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TITLE IX Combating Sexual Misconduct

Email: TitleIX@mec.cuny.edu

Medgar Evers College is committed to maintaining a fair and equal environment for both its employees and student body, consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, which state that:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to, discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…”

CUNY Policy on Sexual Misconduct and the NY state Enough is Enough legislation guide our policies to ensure a safe environment for all members of our community.

On every CUNY Campus there is a designated Title IX Coordinator who is trained in investigating any complaints involving sexual misconduct. The Title IX Team are the individuals on campus that investigate any reports of sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual assault, stalking, voyeurism, domestic violence and intimate partner violence. The Title IX email is: TitleIX@mec.cuny.edu. You may also you the complaint form to submit reports of sexual misconduct on or off campus.

On August 12, 2020, the CUNY Board of Trustees adopted a revised Policy on Sexual Misconduct, effective August 14, 2020. This revised Policy supersedes and replaces CUNY’s prior policy and will govern CUNY’s response to allegations of Sexual Misconduct based on conduct alleged to have occurred on or after August 14, 2020. The revised Policy was necessitated by changes to the federal regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1688. These new regulations were announced on May 6, 2020, and became effective on August 14, 2020.

Although the new regulations significantly limit the behavior that constitutes Sexual Harassment within the definitions of Sexual Misconduct, CUNY will continue to investigate, prosecute and adjudicate all allegations of Sexual Misconduct that fall outside the new narrower definition of Title IX Sexual Harassment. Further, CUNY’s revised Policy allows for close scrutiny of all reported allegations of Sexual Misconduct. CUNY remains committed to ensuring that its students, faculty, and staff learn and work in an environment free from Sexual Misconduct. CUNY will continue its zero-tolerance toward any form of Sexual Misconduct, while complying with the mandates of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1688.

Lastly, CUNY is resolute in its mission to respond to any allegation of Sexual Misconduct that may affect the CUNY community.

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Any individual who engages in retaliatory behavior against another individual who has reported a suspected violation or cooperated in the investigation of a violation will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination of employment, following applicable procedures under University Bylaws, policies or collective bargaining agreements, or severance of the relationship with CUNY. Any employee who believes that s/he or another individual who reported a suspected violation is being retaliated against should report such offense to the Executive Director of the Office of Human Resources/Acting Chief Diversity Officer/Title Coordinator (Susan Haynes tel: 718-270-6970).

For more information, please see the links below:

· CUNY Campus Title IX Webpage

· President’s Reaffirmation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy –

· CUNY Policy on Sexual Misconduct 2020

· Title IX Team Contact

· Title IX Curriculum Training For Students*

* This curriculum includes videos that may only be viewed in slideshow mode.

· Resources to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Misconduct

· CUNY Employee Assistance Program