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Title IX and Sexual Misconduct

St. John Fisher College (the “College”) is committed to maintaining a community in which learning and working can be carried out in an environment of respect, open-mindedness, and integrity. The College stands opposed to all forms of discrimination, harassment, and violence and will work to prevent such behavior within the College community.

Title IX Notice

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity and provides that:

No person...shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance...

Examples of types of gender-based discrimination prohibited by Title IX include:

  • Sexual harassment occurring in connection with any academic, athletic, extracurricular, or other university program, regardless of the location;
  • Sexual violence/sexual assault;
  • Discrimination against a student based on sex, including in grading, provision of research opportunities, access to classes and academic programs, or access to medical services;
  • Discrimination against an applicant for admission or employment because of sex;
  • Discrimination against an employee based on sex, including in pay or discipline;
  • Failure to provide equitable opportunity for participation in intercollegiate sports; or
  • Disproportionate awards of financial assistance.

St. John Fisher College prohibits sexual or gender-based violence, sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence including dating violence and domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation. These forms of behavior are referred to in this policy interchangeably as "sexual misconduct" or "prohibited conduct." The College will respond promptly and equitably to reports of sexual misconduct to eliminate hostile environments created by such behavior and provide access to educational programs and activities.

St. John Fisher College recognizes that sexual misconduct affects individuals of all genders, gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations.

Read the full Sexual Misconduct Policy [pdf].

Title IX Coordinator

Pursuant to Title IX and its regulations (34 C.F.R. Part 106), the Title IX coordinator is the designated College official with primary responsibility for coordinating compliance with Title IX and other federal and state laws and regulations relating to sex-based discrimination.

Any member of the College community who believes they have been the victim of sexual misconduct and/or chooses to seek more information about sexual misconduct or College polices may contact the Title IX coordinator. The College's Title IX coordinator is available to help students understand their options regarding both receiving support and reporting sexual misconduct. The Title IX coordinator is unable to guarantee confidentiality but they will maintain privacy to the fullest extent. Additionally, the Title IX coordinator is responsible for ensuring compliance with Title IX and its regulations, as well as the New York State Education Law 129-B.

The Title IX coordinator, Meg Flaherty, can be reached Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. by phone at (585) 385-8232, by email at, or after hours by contacting the residence director on duty, or the Office of Safety and Security.

The Title IX coordinator:

  • Supports those who assist with Title IX compliance;
  • Ensures that the College policies and procedures provide prompt and equitable resolutions to allegations of sexual harassment/misconduct, including mitigating real or perceived conflicts of interest;
  • Annually reviews the College's sexual harassment/misconduct policies;
  • Annually reviews the College's educational programs and opportunities for the campus community regarding the topics of sexual and harassment;
  • Informs campus community members about appropriate reporting processes for sexual harassment/misconduct allegations involving campus community members;
  • Tracks/monitors sexual harassment/misconduct allegations involving campus community members;
  • Ensures that training, education, and prevention efforts with respect to sexual misconduct allegations are provided for campus community members;
  • Provides for mandatory training for those implementing the grievance procedure (Title IX Coordinator, investigators, hearing board members) regarding College policies, formal process procedures, and applicable non-disclosure requirements;
  • Promotes the creation and implementation of policies, procedures, and notifications designed to ensure the College's compliance with Title IX;
  • Acts as a liaison to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights and other state and federal agencies that enforce Title IX;
  • Oversees matters related to the College's compliance with NYS Education Law 129-B.

The Title IX coordinator maintains broad oversight responsibility but may delegate responsibilities under this policy to designated administrators or external professionals who will have appropriate training and/or experience. When used in this policy, the term "Title IX coordinator" may include an appropriate designee.

Department of Education

In addition to the reporting choices below, persons may direct information about their allegations to the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education.

The OCR National Headquarters is located at:

Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100

Telephone: (800) 421-3481
Fax: (202) 453-6012; TDD: (800) 877-8339

Campus Climate Study

The College administers a Campus Climate Study on Sexual Misconduct every other year, and the results are published on the College website when they are available. For questions or a presentation about the survey or results, please contact the Title IX coordinator (contact information above). 

View the 2017 Campus Climate Study [pdf].
View the Campus Climate Survey 2019 [pdf].