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What is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal civil rights law that proclaims 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.
- Title IX applies to male, female, and gender non-conforming students, faculty, and staff.
- Harassment 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.
- Educational institutions must not retaliate against someone filing a complaint and must protect complainants from retaliation.
- Educational institutions can issue interim measures to prevent accused abusers from interacting with complainants.
- In cases of sexual violence, educational institutions are prohibited from encouraging or allowing mediation (rather than a formal resolution) of the complaint.
- A student may use the educational institution’s resolution procedure (i.e. make a report to the Title IX Coordinator on campus) to make a report.
- Complainants also have the right to choose whether or not they want to report to the police.
- The McNeese Counseling Center on campus provides completely confidential support services to complainants of sexual violence. Professional counselors are not required to report any information regarding an incident of alleged sexual violence to the police. This is consistent with the CLERY Act.
- Student Health Services on campus does report aggregate data (non-identifiable), but the staff is not required to report, without the student’s consent, incidents of sexual violence to the university in a way that identifies the student.
Who do I contact if I have questions regarding Title IX or want to report a suspected violation?
Dr. Kedrick A. Nicholas
Dean of Students & Title IX Administrator
Title IX investigations may have a formal or informal resolution.