Stony Brook University is dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming educational environment for our community free from all forms of gender discrimination, including sexual violence. We are reviewing recent communication from the US Education Department and Office of Civil Rights to understand how it might impact our policies and procedures around Title IX enforcement.

We are confident that our Title IX process is fair, impartial and provides students with an opportunity to be heard. We believe strongly in the progress we have made to raise awareness and help prevent sexual assault and gender-based violence including bystander intervention initiatives. We will continue to be proactive in communicating and educating around the prevention of gender based violence and to offer support and services for victims of sexual assault.

More information and resources can be found on our Title IX and Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity websites.

The Law States: 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 - Title 20 U.S.C. section 1681

Even though appointment is not required, it is strongly encouraged to set aside the appropriate time to listen to any reports or concerns.

No, but strongly encouraged to do so. If you feel like you are facing an immediate threat or harm, you absolutely should report to the police.

In the event of major medical, disciplinary, or academic jeopardy, students are strongly encouraged to inform their parents. University officials will directly inform parents when requested to do so by a student. While the University takes seriously a survivor's request for confidentiality, in certain instances where a health or safety emergency exist, or if the University determines such communication is otherwise deemed appropriate, parents may be contacted.

Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary, and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in the sexual activity. Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent. The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. NYS Education Law, art. 129B, §6441