Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Farmingdale State College is committed to Equity and Inclusive Excellence by creating an educational environment that is centered on building a foundation of broad and integrative knowledge of histories, cultures, science. societies, technology along with genuine appreciation of ethics, diversity and inclusion.
Pursuant to the Federal and State guidelines and regulations prohibiting discrimination, Farmingdale State College is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the University College community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law, or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.
The College’s policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and other laws, regulations and policies prohibiting discrimination may be directed to Frank Rampello,Title IX Coordinator. He can be located during regular business hours in Laffin Hall, Room 314, telephone 934-420-2622. Inquiries may also be directed to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500; Tel. 646-428-3800; Email OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.
Do you believe you have been a victim of sexual misconduct? Whether or not you reported the incident to the college, we’d like your opinion on how we can improve the effectiveness of our campus policies and procedures that address sexual misconduct. Please share your suggestions and/or feedback by making an appointment with Frank Rampello, Title IX Coordinator, 934-420-2104, or by sending your feedback via email at Frank Rampello.
- The Title IX Coordinator will have expert knowledge of the College’s Title IX grievance procedure(s) and will oversee all Title IX reports/complaints received by the Title IX Coordinator and all other departments, offices, and individuals identified as responsible employees or delegated the responsibility for receiving and/or investigating reports/complaints of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, and will address any patterns or systematic problems that arise during the review of such reports/complaints, and assess overall efficacy of coordination and overall response by the College to sexual harassment and sexual violence, including the implementation and efficacy of interim measures, the steps taken to stop sex discrimination/harassment found to have occurred and prevent its recurrence, steps taken to eliminate any hostile environment that has been created for students and steps taken to remedy any discriminatory effects on the complainant and others, as appropriate.
- The Title IX Coordinator will retain ultimate oversight and responsibility for any Deputy Coordinators the College designates to assist the Title IX Coordinator. The College will also develop specific statements of the roles and responsibilities of each Deputy Coordinator that clearly delineate the scope of each Deputy Coordinator’s duty and their reporting roles to the Title IX Coordinator.
- The Title IX Coordinator will have ultimate responsibility for: the prompt investigation of reports/complaints alleging sexual harassment and sexual violence; adjudication of whether sexual harassment or sexual violence has occurred in individual cases; the identification of remedies (including interim measures) necessary to address sexual harassment or sexual violence, eliminate any hostile environment, and prevent its recurrence; and consultation, as necessary, on any matter where it has been determined that sexual harassment or sexual violence has occurred in order to ensure the College’s compliance with Title IX. To the extent that any of the duties of the Title IX Coordinator will be delegated to other individuals at the College, the statement will clearly state what will be delegated to whom and how the Title IX Coordinator will retain oversight of any delegated responsibilities.
- The Title IX Coordinator will oversee the provision of initial and ongoing training to any Deputy Coordinators and any other individuals from any College department or office delegated the responsibility for receiving and/or investigating reports of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. The Title IX Coordinator will also have sufficient experience or training in these same concepts. The training content will include the substantive requirements of Title IX and how to investigate reports under Title IX that allege sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.
- The Title IX Coordinator will be responsible for the development, coordination, and implementation of periodic Title IX training for the College community (i.e., staff, faculty, resident assistants, coaches, students, etc.).
- The Title IX Coordinator will have responsibility for the continued development, coordination, and implementation of regular events hosted by or supported by the College leadership to raise awareness in the College community about all forms of sex discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) and the College’s policies and procedures regarding such matters.
- The Title IX Coordinator will be responsible for providing information to students and employees regarding their Title IX rights and responsibilities, including but not limited to: information about the resources available on and off College property, the formal and informal resolution processes, the availability of interim measures, and the ability to file a complaint with local law enforcement and the College simultaneously.
- The Title IX Coordinator will be responsible for periodic review and assessment of the College’s Title IX procedures, and any related policies and procedures, to ensure that they are consolidated to the maximum extent possible to provide an efficient resource for students, faculty, and staff.
- Neither the Title IX Coordinator nor any Deputy Coordinators shall have other job responsibilities that create a conflict of interest with regard to their duties and responsibilities under Title IX.
- The Title IX Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating communications with University Police and local law enforcement regarding the College’s obligations under Title IX and for serving as a resource on Title IX issues.
- The Title IX Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of periodic assessments (including, for example, surveys and focus groups) of campus climate with regard to sexual harassment and sexual violence.
- The Title IX Coordinator will coordinate with appropriate administrators, student services personnel, and University Police to identify and address any patterns or systemic problems under Title IX and to assess the overall efficacy of the coordination among these various offices.
- The Title IX Coordinator will annually review all reports/complaints of discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment and sexual violence in order to identify, to the maximum extent possible, and address any patterns or systemic problems, such as: how many reports involved particular groups of students, e.g., first-year students, athletes, members of student organizations; whether any individuals or organizations engaged in repeated misconduct, whether there are any patterns of barriers to reporting for any group of students, whether there are any campus or off-campus locations which are repeatedly the site of alleged incidents and/or if reports/complaints were not processed promptly and equitably in compliance with Title IX and the applicable policies and procedures.
Title IX Training
Section 106.45(b) of the 2020 Final Title IX Rules states:
"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."
As a member-institution of SUNY's Student Conduct Institute, FSC abides by industry best-practices and ensures all individuals are appropriately trained to conduct their relevant Title IX responsibilities in a manner commensurate to all statutory obligations. Please visit the link below to view all training materials utilized: