Title IX Resources For Employee
Stony Brook University prohibits sexual harassment, which consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a 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:
|Sexual Violence Confidential Resource and Reporting Options|
|Title IX Incident Report (Online)|
|Sexual Assault & Violence Response (SAVR) Resources|
|Stony Brook Campus Safety Information|
|Address Confidentiality Program|
What are my obligations to report as a University Employee?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational programs or activities that receive federal funding. Sexual harassment includes acts of sexual misconduct and a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Pursuant to this law, once a school has received notice of possible sexual misconduct, it must take immediate action to eliminate the misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. These actions are the school’s responsibility whether or not the individual who was harassed makes a complaint or otherwise asks the school to take action; reasonable steps to promptly respond are still required. All University employees, except those designated as "confidential employee", are strongly encouraged to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator within 24 hours after the report has been made, or as soon as possible. Resident Assistants (RAs), Graduate Assistants, Student Assistants and Student Coaches are also required to report any incidents of sexual misconduct they received or observed when serving in formal capacity.
Key Definitions and Terms
If you disclose to a University employee, they may be required to report this information to a Title IX Coordinator for investigation.
Title IX requires the University to balance the needs of the individual reporting an incident who may request confidentiality with its obligation to end the harassment and consider the well-being of the community at large.
If you are concerned about confidentiality, discuss this issue first with a University Counselor, who will be able to explain various options you may take and the implications for each options and direct you to other on- or off-campus resources as appropriate.
Throughout the course of an investigation, information will be disclosed only to select officials who have an essential need to know in order to carry out their university responsibilities. Dissemination of information and/or written materials to persons not involved in the complaint procedure is not permitted.
Will my parents be told?
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.
All employees are strongly encouraged to report any allegations of sexual harassment or violence reported by a student. Except the following: Professional licensed counselors offering crisis intervention and counseling services, including assistance in accessing medical care, doctors and nurses who are assisting or conducting medical care, Clergy/Chaplains of faith who are formally recognized by the dominion of the survivor's faith are excluded, and these employees, who are working in their official capacity for the help and treatment of the survivor, are excluded from reporting to the Title IX Coordinator.
No student shall perform any acts that are considered to be sexual harassment. Sexual harassment encompasses unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors or requests for sexual favors in exchange for some benefit, and/or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a form of sexual discrimination. Sexual harassment occurs when:
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term of or condition of any individual’s employment or education; or
- Submission to or rejection of such behavior by an individual is used as the basis for employment of educational decisions affecting the individual; or
- A behavior is sufficiently severe and pervasive to interfere with any individual’s work or educational performance, or create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment. Such prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual communication, touching, and non-consensual sexual contact, including but not limited to sexual touching, intercourse, and violence.
Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
- Derogatory statements or other verbal abuse
- Graphic or sexually suggestive comments about an individual's attire or body
- Graphic or sexually suggestive gestures
- Exposing one's genitals
- Inquires or discussions about sexual activities
- Sexually suggestive letters or other written materials
Source: Student Code of Conduct Pg. 35-36
No student shall perform any acts that are considered to be non-consensual sexual contact. Non-consensual sexual contact is any contact of a sexual nature which is unwanted or unwelcome. Sexual contact with another person without consent (as described in Section VII.C.6. below) is prohibited. Non-consensual sexual contact may include but is not limited to:
- Attempted penetration
- Brushing up against another in a sexual manner
Source: Student Code of Conduct Pg. 36
No student shall perform any acts that are considered to be dating violence. Dating violence is any act of violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the victim’s statement and with consideration of the nature and length of the relationship and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. Two people may be in a romantic or intimate relationship, regardless of whether the relationship is sexual in nature; however, neither a casual acquaintance nor ordinary socializing between two individuals in a business or social context shall constitute a romantic or intimate relationship. This definition does not include acts covered under domestic violence.
Dating violence includes:
- Isolation – Trying to cut off relationships with other family and friends.
- Emotional abuse – Humiliating the Complainant in front of friends, guilt and manipulation if confronted, extreme and persistent jealousy.
- Intimidation – Instilling fear through threatening behavior, verbal aggression, abuse of animals or destruction of property.
- Coercion – Threatening to harm themselves or a third party if demands are not met or the relationship is ended.
- Physical – Using or threatening to use physically assaultive behavior such as hitting, shoving, grabbing, shaking, slapping, beating, kicking, etc.
- Sexual – non-consensual sexual touching or non-consensual sexual activity.
- Harassment – Using electronic media (internet, cell phones, texting, and social media) or other means to keep track of the Complainant.
Source: Student Code of Conduct Pg. 36-37
No student shall perform any acts that are considered to be domestic violence. Domestic violence is any felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a current and/or former spouse and/or intimate partner of the victim. An intimate partner includes persons legally married to one another; persons formerly married to one another; persons who have a child in common, regardless of whether such persons are married or have lived together at any time, couples who are in an intimate relationship, including but not limited to, couples who live together or have lived together.
Source: Student Code of Conduct Pg. 37
No student shall engage in stalking. The term stalking means intentionally engaging in a course of conduct, directed at a specific person, which is likely to cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or cause that person to suffer substantial emotional damage. Examples include, but are not limited to, repeatedly following such person(s), repeatedly committing acts that alarm, cause fear, or seriously annoy such other person(s) and that serve no legitimate purpose, and repeatedly communicating by any means, including electronic means (cyberstalking), with such person(s) in a manner likely to harass, intimidate, annoy, or create a nuisance or alarm.
Source: Student Code of Conduct Pg. 37