What is Title IX?
Here are things you need to know about Title IX
- Title IX is a landmark federal civil right that prohibits sex discrimination in education.
- Title IX does not apply to female students only.
- Schools must be proactive in ensuring that your campus is free of sex discrimination.
- Schools must have an established procedure for handling complaints of sexual discrimination, harassment or violence.
- Schools should ensure that a victim doesn't have to share spaces, such as dorms, classes and campus jobs, with his/her assailant.
- Schools may not retaliate against someone filing a complaint and must keep a complainant-victim safe from other retaliatory harassment or behavior.
- Schools can issue a no-contact directive under Title IX to prevent the accused student from approaching or interacting with you.
- In cases of sexual violence, schools are prohibited from encouraging or allowing mediation (rather than a formal hearing) of the complaint.
- Schools cannot discourage you from continuing your education.
What are some examples of the types of conduct that violate Title IX?
- Pressure for sexual activity
- Sexual language, jokes, comments and/or innuendos
- Sexually explicit questions
- Requests for sexual favors or continued expression of sexual interest after being informed that the interest is unwelcome
- Unwelcome touching, hugging, stroking, squeezing
- Comments or statements that are demeaning, humiliating, suggestive, insulting, vulgar, crude, or lewd
- Displaying or sending sexually suggestive electronic content, including but not limited to emails, text messages, etc.
- Pervasive displays of pictures, calendars, cartoons, or other materials with sexually explicit or graphic content
- Stalking a person
- Attempted or actual sexual violence
- Unwelcome visual contact, such as leering or staring at another person
- Preferential treatment or promise of preferential treatment for submitting to sexual conduct
- Retaliation, retribution, or reprisals in any form or manner for complaints about harassment or requests that harassing conducts stop, or for assisting a person with a complaint of harassment
- Physical interference with job performance
- Preferential treatment for submitting to sexual conduct
How are sexual harassment complaints resolved?
The College utilizes both informal and formal procedures for resolving sexual harassment complaints. We encourage early reporting of concerns or complaints regarding sexual harassment because complaints are most effectively resolved at the earliest possible stage. Resolution options depend on the circumstances and may include education programs for particular individuals and mediation between the parties only if both desire mediation. Where informal resolution is unsuccessful or inappropriate, a formal complaint may be filed and a formal investigation undertaken. There is no prescribed sequence, so choosing one option first does not prevent a complainant from choosing a different option for resolution later on. Individuals may get advice or assistance without filing a complaint.
If an informal solution is not appropriate or possible, the Title IX Coordinator will initiate a fact-finding investigation. The Preponderance of Evidence is the standard used to evaluate the evidence for purposes of making findings and drawing conclusions for an investigation.
What rights do I have if I am sexually harassed or assaulted?
You have the following rights:
- The right to confront the harasser and inform him/her that his/her conduct is unwelcome
- The right to file a report or file a formal complaint (Title IX Coordinator)
- The right to information about the investigation and resolution process (Title IX Coordinator)
- The right to have the complaint and related information shared only with those who "need to know" for the College to take your desired action
- The right to receive confidential counseling and supportive services
- The right to be free from retaliation
Can I make a complaint with the local police?
Targets of sexual harassment or sexual assault are welcome to report the sexual harassment or sexual assault to College police and/or off-campus police, particularly if the individual desires prosecution through the criminal justice system.
Is the complaint process confidential?
The college will protect Complainants’ privacy to the extent possible under the law. In some situations, including those in which disciplinary action is a possible outcome, due process may require disclosure of information to persons accused. The college will make every reasonable effort to abide by Complainants’ wishes to remain anonymous; however, the college will balance requests for anonymity/confidentiality with the safety of other members of the community.
Who do I contact to obtain additional information or make a complaint?
Dean of Student Services
Greenwood Campus, 244-A
Director of Human Resources
Greenwood Campus, 157-A