Title IX Coordinator and Reporting

What is Title IX?

Title IX is part of the 1972 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and stipulates that “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 requires all schools receiving federal financial assistance to take reasonable steps to create a safe, nondiscriminatory learning environment.  If discrimination based on sex occurs, Canisius University will take immediate action to end the discrimination, remedy its effects, and prevent its future recurrence.

For further details concerning Title IX and to help determine how to address a Title IX concern, students, faculty, and staff may view the University's Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy. You may also view the New York State Enough Is Enough Legislation and the Students' Bill of Rights for further details.

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Title IX Coordinator:

Debbie Owens 

Title IX Coordinator/Associate Dean of Students
Office: Frisch Hall 006
Email: @email
Phone: 716-888-3781

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Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students

Our Deputy Title IX Coordinators for Students are individuals who completes ongoing training regarding Title IX policies, procedures, and resources. These individuals are available to answer questions regarding campus procedures, but are primarily trained to serve as Title IX Lead Investigators or Hearing Panel Chairs.


Bennie Williams Assistant Dean of Students

Bennie Williams
Assistant Dean of Students and Director, Multicultural Center
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Student Center 003
(716) 888-2594



Training Materials

Title IX


Relevant Policies

Click here to review the Canisius University Community Standards

Click here to review the Canisius University Sexual & Gender-Based Misconduct Policy

Click here to review the Canisius University Anti-Discrimination & Harassment Policy

Campus Climate Surveys

2022 Campus Climate Survey

2020 Campus Climate Survey 

2018 Campus Climate Survey


What are my reporting options?



Confidential resources are those to whom you may disclose what occurred, and they will not have a duty to report any details you disclose except for in extreme circumstances. The College’s confidential resources include: 


Canisius University Counseling Center
Bosch Hall 105

Canisius University Sexual Assault Liaison
Eileen Niland, LMHC, NNC
Counseling Center, BH 105


Canisius University Student Health Services
Frisch Hall 001 (tunnel level)

Crisis Services
24 Hour Emergency Mental Health Services


Not Confidential

Not confidential resources are those that may have a duty to disclose what occurred in your instance of harassment or discrimination to other College employees or to law enforcement. These individuals will do their utmost to keep your information confidential and only share the information to those who will legally need to be aware of it. If you have questions about the reporting process, you may ask the following non-confidential resources without disclosing any details of your specific case.


Canisius University Public Safety                                        
Bosch Hall (tunnel level)

Title IX Coordinator

Debbie Owens 
Title IX Coordinator/Associate Dean of Students
Office: Frisch Hall 006
Email: @email
Phone: 716-888-3781

Off Campus Resources

1.    External Law Enforcement Authorities
Any individual who has experienced an incident of Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct involving potential criminal conduct has the option to report (or not report) the conduct to an external law enforcement authorities that has jurisdiction over the location where the incident occurred by calling 911.  In addition, the Buffalo Police Sex Offence Unit at 716-851-4494 or the state police at 1-844-845-7269 may be contacted if the incident took place locally.

2.    Medical Treatment
The college encourages individuals who have experienced a recent sexual assault or act of physical violence to visit a hospital or clinic to assess and address their medical needs.  
The following local medical facilities are confidential resources and information provided during a medical exam will not be released or shared without the patient’s consent.  Disclosure to these resources does not provide any information to the college.

Erie County Medical Center
462 Grider St., Buffalo
(716) 898-3161
Buffalo General Hospital
100 High St., Buffalo
(716) 859-7100

Sisters of Charity Hospital
2157 Main St., Buffalo
(716) 862-1800
Women & Children’s Hospital
219 Bryant St., Buffalo
(716) 878-7408

3.    Counseling/Victim Advocacy/ Support Resources
An individual reporting an act of Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct also has the option to confidentially disclose the incident and obtain services from the following off-campus counseling/victim advocacy resources and hotlines.  Disclosure to these resources does not provide any information to the college.

Crisis Services
(716) 834-3131
Crisis Services is staffed 24 hours a day by trained volunteers who are able to connect with professional counselors for emergency outreach.  Crisis services will send a counselor to meet individuals in the emergency room.

New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

National Sexual Assault Hotline

Pandora’s Project

GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project

Safe Horizons

Neighborhood Legal Services
(716) 847-0650

Volunteer Lawyer Project
(716) 847-0662