Newsletter

Fall 2021 Newsletter Topics:

This is the first of semesterly updates planned by the Title IX Office. Below are news and updates including recent activities that engaged with the campus community.

1.      Changes to Title IX regulations/enforcement

a.       In August of 2021, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a letter to students, educators and other stakeholders referencing a particular section of Title IX regulations that would no longer be enforced. In response to a federal district court ruling from Massachusetts, the OCR announced that it would not enforce the barring of an individual’s statements in a live hearing if the individual failed to submit to cross-examination by the other party’s representative. In other words, hearing boards are no longer required to ignore one party’s statements just because they would not answer questions from the other party.

(see https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/202108-titleix-VRLC.pdf)

2.      New website

a.       In August of 2021, the Title IX Office launched a new website. The main page has direct links to the Violence, Abuse and Rape Crisis Center (VARCC) and the online Sexual Assault Anonymous Report. Future additions to the site will include more detailed process descriptions for both Title IX Grievance procedures and Student Code of Conduct processes. The Title IX Office is always looking for ideas and suggestions to improve the site. Our contact information is below and we welcome your feedback.

(see https://www.binghamton.edu/services/title-ix/

3.      Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium Survey (HEDS) 

a.       The Title IX Office assisted with the implementation and promotion of the HEDS survey on Binghamton University’s climate regarding sexual contact, sexual assault and relationship violence. Results of the survey should be available during the spring 2022 semester.

4.      Community presentation

a.       Since August of 2021, the Title IX Office has made more than 15 presentations to over 800 people. Groups have included UNIV 101 classes, Club Sports leadership, athletics staff, Residence Life staff and many others. Any campus group of any size can request a presentation from the Title IX Office by contacting us using the information below.

5.      Violence, Abuse and Rape Crisis Center (VARCC)

a.       Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Amy Zieziula, conducts office hours in the VARCC on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. The Title IX Office has contributed to the interview and hiring process for two new student receptionist positions in the VARCC that should allow for expanded hours during the spring 2022 semester.

(see https://www.binghamton.edu/centers/varcc/index.html

6.      Ongoing professional development

a.       During the fall 2021 semester, the Title IX Office continued its own training and professional development.

i.      This semester Amy Zieziula attended the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) two-day annual conference. She has also joined the executive board of the SUNY Title IX Coordinators Association (STIXCA) as website manager and attended the fall/winter conference in December.

ii.      This semester, Andrew Baker has continued to serve on the executive board of STIXCA as the secretary and will be attending the annual conference. Baker attended two webinar opportunities this fall through the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) and one through the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). He is currently completing annual recertification through the SUNY Student Conduct Institute (SUNY SCI) and plans to attend the annual conference of the National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals (NACCOP) next summer.

7.      Contact information

a.       Title IX Coordinator Andrew Baker: 607-777-2486, Couper Administration Building, room 217, abaker@binghamton.edu 

b.      Deputy Title IX Coordinator Amy Zieziula: 607-777-3214, Couper Administration Building, room 214, azieziul@binghamton.edu