Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads: “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.” These protections are not just for students; faculty and staff also are covered by the protections of Title IX.
VAWA – Violence Against Women Act is a federal law first passed in 1994 most recently reauthorized in 2013. It outlines procedures for handling, investigating reports and has educational requirements for campuses.
The Title IX coordinator for SUNY Morrisville is the Chief Diversity Officer, Mary H. Bonderoff, Ed.D. She can be reached at 315.684.6981, firstname.lastname@example.org or in the Library, Room 104.
The types of activities that invoke Title IX protections include gender discrimination, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and/or stalking.
If a person has experienced any of the behaviors described, the following resources are available:
- For medical attention, students can go to the Matthias Student Health Center, contact the Center at 315.684.6078, or call University Police at 315.684.6410 or 911.
- For immediate concern regarding physical safety, contact University Police at 315.684.6410 or 911.
- To discuss the situation with a counselor, contact Counseling Services in the Matthias Student Health Center at 315.684.6078.
Additionally, those who have experienced behavior noted above have the right to:
- Have disclosures of sexual violence treated seriously.
- Maintain their anonymity and file a complaint/grievance with the Title IX Coordinator, and participate in the student conduct or legal process.
- Be treated with dignity, courtesy, fairness, and receive respectful health care and counseling services.
- Be free from any suggestion that the complainant is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed.
- Describe the incident to as few individuals as practicable and not to be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident.
- Be free from retaliation by the College, the respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances.
- Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the Title IX investigative, criminal justice, or conduct process of the College.
Options in Brief
Complainants/respondents have many options that can be pursued simultaneously, including one or more of the following:
- SUNY Morrisville University Police can assist complainants/respondents in filing criminal charges with local criminal courts.
- SUNY Morrisville University Police can provide guidance on how to obtain a restraining order/no contact order and will assist with the enforcing the order.
- SUNY Morrisville University Police Department: Brooks Hall, 315.684.6410 or 911
- To file student disciplinary charges against the respondent(s). Disciplinary actions are sanctioned in accordance with the SUNY Morrisville Student Code of Conduct. For additional information, please refer to:
- Dean of Students Office: Helyar Hall, 315.684.6070
- When the complaint involves a College employee, a victim may report the incident to the Office of Human Resources, where disciplinary proceedings will be conducted in accordance with applicable collective bargaining agreements. For additional information please contact:
- Human Resources, Brooks Hall, 3rd Floor, 315.684.6038
- To file a report of discrimination and harassment, and/or talk to the Title IX Coordinator for information and assistance. Reports of discrimination and harassment will be investigated in accordance with the SUNY Morrisville policy. For additional information please contact:
- Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity, Butcher Library, 315.684.6981.
- To have any student conduct or employee disciplinary proceeding and/or discrimination complaint investigated in a prompt, impartial and thorough manner.
- To pursue more than one of the above options at the same time, or to choose not to participate in any of the above options. Please note that if a criminal complaint is filed, SUNY Morrisville may delay its investigation while the law enforcement agency is gathering evidence.
- To maintain privacy regarding the incident and any disciplinary proceedings and/or discrimination complaints. Campus officials will only provide information as necessary to proceed with a hearing or complaint investigation.
- To choose to speak, or not to speak, about the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.
- To obtain a change in academic or housing arrangements in order to avoid remaining in a hostile environment, you are advised to contact the Dean of Students Office, Helyar Hall, 315.684.6070.
- To obtain counseling, health and support services, and other resources:
- Counseling Services, Matthias Student Health Center, 315.684.6078. Counselors are a confidential resource.
- Matthias Student Health Center, 315.684.6078
- Help Restore Hope Center, Enough is Enough Advocate, Cassandra Havener, email@example.com, 315.363.0048 ext. 2149, Cell: 607.373.8051. This is a confidential resource.
- 24/7 Toll Free Hotline: 1.855.966.9723
- Hamilton Hospital, Oneida Healthcare and Upstate Medical Center have Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) available.
- For information about how to file a complaint/grievance, contact Mary H. Bonderoff in the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315.684.6981, or contact Shannon Wiley in the Dean of Students Office at WileySL@MORRISVILLE.EDU or 315.684.6070.
While compliance with the law is everyone's responsibility, oversight of SUNY Morrisville's compliance with Title IX is the responsibility of the Title IX Coordinator. Questions or concerns regarding Title IX should be directed to Mary Bonderoff, SUNY Morrisville's Title IX Coordinator, or the individuals listed below.
Do you believe you have been a victim of sexual misconduct? Whether or not you reported the incident to the college, we'd like your opinion on how we can improve the effectiveness of our campus policies and procedures that address sexual misconduct. We welcome your suggestions and/or feedback.
Campus Climate Survey
Consistent with New York State Education Law 129-B and policies of The State University of New York, SUNY Morrisville participated in the 2019 University-wide Biennial SUNY Uniform Campus Climate Survey. The Survey gathered information about student and employee experience with sexual and interpersonal violence and knowledge of policies and resources.
322 students and 203 employees completed the survey, for response rates of 13 percent and 31 percent, respectively.
In the survey 34 percent of female students, and 28 percent of male students that they were subject to sexual harassment in the prior year. 23 percent of female students, and 18 percent of male students, reported that they were subject to sexual assault in the prior year. Gender non-conforming/non-binary student responses are too low to report. 83 percent of students indicated familiarity with affirmative consent, 73 percent indicated that they knew where to report, and 24 percent could identify the Title IX Coordinator.
SUNY Morrisville, working with SUNY and community colleagues (including students, faculty, and staff), will use these data to improve response to violence, develop prevention programs, and will continue to study the issue. The next Climate Survey will be administered in the Spring Semester of 2021. More information about the Survey is available on the SUNY website.