Title IX

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
-Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act
Restated: White House Task Force Report – April 2014

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities. Sex discrimination includes all forms of sexual harassment, including verbal sexual harassment and sexual violence by employees, students, or third parties against employees, students, or third parties. Niagara County Community College is fully compliant with Title IX and applies compliance to athletics, admissions, financial aid, academic matters, career services, counseling and medical services, and all other programs/activities available to students, as well as in the workplace for faculty and staff.

Conduct covered by Title IX includes:

  • Sex Discrimination and Harassment
  • Sexual Violence
  • Stalking
  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Retaliation
  • Gender-based Discrimination, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Sexual/Gender Identity Discrimination
  • Bullying/Cyber-bullying, and Hazing

NCCC’s Title IX Coordinator is:

Catherine Brown
Director of Human Resources, Equity & Inclusion
Title IX Coordinator
Room A264
Phone: 716-614-5951

The Title IX Officer is responsible for facilitating the investigation and remedies, as well as offer support resources to the victim/complainant, for any allegation of sex or gender-based harassment, discrimination, misconduct, violence, or any other conduct covered by Title IX. The Title IX Officer works closely with Student Services, Academic Affairs, Human Resources, Campus Security, and other offices during a Title IX investigation, and to provide educational programming for the campus community.

Knowledge of Child Sexual Abuse

Any employee or student of or volunteer for Niagara County Community College who witnesses or has reasonable cause to suspect any sexual abuse of a child occurring on College property or while off campus during official College business or College-sponsored events shall have an affirmative obligation to report such conduct to Campus Security immediately. Such report should include the names of the victim and assailant (if known), other identifying information about the victim and assailant, the location of the activity, and the nature of the activity. Upon receiving such a report, Campus Security shall promptly notify Director of Security who shall report such incidents to the responsible College officials. In addition, to aid in the prevention of crimes against children on property of the College and/or during official NCCC business at events sponsored by the College, relevant employees should be trained on the identification of such crimes and proper notification requirements. Vendors, licensees or others who are given permission to come on campus or to use College facilities for events or activities that will include participation of children shall ensure that they have in place procedures for training, implementation of applicable pre-employment screening requirements and reporting of child sexual abuse. For purposes of this policy, the applicable definitions of child sexual abuse are those used in the NYS Penal Law in Articles 130 and 263 and Section 260.10 and "child" is defined as an individual under the age of 17."

Reporting Alleged Violations of Discrimination

Obligation to Report

Any observed, experienced, or known sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, or other Title IX conduct violation. It does not matter if an incident occurred on-campus or off campus, nor if the incident occurred today, recently, or a time in the past.

Reporting Alleged Violations

Students should report allegations of inappropriate conduct to any staff member they feel comfortable approaching. However, reports by students will usually be referred to the Vice President of Student Services, Julia Pitman, at 716-614-6240 or the Title IX Officer, Catherine Brown, at 716-614-5951, or to Campus Security at 716-614-6400.

Employees should report suspected Title IX violations to their supervisor, or the Title IX Officer, Catherine Brown, at 716-614-5951.

A student or employee who has been sexually assaulted, or is in immediate danger should contact Campus Security immediately at 716-614-6400.

For on-campus medical assistance contact the Wellness Center at 716-614-6275.

The Title IX Officer will collaborate with the appropriate offices in the investigation and response to a complaint.


The College will make every effort to keep the confidentiality of any person(s) reporting a claim and when possible will keep the identity of an unwilling victim or witness confidential. The College, however, cannot guarantee unqualified confidentiality as it must balance confidentiality with the safety of other members in the community. The information provided to a non-confidential resource will be relayed only as necessary for the Title IX Officer to investigate and/or seek a resolution. If the College determines that there is the threat of imminent harm to an individual or to the community, information may need to be shared and then only with appropriate individuals. Complainants will be advised if information pertaining to a claim is shared with individuals outside of the College's investigative process. There are certain individuals who, under the law and under specific circumstances, are bound by rules of confidentiality. If you choose to report a claim to any of the resources listed, you may ask whether your conversation with them is privileged under the law.

Grievance Procedures

Copies of the College's Title IX grievance procedures and local campus and community resources may be obtained from the Title IX Officer.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is the entity that is charged with enforcing Title IX compliance. Inquiries about these issues may also be referred to:
U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
New York Office 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10005-2500 Phone: 646-428-3800 Fax: 646-428-3843

This nondiscrimination notice appears on the College's various websites, in college publications, and employment materials. Information updated as of March 2013