What is Title IX?

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Title IX is 37 words with broad scope and broad responsibility.

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
(Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R., Part 106).

Title IX of the Education Amendments was passed by the U.S. Congress in June 1972, and signed into law on July 1, 1972. Though most notable for advancing equality in girls’ and women’s sports, Title IX provides federal civil rights that prohibit sex discrimination in education programs and activities including, but not limited to:

  • Admissions
  • Financial aid
  • Housing facilities
  • Courses, academic research and other educational activities
  • Career guidance, counseling or other education support services
  • Athletics — scholastic, intercollegiate, club or intramural
  • Employment, training for employment or advancement in employment

Title IX on a College Campus

The protections of Title IX extend to sexual harassment and sexual assault or violence that impairs or interferes with access to equitable educational and employment opportunities. Title IX is applicable to all members of the campus community, individuals doing business with the campus, those utilizing campus facilities, those who engage in volunteer activities or work activities in connection with or for SUNY Cortland. Each school must designate a Title IX administrator to review, update and implement current Title IX policies, to coordinate appropriate training and resources, and ensure effective and timely responses to complaints of sexual violence, misconduct, discrimination or harassment. The Title IX Coordinator or designated deputy coordinator will work with you to gather information on your complaint and provide some resources that may be helpful to you. There are certain immediate steps we can take to help you feel safer, and you may change your mind about participating in this process at any time. Cases are considered individually and prompt review is based on a preponderance of the evidence. If you choose to move forward, the Title IX Coordinator will work with appropriate offices to ensure that the complainant, respondents and witnesses are treated equitably and that respectful and timely communication occurs.

What Should I Report?

The College is committed to ensuring a community that is safe for all who study, live, work and visit here. We understand that this can be difficult to discuss, but notification to one of the many campus resources is critical to fulfilling our commitment to you. SUNY Cortland encourages individuals to report sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and/or stalking in accordance with Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and NYS Education Law 129B. Title IX protects students, employees, applicants for admission and employment, and other persons from all forms of sex discrimination, including discrimination based on gender identity or gender expression or not conforming to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity. Sexual discrimination, harassment, assault, misconduct or violence can take many forms, including any sexual contact that lacks mutual consent, or domestic or dating violence. Sexual harassment may take the form of stalking or the distribution, the display or discussing of any written, graphic, visual or auditory material that is sexual in nature and has the purpose or effect of threatening, intimidation or interfering with a person or person’s ability to study or work. It would constitute a violation of College policy, New York State and/or federal law and should be reported immediately. Retaliation against anyone who reports in good faith or participates in the investigative process is prohibited. Individuals who engage in retaliation may be subject to sanctions as determined by the College. (See also SUNY Policies on Sexual Violence Prevention and Response.)