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What is Title IX/Article 129-B?


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.

Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance.

Article 129-B of the New York Education Law (Article 129-B) describes standards and procedures for New York colleges and universities to follow in addressing campus sexual misconduct and discrimination.

Policy for the Prevention of and Response to Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence, And Stalking (Title IX & 129-B Policy). The Rockefeller University is committed to maintaining an educational environment for students free from sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.  Such conduct is prohibited by Rockefeller’s Title IX Policy & 129-B, as is retaliation against any individual who reports, or participates in an investigation of, a Title IX/129-B complaint or violation.  Rockefeller is committed to responding promptly and impartially to Title IX/129-B complaints or violations, eliminating any hostile environment, and preventing its recurrence.  For additional information about prohibited conduct, procedures for handling Title IX/129-B complaints, and resources for students, see Rockefeller’s Title IX & 129-B policy.

Title IX/129-B Campus Climate Survey. In May 2019, Rockefeller administered a student climate survey. A summary of the results is available here.

2018 Report of Formal Title IX Complaints. Based on reports from previous years, we intend to submit this report of Formal Title IX Complaints from 2018 when the New York State portal opens in Summer 2019; the submitted report will be published when available.

How to Report an Incident

To report a Title IX/129-B incident or make a Title IX/129-B complaint, contact Virginia Huffman at:

Address: The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue
Founders Hall, Room 103
New York, NY 10065
Phone: (212) 327-7261

In case of an emergency, in addition to the Title IX Coordinator, you also may contact:

  • University Security at: ext. 1111 from a campus phone or (212) 327-7111 from a cellphone, or
  • the New York Police Department at: 911

In addition, you may report an incident or complaint to the following responsible employees:

  • Heads of Laboratories;
  • Department Heads of the Dean’s Office, Human Resources, Office of General Counsel, Housing, and Security; and
  • from the Dean’s Office, Emily Harms, Senior Associate Dean; Andrea Morris, Director of Career and Professional Development; Marta Delgado, Senior Graduate Program Administrator of Finance and Student Affairs; and Kristen Cullen, Graduate Admissions Administrator and Registrar.

Responsible employees must report prohibited conduct to the Title IX Coordinator and/or take action to redress such conduct.  They cannot guarantee confidentiality but will maintain the privacy of the complainant or reporting individual, to the greatest extent possible.

Confidential Resources

Certain individuals, including licensed mental health counselors, advocates, and health care professionals, will maintain the confidentiality of information provided by a complainant, accused, or reporting individual. These confidential resources are not required or permitted to disclose any identifying information regarding an incident to any outside party, including other individuals at the University, unless the person who provided information to them has consented to disclosure.

Confidential resources include:

  • Occupational Health Service (OHS):  OHS is staffed by nurse practitioners and an occupational health nurse who can offer basic medical advice or first aid when such treatment is necessary in advance of a student or employee receiving private medical attention.  OHS is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at The Rockefeller University Hospital, Room 118, (212) 327-8214.
  • Victim Intervention Program (New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center): Offers a New York State-designed Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program and provides specialized care to victims of sexual assault or sexual violence. The Victim Prevention Program is located at 525 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065, (212) 746-9414. See
  • New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline: 800-942-6906.
  • New York State Office of Victim Services: 800-247-8035 or
  • Safe Horizon’s Rape/Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-621-HOPE (4673).
  • The New York State Department of Health maintains a list of additional resources available to victims of sexual violence at

A Title IX/129-B report or complaint may be made to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) at:

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