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Title IX Definitions

Sexual harassment - Sexual harassment is a form of misconduct which undermines an individual’s integrity and human dignity. It can originate from a person of either sex against a person of the opposite or same sex, and from co-workers, supervisors, instructors, students, or even non-employees of the College (i.e., vendors or invitees). It is offensive treatment or behavior which, to a reasonable person, creates an intimidating, hostile or abusive work or academic environment.

Sexually hostile environment - A sexually hostile environment exists when an individual’s conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with another individual’s academic or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive academic or working environment. 

Quid pro quo harassment - “Quid pro quo” harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s academic success (i.e., grades) or employment (i.e., a raise, promotion or assignment); or
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or personnel decisions affecting the individual.

Sexual discrimination – Sex discrimination involves treating someone unfavorably because of that person's sex.

Confidential Reporting – Licensed counselors are not obligated to report any information to the College, nor can they without the student’s consent. 

Anonymous Reporting –A report of the nature, date, time, and general location of the incident to a Title IX Coordinator made without providing the name of victim/survivor.