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What is Title IX?

“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 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 that impairs or interferes with one’s access to an equitable education and/or employment opportunities. Each school must designate a Title IX Coordinator 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. 

Students and employees will receive training during their time at SUNY Cortland about Title IX and sexual harassment.  The Title IX Coordinator is available for anyone wishing to make a report of sexual harassment and sexual or interpersonal violence.  Once a report is made, the Title IX Coordinator or designated deputy coordinator will ensure that supportive measures, resources, and options are offered.  In addition, the Title IX Coordinator will work with appropriate offices to ensure that the reporting individual and respondent (term used to describe someone who has been accused) receive equitable and fair treatment per the Title IX Grievance Policy and other relevant policies.

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 any act of sex or gender discrimination, including but not limited to sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and/or stalking. 

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.)