What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. section 1681 is a federal civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, including gender identity and gender expression, in education programs and activities. It provides that “[n]o 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.” In particular, Title IX prohibits forms of discrimination based on sex, including gender identity and gender expression, such as harassment, sexual assault or sexual violence.
Because Empire State College receives federal financial assistance, all students and employees are covered by Title IX.
Consistent with federal and state guidelines, Empire State College does not discriminate on the basis of age, carrier status, color, disability, domestic violence victim, gender, gender identity, genetic predisposition, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status in its educational programs or employment.
Title IX also prohibits other forms of sex discrimination such as harassment or sexual violence.
For further resources please visit SUNY's Sexual Assault & Violence Response (SAVR) Resources.
Role of the Title IX Coordinator
The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for the oversight of:
- employee and student notification and education about their rights under Title IX
- grievance procedures of alleged discriminatory behaviors that are in violation of Title IX
- monitoring college compliance related to all aspects of Title IX.
Title IX Awareness and Compliance Committee (TIXC) History, Description and Charge
As stated in the SUNY Empire State College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Mission Statement, “all members of the SUNY Empire State College community must respect federal and state laws and SUNY policies with regard to discrimination on the basis of race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, disability or marital or veteran status. To ensure that all members of the College community understand and comply with federal and state equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, policies and guidelines, SUNY Empire State College’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts will focus on compliance and equity of services and will implement trainings, professional development programs and strategies to promote cultural competency and diversity awareness.”
In particular, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 provides that “[n]o 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.” In an effort to promote gender equity and awareness of anti-discrimination principles, the College convened a Title IX Awareness and Compliance Committee to guide the implementation of DEI short-term goal #10 to “develop, implement and host regularly scheduled professional development programs and training for all members of the SUNY Empire State College community [including] Title IX awareness, compliance and education.”
As of July 2019, the members of the College’s Title IX Awareness and Compliance Committee are:
- Lisa D'Adamo-Weinstein, Dean of Students, Saratoga Springs
- Elliott Dawes, Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Manhattan
- Sara Farmer, Mentor, Syracuse/East Syracuse
- Carolina Kim, Educational Technologist, Manhattan
- Joseph King, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Office of Decision Support, Saratoga Springs
- Troy Jones, Mentor, Staten Island/Manhattan (In Memoriam)
- Joanne Levine, Mentor, Human Services, Saratoga Springs
- Ashley Mason, Student Success and Development Coordinator, Capital Region
- Sadie Ross, Director of Compliance and Environmental Sustainability, Office of Administration, Saratoga Springs
- Kerianne Silver, Director of Collegewide Student Services, Saratoga Springs
- Nadine Wedderburn, Mentor, Schenectady
- Christopher Whann, Executive Director for Regional Operations, Hartsdale/Manhattan
ESC SPARC is a project of the ESC DEI Council and the ESC Title IX Awareness and Compliance Committee (TIXC). SPARC is SUNY’s Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response Course developed by SUNY, CUNY, and the New York State Department of Health to provide Title IX online training to SUNY students and employees. DEI Council and TIXC members endorse ESC SPARC as an important online tool that will be used throughout the College to increase awareness of Title IX and Article 129B, the New York State “Enough is Enough” law. The SUNY System Administration provided Empire State College administrators with materials and technical assistance to adapt SPARC for the benefit of the Empire State College community. Carolina Kim, Lead Educational Technologist and TIXC member, and John Hughes, Director of Media Production and Resources, have led the effort to adapt SPARC for ESC use.
To access the ESC SPARC online training course, please visit: ESC SPARC
The Title IX coordinator is responsible for oversight of:
Notification and Education
- dissemination of educational materials
- coordination of training for students and employees about their rights under Title IX.
- receipt and processing of inquires and complaints of alleged discriminatory behaviors that are in violation of Title IX.
- review of Title IX cases received in other offices
- partnerships with the following offices to safeguard students’ rights and responsibilities:
- collegewide student services
- human resources
- safety and security
- examination and review of Empire State College internal practices related to all aspects of Title IX
- remaining current with state and federal laws as they relate to Title IX.