What is Title IX?
Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Title IX promotes equity in academic and athletics programs, preventing hostile environments on the basis of sex, sexual misconduct, and preventing discrimination against pregnant and parenting students.
About the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX
The Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX oversees the University’s equal opportunity programs and provides assistance in resolving and investigating complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and sexual violence (sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, and stalking).
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX is ultimately responsible for ensuring in all cases that reports are handled with equal care and concern and with equity. The Office of Equal Opoortunity and Title IX also provides annual training to students, faculty, and staff to increase awareness and to help prevent sexual violence on campus. Annual training is also provided to all advocates, Title IX investigators, hearing officers, panelists, and appeals officers to ensure that the investigation and adjudication process protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability.
What is Consent?
Consent is clear, knowing, and voluntary permission. It is the responsibility of each person involved in the sexual activity to ensure that he or she has the affirmative consent of the other or others to engage in the sexual activity. Consent to one type of sexual activity cannot be taken as consent to any other form of sexual activity. When alcohol or other drugs are being used, a person will be considered unable to give valid consent if they cannot fully understand the details of a sexual interaction (who, what, when, where, why, or how). Consent cannot be assumed from silence or a prior sexual relationship with the person. Consent does not come from the use of force, coercion, or incapacitation.