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About Title IX

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.


Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

SUNY Orange prohibits sexual harassment, gender discrimination and sexual violence. Title IX of the Education Amendments (1972) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity that receives federal financial assistance (20 U.S.C. 1681(a)). Title IX prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence.

The Violence Against Women (VAWA) Reauthorization Act (2013), also prohibits sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. This federal legislation is sometimes referred to as the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act.

As a student, faculty member, staff member, or visitor you are protected under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013. The Title IX and VAWA policy describes the College’s:

  • Reporting policies and protocols for allegations of sexual violence
  • Confidentiality in responding to and investigating these complaints
  • Counseling, advocacy, and support
  • Interim and protective measures for victims
  • Investigation procedures and protocols
  • Grievance procedures
  • Rights and roles of the parties during the adjudication process.

The decision to file a formal report or complaint about sexual violence and sexual assault is a personal choice. We’re here to help you understand your options and the resources available, whether you decide to report or not. If you decide not to file a formal report, SUNY Orange resources are still available to you for counseling, academic support and other needs. Behavior that is covered by Title IX/VAWA includes, but is not limited to:

Gender discrimination:

In appropriate language, humor and/or jokes, or common expressions that target or are discriminatory toward a specific gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or nonconformity to sex stereotypes.

Sexual assault:

  • Nonconsensual sexual contact
  • Nonconsensual intercourse
  • Taking sexual advantage of a consensual or nonconsensual person

Sexual harassment:

  • Displaying inappropriate sexual images that are offensive and unwelcome
  • Unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct
  • Exchanging sexual images, sexual acts or dating for grades or advancement

Domestic/Dating Violence:

  • Intimate partner violence, committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.

Other behaviors:

  • Stalking Unwelcome, continuous and menacing pursuit directed at a specific person electronically or in person that would cause a reasonable person to either fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress.
  • “Sexting” Unwelcome text messaging or sexual comments and/or images
  • Cyberbullying Use of an electronic medium to target and psychologically torment a person