Title IX at Excelsior College
Who should I contact to file a complaint or seek assistance?
The responsibilities of the Title IX Officer are to update the College’s sexual misconduct and discrimination policies to align with changes in laws and regulations; receive, track, and investigate complaints of sexual and interpersonal violence filed by students and employees; provide College-wide sexual violence and discrimination prevention training; and respond to and process Title IX accommodation requests from pregnant and parenting students.
All College employees (faculty and staff) are expected to immediately report actual or suspected discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct to the Title IX Officer or VP of Human Resources. Any College employee who is not designated as a confidential resource in the Sexual Misconduct policy is required to share a report of sexual misconduct with the Title IX Officer. The Title IX officer or designee will conduct an initial assessment of the conduct, the reporting individual’s desired course of action, and the necessity for any interim remedies or accommodations to protect the safety of the reporting individual or the community.
What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX 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."
What entities does Title IX apply to?
Title IX applies to institutions, like Excelsior College, that receive federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE).
What are the College’s obligations under Title IX?
Educational programs and activities that receive USDOE funds must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. Some key areas in which federal financial aid recipients, like Excelsior College, have Title IX obligations are:
- financial assistance
- gender-based harassment
- treatment of pregnant and parenting students
- single-sex education
What if I experience retaliation for filing a complaint?
Federal financial aid recipients may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or made charges, testified, or participated in any complaint action under Title IX. For a recipient to retaliate in any way is considered a violation of Title IX. The College takes Title IX complaints very seriously and does not tolerate retaliation in any form. Contact the College’s Title IX Officer immediately if you feel you are being retaliated against for filing a complaint.
What if I am not satisfied with the College’s response to my complaint or request?
The USDOE Office of Civil Rights (OCR) investigates complaints alleging violations of Title IX. Visit the OCR website for more information.
Title IX Training and Information
The College welcomes you to view these webinar recordings:
- Keeping Yourself and Others Safe: Affirmative Consent, Safety Planning and Bystander Intervention
- Who to Turn to for Help: Role of the Title IX Coordinator and Community Resources
- Sexual Violence Awareness: Ensuring a Safer College for Everyone
Please contact the Title IX Officer at 844-427-4356 for assistance or more information.
Additional Reporting Resources—Local and National
Albany Medical Center
3 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
St. Peter’s Hospital
315 S Manning Blvd
Albany, NY 12208
1101 Nott Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
Albany Police Department
Guilderland Police Department
Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center
112 State Street, Room 1118
Albany, NY 12207
24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: 518-447-7716
New York State and National Domestic Violence Hotlines
NYS Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-942-6906
English & español/Multi-language Accessibility. Deaf or Hard of Hearing: 711
New York City Area: 1-800-621-HOPE (4673) or dial 311 TTY: 1-800-810-7444
For a listing of domestic violence hotlines by county, go to the New York State Domestic Violence Directory.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
24-Hour Hotline: 800-799-7299 or 800-787-3224 (TTY)
National Deaf Hotline Videophone
9am-5pm M-F: 855-812-1001 or firstname.lastname@example.org
National Domestic Violence and Crime Victims Hotlines
Safe Horizon’s Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-621-HOPE (4673)
Safe Horizon’s Crime Victims Hotline: 866-689-HELP (4357)
Safe Horizon’s Rape and Sexual Assault Hotline: 212-227-3000 or call NYC’s 311
TDD phone number for all hotlines: 866-604-5350
Stalking Resource Center