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Title IX

  • Welcome!

    This information is to help you with understanding the dynamics of sexual violence, as well as to provide you with both inter-campus and community resources. For additional information, please contact our college staff. You can find a listing and contact information in our Need Help section.

    You should know that the State University of New York and SUNY Erie are committed to providing options, support and assistance to victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking to ensure that they can continue to participate in campus programs and activities. All victims/survivors of these crimes and violations, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction, have the following rights, regardless of whether the crime or violation occurs on campus, off campus, or while studying abroad.

    You have the right to:

    • Make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police.
    • Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault treated seriously.
    • Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by the institution.
    • Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and meaningful opportunity to be heard.
    • Be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services, where available.
    • Be free from suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations.
    • Describe the incident to as few institution representatives as practicable and not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident.
    • Be protected from retaliation by the institution, any student, the accused and/or the respondent, and/or their friends, family, and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the institution.
    • Access to at least one level of appeal in a determination.
    • Be accompanied by an advisor of their choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused, or respondent throughout the judicial or conduct process including during all meetings and hearings related to such process.
    • Exercise civil rights and practice religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or judicial or conduct process of the institution.

  • Where to find help in the community
    Resource guides for students
    Resource videos for students
    • Engage by Uplift " Alcohol and Consent
    • Engage by Uplift “ Getting Help Physically, Emotionally and Legally” (6 minute video) - Covers a wide variety of topics pertaining to sexual violence
    • Engage by Uplift " How to Talk About Assault” (6 min) - Speaks to survivors about how they can talk about the sexual violence
    • Engage by Uplift “ Queer Survivors” (4.5 min video) - Discusses statistics, challenges, and resources available to LGBTQ individuals, as well as links to LGBTQ resources within the community
    • Engage by Uplift “ Sexual Harassment vs. Flirting” (10 minute video) - Series of short scenarios that depict what is acceptable vs. ones that cross the line into harassment
    How to help others
    • A Guide for Friends and Family of Sexual Violence Survivors” - Provides information about immediate concerns, how you can help, effects of the assault, understanding sexual violence, teen’s experience with sexual violence, male survivors of sexual violence, what you can do to prevent sexual violence and more
    • Engage by Uplift - “Responding to Disclosures” (6 min) - What to say, what not to say, giving the survivor control, believe them, how to support people you’re not necessarily friends with
    Help for families
    • National Domestic Violence Hotline - Resources with links to helpful information for those offering support to survivors
    • RAINN - Specific information about dating violence, stalking, survivors w/disabilities, resources for male and LGBTQ survivors, legal resources, medical, physical and mental health, suicide and self harm and sexual assault prevention