What is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.
“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.”
How does Title IX impact me?
You are protected by Title IX also. You also have to report any incident of sexual misconduct that is shared with you.
What are the reportable incidents of sexual misconduct?
Any form of sexual harassment, sexual violence/sexual assault, intimate partner violence, fondling, sexual exploitation, stalking, any unwelcome sexual conduct.
What role do I play in this process?
You play a critical role in this process. Students inform their friends, professors, and other staff members of these incidents first. When you receive this information, it is important you report it to protect the student, support survivors of sexual misconduct, and assist the university in maintaining a safe and healthy environment as it works to prevent and eliminate sexual discrimination.
A student has informed me of an alleged incident of sexual misconduct, what do I do?
Notify your supervisor and/or the Title IX Coordinator. You can also put a report in yourself using the UMCARES & Maxient Incident Reporting form.
What do I do if the student ask me not to tell anyone about the incident?
If you feel the student is about to share information about alleged sexual misconduct, notify the student that you are a mandatory reporter and you are obligated by law to report the incident.
Will I have to participate in a Title IX investigation?
It is not likely, but possible. If the student shares the information with you and you report the incident, you will not be a part the investigation. However, if you witness the incident or the student shares evidence from the aftermath of the incident (text messages, videos, etc) it is possible they will list you as a witness.