RIT Title IX Rights & Resources at RIT

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal assistance."
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

What do you need to know?

Title IX violations are taken very seriously at RIT. RIT is committed to investigate complaints of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault and other sexual misconduct, and to ensure that appropriate action is taken to stop the behavior, prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects.

Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender. All students, faculty, and staff are protected under Title IX and have the right to an internal complaint if you or someone you know at RIT have experience any of the following prohibited behaviors:

  • Sexual Misconduct means sexual activity that is not based on affirmative, mutual, knowing, and freely given consent by individuals with the capacity to consent, including sexual assault, non consensual sexual contact, and non-consensual sexual intercourse.

     

  • Sexual Harassment means unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, which unreasonably interferes with work or the educational environment. Sexually harassing conduct is offensive, unwanted or intimidating behavior of a sexual nature and may be physical, verbal, written, visual, or may occur by electronic means. When harassment becomes so severe or pervasive as to unreasonably interfere with an individual’s ability to work, learn or participate in RIT’s programs, or when the receipt of some benefit is linked to another’s submission to sexual behavior, it is in violation of this policy. RIT reserves the right to remedy, and to discipline, behavior that is offensive even if it is not in violation of this policy if it may lead to a violation of this policy if left unaddressed. However, the fact that a person was personally offended by a statement or incident does not alone constitute a violation of this policy. RIT shall consider the context of a communication or incident, the relationship of the individuals involved in the communication or incident, whether an incident was an isolated incident or part of a broader pattern or course of offensive conduct, the seriousness of the incident, the impact of the incident, and whether the incident would be considered offensive to most people, as opposed to a particular person.

     

  • Sexual Violence means 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.

     

  • Gender Discrimination is much like sexual harassment and is evaluated based on the same standards. However, gender-based harassment need not be sexual in nature and is instead characterized by hostility because of gender, gender expression, or gender-stereotyping, including failing to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.

     

  • Retaliation for reporting acts of discrimination listed above

     

The relevant RIT policies include: C6.0 Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment | D18.0 Student Conduct Process | D18.1 Alcohol and Other Drugs | D19.0 Student Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct Policy - Title IX

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Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring is compliant with Title IX. The Deputy Coordinators assist the Title IX Coordinator in fulfilling RIT's obligations under Title IX.

Stacy DeRooy
Title IX Coordinator
Clery Compliance Officer
Office of Compliance and Ethics
1262 Hale Andrews Student Life Center
61 Lomb Memorial Dr.
585-475-7158
stacy.derooy@rit.edu
Sandra Woodruff Whitmore
Senior Director of Operations
Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Eastman Hall, Suit 1120
2 Lomb Memorial Dr.
585-475-5453
swwpro@rit.edu
Linda Bryant
Chairperson, NTID Learning Consortium
NTID
Bldg 60, Rm 2483, 52 Lomb Memorial Dr.
585-475-6554
lmbnca@ntid.rit.edu
Susan Provenzano
Assistant Vice President,
Academic Affairs
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
2109 George Eastman Hall
12 Lomb Memorial Dr.
585-475-2125
stp1031@rit.edu
Donna Rubin
Assistant Vice President for Student Wellness
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
2190 August Center
117 Lomb Memorial Dr.
585-475-6402
donna.rubin@rit.edu
Alexander Sleeman
Associate Director/
NCAA Compliance Officer
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
1212 Clark Gymnasium
51 Lomb Memorial Dr.
585-475-7372
atsped@rit.edu
Dawn Meza Soufleris
Assistant Vice President,
Student Affairs
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
2195 August Center
115 Lomb Memorial Dr.
585-475-2574
dmsrhs@rit.edu
Tammy Gouger
Senior Human Resources
Service Manager
Human Resources
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
5th Floor, Eastman Hall
8 Lomb Memorial Dr.
585-475-6956
tcgpsn@rit.edu

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Anonymous Reporting

Anonymous reporting is available through the RIT Ethics and Compliance Hotline. The hotline is independently operated to maintain the anonymity of all reporters. You may submit a report via the secure ethics reporting website or by calling (866) 294-9358 or (866) 294-9572 TTY. This hotline can be used for either direct or anonymous reporting.

Submit an Anonymous Report

RIT's Ethics and Compliance Hotline

Please note that RIT’s Ethics and Compliance Hotline is not intended to replace or supersede any existing reporting methods or protocols; furthermore, it is not to be used to report matters related to health, fire, or safety emergencies, or personnel issues other than harassment or discrimination, or academic matters.

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Confidential Resources

RIT Counseling Center
585-475-2261 (V)
585-475-6897 (TTY)
www.rit.edu/counseling
RIT Student Health Center
585-475-2255 (V)
www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/studenthealth
RIT Center for Women and Gender
585-475-7764 (V/TTY)
www.rit.edu/womenandgender
RIT Ombuds Office
585-475-7200
585-475-2876
www.rit.edu/ombuds/contact-us
Center for Religious Life
585-475-2137
www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/religion
NTID Counseling and Academic Advising
585-475-6400
www.ntid.rit.edu/counselingdept

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Internal Resources

If you are ready to make a report, or you would like to speak to someone about RIT's Title IX policies, procedures or available resources, non-confidential resources include:

RIT Public Safety
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
585-475-2853 (V)
585-475-6654 (TTY)
www.rit.edu/publicsafety
Services provided at no cost
RIT Advocacy Program
585-475-7668 (V/TTY)
www.rit.edu/studentconduct/advocacy.php
Services provided at no cost
RIT Center for Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
585-475-5662 (V/TTY)
www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/studentconduct
Services provided at no cost
RIT Student Financial Services
Mon - Fri 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
585-475-6186
www.rit.edu/fa/sfs/about-us
RIT Human Resources
585-475-2424 (V/TTY)
www.rit.edu/humanresources
Services provided at no cost
RIT Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
585-475-2186
www.rit.edu/financialaid/contact
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
585-475-6546
www.rit.edu/diversity-inclusion
Services provided at no cost
RIT Student Government Office
585-475-4043
sgstaff@rit.edu
Assistance with legal services provided at no cost
International Student Services
585-475-6943
www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/iss

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External Resources

Non-campus resources available include:

Willow Center
24-Hour Hotline: 585-232-7353
TTY: 585-232-1741
willowcenterny.org
Monroe County Sheriff's Office
585-753-4178
www.monroecounty.gov/sheriff
Advocacy for Deaf Abused Victims (Hotline)
585-232-2854 (TTY/Fax)
ASADVhope@gmail.com
www.asadv.org
NYS Police Sexual Assault Hotline
844-845-7269
National Domestic Violence Hotline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
800-799-7233
www.thehotline.org
Services provided at no cost
National Dating Abuse Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
866-331-9474
www.loveisrespect.org
Services provided at no cost
National Sexual Assault Hotline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
800-656-4673
www.rainn.org/get-help/national-sexual-assault-hotline
Services provided at no cost

Information on sexually transmitted infections and sexual assault forensic examinations can be obtained from:

RESTORE Sexual Assault Services
Monroe County: 585-546-2777
24-hour hotline

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Student Bill of Rights

All students at Rochester Institute of Technology have the right to:

  1. Make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police.
  2. Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault treated seriously.
  3. Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by RIT.
  4. Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard.
  5. Be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services, where available.
  6. Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations.
  7. Describe the incident to as few institution representatives as practicable and not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident.
  8. Be protected from retaliation by RIT, any student, the accused and/or the respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the university.
  9. Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination.
  10. 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.
  11. Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or judicial or conduct process of RIT.

Options for Assistance

* Indicates the office is a confidential resource

 

RIT Public Safety
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
585-475-2853 (V)
585-475-6654 (TTY)
www.rit.edu/publicsafety
Services provided at no cost.
 
* RIT Counseling Center
585-475-2261 (V)
585-475-6897 (TTY)
www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/counseling
Services provided at no cost.
 
RIT Human Resources
585-475-2424 (V/TTY)
www.rit.edu/humanresources/
Services provided at no cost.
 
Monroe County Sheriff's Dept.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
585-753-4178
www.monroecounty.gov/sheriff-community
Services provided at no cost.
 
* The Center for Women and Gender/CARES Program
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
585-475-7464 (V/TTY)
www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/womenandgender
Services provided at no cost.
 
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
585-475-6546
www.rit.edu/diversity/diversity-inclusion
Services provided at no cost.
 
RIT Student Financial Services
Mon - Fri 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
585-475-6186
www.rit.edu/fa/sfs/about-us
 
RIT Center for Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
585-475-5662 (V/TTY)
www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/studentconduct
Services provided at no cost.
 
* The Ombuds Office
585-475-7200
www.rit.edu/ombuds
Services provided at no cost.
 
RIT Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
585-475-2186
www.rit.edu/financialaid/contact
 
Willow Domestic Violence Center
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
585-232-7353 (V)
www.willowcenterny.org/safety/
Services provided at no cost.
 
National Domestic Violence Hotline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
800-799-7233
www.thehotline.org
Services provided at no cost.
 
RIT International Student Services
585-475-6943
www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/iss
 
Advocacy Services for Deaf Abused
Victims (Hotline)
585-232-2854 (TTY/Fax)
www.asadv.org
ASADVhope@gmail.com
Services provided at no cost.
 
National Dating Abuse Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
866-331-9474
www.loveisrespect.org
Services provided at no cost.
 
RIT Student Government Services/Legal Advice
585-475-4043
www.sg.rit.edu/services
 
Lifeline
585-275-5151
www2.monroecounty.gov/mh-emergency-resources
Services provided at no cost.
 
New York State Office of Victim Services
Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
1-800-247-8035
www.ovs.ny.gov
Services provided at no cost.
 
* RIT Center for Religious Life
585-475-2137
www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/religion/
 
* RIT Student Health Center
585-475-2255 (V)
www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/studenthealth
Services provided at no cost.
 
National Sexual Assault Hotline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
800-656-4673
www.rainn.org/get-help/national-sexual-assult-hotline
Services provided at no cost.
 

Information on sexually transmitted infections and sexual assault forensic examinations can be obtained from:

RESTORE Sexual Assault Services
Monroe County: 585-546-2777
24-hour hotline

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Important Dates

February 15
Survey launches.

February 18 - Gosnell Lab, Room 1365 6pm-8pm (interpreting requested)
Participation and Pizza - come take the survey, have some pizza and ask questions of the staff on hand!

February 22 - NRH, Computer lab 6pm-8pm (interpreting requested)
Participation and Pizza - come take the survey, have some pizza and ask questions of the staff on hand!

March 1 - NTID Learning Center, Room 2450 LBJ (interpreting requested)​
Participation and Pizza - come take the survey, have some pizza and ask questions of the staff on hand!

March 6
Survey closes.


FAQ

How was the survey developed?

The survey is informed by an exhaustive literature review on sexual violence research, relevant federal and state legislation, existing climate surveys, the White House Task Force report, and Department of Education guidance. The survey has been reviewed by student affairs administrators, Title IX coordinators, faculty, topic experts, and recent college graduates.

What are the survey components and questions?

The EAB Campus Climate Survey consists of a survey core and three optional: Community Behaviors, Community Attitudes, and Relationship Dynamics. The survey is completely anonymous. View sample questions from the climate survey. Please email the climate survey team (climatesurvey@eab.com) if you would like to see the full version of the survey.

Who is the target audience?

The survey is for full-time and part-time undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, not faculty, administrators, or other university employees.

How long is the survey?

The survey core will take 8-12 minutes to complete and each optional module will take 2-5 minutes. The survey employs skip logic that creates a custom path through the survey that varies based on a respondent’s answers.

Can I customize the survey content?

The EAB Campus Climate Survey has been thoughtfully designed and rigorously tested by student affairs administrators, counselors, Title IX coordinators, faculty, topic experts, and recent college graduates. The survey has also been piloted at over 30 colleges and universities and adjusted based on pilot member feedback.
Only select student demographic questions are customizable. Institutions can also include up to three institution-specific questions. The remainder of the survey content cannot be customized.

Who will administer the survey?

Each institution is responsible for sending out the survey invitation and reminder emails to students. We recommend that the email communication be sent by an administrator on campus who students recognize and respect.
It is important that the survey invitation and reminder emails come from a university affiliate and not EAB to increase the likelihood that students will open the emails and take the survey.

How long is the survey open?

The survey remains open at each institution for 3 weeks, at which time it automatically closes.

Who will analyze the data?

EAB will provide participating institutions with a high-level analysis of the survey results along with the raw data file. EAB will not otherwise release your institution’s data.

Will my institution's data be made public?

No. The survey data will be received through EAB’s SurveyGizmo survey platform. All student data will be anonymous and kept confidential. We will not publically release institution-specific results. However, you may choose to share your institution’s results.

Will EAB benchmark institutions?

EAB will release a report of overall data trends. All results will be reported in the aggregate. The report will in no way identify individual respondents or institutions that participated in the study. Individual survey responses will remain anonymous and confidential.
In order to protect the privacy of all participating institutions and respondents, EAB will not release an aggregate report if fewer than 10 institutions participate in a survey cohort.

How much does the survey cost?

The core survey, optional modules, and high-level data analysis are included in your Students Affairs Forum membership. However, we strongly recommend setting aside funds for incentives to boost response rates.

My institution is interested in administering the EAB Campus Climate Survey. What do I do next?

Enrollment in the spring 2016 cohort closed on December 18, 2015. Institutions can now enroll in the fall 2016 survey cohort to administer the climate survey during the fall 2016 semester. Cohort enrollment is open until June 30, 2016. If your institution would like to join the fall 2016 cohort, or indicate early interest in the spring 2017 cohort, contact the climate survey team at climatesurvey@eab.com.

Should I wait to see if the CASA legislation passes before deciding whether to use EAB's survey?

Experts predict that the CASA legislation won't pass as it is currently written. We recommend that institutions move forward with their efforts to implement a climate survey on campus in the near term. The EAB Campus Climate Survey is a high-quality instrument that will help institutions to better understand the scope of sexual violence on campus and to improve their prevention and response efforts. Climate survey team members have met with Senator Gillibrand’s and Senator McCaskill's staff about our work in this area and we are continuing to closely monitor the proposed legislation.

Should I administer the survey in the fall or spring semester?

The EAB Campus Climate Survey asks about students’ experiences since the beginning of the current academic year. For this reason, we recommend that institutions administer the survey during the spring semester. However, institutions may choose to administer the survey during the fall semester to better align with their campus schedule.


Survey Results

Coming soon.