I want to thank you all for your hard work on behalf of our students and the Southern Tier communities we serve. The college is off to a good start in spite of the many challenges facing community colleges and particularly in the Northeast. This statement is about one of those challenges all colleges face.
Today you cannot open up a periodical without there being an article or op-ed noting the challenging times in which all of higher education is immersed. Small privates struggle under the weight of high tuition, and now Excelsior here in NY. The Northeast market struggles with shrinking core market demographics for all of us. Universities struggle with lawmakers over cultural topics. In addition, most community colleges struggle with flagging public funding. Consequently, our periodicals are replete with both laments on the overall situation and explorations into potential remedies.
Amidst all of this SUNY Broome has held up pretty well thanks to all of you. We have our struggles for sure, but as a cohesive academic community we have been able to work through them while offering our students a high quality academic experience. By emphasizing academic quality and focusing on continuously improving our student support services, we have been able to keep our college moving forward in spite of the headwinds coming from Albany or anywhere else. Thank you for your part in this!
It continues to be honor to lead this great academic community along with all of you who also provide leadership whenever and wherever it is needed. This is primarily why we are so successful in spite of the tumultuous political and social issues swirling around us. So, while it’s not a requirement for me to share the above personal sentiment with you, the following is a requirement and represents one more of those issues which has greatly impacted college and university campuses over the past several of years. I also want to take this opportunity to thank one of the many leaders I generally referred to above, Dean Scott Schuhert, for his leadership efforts on the challenging front of Title IX referenced below.
One of the federally required annual duties of all college presidents is to remind our campus community of Title IX requirements. You may recall that 2 years ago SUNY handed down a uniform sexual violence policy Victim/Survivor Bill of Rights. In response to the new SUNY policies, key SUNY Broome faculty and staff participated in various levels of response training. While we have a zero-tolerance policy for violence of any manifestation, sexual violence between or among any individuals falls under SUNY’s new policy as well as our own. And beyond violence prevention, it should go without saying that we want civil behavior in all forms throughout our academic community and so a few years ago we created a Campus Civility Statement through our Shared Governance procedures. That statement is attached here and I ask everyone to refresh their memory of it and please refer anyone to it if circumstances warrant.
Attached you will also find the SUNY Broome Community College Students’ Bill of Rights created in response to the SUNY policy. I am sharing this as required but more importantly in hopes that all members of our academic community will take time to read these and share them with your colleagues and students. We must continue to support victims/survivors of sexual violence or any violence while working to prevent it wherever we can as a civil academic community.
If you have any questions, please contact our Title IX coordinator, Dean Scott Schuhert, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 607-778-5681, or in person in the Science Building room 227.