Advocacy, Privacy, Discrimination, Title IX, and Harassment

Staff Contact

Judith Simonsen
Coordinator, Student Advocacy and Compliance
Phone: (718) 260-3046
Email: js6244@nyu.edu
Office Location: Dibner Hall Room LC 240C

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. For additional information about FERPA visit here. Remember: if you wish your parents to be able to speak to administrators and professors, you will have to sign and file a FERPA waiver with the Registrar’s Office and provide a copy to the Student Advocate.

Title IX

Law and Guidance

  • Title IX Legislation
  • Title IX Regulations
  • Dear Colleague Letter, Office of Civil Rights, April 4, 2011
  • Dear Colleague Letter - Fact Sheet, Office of Civil Rights
  • Know Your Rights, Office of Civil Rights
  • Athletic Equity Resources, Office of Civil Rights

NYU Policies and Procedures

  • NYU Wellness Exchange - Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
  • Policy on Sexual Assault, Harassment and Other forms of Sexual Misconduct
  • Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedures for Employees
  • University Disciplinary Policies and Procedures, Office of Community Standards

For questions or further information about Title IX related matters at NYU, contact:

Mary Signor
Title IX Coordinator
Executive Director, Office of Equal Opportunity
726 Broadway, Room 721
New York, New York 10003
Phone: (212) 998-2375
Email: mary.signor@nyu.edu

Absence Notification to the Faculty

It is important for instructors to know when you are experiencing an issue that might interfere with your studies. However, it is also important that your personal matters be kept confidential. Therefore, the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs is the office designated to receive documentation regarding private concerns. An official verification notice must be sent to instructors, but this notice does not share personal details. 

• Death in the family
• Medical conditions and illnesses

If illness or an accident causes you to miss a class (or classes) or and an exam, you should do the following:

• Notify your Professor by email of your absence, the reason for it, and how long you think you may be away.
• Obtain medical documentation and when you are back on campus come to see Judith Simonsen, Coordinator of Advocacy and Compliance in Dibner Hall Room LC 240C.

When you have missed an exam, as in the case of a prolonged absence, please check your paperwork before leaving your doctor’s office, and be sure it includes a diagnosis, and an estimate of the length of your absence. Without proper documentation Ms. Simonsen will not be able to intervene on your behalf.  

• Do not provide anyone except her with a copy of your paperwork. If a professor requests a copy, refer them to Ms. Simonsen. This is to protect the confidentiality of your medical information.

Student Religious Observance

View NYU’s policy regarding observing religious holidays here.

The School of Engineering’s policy requires students provide Ms. Simonsen with both written notification 15 days in advance of the days to be taken off and with the e-mail contact for your professors, so they can be given notice of the absence.   

Reporting Incidents and Crises

If you have safety concerns, or witness a disturbance to the campus community, please report the incident to the New York University Department of Public Safety.

Online Form
Submit here

In Person
7 days a week 24 hours a day a supervisor at 14 Washington Place, New York New York 10003

By Phone
Department Central Command twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven days a week 212 998 2222

By Letter
Address to the Associate Director Investigation and Integrity Control c/o:

New York University Department of Public Safety
7 Washington Place
New York, NY 10003

For more information about the Department of Public Safety visit: http://www.nyu.edu/public.safety.