On May 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued a Final Rule under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 that:
- Defines the meaning of “sexual harassment” (including forms of sex-based violence),
- Addresses how this college must respond to reports of misconduct falling within that definition of sexual harassment,
- Mandates a grievance process that this college must follow to comply with the law in these specific covered cases before issuing a disciplinary sanction against a person accused of sexual harassment, and
- Permits this college to offer and facilitate informal resolution processes, as long as each party voluntarily agrees to the process through an informed, written consent.
The formal grievance process can be found in the Title IX Grievance Policy. The Title IX Grievance Policy applies to employee on employee, employee on student, student on student, or student on employee qualified complaints of sex or gender discrimination. The informal process can be found in the Informal Resolution Policy, which is only available for student on student qualified complaints of sex or gender discrimination.
Contact the Title IX Coordinator at [email protected] if you have questions about the Title IX Grievance Process.