Sept. 8, 2011

New team handles sexual harassment, sexual assault and other Title IX concerns

A team of Cornell administrators has been established to oversee the university's efforts to address faculty, staff and student concerns related to sexual harassment, sexual assault and other actions that fall within the university's obligations under Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination based on gender in any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

As Cornell's new Title IX coordinator, Lynette Chappell-Williams, associate vice president for inclusion and workforce diversity, will oversee the university's policies and procedures related to Title IX law developments; ensure communication of those procedures to students, faculty and staff; coordinate the creation of educational materials and training for the campus community; and monitor all other aspects of the university's Title IX compliance.

Deputy Title IX coordinators are Anita Brenner, associate athletics director; Mary Beth Grant, judicial administrator; and Alan Mittman, director, Workforce Policy and Labor Relations.

The university's goal is not only to comply with the Title IX requirements but also to ensure that gender equity is a significant aspect of the university's commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. The Title IX team is developing action plans to address all aspects of Title IX, both in terms of educational programs as well as employment.

To report incidents of sexual harassment or gender inequity or to share concerns and ideas on how the university can better address its commitment to gender equity, email nosexualharassment@cornell.edu or gender_equity@cornell.edu. Chappell-Williams can also be reached for Title IX concerns and suggestions through these mailboxes.

Issues related to sexual harassment also can be brought forward to any of the university's Discrimination and Harassment Advisers, who are listed at http://www.hr.cornell.edu/diversity/reporting/harassment_advisors.html, or by contacting Mittman at equalopportunity@cornell.edu for issues other than student-to-student issues.

For student-to-student sexual harassment or sexual assault matters, contact Grant at judadmin@cornell.edu, or report concerns through residence hall directors or by filing a complaint directly with the Cornell Police Department at 607-255-1111.

For athletics equity issues, contact Brenner at brenner@cornell.edu.