The SUNY Cortland Title IX Office is committed to complying with federal and state law. Below is listed information on our sexual violence prevention survey, Clery Act compliance, and our federally required training.
In Spring 2023, SUNY Cortland students and employees participated in the SUNY System’s bi-annual Sexual Violence Prevalence Survey (SVP) Survey. The goal of this online survey is to gather information about the rate of incidents of sexual violence and about the knowledge of policies and resources among students and employees. Specifically, the survey is aimed to address student and employee knowledge about:
The SVP survey is administered every other year by all SUNY campuses, who work closely with SUNY System Administration to coordinate the survey administration itself. An effort is made to keep the questions from one administration to the next as consistent as possible to allow for reliable and meaningful longitudinal data. System-wide IRB review takes place for each survey administration. In previous years, SUNY Cortland offered incentives to campus survey participants. This year, we were not permitted to offer incentives.
Our campus administered the student and employee survey between March 20, 2023, and April 9. 2023. Excluded survey populations were individuals under 18 years of age, all incarcerated individuals regardless of age, and all students concurrently enrolled in high school regardless of age.
Student Survey Results
Response Rate and Demographics
Email invitations to 6,401 students resulted in 218 completed surveys, for a 3.4% response. This response rate is below the overall 6% response rate for SUNY and lower than the 15% response rate of the 2021 survey for SUNY Cortland students.
77% of respondents identified as female, despite comprising 56% of the surveyed student body. 76% of students identified as heterosexual and 12.9% identified as bisexual.
67% lived in on-campus housing (+7% from 2021, during the pandemic). Zero students reported living in an outdoor location, indoor location not meant for habitation, or shelter/emergency housing.
SUNY Cortland saw improvements in student awareness of sexual violence and resources, as compared to the SUNY Cortland 2021 SVP survey. However, the low student response rate may have affected these results. In comparison to other SUNY comprehensive universities, SUNY Cortland student respondents have a deeper understanding of sexual violence, policy and procedure, reporting, and resources.
Knowledge of Campus Policies and Resources
Employee Survey Results: Spring 2023
Email invitations to 1,512 faculty and staff resulted in 386 completed surveys, for a 25% response rate. 62% of respondents were female and 31% was male. The majority of responses came from full time permanent and continuing staff who represent 65% of survey answers.
Knowledge of Campus Policies
Generally, SUNY Cortland employees report greater knowledge of campus policies around sexual violence, compared to the overall SUNY average. Faculty and staff generally had similar knowledge of campus policies.
The campus climate survey administered this year was intended to gather information about the rate of incidents of sexual violence and knowledge of policies and resources. By law, every SUNY campus is required to participate in this survey project. This report includes an Executive Summary that may be used for public websites or other campus publications. As per policy ‘Results will be published on the campus website providing no personally identifiable information shall be shared’ Details and recommendations are also included in this report: http://system.suny.edu/sexual-violence-prevention-workgroup/policies/campus-climate/
Last Updated November 2023
Reports of certain crimes occurring in certain geographic locations will be included in the SUNY Cortland Clery Act Annual Security Reported in an anonymized manner that neither identifies the specifics of the crime or the identity of the reporting individual. For more information, contact the Title IX Coordinator at 607-753-4550.
SUNY Cortland is obligated to issue timely warnings of Clery Act crimes occurring within relevant geography that represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees (subject to exceptions when potentially compromising law enforcement efforts and when the warning itself could potentially identify the reporting individual). A reporting individual will never be identified in a timely warning.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act allows institutions to share information with parents when (1) there is a health or safety emergency, or (2) when the student is depending on either parents' prior year federal income tax return. Generally, SUNY Cortland will not share information about a report of sexual violence with parents without the permission of the reporting individual.
SUNY Cortland is required to annually report campus crime statistics to the U.S. Department of Education as required by Title 20 of the U.S. Code Section 1092(f). This information can be found on the U.S. Department of Education’s website at https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety/#/.
Section 106.45(b) of the 2020 Final Title IX Rules require the sharing of “All materials used to train Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers, and any person who facilitates an informal resolution process. A recipient must make these training materials publicly available on its website, or if the recipient does not maintain a website the recipient must make these materials available upon request for inspection by members of the public.”
SUNY Cortland is proud to be a member of the SUNY Student Conduct Institute (SCI) which provides the appropriate training materials to meet the necessary criteria as outlined by the 2020 Final Title IX Rules including training that does not rely on sex stereotypes and promote impartial investigations and adjudications. To review our training materials, please visit the SUNY SCI website.