Title IX Coordinator & Staff
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You are not alone. Our office is your safe, supportive, judgment-free space to tell your story and get the help and support you need, when you need it the most.
Dr. Michelle Cromwell, Interim Title IX Coordinator & VP for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
What is the role of a Title IX coordinator?
The Title IX coordinator is a neutral/impartial person to whom individuals can file reports of discrimination, harassment, sexual violence and/or interpersonal violence including stalking.
The Title IX coordinator provides the following support and services:
- Ensures the college is in compliance with all state and federal legislation and mandates, including policy creation and revisions;
- Informs individuals of their rights under Title IX, Title VII, VAWA and 129-B;
- Ensures all reporting individuals are informed of reporting options, have appropriate access to resources, as well as necessary accommodations in the work or school environment;
- Ensures all accused individuals who choose to participate in a Title IX process are informed of rights, have appropriate access to resources, as well as necessary accommodations in the work or school environment;
- Provides individuals with information to make informed decisions on processes, policies and options;
- Connects individuals with advocates/advisors to support them throughout any process and in navigating choices;
- Communicates to the community information on resources, rights, responsibilities, reporting options, campus policies, as well as state and federal legislation/mandates;
- Oversees education, prevention and outreach efforts by the campus community;
- Initiates and oversees investigations in regards to sex or gender discrimination, harassment and/or violence;
- Tracks trends to assess campus safety risks and communicate safety issues to the campus community;
- Ensures that SUNY Plattsburgh is stopping, preventing and remedying gender discrimination, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault in a timely and equitable manner;
- Provides pregnancy protections including academic accommodations;
- Upholds and inform individuals of breastfeeding/pumping rights as well as accessibility to appropriate accommodations;
- Develops and maintains sustainable collaborative relationships with campus and community partners who respond to, provide resources/support, provide education and outreach, adjudicate and work to prevent gender-based violence;
- Works to provide/increase equity in academic and campus-related activities.
The Title IX coordinator does not make determinations of responsibility. For more information on all of the steps, roles, responsibilities and processes, please review related SUNY Plattsburgh Policies.
Zyaijah Nadler, Violence Prevention Education & Outreach Coordinator
To envision a world without violence and discrimination can seem far-fetched and sometimes even hopeless. Experiencing violence and discrimination first-hand and/or indirectly can leave long lasting effects. One word could make all the difference in one’s journey toward healing: SUPPORT.
Healing is not linear — it is hard and ongoing work. Yet, support could make all the difference. Knowing what to say and how to say it could be the difference. However, it is not enough alone to support an individual who has experienced violence. We must work to prevent the recurrence of the event from ever happening again. Through prevention work, we empower one another to trust our gut, to know the signs, to know how to intervene and then commit to intervening without question.
In my role, I am committed to providing resources, educating, and empowering others to intervene in hopes that together we can see a world without violence.
I decided to return to Plattsburgh because although I did a lot during my undergraduate career, there was still change that needed to be made. As one of the few black women in a professional role at Plattsburgh, I understand how critical it is to have an intersectional lens. This lens allows me to actively and empathetically listen to the experiences of others, and work to create action plans. I live to move conversations toward action that changes the culture of violence and discrimination.
What is the role of a violence prevention education and outreach coordinator?
The violence prevention education and outreach coordinator is a position dedicated to dismantling a culture of violence and discrimination through continued conversations, education, collaborative programming and outreach throughout the campus and greater community.
The violence prevention education and outreach coordinator provides the following:
- Provide information on violence prevention and resources available on campus, off campus and nationwide;
- Facilitate compliance training for all student athletes, club/organization executive board members, faculty and staff;
- Develop training materials to ensure campus compliance with institutional, state and federal policies and procedures;
- Coordinate and facilitate ongoing training and workshops throughout the academic year;
- Coordinate events and programming for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Stalking Awareness Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month and LGBTQ+ History Month;
- Oversee institutional Step UP! Bystander Intervention program;
- Supervise internship and peer educator program for SUNY Plattsburgh students;
- Collaborate with local community partners on initiatives of sexual violence, interpersonal violence, stalking, discrimination and LGBTQ+ inclusion initiatives.
If you are passionate about seeing a world without violence and discrimination and want to actively work to better the lives of underrepresented members in our community, feel free to contact me.