Title IX

"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..."  -- 20 U.S.C. § 1681

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Although Title IX is often associated with equal opportunity in athletics programs, the law is much broader and includes discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

SUNY Old Westbury will promptly respond to all complaints of sexual discrimination, harassment and violence. The purpose of Title IX is to prevent sex discrimination on campus, address reported assaults and incidents, limit the effects of harassment on the educational environment, and prevent its recurrence.

Title IX Notice

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. Share your suggestions and/or feedback!

William Kimmins
Title IX Coordinator
Phone: 516-876-3179
Email: at kimminsw@oldwestbury.edu

What Is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Although Title IX is often associated with equal opportunity in athletics programs, the law is much broader and includes discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Applicable policies & procedures
campus climate survey

SUNY Old Westbury conducted the SUNY Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Campus Climate Survey from between April 7 - April 24, 2017. Surveys were administered by a third-party vendor via email to all enrolled students, faculty and staff. By SUNY policy, this uniform survey ascertains faculty and staff awareness of policies and resources, and student experience with and knowledge of reporting and college adjudicatory processes for sexual harassment, including sexual violence and other related crimes. Individual responses were kept strictly confidential.

The response rate for employees was approximately 12 percent (86 employee respondents). Results indicated that faculty and staff are generally aware of the policies and resources, the difference between confidentiality and privacy, the definition of affirmative consent, the difference between the college disciplinary process and the criminal justice system, the roles of the Title IX Coordinator and where to locate the office, and the availability of sexual and interpersonal violence resources. Unfortunately, the response rate for students was too low (3.3% or 142 student respondents) to be able to draw generalizable conclusions about students’ experience of campus climate relative to sexual violence prevention. That said, information gathered for the 142 students who did complete a survey indicated a general awareness of policies and resources.

More outreach, training, and follow-up will continue to take place with students and employees on an annual basis, and all survey results will be distributed to the members of the Advisory Committee for Campus Safety for review and feedback. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Mr. William Kimmins, Assistant to the President for Administration & Title IX Coordinator, at kimminsw@oldwestbury.edu, or Ms. Claudia Marin Andrade, Dean of Students, at marinandradec@oldwestbury.edu.