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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

provides:

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

1-800-421-3481.

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 visit

www.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.