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 College 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 College’s Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy. You may also view the New York State Enough Is Enough Legislation for further details.

Title IX Coordinator:

Debbie Owens debbie owens
Title IX Coordinator/Associate Dean of Students
Office: Frisch Hall 006
Email: owens30@canisius.edu
Phone: 716-888-3781

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students

Our Deputy Title IX Coordinators for Students are individuals who complete 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 Coordinators.

Sheila Pettigrew

Sheila Pettigrew

Senior Assistant Director, Career Development
Title IX Coordinator
Horan O'Donnell 014
(716) 888-2488


Training Materials

Title IX

What are my reporting options?

  • Confidential
  • Not Confidential
  • Off Campus Resources

Title IX Policies

Academic and living arrangements may be made by the Title IX Coordinator to accommodate the complaintant's needs.

Click here to review the Canisius College Community Standards

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

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

Click here to review an Executive Summary of the Campus Climate Survey

Bias Reporting Hotline: Call 716-888-BIAS (2427)

Click here to access the Bias Reporting Form

Click here to view the Combatting Campus Racial Incidents Resource Guide