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10 Things to know about Title IX

10 Things to know about Title IX

1. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination  in education programs that recieve federal fudning (e.g. nearly all colleges and universities)

2. Harrassement, attempted or completed rape or sexual assault, stalking, voyeurism, exhibitionism, intimate partner violence, and sexuality-based threats or abuse are examples of the types of sexual discrimination banned by Title IX. 

3. Title IX applies to male, female, and gender non-conforming students, faculty, and staff.

4. Schools must not retaliate against someone filing a complaint and must keep complaintants safe from retailation.

5. Schools can issue "no contact" directives to prevent accused abusers from interacting with vicitms.

6. In cases of sexual violence, schools are prohibited from encouraging or allowing mediation (rather than a formal hearing) of the complaint. 

7. A student may use the school's grievance procedure (i.e. make a report to the Title IX Coordiantor on campus) to make a report.

8. Victims also have the right choose whether or NOT they want to report to the police.

9. The McNeese Counseling Center on campus provides completely confidential support services to vicitms of sexual violence. Professional counselors are not required to report any information regarding an incident of alleged sexual violence. This is also consistant with the CLERY Act. 

10. Student Health Services on campus does report aggregate data (non-identifiable), but are not required to report, without the student's consent, incidents of sexual violence to the school in a way that identifies the student.

If you think your Title IX rights have been violated, you may contact Michael Snowden, Title IX Coordinator and Chief Diversity Officer of McNeese State University at (337) 475-5428 or to learn about your options. 

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