Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs
Updated as of April 7, 2020
- What is the current impact upon the operations of the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX?
Office operations continue and now are being conducted remotely consistent with state and university requirements.
At this time, the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX is not accepting any physical mail. Please direct any inquiries to email@example.com.
- If I experience sexual or related misconduct, can I still report it?
Yes. Please visit biasconcerns.cornell.edu/ to report an experience. We will continue to receive and respond to reports and can conduct meetings remotely via Zoom or telephone. Section 5 of the Student Procedures and Section 9 of the Employee Procedures set forth the university’s ability to take jurisdiction over reports of prohibited conduct arising from on and off campus conduct.
- How will the case I’m currently involved in be affected?
Cases will continue to be investigated and adjudicated according to Policy 6.4 and the Procedures applicable to the case. However, participation now will be remote; we will provide instructions and assistance to support your participation. We also understand that there may be delay as students relocate during the transition to online learning and as remote work takes effect. We ask that, if participants are unavailable to participate due to illness, quarantine, or isolation, or for any other reason (related or unrelated to the Coronavirus), they contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Will the university continue to provide other support and assistance such as procedural advisors, university confidential resources, and counseling?
Many of the Ithaca-based resources, such as the Cornell Victim Advocate, the Tompkins County Advocacy Center, and CAPS are offering remote appointments. For those in the Ithaca area, Cayuga Medical Center continues to provide SANE exams, possibly subject to assessment protocols before someone goes in-person. Advocates from the Tompkins County Advocacy Center will not attend in-person but rather will support by phone and possibly also by video. Procedural Advisors provided by the University (the Complainants’ Advisors and the Judicial Codes Counselors) are also providing remote services.
If you prefer to work with a service provider closer to where you’re located, these advocacy services can assist you in connecting with a local service provider. Additionally, the Crime Victims Treatment Center, which serves Cornell students in New York City, is offering remote appointments.
Other national hotlines, such as RAINN and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, remain available by phone. The Child Development Council also has a warm line to help parents deal with parenting challenges right now.
For more information about employee wellbeing, please visit the Employee Wellbeing at Cornell website.
Please contact us at email@example.com if you are having difficulty remotely securing the resources and services you need. We also encourage you to reach out to any support services you are currently connected with, to explore how to use the services remotely.
- What if I have other questions not answered here?
As always, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that individual office phones are not forwarded during this period of remote work. We will continue to monitor the situation and update these FAQs as needed according to changes in the university’s directive and measures.
Cornell University is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning, living, and working environment for its students, faculty, and staff members. To this end, Cornell will not tolerate sexual and related misconduct. Through Cornell University Policy 6.4, and the applicable procedures for students, staff, and faculty, the university provides means to address bias, discrimination, harassment, and sexual and related misconduct, including gender-based harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, stalking, and sexual exploitation.
We share the responsibility for creating a safer, more caring campus culture in which bias, harassment, and violence have no place—and every member of our community is free to flourish. Cornell University complies with applicable state and federal statutes, including Title IX of the federal Higher Education Amendment of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity receiving federal financial aid. Sexual assault and sexual harassment are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
- To make a report to Cornell of gender-based harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, or other forms of sexual misconduct, go to biasconcerns.cornell.edu to make an online report to Cornell or see the list of other reporting options.
- Cornell is a caring community. For important and timely information to the Cornell community about sexual harassment, assault, gender discrimination and other related forms of violence, please see the Sexual Harassment and Assault – Response and Education (“SHARE”) website. The site also offers information about the SHARE partners who provide services, support, reporting options, education, and advocacy.
- Cornell University has an enduring commitment to support equality of education and employment opportunity by affirming the value of diversity and by promoting an environment free from discrimination. For more information, please see the Equal Education and Employment Opportunity Statement.