Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities (hereinafter “schools”) receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

Title IX Coordinator

All inquiries concerning the application of policies for the prevention of sexual harassment and sexual violence under Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator:

Desiree Sholes 
Executive Coordinator / Title IX Coordinator
646-393-4127 OR 

The Title IX Coordinator provides advice and oversight on policies, preventive educational programs, resources and services required under Title IX, and in addition, oversees all complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence, as well as identifies and addresses any patterns or systematic problems that arise during the review of complaints.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is unwelcome, gender-based verbal and physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive and has the effect of unreasonably interfering with, limiting or denying someone the ability to become or continue to be a productive member of the College community. This type of behavior can occur in a variety of situations that share a common element: the inappropriate introduction of sexual advances or comments into the workplace or academic environment. Harassing conduct does not have to be motivated by sexual desire in order to constitute unlawful sexual harassment.

Policies and Procedures

Additional Information

For additional information regarding sexual assault, consent, active bystander, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, victim rights and order of protection, please see the Campus Security Report 2017.