Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Title IX


Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Dr. Bill Boerner,
Chief Diversity Officer & Director
143 Fenton Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: (716) 673-3358

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs, including athletic programs, or activities that receive federal funding.

The SUNY Fredonia athletic program adheres to all of the provisions of Title IX (Letter and intent).

No person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of or be treated differently from another person or otherwise be discriminated against in any intercollegiate program at SUNY Fredonia.

Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, rape, and sexual assault.


Resources: Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, and Stalking

This resource is intended for faculty, staff, and others who work directly with students at Fredonia. As a faculty or staff member, your relationships with students put you in a unique position to offer guidance and help. Often you may be the first person to whom victims disclose their experiences. By educating yourself and following some simple guidelines, you can confidently respond to students who are experiencing relationship violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or stalking. The University has a duty to promptly address complaints of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, to limit the effects of the discrimination, and to prevent its recurrence.

  • Sexual assault is any sexual contact made without consent. Consent is a clear yes, not the absence of a no. If a person is incapacitated or impaired because of alcohol or other drug use, they are unable to give consent. 
  • Dating or domestic violence refers to an ongoing pattern of controlling and abusive behaviors that individuals use against their intimate partners. These behaviors include physical, sexual, or emotional attacks and/or economic control.
  • Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, denies, or limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from a program or activity.  Examples include requests for sexual favors, unwelcome advances, and sexist comments. 
  • Stalking is repeated harassment that causes the victim fear. Examples of harassment include approaching the victim, sending the victim unwanted items, or repeatedly contacting the victim through email or text.

If a student discloses to you:

Listen with empathy. Listening is the single most important thing that you can do. No one deserves to be the victim of violence, regardless of the circumstances. Let the victim know they are not to blame for the assault. Avoid asking questions that imply fault, such as “How much were you drinking?” or “Why didn’t you call the police?” Instead, say something simple and kind, like: “I’m sorry that this happened to you.” or “Thank you for telling me.”

Support and respect their decisions. Victims are often met with disbelief when they tell someone. They may be hesitant to trust others with their story. Many victims do not immediately file a report with law enforcement. This is okay. Remember, you are not an investigator; you are someone the victim trusts. Avoid telling the victim what they “should” or “must” do. One of the most important things you can do is help the victim take back the power they have lost. Try phrases like: “What kind of help do you need?” or “When you are ready, there is help available.

Know where to refer the victim for further help. There are many offices on the campus and in the community that specialize in these issues. You are not expected to be an expert on sexual assault, dating violence or stalking; however, you can direct the victim to people who are experts and can provide advocacy and support. You can refer students to CEASE program of Student Counseling Services, which provides advocacy and support for survivorsAsk questions, like: “Are you interested in talking to an advocate or counselor?” or “Would you like to see a nurse or doctor?

  • Contact Information: Julie Bezek, Coordinator of Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention, Student Counseling Services, LoGrasso Hall, 716-673-3424.

Reporting Obligation: All Fredonia employees* are required by to report any disclosures of sexual violence to the Title IX Coordinator. This includes names of the student(s) involved (if known), relevant facts, date, time and location. Disclosures to the Title IX coordinator will be kept as confidential as possible and ensures that information regarding resources, reporting options, and student and employee rights are provided. *Exempt employees include: licensed physician and clinical staff in the Student Health Center, licensed therapists/counselors in the Student Counseling Services, and any clergy.

  • Contact Information: Dr. Bill Boerner, Director, Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator, Fenton Hall Room 143, (716) 673-3358.

Follow up with the student. Let the student know that you take any disclosure seriously and that you care about their well-being.  Retaliation against any participants in the process – accused, victim, witness, and reporting individuals is prohibited.  You could begin the conversation with: “I was thinking about the conversation we had the other day. How are you doing?”

 

Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Resources:

CEASE Program – Student Counseling Services: Provides advocacy and support for Fredonia students that are survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. The CEASE program can answer questions, provide students with available options, offer emotional support, and make referrals to appropriate resources. The CEASE office is located in LoGrasso Hall; appointments can be made in person, by calling the office at (716) 673-3424, or emailing the CEASE coordinator at Julie.Bezek@fredonia.edu. The CEASE office is open M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.

The Anew Center: Provides a 24/7 helpline for survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence (1-800-252-8748). The helpline can answer questions, provide referrals or send a victim advocate to meet with a survivor. Services are free and confidential. 

Health Center:  Can provide treatment for injuries, the morning after pill, and referrals to outside providers for additional services. The Health Center does not provide evidence collection services (also known as 'rape kits'), but they can provide students with transportation to Brooks Hospital to have evidence collected. Contact Information: LoGrasso Hall, (716)673-3131.

FRED ASSIST: Sexual health clinic that offers services to all Fredonia students. Services include: pap smears, pregnancy tests, testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea, emergency contraception (at clinics only), and hormonal contraception. Please see FRED ASSIST for a complete price list for services. Contact Information: LoGrasso Hall (rear of building), (716) 673-3396.     

Brooks Memorial Hospital: The hospital can provide medical treatment to survivors of sexual assault including treatment of injuries, STD testing and treatment, the morning after pill, and basic evidence collection (also known as 'rape kits'). Advocates from The Anew Center can be contacted to provide advocacy services.  Contact Information: 529 Central Avenue – Dunkirk, (716)366-1111.

Chautauqua County Health Department: The Health Department’s Reproductive Health Services Clinic provides confidential STD/HIV testing and treatment. They can also provide the morning after pill. Contact Information: 319 Central Avenue – Dunkirk, (716) 363-3660.

Emergency contraception (EC) is available at area pharmacies, while it is ‘over the counter’ and does not require an Rx, you will have to ask the pharmacist to obtain EC. The Health Center offers EC for $15.00 and the Chautauqua County Health Department in Dunkirk offers EC free of charge. 

University Police

  • Gregory Hall, (716) 673-3333
  • SUNY Fredonia University Police are specially trained to identify and respond to the special needs of students who have experienced sexual assault. Victims who want to file a police report can contact the University Police (assaults that occurred on-campus).

Judicial Affairs (Student Conduct)

  • 611 Maytum Hall, (716) 673-3271
  • Judicial Affairs adjudicate cases for students who are charged with violations of the Students Rights and Responsibilities (Code of Conduct). Students may discuss issues of sexual assault, partner violence, stalking or other acts of misconduct by scheduling a meeting with the Director of Judicial Affairs at (716) 673-3271.

Fredonia Village Police

  • Temple Street, Fredonia, NY, (716) 679-1531
  • The Fredonia Police Department can assist students who have experienced sexual assault, partner violence, and/or stalking off campus.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Title IX Coordinator:
Dr. Bill Boerner,
Chief Diversity Officer
Fenton Hall Room 143
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: (716) 673-3358
william.boerner@fredonia.edu


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