Title IX Compliance

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Title IX Compliance

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 Amendment was passed by the US Congress in June 1972.  Though most notable for advancing equity in women’s sports, Title IX provides federal civil rights that prohibit 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.
  • Employment, training for employment or advancement in employment.

Title IX on a college campus…

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 using campus   facilities, and those who engage in volunteer activities or work for FM.

Each school must designate a Title IX coordinator to review, update and implement Title IX and to ensure effective and timely response to complaints of sexual violence, discrimination or harassment.

When should I report a complaint?

Sexual discrimination, harassment, assault , misconduct or violence can take many forms, including any sexual conduct that lacks mutual consent.  Harassment may take the form of stalking or the distribution, display or discussion of any written, graphic, visual or auditory material that is sexual in nature and has the purpose or effect of threatening,   intimidating or interfering with a person’s ability to study or work.  All such behaviors should be reported immediately. 

FM is committed to ensuring a community that is safe for all who study, live, work and visit here.  Immediate notification of an issue is critical to fulfilling our commitment to you.  We understand that sexual discrimination, harassment, assault, misconduct or violence may be difficult to report  but immediate reporting allows for the best possible efforts to support     victims, and to investigate and address the claims. 

Retaliation against anyone who reports in good faith or participates in the investigative process is prohibited and may be subject to sanctions as determined by the  College.

Who do I report a complaint to?

Complaints of sexual discrimination, misconduct or harassment should be filed with FM’s Title IX Coordinator, Jean Karutis, office C-115 A.  518-736-3622 ext. 8904 or email  jean.karutis@fmcc.suny.edu

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted or are in immediate danger, call Public Safety immediately at 518-736-3622 ext 8405.

What happens after I file a complaint?

The Title IX Coordinator will work with you to gather information on your     complaint and provide some resources that may be helpful to you.  Certain     immediate steps can be taken to help you feel safer.  You may change your mind about participating in this process at any time. 

If you choose to move forward , the Title IX Coordinator will work with appropriate offices to ensure that the complainant, respondents and witnesses are treated equitably and that respectful and timely communication occurs.

Other Resources on Campus…

Student Development Center Office: N107, Visual/Performing Arts Bldg near Theater

  • Phone: 518-736-FMCC(3622)
  • General Information ext. 8140
  • Mental Health Counselor ext. 8143
  • Student Retention ext. 8162
  • Athletics Advisor ext. 8153
  • International Student Program ext. 8150
  • Students with Disabilities ext. 8145
  • Early Admission Program ext. 8163
  • Director of Advisement ext. 8160

Public Safety Office, Office: P144, Physical Education Bldg near student parking

Phone: 518-736-FMCC (3622) ext. 8405