Title IX Newsletter

Spring 2023 Newsletter:

The Title IX Office releases a semesterly newsletter to update the campus community about planned activities, important updates, and opportunities for engagement. Below you can find our news and updates for the spring semester.

1.  New Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Katy Perry began serving as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Binghamton University in November 2022. In this role, she is responsible for community engagement, presentations and education, as well as meeting with and providing outreach to members of the campus community regarding reports of dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. The Deputy Title IX Coordinator also holds regular office hours at the VARCC and supports University compliance with Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act (Clery), Enough is Enough (NYS 129-B) and NCAA requirements.

Prior to this position, Perry served in various roles in Residential Life at Binghamton University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and SUNY Canton. She holds a M.Ed. in Educational Organization and Leadership from St. Lawrence University, and a B.S. in Psychology from Le Moyne College. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Community Research and Action from Binghamton University through the College of Community and Public Affairs. She joins the Risk Management and Administrative Compliance team at Binghamton University to support an environment that is free from sexual harassment, sexual violence and discrimination. 

2. Presentations

During the fall 2022 semester, the Title IX Office continued to engage community members in training presentations. Ongoing training and education were provided for recently hired student and professional Residential Life staff, CARE Team staff, the University Police Department, and the entire Division of Student Affairs. The office also presented to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the Department of Social Work, various administrative departments, and multiple sections of UNIV 101/Writing Initiative courses. Anyone interested in a presentation from the Title IX Office can contact Title IX Coordinator Dr. Andrew Baker (607-777-2486 or abaker@binghamton.edu) or Deputy Title IX Coordinator Katy Perry (607-777-3214 or cperry@binghamton.edu).

3.  VARCC  

The VARCC is celebrating its second year serving the students of Binghamton University. We are all thrilled to continue to see the center grow and increase its offerings for victims and survivors of interpersonal violence. This past year, the VARCC welcomed new leadership (Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Case Management, Beth Riley), expanded office hours, and provided several outreach opportunities for the campus community. VARCC staff engaged in education, prevention, and marketing efforts during new student orientation, Domestic Violence Awareness month, and more. The VARCC sponsored a “Lunch and Learn” series with expert researchers from Binghamton University, launched a new and improved webpage, and also implemented a Lending Library with staff-curated books for survivors of sexual violence. Throughout the spring semester, VARCC will offer "supper and learn" events for students interested in being better allies to victims/survivors. 

4.  Biennial Sexual Violence Prevention Survey

Members of the University community will be invited to participate in the SUNY Sexual Violence Prevention Survey (SVP) in spring 2023. We encourage community members to participate in this opportunity. Access to the survey will be sent via official University e-mail addresses. 

5.  New Title IX Rulemaking

The federal government released new proposed changes to Title IX in June of 2022.  Proposed changes to Title IX may be found here.  The Title IX Office has reviewed the proposed changes and developed plans for anticipated changes if and when the final regulations are implemented.  The office will be offering training opportunities regarding any changes resulting from any new regulations. Anyone interested in a training regarding the implementation of the new regulations can contact Title IX Coordinator Dr. Andrew Baker (607-777-2486 or abaker@binghamton.edu) or Deputy Title IX Coordinator Katy Perry (607-777-3214 or cperry@binghamton.edu).

6. National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM)

January is National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM)! Stalking must be recognized as its own form of violence as well as a crime that frequently co-occurs with other victimizations, including physical and sexual violence. Stalking is a crime, a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, and may also violate Title IX. Stalking impacts nearly 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men in the United States, and young adults 18-24 years old experience the highest rates of stalking among adults.[1] Campuses face the challenges of high prevalence rates and predictable victim schedules that make it relatively easy for stalkers to access victims.  

Stalking is engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person's safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress. The majority of campus victims are stalked by someone they know and most stalkers are fellow students.[2] In addition to serious and long-lasting emotional and psychological harm, stalking can involve severe — even lethal — violence. Our campus works to understand the nature and dynamics of stalking, the impact of stalking on students, and the jurisdictional complexities of stalking cases.

We all have a role to play in identifying stalking and supporting students. Learn more at www.StalkingAwareness.org!

[1] Smith, S.G., Zhang, X., Basile, K.C., Merrick, M.T., Wang, J., Kresnow, M., & Chen, J. (2018). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2015 Data Brief. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC.
[2] Cantor, D., Fisher, B., Chibnall, S., Madden, K. (2020). Report on the AAU campus climate survey on sexual assault and misconduct. Westat.