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Understanding Title IX and Sexual Misconduct

Title IX

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally-funded education program or activity.

The law states, “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” (The United states Department of Justice).

Many people think of Title IX in terms of sports equality, but Title IX expands beyond sports. The Know Your IX site explains that Title IX "addresses discrimination against pregnant and parenting students and women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs. It also addresses sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination, and sexual violence. Sexual violence includes attempted or completed rape or sexual assault, as well as sexual harassment, stalking, voyeurism, exhibitionism, verbal or physical sexuality-based threats or abuse, and intimate partner violence" (Know Your IX).

Who is Covered under Title IX?

Title IX protects any person against sex discrimination, regardless of their gender expression or identity.

Female, male, and gender non-conforming students, faculty, and staff are all protected from sex-based discrimination, harassment, or violence.

Title IX applies to same-sex sexual violence, and it also covers international students and students who are undocumented (Know Your IX).

Proactive Approach

Schools must be proactive in ensuring that your school is free from sex discrimination.

Sexual Misconduct Training, Education, and Awareness

Each semester at Northwest College, students are trained about Title IX and sexual violence in the First Year Seminar classes, during Kick Off Weekend, in residence halls, and through campus-wide prevention events.

Northwest College employees are required to complete online compliance training modules regarding the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE Act), Title IX, and Anti-Harassment and Equal Employment Opportunity.

Northwest College partners with student clubs and organizations as well as community clubs and organizations to promote discussion and awareness on topics that include (but aren't limited to) sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and sex-based discrimination. 

Title IX Coordinator

Every school must have a Title IX Coordinator who manages complaints. At Northwest College, our Title IX Coordinator is listed on the home page of the Title IX section of the website.

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Schools must have an established procedure for handling reports of sexual misconduct. At Northwest College, we have a detailed Sexual Misconduct Policy. This policy addresses acts of sexual misconduct, such as sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and sex-based discrimination. These acts are prohibited at Northwest College.

Prohibition of Retaliation

Northwest College also prohibits retaliation, intimidation, or reprisal against anyone who files a complaint and/or cooperates with or participates in any procedures or investigations related to complaints of sexual misconduct.

For more information about Title IX procedures at Northwest College, see the Investigation Process page or the What to Do When a Sexual Assault Occurs page.