Title IX Coordinator & Staff
Need Someone to talk to?
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.
Butterfly Blaise Boire, Title IX Coordinator
It can be intimidating to tell your story and share your experiences with an individual that you do not know. I want to communicate to those wishing to tell their story or seek support that the Title IX office is a trauma-informed environment that encourages autonomy, embraces intersectional identities and works to offer a non-judgmental experience.
Regardless of your experience or choices, you will be respected, treated equitably, and provided resources and support based on your needs, values and identity.
You matter. Your experience matters. You have a right to take up space. Your voice has a right to be heard.
As the Title IX coordinator, I consider the opportunity to sit with others and get a glimpse into their lives a privilege. My work both on- and off-campus has been focused on education, prevention and creation of sustainable solutions to the issues of violence we face as a community. This is difficult work that takes a cross-community approach to dismantle systems and environments that foster and support violence. This is important work and despite any challenges, I am committed to being in this with you every single day.
I have been a member of the SUNY Plattsburgh community since 2007 and when I am not on campus serving in my role as Title IX coordinator or teaching in the communication studies department, I am surrounded by the people I love and the things that help me restore.
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.
Autumn Bennett, Title IX & Non-Discrimination Investigator
Truth and justice are very important personally held values of mine. I believe they are necessary to the health of every community. It is my goal and mission to provide a space where those values shine a light that allows for fair and equitable processes here at SUNY Plattsburgh.
As the Title IX and non-discrimination investigator for SUNY Plattsburgh, I am invested in working with people from all walks of life in a respectful and supportive manner and maintaining trauma informed practices.
I have been a resident of Plattsburgh for most of my life and am also an alumna of SUNY Plattsburgh where I studied sociology, legal studies and English. I have since worked toward addressing sexual and interpersonal violence in a variety of ways and am committed to continuing to do so for as long as I am able. I hope that the work I do has a positive impact on the campus and the communities I serve.
I really enjoy getting to know new people and hearing about their different perspectives and experiences. Knowing and understanding that everyone has a story that is uniquely their own helps to keep me grounded and opens my heart and mind to the world around me.
When I am not working, I am with those people in my life that bring me joy — and of course my doggo — whose fur is always with me even if he isn't.
What is the role of the Title IX and non-discrimination investigator?
- Work in concert with the Title IX coordinator to address complaints of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, interpersonal violence, gender discrimination and retaliation;
- Identify university policies and/or Student Conduct Code provisions relevant to a complaint;
- Exercise judgment regarding the required pathway required in working toward resolution of formal complaints;
- Conduct prompt, equitable and impartial administrative investigations;
- Gather and assess information relevant to investigations under the purview of relevant policies and procedures;
- Actively foster and maintain a climate that is supportive of students and respectful of difference;
- Attend hearings when applicable to present investigation reports for the purpose of adjudication;
- Assist the Title IX coordinator and the violence prevention education and outreach coordinator in programming sessions, events and training when appropriate.
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.