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 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.
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 you are 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,