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Non-Discrimination/Title IX

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Orange County Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identification,, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction or any other category protected by law. The College adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in public institutions of higher education.

Inquiries regarding this non-discrimination policy may be directed to:


Wendy Holmes
Civil Rights Compliance Officer
115 South Street, Middletown NY 10940
(845) 341-4662

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.”

Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, rape, and
sexual assault.

Employees, students, applicants or other members of the college community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law, or treated adversely based upon a protected characteristic.

All complaints of sexual violence, including assault, stalking, harassment, intimate partner
violence, and other forms of sexually intimidating or threatening conduct will be promptly
investigated by the Title IX Coordinator in cooperation with College Security.

Sexual harassment consists of non-consensual sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct on or off campus, when: (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a condition of an individual's employment or academic standing; or (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment decisions or for academic evaluation, grades, or advancement; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating or hostile academic or work environment. Sexual harassment may be found in a single episode, as well as in persistent behavior.

SUNY Orange will provide accommodations to individuals with disabilities in accordance with
the Americans with Disabilities Act. The college will further provide accommodations to ensure the full participation of individuals in college programs, when such accommodations are reasonable and necessary, due to an individual's religion, pregnancy, maternity, or breast-feeding status.

Questions or concerns regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other aspects of SUNY Orange's nondiscrimination programs should be addressed to: Wendy Holmes, Title IX and 504 Coordinator, Affirmative Action Officer; and Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Orange Hall, Middletown, NY 10940; (845) 341-4662; email: Wendy.Holmes@sunyorange.edu.