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Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action

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If you are the victim of sexual violence, you are not alone. Sexual violence happens to people of all genders and sexual orientations. Your safety is our primary concern. The following are suggested steps to take after an incident.

  1. Be Safe. If you are in immediate danger contact University Police at 333 from a campus phone or 631.632.3333 from a non-campus phone. If you are not on campus, contact 911 for your local police

    Go to a safe place and seek immediate support from a trusted friend, family member or university staff member

  2. Get Medical Help as soon as possible.

    Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Center at Stony Brook University Hospital

    Within 96 hours (4 days) of the incident, you may walk into the SANE Center and request a free medical and forensic exam. The nurse is trained to obtain evidence should you decide to report the incident to police and/or press charges. You are provided an emergency room companion and crisis counseling begins immediately. Recommendations are to NOT bathe, change clothes, eat or use the bathroom immediately after an assault as doing so could destroy evidence. But even if you have already taken any of these actions you can still access SANE services for 96 hours after the incident. SANE services is open to all genders at no cost, your parents will not be notified, and you will not be required to make a police report.

    Student Health Service at Stony Brook University

    If 96 hours (4 days) have passed since the incident, you may obtain confidential medical care on campus at the Student Health Service located next to Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium parking.

  3. Get Confidential Emotional Support. Confidential emotional support and counseling begins immediately if you go to the SANE Center for a medical exam within 96 hours (4 days) of the incident.

    Free support is also available through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), located on the second floor of the Student Health Service building.

    You can also use off-campus counseling services at VIBS Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center by calling their Hotline at 631-360-3606.

  4. File a Title IX Complaint. A federal law known as Title IX protects all Stony Brook students, faculty and staff by prohibiting sexual discrimination and harassment in all forms. If you wish to file a complaint of sexual misconduct, contact Stony Brook’s Director for Title IX and Risk Management

What to do if you know a victim of sexual misconduct:

Encourage that person to read this document, seek medical care and talk to a trained counselor or sexual assault advocate. Be clear that you support that person. Most importantly, consider and protect that person’s privacy. Be sensitive to what they are going through as part of the healing process.

Frequently Asked Questions about Title IX

What is Title IX?

The University is dedicated to allow equal access to education by promoting diversity and developing a safe education environment for the campus community. In our efforts to achieve this goal, the University has appointed a Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator helps to provide a safe educational and work environment for the campus community by providing information about available on and off campus resources, to monitor our campus climate, and to explain the University processes and to help individuals navigate through the system.

Key Areas of TitleIX

  • Access to Higher Education
  • The unfairness in admissions, financial aid, and other areas of higher education is less common than it used to be. Women now earn undergraduate and graduate degrees at much higher rates than they used to and go into some fields that were traditionally dominated by men, such as medicine and law. In addition, the increased access to higher education provided by Title IX has fueled women's economic progress.
  • Athletics Under Title IX
  • There's been real growth in the number of women who participate in sports, receive scholarships, and benefit from increased budgets. There are more opportunities to compete at elite levels through competitions like the Olympics, World Championships and professional leagues. Even more importantly, we know that playing sports makes women healthier. They're less likely to smoke, drink, use drugs and experience unwanted pregnancies. Studies also link sports participation to reduced incidences of breast cancer and osteoporosis later in life. These health benefits for women and society alone should be reason to keep Title IX strong.
  • Employment
  • Academia's doors are opening to women faculty. Title IX has led to a higher number of female faculty members, especially at the lecturer, instructor and assistant professor levels. The wage gap has narrowed. And some women can finally be found in top administrative positions.
  • Learning Environment
  • Gender stereotypes are changing in society, texts, and classrooms. Equal attention and a supportive learning environment in all subject areas have been recognized as important safeguards to ensure that girls get the most from their education. Girls are encouraged to think of themselves in future careers not only as mothers, nurses, secretaries or teachers, but also as scientists, doctors, lawyers and engineers.
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Sexual harassment in education includes any unwanted and unwelcome sexual behavior that significantly interferes with a student's access to educational opportunities. The Supreme Court has confirmed that schools have an obligation under Title IX to prevent and address harassment against students, regardless of whether the harassment is perpetrated by peers, teachers, or other school officials.

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

Stony Brook University Policy: Non-Discrimination P106: Stony Brook University is committed to creating and maintaining workplace, educational, and recreational environments that are safe and accessible, and free of all forms of discrimination, discriminatory harassment and sexual harassment, including non-consensual sexual contact, sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Such behavior is prohibited and violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

  1. Sexual Harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical or communicative (verbal, non-verbal and electronic) conduct of an abusive sexual nature which constitutes harassment when such conduct interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment.
  2. The University is responsible for and fully committed to the prevention and elimination of sexual harassment. All members of the campus community are responsible for fostering an atmosphere that promotes equity, civility, caring, responsibility, accountability, and respect.
  3. The University does not tolerate sexual harassment and treats it as a form of misconduct, which is handled in accordance with the University’s discrimination complaint procedure. Sanctions enforced against individuals engaged in such behavior will follow Labor Management process and procedures, and/or applicable University policies.
  4. Retaliation against an employee, student or any witness who participates in any University investigation is prohibited. Retaliation is also prohibited against any individual who files a sex discrimination complaint under Title IX or participates in a complaint investigation in any way. Any substantiated act of retaliation may result in sanctions or other disciplinary action as covered by Labor Management processes, collective bargaining agreements, and/or applicable University policies.

Working to Ensure Gender Equity in Education beyond atheletes
You've heard about Title IX and athletics, but Title IX is about much more! In honor of the 40th anniversary of the law's passage, the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education published a comprehensive report to help give educators, parents, students, and lawmakers a better understanding of Title IX's impact and challenges that remain in many areas of education, in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Career and Technical Education, Bullying and Sexual Harassment, Single-Sex Education, Pregnant and Parenting Students and Athletics.

Meet your Title IX Coordinator


For Employees:

Stony Brook University prohibits sexual harassment, which consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of sexual nature when:

  • submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic advancement
  • submission to, or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individuals
  • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working, living, or academic environment; and/or
  • physical sexual contact occurs without consent

Employees are required to report incidents of sexual harassment and violence to the Title IX Coordinator. Employees may also contact the Title IX coordinator if they are a victim of sexual harassment or sexual violence. Please click on the following resources:

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Contact Us

Fill Out The Report Form:

Please note that you need to log in to report an incident using the on-line report form. If you can not log in, or feel uncomfortable to, you may contact the Title IX coordinator at TitleIX@stonybrook.edu or 631-632-6280. You may also download the complaint booklet if you would like to submit the complaint in writing.

If you are in immediate danger, we strongly encourage you to contact campus police at 911 (internal phone system) or 631-632-3333 (cell phone) or Suffolk County Police at 911 for immediate assistance.

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Click Here To Download the complaint booklet with intake form

Contact info

Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action

201 Administration Building

Stony Brook, NY 11794-0251

Tel: 631.632.6280

Fax: 631.632.9428

Email: TitleIX@stonybrook.edu

Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

Request Training:

Please note that you need to log in to request training for your department. If you have any questions, you may contact our office at TitleIX@stonybrook.edu or 631-632-6280.

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Haven Online Student Training:

Haven is an online training program. If you have any questions, you may contact our office at odaa@stonybrook.edu or 631-632-6280.

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