Sexual Assault, Violence and Harassment (Title IX)

What is Title IX ?

Doing our part

President Obama launched his "It's On Us" Sexual Assault Prevention Campaign in September 2014. The SUNY New Paltz community urges everyone to pledge their commitment to preventing sexual assault on our campus and all college campuses.

You are encouraged to watch President Obama's public service announcement regarding this important campaign, which is posted above. We plan to make this video more visible in various locations around campus in the coming weeks.

While sexual assault is everyone's problem, we intend to localize the "It's On Us" campaign as it pertains to the SUNY New Paltz community.

Utilize the hashtag #ItsOnUs on your various social media accounts to help spread awareness of this important campaign. And remember:

#ItsOnUs to say something, not look the other way, and take the pledge to help stop sexual assault.

What is Title IX?

37 powerful words…

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.

… with broad scope…

Title IX of the Education Amendments was passed by the U.S. Congress in June 1972, and signed into law on July 1, 1972. Though most notable for advancing equity in girls and women’s sports, Title IX provides federal civil rights that prohibits sex discrimination in education programs and activities such as:

  • Admissions or financial aid
  • Housing and facilities
  • Courses, academic research and other educational activities
  • Career guidance, counseling or other educational support services
  • Athletics (scholastic, intercollegiate, club, or intramural)
  • Employment, training for employment or advancement in employment

…and responsibilities…

The protections of Title IX also extend to sexual harassment and sexual assault or violence that impairs or interferes with access to equitable educational and employment opportunities. Title IX is applicable to all members of the campus community, individuals doing business with the campus, those utilizing campus facilities, those who engage in volunteer activities or work activities in connection with or for SUNY New Paltz.
Each school must designate a Title IX administrator to review, update and implement current Title IX policies, to coordinate appropriate training and resources, and ensure effective and timely responses to complaints of sexual violence, misconduct, discrimination or harassment.