What is Title IX?
Title IX is part of the Education Amendments of 1972 and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. This federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. LCC is one of those recipients.
“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 of the Education Amendments of 1972.
Why is Title IX Important?
Title IX helps to foster safe and respectful college environments that better protect students, faculty, and staff from incidents of sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual violence, relationship violence, and abuse.
The safety of our students, staff, faculty, and visitors is our highest priority. Big Bend Community College offers campus community professional staff, resources, training, and policies that help ensure a safe environment on and off campus. With these people, tools, and means in place, we are confident we have created a college in which people can learn and work at their best.
Where does Title IX Apply?
- On and off-campus
- All academic programs
- All athletic and student activities
- Board members
- Vendors and visitors
What are Big Bend Community College’s Responsibilities?
- The College is obligated to provide a prompt, thorough and equitable investigation of sexual misconduct or sex-based discrimination. This obligation remains even in the absence of a formal complaint.
- Title IX ensures that both parties in a reported event have equal opportunity to be heard and participate in a grievance process.
- End harassment
- Remedy the impact
- Prevent reoccurrence of violence or discrimination
When must Big Bend Community College Act?
- Once the college knows or reasonably should have known about a situation.
Who is a Responsible Employee?
- Any college employee
Big Bend Community College is committed to fostering a safe learning and working environment for students and employees in compliance with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and other legislation.
Please Make a Report if you observe or experience harassment, discrimination, bias, misconduct or threatening behavior.
Mandatory Reporting Responsibility
College employees, except those statutorily barred from doing so, have a duty to immediately report possible Title IX violations to the Title IX Coordinator.
You are required to report incidents you personally observe as well as incidents you know of or should reasonably have known. You must report these offenses to the designated Title IX coordinator on campus using the Report It form.
What Happens after a Report is Made?
- Confidentiality and privacy are maintained to the extent possible.
- Access to resources is provided to both the complainant and respondent.
- Interim measures may be provided (e.g. change of class; no contact order).
- Equitable, impartial, and timely process provided throughout.
- No retaliation will be tolerated.