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Title IX

Title IX is the federal anti-discrimination law that states: "No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal aid." (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972).

Training for Title IX Coordinators, Investigators and Decision Makers

Training for TIX Coordinators, Investigators and Decisionmakers:    Section 106.45(b) of the 2020 Final Title IX Rules require the sharing of “All materials used to train Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers, and any person who facilitates an informal resolution process. A recipient must make these training materials publicly available on its website, or if the recipient does not maintain a website the recipient must make these materials available upon request for inspection by members of the public.”  Training is provided by the SUNY Student Conduct Institute.

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This applies to all College programs and activities including, but not limited to, academic and athletic programs, financial aid and student records and accounts, health and counseling services, and housing and residence life programs.

Title IX prohibits sex discrimination against students, employees, or third parties. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence.

Title IX App

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  • Hotlines for Emergencies
  • Medical Care Resources System
  • Bias Reporting System
  • Valuable Campus Resources

This App is for students, faculty and staff. Search "Resilient Oaks App."


Support and Reporting Options

Support and Reporting Options (Process)


You have the right to make a report to university police or campus security, local law enforcement, and/or state police or choose not to report; to report the incident to your institution; to be protected by the institution from retaliation for reporting an incident; and to receive assistance and resources from your institution.

These people have key Title IX responsibilities at ESF:

Rebecca Hoda-Kearse (She/Her/Hers)
Executive People Officer and Title IX Coordinator
220 Bray Hall
(315) 565-3012

Oversees Title IX complaints for students/employees and related reporting for the campus.

Danushi Fernando (she/her/hers)
Chief Diversity Officer and Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Baker Lab Suite 445
(315) 470-3016

Receives complaints of student-to student violations of Code of Student Conduct, and complaints from an employee against a student.

Toyia Sims (she/her/hers)
Sr. Personnel Associate
Deputy Title IX Coordinator & Affirmative Action Officer
216 Bray Hall

Assists with receiving and investigating complaints involving employees.

Anthony Chefalo (he/him/his)
Title IX Investigator
110 Bray Hall
(315) 470-6660

Investigates alleged Title IX sexual assault and sexual violence violations involving students

Robert Dugan
Chief of University Police
19 Bray Hall
(315) 470-6667

Receives law enforcement and criminal complaints