Title IX and Sexual Assault
Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that has removed many barriers that once prevented people, on the basis of sex, from participating in educational opportunities and careers of their choice. It 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."
While many attribute the term "Title IX" to women and athletics, Title IX also protects any person from sex-based discrimination, regardless of their real or perceived sex, gender identity, and/or gender expression. Female, male, and gender non-conforming students, faculty, and staff are protected from any sex-based discrimination, harassment or violence under Title IX. Title IX requires that universities have established procedures for addressing complaints of sexual assault, domestic abuse, dating violence, stalking and other forms of sexual violence (See important Definitions).
Every educational institution receiving federal funding is required to have a Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator ensures that the University is compliant with Title IX and coordinates the investigation and disciplinary processes. Please direct any Title IX related inquiries to the Title IX Coordinator, Alison Mathe, (843) 208-8052, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Title IX Coordinators
Alison Mathe, Title IX Coordinator
Student Success Office, Bluffton Campus Library