Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity that receives federal financial assistance. Everyone has a right to equal access under Title IX, regardless of sex, gender, gender identity, or gender expression.
Title IX is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500; 646-428-3800; OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.
Title IX's Protections:
- Equal opportunities for admission, recruitment, course participation, scholarships and other forms of financial aid, and athletic offerings.
- Prohibitions against sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and other forms of discrimination based on sex.
- Assistance and remedies for victims of stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and other forms of sexual violence.
New York State Law, including Article 129b ("Enough is Enough") and the New York State Human Rights Law, also protect students against sexual harassment and sexual violence. UB's Title IX coordinator is Sharon Nolan Weiss, 406 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260; 716-645-2266. More information can be accessed on the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion webpage.
Students' Bill of Rights
UB is committed to ensuring that victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking can obtain assistance and redress.
The State University of New York and UB are committed to providing options, support and assistance to victims and survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking to ensure that they can continue to participate in university-wide and campus programs, activities, and employment. All victims and survivors of these crimes and violations, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction, have the following rights, regardless of whether the crime or violation occurs on campus, off campus, or while studying abroad:
All students have the right to:
- Make a report to local law enforcement and state police;
- Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual violence assault treated seriously;
- Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and criminal justice process free from pressures from the institution;
- Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard;
- Be treated with dignity and to receive form the institution courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services, where available;
- Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual or victim or survivor is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations;
- Describe the incident to as few institutional representatives as practicable and not to be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident;
- Be free from retaliation by the university, the accused or the respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of UB;
- Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination;
- Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused, or respondent throughout the judicial or conduct process including during all meetings and hearings related to such process;
- Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or judicial or conduct process of the university.
Options in Brief
Victims and survivors have many options that can be pursued simultaneously, including one or more of the following:
- Receive resources, such as counseling and medical attention;
- Confidentially or anonymously disclose a crime or violation (for detailed information on confidentiality and privacy, visit Options for Confidentially Disclosing Sexual Violence).
- Make a report to:
- An employee with the authority to address complaints, including the Title IX Coordinator, a Student Conduct employee, or a Human Resources employee;
- the University Police;
- Local law enforcement;
- Family Court or Civil Court.
Copies of this Bill of Rights shall be distributed annually to students, made available on UB's website, and posted in each campus residence hall, dining hall, and student union or campus center and shall include links or information to access the Sexual Violence Response Policy and the Options for Confidentially Disclosing Sexual Violence.
In addition to UB's local contacts and campus-specific information, SUNY'S Sexual Assault and Violence Response (SUNY SAVR) webpage provides resources specific to immigrant and international student victims and survivors of violence. The Students' Bill of Rights, among other resources, have been translated into more than 100 languages.