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Title IX

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex and gender, which includes sexual harassment and sexual violence. This law requires Columbia-Greene Community College to establish a robust campus response to combat sexual violence and harassment and respond to survivors’ needs in order to ensure that all students have equal access to education. Information about Sexual Violence Prevention / Response and the Sexual Violence Prevention Report may be found on the website under “Student Life”. Address questions and concerns to the Title IX Coordinator, Melissa Fandozzi, at 518.697.6337.

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Title IX Coordinator

  • The Title IX Coordinator will make sure you understand all your rights and options for moving forward, as well as all of the resources available to you.
  • The Title IX Coordinator will work closely with Public Safety, the Dean for Student Affairs, and the Director of Human Resources in the filing and adjudication of complaints through our campus processes.

On- and Off-Campus Authorities

  • Anyone wishing to file a criminal complaint can contact Campus Public Safety, local or state police, and/or the Campus Sexual Assault Victims Unit.
  • The Title IX Coordinator can help connect you to any of these resources.

Confidential and Private Resources

  • Your privacy will be respected and protected to the greatest extent practicable at all times, though strict confidentiality can only be guaranteed by licensed health professionals, off-campus victim advocates (such as employees at a Rape Crisis Center), and clergy.
  • CGCC Reach Center offers both private and confidential counseling services at no cost to students.
  • You can also access outside confidential support services, including hotlines and victim advocacy organizations.

The Title IX Coordinator, in conjunction with The Office of Student Development will provide training and educational programming throughout the year and as requested. Information and resources are always available from the Title IX Coordinator

Title IX Notice of Non-Discrimination

Columbia-Greene Community College, a community college of the State University of New York, does not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, intern, whether paid or unpaid, contractor, student, or applicant for admission or other members of the college community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) based on an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identification, gender expression, sexual orientation, self-identified or perceived sex, the status of being transgender, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, veteran status, domestic violence victim state, criminal conviction or any other category protected by law. The college adheres to all federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination and sexual harassment in public institutions of higher education.

The college prohibits conduct by any employee or any student who disrupts or interferes with another’s work performance or education experience, or who creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile work or educational environment due to discrimination based on protected status or sexual harassment. Columbia-Greene Community College is committed to educating employees in the recognition and prevention of workplace and education discrimination and sexual harassment and to informing students, employees, and others, how to report a discrimination complaint.

Inquiries about and reports regarding this notice and procedure may be made to:

Frankie Beaver-Timmons
Chief Diversity Officer
Phone: 518.697.6471

Drew Ledoux
Dean of Student Development
Phone: 518.697.6320

Melissa Fandozzi
Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
Phone: 518.697.6337

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,, 646.428.3800.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

If you have observed or experienced any kind of sex discrimination (including sexual harassment or sexual violence), please contact Title IX Coordinator, Melissa Fandozzi or Dean of Student Development, Drew Ledoux. They can explain your options for reporting and connect you to the right services and resources, as well as help you access on-campus accommodations. These options for support are all available to you whether or not you choose to engage in the Campus Conduct Process or report to law enforcement. 

Drew Ledoux
Dean of Student Development
Phone: 518.697.6320

Melissa Fandozzi
Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
Phone: 518.697.6337

Grievance Policy for Addressing Formal Complaints of Sexual Harassment

C-GCC Grievance Policy for Title IX {2023}