Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.) states: “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 and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
North Central State College is committed to providing an environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community and that is free from harassment and discrimination based upon race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Such an environment is necessary to a healthy learning, working, and living atmosphere because discrimination and harassment undermine human dignity and the positive connection among all people at the College.
On-Campus and Off-Campus
The policy applies in all College programs and activities regardless of location, including, but not limited to, discrimination in:
- college housing
- college employment
The law does not just prohibit discrimination and harassment of employees by employers. The law also prohibits discrimination and harassment between members of the College community more generally:
- between an instructor and a student
- between two students
- between a student and an applicant or campus guest
The law prohibits retaliation against an individual who:
- opposes any practices forbidden under this policy
- brings a complaint of discrimination or harassment
- assists someone with such a complaint
- attempts to stop such discrimination or harassment
- participates in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a complaint of discrimination or harassment