WHAT IS TITLE IX?
Although Title IX is commonly associated with sex-based discrimination in athletics, the
law is much broader. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law 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 subject to discrimination under any educational program or
activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in all college programs and activities, including, but
not limited to, admissions, recruiting, financial aid, academic programs, student services,
counseling and guidance, discipline, class assignment, grading, recreation, athletics,
housing, and employment.
Sexual harassment and sexual violence are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by
Title IX. Title IX also prohibits retaliation against people for making or participating in
complaints of sex discrimination.For more information about Title IX, visit www.bluefield.
edu/student-life/title-ix. Or visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website.
BLUEFIELD COLLEGE STATEMENTS ON TITLE IX AND NON-RETALIATION
Bluefield College Title IX Statement
It is the policy of Bluefield College to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments
of 1972, which prohibits discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual violence)
based on sex in the College’s educational programs and activities. Title IX also prohibits
retaliation for asserting or otherwise participating in claims of sex discrimination. Bluefield
College has designated a Title IX Coordinator and Deputies to coordinate Bluefield’s
compliance with and response to inquiries concerning Title IX. A person may also file a
complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights regarding an alleged
violation of Title IX by visiting: the U.S. Department of Education’s website or calling
Bluefield College’s Statement On Non-Retaliation
Bluefield College strictly prohibits retaliation against any individual for reporting, providing
information, exercising one’s rights or responsibilities, or otherwise being involved in the
process of responding to, investigating, or addressing allegations of sex discrimination,
sexual harassment, and sexual violence. Therefore, any retaliation, intimidation, threats,
coercion, or discrimination against any such individual, undertaken or attempted either
directly or by someone acting on behalf of another, will be addressed in the most serious way
by Bluefield College, and individuals who engage in such actions are subject to discipline up
to and including suspension or exclusion from the College, consistent with the disciplinary
procedure. Anyone who is aware of possible retaliation or has other concerns regarding the
response to a complaint of sexual misconduct should report such concerns to the Title IX
Coordinator or to any Deputy Coordinator, who shall take appropriate actions to address
such conduct in a prompt and equitable manner.
BLUEFIELD COLLEGE POLICY ON SEXUALMISCONDUCT
Refer to the appendix for the complete policy or visitwww.bluefield.edu/student-life/title-ix.
HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT
Please call or email one of Bluefield’s Title IX Coordinators to set up an informal meeting if
you have a complaint involving sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence.