Title IX, Title VI, and Section 504/Title II ADA

 

RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity within its workforce and provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status, or disability.

Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964), gender (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972) or disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990). Additionally, RIT is a fully inclusive campus, and we believe in our established values of Respect, Diversity and Pluralism.

Title IX

“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.”

More than just sports

  • Includes access to any educational program or activity, admission, financial aid, scholarship, recruitment, facilities and housing, employment, counseling

Title IX Prohibitions

Sex Discrimination

  • The unlawful treatment of an individual based on that individual’s gender, which also includes sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and sexual violence.

Sexual Harassment

  • Unwelcomed conduct of a sexual nature which is made a condition of employment or academic status, or unreasonably interferes with the work or educational environment

Sexual Misconduct

  • Any form of unwanted sexual contact. Unwanted sexual contact means against a person’s wishes or without consent, including those instances in which the individual is unable to give consent because of unconsciousness, sleep, impairment, incapacitation, or intoxication due to alcohol or other drugs

Sexual Violence

  • Any act of a sexual nature prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws including, but not limited to, rape, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion

If you have any questions regarding Title IX, you can consult the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook which provides information about, among other things, RIT's policy for prohibiting discrimination and harassment, sexual misconduct policy, the student grievance process, and the resources and services available at RIT or contact any member of our Title IX team:

Judy Bender
Assistant Vice President,
Human Resources
Title IX/504 Officer
5000 George Eastman Hall
12 Lomb Memorial Drive
585-475-4315
jebpsn@rit.edu

Sandra Woodruff Whitmore
Director of Operations,
Office for Diversity & Inclusion
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Eastman Building, Suite 1120
2 Lomb Memorial Drive
585-475-5453
swwpro@rit.edu.

Linda Bryant
Interim Associate Dean for Student & Academic Services,
NTID Student and Academic Services
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Bldg. 60, Room 2620, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive
585-475-6597
lmbnca@ntid.rit.edu

Susan Provenzano
Assistant Vice President,
Academic Affairs
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
2109 George Eastman Hall
12 Lomb Memorial Drive
585-475-5572
stp1031@rit.edu

Donna Rubin
Assistant Vice President for Student Wellness
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
2190 August Center 
117 Lomb Memorial Drive
585-475-6402
donna.rubin@rit.edu

Alexander Sleeman
Associate Director/NCAA Compliance Officer,
Intercollegiate Athletics
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
1212 Clark Gymnasium
51 Lomb Memorial Drive
585-475-7372
atsped@rit.edu

Dawn Meza Soufleris
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Student Behavior and Critical Incidents
Chair,
Student Behavior Consultation Team (SBCT)
2195 August Center
115 Lomb Memorial Drive
585-475-2574
dawn.soufleris@rit.edu

 The following resources and services are available for support, counseling and advocacy:

RIT Counseling Center
585-475-2261 (V) or 585-475-6897 (TTY)
http://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/counseling/

RIT Public Safety
585-475-2853 (V) or 585-475-6654 (TTY)
http://finweb.rit.edu/publicsafety/

The Center for Women and Gender/CARES Program
585-475-7464 (V/TTY)
http://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/womenandgender/

RIT Center for Student Conduct
585-475-5662 (V/TTY)
http://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/studentconduct/

RIT Human Resources
585-475-2424 (V/TTY)
http://finweb.rit.edu/humanresources/

RIT Advocacy Program
585-475-7668 (V/TTY)
http://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/studentconduct/advocacy.php