What is Title IX?
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 University 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.
Bluefield University Statement on Title IX
It is the policy of Bluefield University to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking) based on sex in the University’s educational programs and activities. Title IX also prohibits retaliation for asserting or otherwise participating in claims of sex discrimination. Bluefield University 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 University Community Members' Rights
- Be protected from any sex-based discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
- Equitable and unbiased treatment of Complainants (accuser) and Respondents (accused).
- A prompt and reasonable response from the University in light of the known circumstances to discuss the availability of supportive measures whether or not a Formal Complaint has been filed.
- Expect immediate action regarding interim measures when there is a threat to the life or safety of a victim.
- An explanation of the process for filing a Formal Complaint.
- Adherence to an established grievance procedure by the University before the imposition of any disciplinary sanctions or other actions that are not supportive measures against a Respondent.
- Be protected from retaliation for reporting or filing a complaint.
- Confidentiality to the extent possible under the law.
- A live hearing of a Formal Complaint with all notifications and rights pertaining to the grievance process and hearing.
- An advisor for the grievance hearing.
- An appeal.
How to Report a Title IX Grievance
Any person may report a grievance relating to sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, whether or not the person reporting is the person who may be the victim of conduct being reported.
A report may be made:
- in person during normal business hours;
- at any time during or outside of normal business hours by mail, telephone, or;
- at any time using any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the verbal or written report.
Title IX Coordinators
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