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Preventing Sexual Misconduct

The federal law entitled Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 forbids sex discrimination in all academic, athletic, extracurricular programs and other activities at any educational institution receiving federal funds. The law protects all students — male or female — from sexual violence and gender-based harassment by any school employees, faculty, coaches, security and resident advisors, non-employee third parties, and other students.

Though Title IX has been the law for years, reports of non-compliance exist. In response, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently led a crackdown on Title IX compliance. The result was settlements in several campus sexual-harassment cases and extensive changes to the Title IX policies and procedures of colleges involved.

In addition, the OCR issued a "Dear Colleague" letter to remind schools of their responsibilities in handling sexual-harassment claims — and particularly allegations of sexual violence — under Title IX. Among those responsibilities is that schools adopt and publish Title IX sexual-harassment grievance procedures, designate Title IX coordinators to investigate complaints, and train all personnel on Title IX.

The Cintas, 30-minute Online Title IX Training Course is designed for faculty and staff members charged with helping their school maintain a respectful environment, including adherence to Title IX. In addition to not engaging personally in inappropriate conduct (or conduct that has the appearance thereof), these individuals must also know their legal obligations and what steps to take if they observe or learn of misconduct by others. Topics include:

  • What are reasons for concern?
  • Understanding anti-harassment laws and policies
  • Defining sexual harassment and sexual violence
  • What are the various types of harassment?
  • What kind of conduct must be avoided?
  • How to properly report cases of sexual harassment
  • Proper response to complaints
  • How to avoid retaliation
  • How to create and maintain a respectful work environment

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