Title IX

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, bondermh@morrisville.edu 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.
  • For immediate concern regarding physical safety, contact University Police at 315.684.6410.
  • 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
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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.

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.

Mary Bonderoff, Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator
Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity
Butcher Library

Shannon Wiley, Assistant to the Dean of Students
Student Life
Helyar Hall, Room 119

Dawn Norcross, Director of Human Resources
Human Resources
Brooks Hall, 3rd Floor

Timothy Penix, Vice President of the Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center
100 New Street

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.

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