What is Title IX? Title IX refers to the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, designed to eliminate discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Is federal financial assistance defined? Yes. The regulations define federal financial assistance as a grant or loan of federal financial assistance, including funds made available for the acquisition, construction, renovation, restoration or repair of a building or facility or any portion thereof, scholarships, loans, grants, wages or other funds extended to the entity for payment to or on behalf of students admitted to the entity or extended directly to the students for payment to the entity, a grant of federal real or personal property or any interest therein including surplus property; provision of services of federal personnel; sale or lease of federal property; or any other contract or agreement which has as one of its purposes the provision of assistance to any education program or activity.
Does Title IX define an education program or activity? Yes. It is defined as locations, events or circumstances wherein the College exercises substantial control over the Respondent and the context in which the sexual harassment or discrimination occurs, including any building owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the College.
Are colleges, universities and other postsecondary institutions included in the definition of an education program or activity? Yes.
In addition to the College, who does Title IX apply to? Title IX applies to students and employees. It defines a student as a person who has been admitted to the institution.
How is sexual harassment defined in Title IX? The Policy, which is accessible on the Title IX page on the College website, outlines the definition of sexual harassment starting on page 5.
When does conduct fall under the College’s Title IX Policy? It applies when the allegations involve conduct that occurs within the United States and within the College’s education program or activity. At the time of filing a formal complaint, the complainant must be participating in or attempting to participate in a College activity or education program.
What do I do if I believe I have been subjected to Title IX Sexual Harassment? Contact the Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Tracy McFarland, at firstname.lastname@example.org, (814) 886-6472 or file a complaint using the complaint form online on the Title IX page of the College website or in person at Cosgrave Student Center, Rm.108.
What happens if I file a complaint alleging Title IX Sexual Harassment? The Title IX Coordinator will review the complaint and conduct an initial assessment for purposes of determining whether the conduct alleged, if substantiated, would constitute prohibited conduct under the Title IX Policy. If the alleged conduct would constitute prohibited conduct under Title IX, the Title IX Coordinator will refer the matter for investigation.
Are the investigators trained in Title IX? Yes. Title IX requires that members of the College’s Title IX team, including the Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator, investigators, hearing panel members, appeal members and facilitators be properly trained on Title IX.
How are Title IX complaints resolved? Title IX Complaints can be resolved using different processes including informal resolution, resolution by negotiation or by hearing. These processes are outlined in the Mount Aloysius College Comprehensive Policy on Title IX