Sexual Harassment and Title IX
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states that: 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.
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that is prohibited by Title IX. It creates a hostile and inappropriate environment that is not conducive to learning and working. As a student or employee of our college community, you are fully protected under all Title IX classes and SCC prohibits all offenses as defined by Title IX.
Sexual harassment includes behavior that is sexual in nature, unwelcome, and denies or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from a school’s educational program. Sexual harassment can vary depending upon the harasser. The harassment may be physical, verbal, or non-verbal. Males and females may be the victim or perpetrator of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment may occur between individuals of the same sex. Sexual harassment may occur between students, employees, or third parties on campus. Sexual harassment may occur in any program, on-campus, or off-campus during school-sponsored activities.
Southwestern Community College encourages students and employees to report sexual harassment/sexual violence to an SCC employee or to use the student concerns portal available on the MySCC link at the top of the SCC website. Once on MySCC, select Students-Report Behavior Concerns.
In an effort to promote and maintain a safe teaching and learning environment, SCC has added the SAFE committee to provide oversight to Title IX and VAWA re-authorization amendments.
S.A.F.E. will develop and periodically review primary prevention and awareness program that promotes awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking to educate all students and college employees on sexual violence. Click on graphic to left for poster contest.
What is Title IX?
|Students, faculty and staff renewed their commitment to promoting a safe campus during fall festival by signing our STOP Destructive Behavior Proclamation.|
March 7, 2013 – President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) which amended section 485 (f) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, otherwise known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act requires institutions of higher education to comply with certain campus safety and security related requirements as a condition of participating in the Federal student financial aid programs authorized by Title IV of HEA. Notably, VAWA amended the Clery Act to require institutions to compile statistics for incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and to include policies, procedures and programs pertaining to these incidents in their annual security reports. The Clery Act appears to be turning into an omnibus campus safety bill – it was recently amended as it relates to a complainant’s right to know the outcome of her complaint as well as relevant sanctions imposed on the perpetrator.
These re-authorizations require INSTITUTIONS TO PROVIDE INCOMING STUDENTS AND NEW EMPLOYEES AND DESCRIBE IN THEIR ANNUAL SECURITY REPORTS PRIMARY PREVENTION AND AWARENESS PROGRAMS. INSTITUTIONS MUST ALSO PROVIDE AND DESCRIBE IN THEIR ANNUAL SECURITY REPORTS ONGOING PREVENTION AND AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS.
Title IX - Myth or Fact
Safe Zone - SCC held Safe Zone training on December 2.
Policy 6.03.01 - Campus Security Reporting - Clery Act
Policy 6.03.03 - Discrimination and Unlawful Harassment