SUNY and U.S. Department of Education agree on handling of Title IX issues

New Paltz Faculty, Staff, and Students:

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has entered into an agreement with the State University of New York (SUNY) to ensure compliance with Title IX requirements to prevent and respond to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence by SUNY and each of its 29 state-operated campuses.  I referenced the Title IX review process in my October 2011 monthly report to the faculty and in this year’s State of the College address.

SUNY was selected because it is the largest comprehensive statewide system of public higher education in the United States and New Paltz because we are a representative SUNY comprehensive college. New Paltz did take exception to the fact that OCR held SUNY campuses to standards that OCR issued to campuses nationwide in spring 2011 for cases during the previous three years.  However, there was no finding in the review that our campus mishandled any past cases.

In the federal announcement, Catherine E. Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, stated “I applaud SUNY for its willingness to show leadership by improving its efforts to address and prevent sexual harassment on its campuses.”

At New Paltz, we have zero tolerance for sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence.   The College has responded proactively to OCR by reviewing and strengthening our procedures and taking the steps recommended by OCR to ensure that existing policies and procedures comply fully with Title IX standards issued in spring 2011. The review commended many of New Paltz’s programs, procedures, training, counseling services, and identified relatively minor procedural changes to improve our communication about policies and procedures and our handling of incidents.

I am grateful to Student Affairs, Human Resources, and Compliance and Campus Climate staff for their care and thoughtful work in acting promptly to implement procedural changes that were a major focus of their review.

Thanks to everyone for such a great community effort.


Donald P. Christian

Promotions in the Division of Administration and Finance


It is with great pleasure that I announce the promotion of two long-standing campus personnel –both who happen to have the same first name– to new positions within the Division of Administration and Finance.  These promotions serve multiple purposes: first and foremost, we are recognizing good citizens of the college for their dedication, loyalty and excellent service over the years, and secondly, we are being consistent with our desire for a fulsome succession planning strategy.  We are restructuring my old position to split out budgeting from expenditure monitoring (a sound internal control measure).  Lastly, this reorganization does not add additional staff to our budget and actually creates a cost savings to the campus. They are effective immediately.

Julieta (Julie) Majak has been promoted to the role of Assistant Vice President for Administration.  Julie has been a part of the SUNY New Paltz community for over 20 years, serving as Contract Administrator in Purchasing, Associate Director of Administrative Services & Telecommunications, Director of Administrative Services, Director of Facilities Finance, Assistant Vice President for Research Foundation and Operations Manager for Research Foundation.  Julie M. has supervisory experience at various times for offices such as Mail Services, Receiving, Property Control, Parking & Telecommunications Payments, Administrative Services and Research Foundation Post Award Administration.  She has served on several campus committees, including the Parking Committee, Facilities Master Landscape Plan, Middle States Reaccreditation Team, Budget Goals and Plans – just to name a few!  Prior to coming to New Paltz, she worked at Ogden Industrial Services in the division of Facilities Maintenance & Management at the Poughkeepsie and Kingston locations for 3 years.  Julie M. holds a master’s in Education Administration from SUNY New Paltz and a bachelor’s Marketing and Management from Siena College.

Julie M. will now oversee the offices of Accounting Services (which includes Parking and Student Loan Counseling), Purchasing [including Facilities Purchasing Services], Internal Controls, Receiving & Property Control and act as the campus Controller.  Her office will be located in Haggerty 904; her extension will remain x3272.

Julie Chiarito has been promoted to the role of Assistant Vice President for Budget.  Julie C. has been a part of the campus community for six years as the Financial Analyst in the Office of Institutional Research.  Julie has been responsible for producing several important reports throughout her time here that have enabled the campus to have a clear picture of our finances at any given time.  She has been tasked with completing the very complicated and vital Economic Impact Statement, has enabled us to participate in the Delaware Study (a highly valuable benchmarking tool), and has transformed our budgeting process!  She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Association for Institutional Research and Planning Officers (AIRPO), where she has held the role of Treasurer for two years, the SUNY-wide Accounting/Budget/Bursar Group (ABB), and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).  Her campus committee activity has included the Campus Sustainability Committee, TAP Waiver Committee, Middle States Reaccreditation Team and she was part of Budget Goals and Plans for 4 years, serving as chair for 2.  She also volunteers for a local student exchange club, American Field Service (AFS), where she held the role of treasurer for several years. Prior to coming to New Paltz, Julie worked at IBM for over 17 years as Cost Accountant, General & Administrative Analyst and just prior to joining us, she held the position of Lead Financial Analyst for Sales, General & Administrative (SG&A).  Julie is a Certified Management Accountant and holds an MBA from Marist College and a bachelor’s in business from Empire State College.

Julie C. will now oversee the Payroll office and will serve as the Campus Budget Officer.  For the time being, Julie will remain in her current location (Haggerty 705A) as the campus endeavors to rebuild the Office of Institutional Research.  She will aid Interim Assistant Vice President Lucy Walker in performing the tasks typically handled in OIR while we search for the new AVP, a replacement for Lisa Ostrouch, as well as a person to fill the position that Julie will be vacating (this position will be re-crafted to meet the needs of Institutional Research).

Please join me in congratulating these two very talented and intelligent women as they take on their new roles!

Michele Halstead
Vice President for Administration and Finance