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. Title IX provides federal civil rights that prohibit sex discrimination in education programs and activities including, but not limited to:
- 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
Title IX applies to institutions that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education and requires the University's educational programs and activities to operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. In addition to Title IX, members of our campus community are protected by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and NYS Education Law 129B – regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, part- or full-time status, disability, race, or national origin. Educational programs and activities at SUNY Cortland are required to operate in a nondiscriminatory manner.
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.