Title IX Basics
Title IX is a federal civil right that prohibits gender-based discrimination. Protections from gender-based or sex-based discrimination are extended to all people on campus regardless of their real or perceived sex, gender identity or gender expression.
- Gender Discrimination, including Gender Identity
- Sexual Harassment
- Dating and Domestic Violence
- Sexual Assault
What You Can Do
Talk to the Title IX Coordinator, who can
- Help you decide how to proceed
- Explain both formal and informal resolution processes
- Coach you on ways to address unwanted behaviors
- Connect you with resources
- Coordinate interim measures and modifications
Know Your Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Pierce College’s Student Code of Conduct
- For more information regarding your rights and how Title IX serves to protect, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights gives a detailed description for students and educational institutions.
- For information on immigration options for victims of crime, please see the USCIS brochure.
Understand the College’s Responsibilities
- All employees of the college, including student employees, are required to report any Title IX concern.
- The college is required to respond to reports of sex-based discrimination by investigating what happened and doing their best to remedy the impact and prevent it from happening again.
Identify Behaviors That Could Be and/or Lead to Sexual Harassment
- A person’s actions can result in sexual harassment even if they had no intent to harass.
- Be clear about consent.
- A single behavior would not necessarily qualify as sexual harassment unless it was severe. However, a pattern of behaviors, when persistent and/or pervasive, can meet the criteria.