What is Title IX?
Simply put, Title IX is a federal law that mandates that colleges and universities create an environment free from sexual discrimination and harassment for all community members. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX"), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, other forms of sexual misconduct, stalking, and intimate partner violence.
Title IX says 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."
What is covered by Title IX?
Title IX protects students, faculty, and staff in connection with all the academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic, and other programs that occur on campus or at off-campus activities that are school-related. It also covers on campus retaliation following an off-campus, non-school event.
Conduct addressed by Title IX includes:
- Sexual discrimination and harassment (verbal, physical, electronic)
- Sexual Violence (rape, sexual assault, exploitation)
- Stalking (including cyberstalking)
- Interpersonal Violence (intimate partner violence, domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence)
- Gender-based discrimination and harassment
What is an interim measure?
An interim measure is an action that the College can take to protect or support an individual as soon as a report is made to the College. Interim means that the College can take action even before a judicial process has finished. Upon receipt of a report of sexual assault or harassment, the College will impose reasonable and appropriate interim measures designed to eliminate the reported hostile environment and protect the parties involved. The College will maintain consistent contact with the parties to ensure that all safety and emotional and physical well-being concerns are being addressed. Interim measures may be imposed regardless of whether formal disciplinary action is sought by the complainant or the College.
Interim measures may include:
- Access to counseling services and assistance in setting up initial appointment, both on and off-campus
- Imposition of an on-campus "no contact order"
- Rescheduling of exams and assignments
- Change in class, work or job schedule
- Assistance from the College support staff in completing housing relocation