Tompkins Cortland Community College


Title IX Overview

Although Title IX is best known for breaking down barriers in sports for women and girls, it also prohibits all discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex, including all sexual violence.

Tompkins Cortland Community College’s policy against discrimination and harassment includes Title IX.

Sexual discrimination is any behavior that unfairly treats people differently due to their sex or gender.  Examples include:

Making academic or employment decisions on the basis of gender

Having different athletic or student leadership opportunities on the basis of gender

All forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence are sexual discrimination. Examples of sexual harassment include:

  • Any uninvited or unwelcome physical contact, touching, petting, pinching, persistent and purposeful brushing up against another individual’s body, etc.
  • Sexual assault, including rape
  • Any suggestion to an individual that sexual favors or relationships will result in a favorable grade, a promotion, or other beneficial academic or employment opportunity.
  • Any suggestion to an individual that refusal to provide sexual favors or relationships will result in a poor grade, demotion, discipline, etc.
  • Sexual innuendos, sexually suggestive comments, offensive language, sexually oriented kidding or teasing,
  • Any behavior of a sexual nature that by purpose or effect creates an intimidating, hostile or abusive work or academic environment.

Retaliation – No member of the College community shall retaliate, intimidate, threaten, coerce, or otherwise discriminate against a person who files a complaint, serves as a witness, or offers assistance or participates in a dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking case in any manner.  Participants who experience retaliation should report the incident to a Title IX Coordinator, Campus Police, or the Office of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs immediately.

Tompkins Cortland's Athletics Department adheres to all of the provisions of Title IX.

Sexual Violence Prevention Survey Results

Tompkins Cortland Community College administered SUNY Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Campus Climate Survey Report climate survey in the spring of 2017. The purpose of the survey was to assess the knowledge, perceptions, and experience Tompkins Cortland Community College students and staff in relation to sexual assault, other sexual misconduct, and other conduct that creates a sexually hostile environment. 

  • The 2017 survey reached out to 522 faculty, and Staff and 2437 Students asking for their participation.
  • Response rate for faculty and staff was 14.9%, student response rate was 5.49%

Additional outreach, training, will continue to take place with students and employees on a semester-by- semester basis.  Campus-wide committees have reviewed all survey results. Results were shared with department leadership to review specific results and to further detail recommendations based on the findings. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact:

Peter Voorhees
Public Information Officer
607.844.8222, Ext. 4351

  • Sharon Clark, Human Resources, Senior Title IX Coordinator, room 219, 844.8222, ext. 4440
  • Seth Thompson, Diversity Education and Support Services, room 187, 844.8222, ext. 4358
  • Carolyn Boone, Access and Equity Services, room 130, 844.8222, ext. 4283
  • Darese Doskal, Residence Life and Judicial Affairs, Tioga Hall, 844.8222, ext. 6591