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Title IX at GC

 "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..."
20 U.S.C. § 1681

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the gender of students and employees of educational institutions which receive federal financial assistance.

WHO IS COVERED BY TITLE IX?

Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX. If only one of the institution’s programs or activities receives federal funding, all of the programs within the institution must comply with Title IX regulations. In compliance with Title IX, Georgia College prohibits discrimination in employment as well as in all programs and activities on the basis of sex.

UNIVERSITY TITLE IX COORDINATOR

In accordance with Title IX regulations, the University has designated Eve Puckett in Human Resources as the University’s Title IX Coordinator. She is charged with monitoring compliance with these regulations. Questions regarding Title IX, as well as concerns and complaints of non-compliance, may be directed to her.

MYTHS ABOUT TITLE IX

Myth: Title IX only applies to athletic programs.

This is perhaps the most widely held misconception about Title IX. Athletics are not the only component of academic life governed by Title IX. Other areas which fall within the scope of Title IX include:

  • Recruitment, Admissions, Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Course Offerings and Access
  • Counseling
  • Hiring and Retention of Employees
  • Benefits and Leave

Title IX also prohibits sexual harassment, which includes sexual assault and sexual violence. Additional information regarding what behaviors may constitute sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct.

Myth: Title IX requires that male athletic opportunities be decreased to provide opportunities for female programs.

Title IX is designed to create parity in athletics, as well as other educational opportunities and experiences for men and women. Title IX does not require schools to cut men’s athletic programs. Each school determines how it will comply with Title IX regulations.

Myth: Title IX applies only to discrimination against women.

While Title IX has been used mostly by women seeking to protect their rights, Title IX also serves to protect the rights of men. Title IX requires that males and females receive fair and equal treatment in all areas of education.

Myth: According to Title IX, all educational activities and programs must be co-ed and open to both men and women.

Title IX specifically allows for, or has been interpreted to allow for, single-sex programs in a number of categories. Included among those are: religious schools, traditional men’s/women’s colleges, social fraternities/sororities, youth service organizations such as, The Boy/Girl Scouts of America and beauty pageants.

Myth: Gender bias in science, medicine, and engineering is not prohibited by Title IX.

The under-representation of women in science, medicine, and engineering may violate Title IX. Educational institutions are required to provide women in these disciplines resources, support, and promotional opportunities comparable to their male colleagues.

Myth: Advocates for victims of Title IX who file complaints of discrimination for others are not protected from retaliation under Title IX.

The U.S. Supreme Court has broadened the interpretation of Title IX to protect from retaliation whistle-blowers who accuse educational institutions of sex discrimination. The court is of the opinion that reporting incidents of discrimination is integral to Title IX enforcement and would be discouraged if retaliation against those who report it goes unpunished.

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH TITLE IX

The penalty for failure to comply with Title IX in the most extreme circumstances can include the termination of all or part of an institution’s federal funding. This includes grants, subsidies, and other program funds from the federal government. In addition to the loss of federal funds, universities may be sued by those seeking redress for violations of Title IX. It is essential that institutions receiving federal financial assistances operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. To ensure the University’s compliance with the law, adherence to Title IX regulations is everyone’s responsibility.

WHO ENFORCES TITLE IX?

The United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in charge of enforcing Title IX. Information regarding OCR can be found at www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html.

COMPLAINTS UNDER TITLE IX AT GEORGIA COLLEGE

Students:

If you are a student who believes you have been subjected to (1) sexual harassment by University faculty or staff; or (2) any other form of gender discrimination under Title IX, you may report such misconduct or file a formal complaint with the Title IX Coordinator in Human Resources. Complaints must be submitted in writing not more than 300 days after the incident(s) in question. For good cause and at the Title IX Coordinator's discretion, the Title IX Coordinator may waive the writing requirement or the 300 day time limitation. The entire complaint procedure and complaint form can be found at http://www.gcsu.edu/equity/sexual_misconduct_form.htm.

If you are a student who believes you have been or are the victim of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct, by another University student, you may report such conduct or file a complaint under Title IX. Complaints of student sexual misconduct are addressed by the Office of Student Affairs and are governed by the “Student Code of Conduct” found in the student handbook at http://www.gcsu.edu/studentlife/handbook/code.htm.

Employees:

If you are an employee who believes you have been subjected to discrimination under Title IX, including sexual harassment, or who wishes to file a complaint under Title IX, you can do so with the Title IX Coordinator in Human Resources. Complaints must be submitted in writing not more than 300 days after the incident(s) in question. For good cause and at the Title IX Coordinator's discretion, the Title IX Coordinator may waive the writing requirement or the 300 day time limitation. The entire complaint procedure and complaint form can be found on EOP’s website at http://www.gcsu.edu/equity/sexual_misconduct_form.htm.

Federal and state laws prohibit the taking of retaliatory measures against any individual who files a complaint in good faith.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Victims of sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct may receive additional assistance from the Women’s Center at GC in the form of support, advocacy, and coordination of reporting. The Women’s Center can be reached by contacting Jennifer Graham at 478-445-8156 or jennifer.graham@gcsu.edu.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Eve Puckett
Human Resources Specialist
478-445-5596
eve.puckett@gcsu.edu

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