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Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act

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Transcript of Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act

Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act
Student Edition
What is Title IX?
Title IX is federal legislation that prohibits sex-based discrimination in educational programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.
Title IX applies to all public and private educational institutions receiving federal aid.
What is the Violence Against Women Act?
In response to all of the recent reports of students being victims of sexual violence on college campuses, in 2013, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). Notably, it amended the Clery Act (an act that requires colleges to gather and publish reports about crimes that occur on campus) to require institutions to include incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and to include certain policies, procedures, and programs pertaining to these incidents in ECC’s annual security reports (ASRs).

The ASR must be provided to students, employees, and prospective students and employees each year.
Does this actually happen on college campuses?
Yes, unfortunately reports of sexual assault on college campuses are a growing problem in our nation. But hopefully, with more education on what sexual violence is, and how it can be prevented, we can make it a problem of the past.
How can I help?
Being a student at ECC, your safety is of utmost importance. Becoming aware of what sexual violence is, its warning signs, and who you can go to in times of need are all ways you can help prevent sexual violence at ECC and ensure the safety of yourself and your peers.

What is sexual violence?
Sexual violence can be a lot of things. It could be sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, stalking, or even violent or possessive acts by a significant other. Even though these can be difficult to identify, any sexual act committed without consent is an act of sexual violence.
What is consent?
Although consent can be a tricky subject, SUNY's definition of consent is a clear, unambiguous, knowing, informed, and voluntary agreement between all participants to engage in sexual activity.
My significant other can't actually be my attacker, can they?
Yes, they can. If your significant other has used coercion, has committed sexual acts without your consent, or has been verbally or physically abusive, then they have committed sexually violent acts. Dating someone or being married to them is not consent to unwanted sexual advances.
Where can I go for help?
There are lots of resources available at ECC is you or someone you know is/has been a victim of sexual violence, the most important being College Safety Departments. There is a College Safety Department at each of ECC's three campuses. If a violation has occurred or is in the process of occurring, they should be your immediate contact.
City Campus, Room 102, (716) 851-1133
North Campus, Room S115, (716) 851-1433
South Campus, Room 5218, (716) 851-1633
Who else can I go to?
Darley Willis
, Director of Equity & Diversity – Title IX Coordinator
851-1118 or willis@ecc.edu
Petrina Hill-Cheatom
, Dean of Students –
City Campus
851-1120 or hill-cheatom@ecc.edu
Barbara Rieman
, Dean of Students –
North Campus
851-1420 or rieman@ecc.edu
Heather Cruz
, Dean of Students –
South Campus
851-1620 or cruzh@ecc.edu
Support is also available at the
Student Support Service Center
City Campus, 45 Oak Street, Room 102 (716) 851-1188
North Campus, Room S213, (716) 851-1488
South Campus, Room 5206, (716) 851-1688
What if I was using drugs or alcohol when the incident occurred? Will I get in trouble at ECC for the alcohol/drug use?
No, the health and safety of every student at ECC is the most important thing to us. Therefore, ECC has enacted a policy for Alcohol and/or Drug Use Amnesty in Sexual Violence Cases allowing a bystander reporting in good faith or a victim/survivor reporting sexual violence to not be subject to campus conduct violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the sexual violence
I don't know if I want to talk to anyone about my experience yet, what should I do?
Even though all students are encouraged to reach out to campus safety or school officials if they have suspected a student has been a victim of sexual violence or has been a victim themselves, ECC recognizes that this is a hard time for anyone and talking about it might be too difficult. ECC has many online resources available to their students. By clicking the "Educate Yourself" link under the


icon on your MyECC homepage, ECC's policies on sexual harassment/violence,
a flowchart on who to contact for help,
as well as national/statewide resources for
survivors are available.
Are there any safety services
on campus?
Yes, ECC offers many different safety services across the three campuses both to prevent sexual violence and to help victims/survivors.
On-campus escort service
through Campus Safety (851-1133) (for all students)
Confidential phone and directory information
option through the Switchboard (851-1001) (SUNY ECC students and employees)
Option to change class section
or relocate classroom (if available) through the Dean of Students and/or Title IX Coordinator (SUNY ECC students and employees only)

What if I only witnessed a violation?
The best thing to do would to be report it to school officials. ECC is obligated under Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act to investigate all claims of sexual violence adequately, reliably, and impartially even before a formal determination from a criminal investigation. When in doubt, you can always contact your Dean of Students or ECC's Title IX Coordinator. All contact information is available on the MyECC portal.
So, remember...
The faculty and staff at ECC hare here to assist their students in any way, but we need your help to end sexual violence across college campuses.
Crisis Services 24 Hour Hotline
716-834-3131
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