual harassment or sexual violence that you experience while under the influence of alcohol or drugs without receiving discipline for your alcohol or drug use;
  18. To have the same opportunity as the respondent(s) to participate in a student disciplinary hearing before a faculty-student disciplinary committee, including the right to be present, to be represented by a person of your choice, including an attorney, to present evidence, call witnesses, cross-examine witnesses, have your prior sexual history with persons other than the respondent(s) excluded from the hearing, have your prior mental health diagnosis and/or treatment excluded from the hearing, receive written notice of the outcome of the hearing, and to appeal from the decision;
  19. To participate in the investigative and disciplinary processes of the campus without interference with your civil rights or practice of religion;
  20. Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination;
  21. Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused, or respondent throughout the judicial or conduct process including during all meetings and hearings related to such process;
  22. “Affirmative consent” is a knowing, voluntary, and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in the sexual activity. Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent. The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

a) Consent to any sexual act or prior consensual sexual activity between or with any party does not necessarily constitute consent to any other sexual act.
b) Consent is required regardless of whether the person initiating the act is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
c) Consent may be initially given but withdrawn at any time.
d) Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated, which occurs when an individual lacks the ability to knowingly choose to participate in sexual activity. Incapacitation may be caused by the lack of consciousness or being asleep, being involuntarily restrained, or if an individual otherwise cannot consent. Depending on the degree of intoxication, someone who is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants may be incapacitated and therefore unable to consent.
e) Consent cannot be given when it is the result of any coercion, intimidation, force, or threat of harm.
f) When consent is withdrawn or can no longer be given, sexual activity must stop.

The health and safety of every student at the New York Studio School is of utmost importance. The New York Studio School 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, or sexual assault occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. The New York Studio School strongly encourages students to report domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to institution officials. A bystander acting in good faith or a reporting individual acting in good faith that discloses any incident of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to New York Studio School’s officials or law enforcement will not be subject to New York Studio School’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, or sexual assault.

It is the policy of New York Studio School to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) based on sex in the School’s educational programs and activities. Title IX also prohibits retaliation for asserting claims of sex discrimination. The New York Studio School has designated its Title IX Coordinator as Kaitlin McDonough to coordinate the School’s compliance with and response to inquiries concerning Title IX.

Title IX Contact Information:
Kaitlin McDonough
New York Studio School, 8 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212-673-6466, ext. 125
Fax: 212-777-0996
Email: kmcdonough@nyss.org

A person may also file a written complaint with the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights regarding an alleged violation of Title IX online at:

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html

Mandatory Measles Immunization Policy

New York State Law requires immunization for all college students enrolled in degree-granting programs. All students must provide proof of immunizations against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Those students born prior to January 1, 1957 are exempt from these requirements but do need to submit proof of age with the completed immunization form. Under New York State law, students must also submit documentation of meningitis vaccination, or a completed form refusing vaccination. For further details regarding this policy, please see the Student Services Office.

Health & Counseling Resources

For Urgent Medical Care
Beth Israel – Walk-in Clinic. 202-204 West 23rd St. (212) 352-2600
Brooklyn Hospital – 121 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn (718) 250-8075
Callen Lorde Community Center. 356 West 18th St. (212) 271-7200
Gouverneur Healthcare Services. 227 Madison Street. (212) 238-7000
Long Island College Hospital. 339 Hicks Street, Brooklyn. (718) 780-1550
Lutheran Medical Center. 150 55th Street, Brooklyn. (718)630-7185
NY Downtown – Emergency Room. 170 William Street. (212) 312-5000
NYU Medical Center. 560 First Avenue @ 33rd Street. (212) 263-5550
Ryan Nena Community Health Center. 279 East 3rd St. (212) 477-8500
St. Vincent’s Hospital – Walk-in Clinic. 144 West 12th St. (888) 689-1684
Woodhull Medical Center. 760 Broadway, Brooklyn. (718) 963-8000
Sexual Violence Care
Bellevue Hospital Center. Rape Crisis Program. (212) 562-3435/3755
Beth Israel Medical Center – Rape Crisis & Domestic Violence Program. 317 E.17th Street. (212) 420-4516 Hours by appt.
Harlem Hospital Center. 506 Lenox Ave. (212)939-4621 Hotline: (212) 939 -4613
St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital – Emergency Dept. 1111 Amsterdam Avenue (212) 523-3335
St. Vincent’s Hospital. Rape Crisis Program. 41-51 East 11th St. (212) 604-8068
Safe Horizon Rape Crisis/Sexual Abuse Hotline. (212) 227-3000
NYPD Special Victims Report Line (646) 610-7273
Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (800) 656-4673
Emergency Dental Care
NYU Dental Center – Emergency service on first-come, first-served basis. 345 East 24th Street @ First Ave. Mon-Thur 8.30AM – 7.00PM; Fri 8.30AM – 3.00PM

Online Resources – General Health

Columbia University Health Q&A Internet Service

Department of Health & Human Services, U.S. Government

Mayo Clinic

National Institute on Drug Abuse

National Library of Medicine

Office on Women’s Health

Planned Parenthood

Substance Abuse Addiction Resource Guide

New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault

Women’s Health Center for Young Women’s Health

Mental Health Resources

The Jed Foundation for Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Crisis Text Line

ULifeline Support System for Depression & Suicide

Help Guide

Drug Rehab

Teen Rehab Center

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