Title IX

Table of Contents:

  • Title IX Explained
  • Title IX Compliance at Zane State College
  • When to Contact a Title IX Coordinator
  • Title IX Coordinators
  • Zane State College’s Title IX Process
  • Additional Resources

 

Title IX Explained

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX states 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 subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

20 U.S.C. § 1681. The Title IX regulation describes the conduct that violates Title IX. Examples of the types of discrimination that are covered under Title IX include recruitment, admissions, and counseling, financial assistance, athletics, sex-based harassment, treatment of pregnant and parenting students, discipline, single-sex education, and employment. Also, a recipient may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX.

To enforce Title IX, the U.S. Department of Education maintains an Office for Civil Rights, with headquarters in Washington, DC, and 12 offices across the United States.

 

Title IX Compliance at Zane State College

Zane State College strongly opposes and will not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination, which includes sexual misconduct, on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, or veteran status. This prohibition extends to discrimination or harassment based on the protected classes and includes the creation of an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment. The College will take immediate steps to investigate and take appropriate corrective measures to ensure this policy is enforced.

At Zane State College, the Office of Human Resources is the College’s designated office for ensuring compliance Title IX.

 

When to Contact a Title IX Coordinator

Any person who believes he or she has been a victim of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct is strongly encouraged to pursue relief by reporting the behavior to the appropriate individual(s). Reports can be made directly to the Chief Student Affairs Officer, Director of Campus Safety & Security, or the Chief Human Resource Officer. The Chief Human Resource Officer serves as the Title IX Coordinator. Alternatively, a victim may report the behavior to any College faculty or staff member.

To file a Title IX complaint, please click here: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?ZaneStateCollege&layout_id=2

Complainants are encouraged to report such behavior within 60 calendar days of the alleged discrimination. Reports may be made directly to:

  • Campus Safety & Security (cell phone): 740.683.3584
  • Individuals can also call ext. 1111 with campus phones
  • Local police (both campuses): 911
  • Chief Human Resource Officer (Title IX Coordinator): 740.588.1209
  • Chief Student Affairs Officer (Deputy Coordinator): 740.588.4116

Note Regarding Confidentiality: The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator are NOT CONFIDENTIAL resources for purposes of reporting and support. Both have a duty to report and investigate valid complaints. While they will address your concerns with sensitivity and will limit the disclosure of personal information as much as possible, confidentiality cannot and will not be guaranteed.

 

Title IX Coordinators

The Title IX Coordinator is the designated college official with primary responsibility for coordinating the College’s compliance with Title IX. This includes providing leadership for Title IX activities; providing consultation, education and training; and helping to ensure the College responds appropriately, effectively and equitably to Title IX issues.

Click here to learn more about our Title IX coordinators.

 

Zane State College’s Title IX Process

The following outlines and summarizes the College’s policies and procedures. However, for the complete official policy, and procedures, including definitions please refer to policy 300.29 – Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct.

Intake or Receipt of Complaint:

  • Upon notice of a formal or informal report of gender or sex-based discrimination or harassment, such complaint will be appropriately documented. The Title IX Coordinator or its designee will conduct a prompt and impartial assessment of such report to determine next steps.
  • While taking into consideration the sensitive nature of these matters, it will usually be necessary for the College to conduct an investigation in order to determine what action may be warranted.

During an investigation:

  • Interim and supportive measures to prevent continued discrimination or harassment will be considered and implemented during the investigation period as deemed appropriate.
  • Relevant witnesses, including the alleged respondent, the complainant, and all witnesses, will be identified and separately interviewed.

Following the investigation:

After all information and evidence is objectively gathered and analyzed, a written summary/report will be forwarded to the President of the College. Before imposition of discipline, the accused will be given notice of the charges against him or her and provided an opportunity to respond to the allegations and to present a defense in accordance with other relevant College policies and, when applicable, the Student Code of Conduct. The student disciplinary process is also presented in the Student Code of Conduct.

 

Additional Resources

You may access legal definitions for the following in the Ohio Revised Code (ORC):

Zane State College Policies: