What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states that: 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.
In short, the law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (gender) in any federally
funded education program or activity. Title IX applies to educational institutions
such as Stony Brook University. Under Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of
1972, colleges and universities are required to develop procedures to respond to claims
of sexual harassment.
Stony Brook University is committed to creating an inclusive environment free of discrimination
and sexual harassment. Within our commitment, we have developed preventative services,
investigative services, and resources for victims of sexual violence.
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook Medicine, and the Long Island State Veterans Home
(LISVH) Title IX Coordinator is Marjolie Leonard, who can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling
If you are in immediate danger contact University Police at 333 from a campus phone
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.
Get Medical Help as soon as possible
Within 96 hours (4 days) of the incident, you may walk into the SAFE 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 the SAFE program for 96 hours after the incident. The
SAFE program 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.
What is Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE)?
Student Health Service at Stony Brook University
Get Confidential Emotional Support
Confidential emotional support and counseling begin immediately if you go to the SAFE
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
Survivor Advocate & Prevention Specialist, Samantha Winter | Cell
Provides support and resource options for students who experience sexual violence.
Samantha can assist survivors with crisis support/emergency response.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Center for Prevention and Outreach (CPO)
Title IX Resources
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 Senior Director, Title IX
and ADA Coordinator.
Title IX Initial Report (Online)