What is Title IX?
“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…”
— 20 U.S.C.§ 1681
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on gender in educational programs which receive federal financial assistance. While athletics are one component of Title IX, other programs and activities which may be included are: recruitment, admissions, financial aid and scholarships; course offerings and access; hiring and retention; and benefits and leave. Title IX also protects student and employees, both male and female, from unlawful sexual harassment in school programs and activities. The requirements of Title IX pertaining to sexual harassment also covers sexual violence and domestic violence.
Examples of sexual harassment include: unwelcome sexual advances; stalking; suggestive or lewd remarks; unwanted hugs, touches, kisses; requests for sexual favors; retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment; derogatory or pornographic posters, cartoons, drawings, memes; and unsolicited sexually suggestive email and text messages.
Remedies for sexual harassment may include: cease and desist orders, back pay, compensatory damages, hiring, promotion, or reinstatement. Individuals who engage in acts of sexual harassment may also be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or expulsion from the college, and civil and criminal penalties.
Quinebaug Valley Community College is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex. Pursuant to Title IX, QVCC’s Title IX Coordinator is the designated agent for the college with primary responsibility for coordinating the college’s Title IX compliance efforts. Complaints or concerns regarding sexual harassment may be reported by filing a grievance with the Title IX Coordinator.
CSCU & QVCC Title IX Coordinators
CSCU Title IX Coordinator
Mr. Angelo Simoni
Deputy Title IX Co-Coordinator
Dr. Joseph P. Cullen, Dean of Academic & Student Affairs
Title IX Coordinator Responsibilities
The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the college’s Title IX compliance efforts. This includes:
- Oversee all Title IX complaints and identify and address any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints
- Ensure that complaints of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct or sexual assault are handled through consistent practices and standards
- Where appropriate and necessary, initiate investigations on complaints of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct or sexual violence
- Prepare and disseminate educational materials, including brochures, posters and web-based materials that inform members of the college community of Title IX rights and responsibilities
- Coordinate training for students about their rights under Title IX and grievance procedures
- Coordinate in-service training to all employees concerning Title IX policy
- Ensure that complaints of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, domestic violence, or sexual assault are handled through consistent practices and standards
- Where appropriate and necessary, initiate investigations on complaints of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, domestic violence, or sexual violence
When should I contact the Title IX Coordinator?
Any student, faculty or staff member, or applicant for admission or education who has concerns about sex discrimination or sexual misconduct is encouraged to seek the assistance of the Title IX Coordinator.
Contact the coordinator if you:
- Wish to understand your options if you think you may have encountered sex discrimination or sexual misconduct
- Learn of a situation that you feel may warrant a college investigation
- Need help on how to handle a situation by which you are directly or indirectly affected
- Seek guidance on possible informal remedies or administrative measures to de-escalate or alleviate a difficult situation
- Have questions about Quinebaug Valley Community College’s policies and procedures
The coordinator can also facilitate a formal or informal complaint with the college’s Human Resources.
Conversations with the Title IX Coordinator are kept as confidential as possible, but information about incidents of sexual misconduct must be shared with relevant administrators if the college needs to take action for reasons of community safety. In all cases, the wishes of the person initiating the conversation are given full consideration.
Training for Title IX Compliance
Section 106.45(b) of the 2020 Final Title IX Rules requires colleges and universities to share publicly “All materials used to train Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers, and any person who facilitates an informal resolution process. A recipient must make these training materials publicly available on its website, or if the recipient does not maintain a website the recipient must make these materials available upon request for inspection by members of the public.”
QVCC is a member institute of The State University of New York’s Student Conduct Institute (SCI), and all participating staff of QVCC’s Title IX compliance efforts are trained through SCI: https://system.suny.edu/sci/postedtraining.