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 of the Education Amendments of 1972
When Title IX came into existence in 1972, it set the foundation for our work today. Title IX is fundamentally about reducing and removing barriers to education based on sex discrimination. How that is interpreted has evolved since 1972. Title IX still assures equity in sports and other educational programs, but it has also inspired a new wave of comprehensive sexual misconduct policies. These policies offer protections and support to all people on campus, all genders, and all who experience sexual harassment, assault, relationship violence, and stalking.
Sexual misconduct is a community issue and it takes a community to prevent it. Our campus sexual misconduct prevention & response efforts are focused in four ways: (1) through campus policies that reflect federal guidelines and campus values, (2) a response/adjudication process that is clear and supportive, (3) ongoing sexual violence prevention and healthy relationships education, and (4) creating a community that is survivor supportive. We have made progress in all four areas, and I look forward to working with the Swarthmore community to continue the progress. As always, if you have ideas or suggestions, please be in touch.
~ Bindu Jayne, Title IX Coordinator