What is Title IX?
It’s the law:
“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.” — Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Implementing Regulations at: 20 U.S.C § 1681 & 34 C.F.R. Part 106
How Does Title IX Protect You?
- Prohibits sex discrimination in education;
- Applies to all students, faculty and staff, regardless of your sex, gender identification or expression, race, national origin, immigration status, citizenship status, religion, creed, age, disability, sexual orientation, romantic orientation, genetic information, economic class, pregnancy status, parental status, veteran or military status, political status, and/or other intersections of individual identity;
- Ensures that SUNY Plattsburgh is stopping, preventing, and remedying gender discrimination, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault in an immediate and equitable manner;
- 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;
- Provides pregnancy protections including academic accommodations;
- Requires breastfeeding/pumping rights as well as accessibility to appropriate accommodations;
- Works to provide equity in academic and campus-related activities.
Update to Title IX Regulations — Effective August 14, 2020
On May 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued a Final Rule under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 that:
- Defines the meaning of “sexual harassment” (including forms of sex-based violence)
- Addresses how this institution must respond to reports of misconduct falling within that definition of sexual harassment, and
- Mandates a grievance process that this institution must follow to comply with the law in these specific covered cases before issuing a disciplinary sanction against a person accused of sexual harassment.
See 85 Fed. Reg. 30026 (May 19, 2020). Read the full text of the Final Rule and its extensive preamble.
More information on the Final Rule guidelines/information
More information on the Final Rule guidelines/information (large print)
Summary of major provisions of the Department of Education’s Title IX Final Rule
SUNY Plattsburgh has created a stand-alone policy to respond to reports of sexual harassment, sexual violence and interpersonal violence under the final rule. However, in instances that do not fall under this policy, such as those that occur off campus, the college will still move forward under the purview of the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy and Student Code of Conduct.
FAQs Regarding 2020 Title IX Regulations — New Rule
- When do these new regulations go into effect?
- Will the college still respond to and investigate incidents that occur off campus?
- What is covered sexual harassment under the Grievance Policy for Addressing Formal Complaints of Sexual Harassment Under the Title IX Regulations?
- Do the Title IX regulations require that the conduct be severe and pervasive?
- Does the conflict between Title IX, Title VII and NYS definitions of sexual harassment for school employee related cases suggest that the Title IX definition should be used?
- I read that colleges and universities can now extend timelines to 90 days for formal complaints. What will SUNY Plattsburgh do?
- I read that colleges and universities can now increase the standard of proof in campus adjudication to clear and convincing. What will SUNY Plattsburgh do?
- Colleges/universities had the option to offer informal resolution policies. Did SUNY Plattsburgh?
- Under the Title IX Regulations, it says that advisors of the Complaintant and Respondent are allowed to cross-examine. Is this true?
- Are there no longer mandated reporters in higher education?
Please email any questions to the interim Title IX coordinator at [email protected].
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“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.”