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Title IX: Sexual Harassment: State University of New York (SUNY): (02-11-6001)

On October 31, 2013, OCR reached agreement with the State University of New York (SUNY) in OCR’s compliance review of SUNY’s handling of allegations and reports of sexual assault and harassment at its 29 state-operated campuses.  SUNY agreed that it and each of its 29 state-operated campuses will initiate or continue to provide notice of nondiscrimination and have a designated Title IX Coordinator at SUNY and at each of the campuses; conduct Title IX complaint investigations promptly instead of waiting for the conclusion of criminal investigations (SUNY may temporarily suspend its Title IX fact finding while a law enforcement agency is gathering its evidence); provide interim relief for the complainant, if needed; review annually all sex discrimination complaints and take action to address any patterns or systemic problems identified; ensure that grievance procedures comply with Title IX requirements; ensure students and staff are aware of Title IX’s prohibition against sex discrimination, how to recognize it when it occurs, and how to report incidents; seek input from the campus community, including from past complainants, and conduct periodic assessments of the campus climate in order to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the campus’s implementation of its sexual harassment policies and procedures and to inform its future proactive steps to provide a safe environment for students free of sexual harassment and sexual violence. In addition, each of the individual campuses visited by OCR will reexamine all sexual harassment/violence complaints filed during and since academic year 2011-2012. SUNY must report to OCR the actions it will take to correct problems identified in the manner in which these four campuses handled those complaints, which may include providing individual remedies for students.

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Last Modified: 01/15/2020