Title IX Applies Online
Now that classes and other academic programs are being provided online by the university, the Title IX office wanted to take this opportunity to remind members of our community that maintaining an academic program free from sex/gender discrimination remains a high priority for the university.
Members of the SSU community should be aware of the following important points:
- The Title IX office remains open and functioning by remote at this time. Anyone impacted by sex/gender discrimination is encouraged to contact the Title IX office by filling out an online complaint form.
- Investigations and hearings will be conducted remotely, and remedies provided, to assure that any sexual harassment, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, retaliation, or other sexually discriminatory behaviors are addressed promptly.
- University policies on misconduct (PDF) apply to behaviors that occur in person between members of the university community, but also apply to online and virtual misconduct. Any behavior that is prohibited by policy is also likely prohibited in cyber-forms, including cyber-harassment, discrimination and cyber-stalking. Members of the community are expected to maintain a tone of civility and respect in online classes just as they would if they were in class physically.
- Faculty and staff members who are mandated reporters are reminded that reporting of alleged sexual misconduct is expected when they become aware of incidents or allegations involving members of the campus community, regardless of how they learn of the potential misconduct, whether in person, in writing, or online.
About Title IX
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance.
Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Sex discrimination is a continuum of behaviors ranging from sexual harassment and intimidation to sexual assault.
Shawnee State University is committed to maintaining a learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes sexual harassment and sexual violence. These acts violate an individual's fundamental rights and personal dignity and will not be tolerated. The University seeks to address sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence through education, policy enforcement, and by providing mechanisms for students, faculty, staff and visitors to report concerns or complaints. Prompt corrective measures will be taken to stop sex discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence whenever it occurs.
Office for Civil Rights
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for enforcement of Title IX. Information regarding OCR can be found here: Office for Civil Rights.