Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: "No person in the United States shall on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance".
The University of New Haven is a community committed to providing an environment that promotes excellence, responsibility, respect, understanding, integrity, and service. The University adheres to the philosophy that all community members should enjoy an environment free of any form of harassment, sexual misconduct, discrimination, or relationship violence.
As the University of New Haven’s Title IX Officer, Caroline Koziatek, Vice President for Human Resources, is responsible for coordinating the University’s compliance with Title IX, including overseeing all complaints of sex discrimination and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. Questions or concerns may be directed to:
Vice President of Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator and Diversity Officer
South Campus Hall
300 Boston Post Road
West Haven CT, 06516
The Deputy Coordinator reports to the Title IX Coordinator. Responsibilities include:
The Deupty Coordinator is knowledgeable about, and will provide information on all options for complaint resolution.
Student Sexual Misconduct Complaints
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
300 Boston Post Road
West Haven, CT 06516
Any student, faculty or staff member, or applicant for admission or education who has concerns about sexual misconduct or sex discrimination is encouraged to contact a Title IX coordinator.
Contact a coordinator if you:
Although short, this list addresses only a few of the commonly asked questions of victims of sexual misconduct. These questions are just some that may be pertinent in the aftermath of a sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, or stalking incident. If you have a question that is not answered or you believe should be added to this list, please contact Ashley Dunn, Title IX/Clery Compliance Coordinator.
1. I recently learned (they told me, I overheard a conversation, I witnessed an incident…) that my friend was assaulted at the University, what should I do?
Listen, and provide a non-judgmental space for your friend to confide in. It is likely that your friend will be faced with a lot of options and may be conflicted about how to move forward. It’s important that you help s/he feel supported in whatever choice they may take, whether s/he files a formal complaint with the Title IX Coordinator, presses criminal charges with the police, or seeks assistance from other campus resources (Health Services, Counseling & Psychological Services, College Advocate…). You are not an investigator, so avoid asking questions about your friend’s incident, such as questions regarding clothing choices, substance use, or his/her personal choices. These questions, while often well-intentioned, can come across as judgmental and do more harm than good. Finally, encourage and help your friend find resources through the newhaven.edu/sexualmisconduct website. You will find on-campus and off-campus resources on this website that can be utilized by you and your friend during this difficult time.
2. Who is the Title IX Coordinator? How can they help me?
The University of New Haven’s Title IX Coordinator is Caroline Koziatek, VP of Human Resources and Diversity Officer. She is responsible for coordinating the University’s compliance with Title IX, including overseeing all complaints of sex discrimination and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. As the Title IX Coordinator, she can direct you to the most appropriate resources and options. You can also report incidents of retaliation to the Title IX Coordinator.
The University of New Haven also has a Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Sexual Misconduct, Rebecca Johnson, VP of Student Affairs and Dean of Students. The Deputy Coordinator must report Title IX related incidents to the Title IX Coordinator, while overseeing the student complaint process. Her responsibilities include tracking and monitoring incidents, including sex discrimination and sexual misconduct amongst students, ensuring the University responds effectively to each complaint and where appropriate, conducting investigations of identified complaints. The Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Sexual Misconduct can also be a reporting source for students wishing to make informal or formal complaints.
3. What is Title IX? How does it relate to sexual discrimination/violence?
4. Do I have to tell the University who assaulted me?
5. Is there an option that allows me to report the incident confidentially?
6. What types of assistance/remedies are available?
7. I was assaulted on a study abroad trip, what options do I have?
8. I think I was assaulted a while ago (months, years, etc.), can I still report?
9. Is there someone that can assist me in contacting the police?
10. Do I have to immediately decide to press charges?
No, but if you want to keep your legal options open, the University suggests that you do receive medical attention. The College Advocate from the Rape Crisis Center of Milford, is available to accompany you to the hospital and support you during the process.
A sexual assault evidence collection kit may be administered at Milford Hospital, or Yale New Haven Hospital. A “rape kit” involves a process of collecting DNA evidence that may have been left by the perpetrator. If you do choose to undergo a rape kit, you are not required to cooperate with law enforcement or pursue criminal charges. However, only DNA evidence collected by a rape kit is admissible in court. This is a free service in the state of CT.
11. I don’t want a rape kit, can I choose to not have one?
12. I’m worried about the affects to my physical health (STIs, pregnancy…), what should I do?
On-campus and off-campus resources are available to help you navigate through the aftermath of a sexual misconduct incident. Please visit the Sexual Misconduct Resources page for more information.