Central Arizona College Title IX
What is Title IX?
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 educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (gender) in educational programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Central Arizona College is committed to providing an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex (gender), including sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual assault, relationship (dating and domestic) violence, and stalking. Central Arizona College provides resources and reporting options to students, faculty, and staff to address concerns related to sexual harassment and sexual violence prohibited by Title IX and college policy.
Central Arizona College (CAC) is committed to eliminating sexual harassment and sexual violence. Spring semesters, we submitted a Sexual Assault-Conduct and Campus Climate Survey. The survey is designed with the purpose of assessing the knowledge, perceptions, and experience of CAC students in relation to sexual assault, other sexual misconduct, dating or domestic violence, stalking and other conduct that creates a sexually hostile environment. The office of Institutional Research administered the survey between May 10 and May 25. Which will allow for the Office of Title IX Compliance to prepare strategic goals related to Title IX.
Dear Members of Central Arizona College-
We would like to remind members of our community that maintaining an academic program free from discrimination and violence remains a high priority. During stressful times as these, coupled with at-home isolation, domestic/family violence occurrences often increase. Members of the community should be aware of the following points:
The Title IX office remains open and functioning remotely at this time. Anyone impacted by discrimination or harassment/sexual misconduct is encouraged to contact Title IX Office using one of the methods listed below to make a report or discuss their options. Investigations will be conducted remotely, and remedies provided, to assure that any discriminatory behaviors are addressed promptly.
College policies regulate behavior that occurs between members of the campus community, but also apply to online and virtual activities. Any behavior that is prohibited by policy is also likely prohibited online, including forms of cyber-harassment, cyber-bullying, 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.
POLICIES, LAWS, & REGULATIONS
Central Arizona College affirms its commitment to promote the goals of fairness and equity in all aspects of the educational enterprise. All policies below are subject to resolution using the College’s Equity Resolution Team (ERP). When the responding party is a member of the College community, the ERP is applicable regardless of the status of the reporting party who may be a member or non-member of the campus community, including students, student organizations, faculty, administrators, staff, guests, visitors, campers, etc.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What conduct is prohibited by Title IX?
Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender (sex). Title IX prohibited conduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship (dating or domestic) violence, intimate partner violence (IPV), cybercrimes (bullying, harassing) and stalking.
How does someone report a Title IX Complaint to Central Arizona College?
Notice or complaints of discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation may be made using any of the following options:
- File a complaint with, or give verbal notice to, the Title IX Coordinator or Officials with Authority. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number or email address, or by mail to the office address, listed for the Title IX Coordinator or any other official listed. This information can be found on the Central Arizona College website: centralaz.edu/title-ix.
- Report online, using the reporting form. Anonymous reports are accepted but can give rise to a need to investigate. Central Arizona College tries to provide supportive measures to all Complainants, which is more limited or may be impossible with an anonymous report. Since anonymous reporting carries no obligation to initiate a formal response and since Central Arizona College respects a Complainant’s requests to dismiss complaints, unless there is a compelling threat to health and/or safety, the Complainant is largely in control and should not fear a loss of privacy.
Who can a person contact if he or she wants to discuss a Title IX related concern in a confidential manner?
If a Complainant would like the details of an incident to be kept confidential, the Complainant may speak with: The Director of the Ombudsman Program (CAC’s only Confidential Resource).
- ·Licensed professional counselors and other medical providers
- ·Local rape crisis counselors
- ·Domestic violence resources
- ·Local or state assistance agencies
The Ombudsman Program provides anonymous statistical information for Clery Act purposes unless they believe it would be harmful to the student or College employee.
What is CAC’s obligation when it has notice of a Title IX related incident?
Central Arizona College will act on any formal or informal notice/complaint of violation of the Title IX Sexual Harassment policy (“the Policy”) that is received by the Title IX Coordinator or any other Official with Authority by applying these procedures.
Upon receipt of a complaint, what is the Title IX Process?
Upon receipt of a complaint or notice to the Title IX Coordinator of an alleged violation of the Title IX Policy, Central Arizona College will initiate a prompt initial assessment to determine the next steps. Central Arizona College will initiate at least one of three responses:
- Offering supportive measures because the Complainant does not want to proceed formally;
- Offering supportive measures and initiating an informal resolution; or
- Offering supportive measures and initiating a Formal Grievance Process including an investigation and a hearing to determine whether or not the Policy has been violated.
What safety measures and accommodations are available to a student or staff when he or she reports a Title IX related incident?
Central Arizona College will offer and implement appropriate and reasonable supportive measures to the parties upon notice of alleged harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation.
Supportive measures are non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services offered as appropriate, as reasonably available, and without fee or charge to the parties to restore or preserve access to Central Arizona College’s education program or activity, including measures designed to protect the safety of all parties, Central Arizona College’s educational environment, and/or deter sexual harassment and/or retaliation.
The Title IX Coordinator shall make supportive measures available to the parties upon receiving notice or a complaint. At the time that supportive measures are offered, Central Arizona College will inform the Complainant, in writing, that they may file a formal complaint with Central Arizona College either at that time or in the future, if they have not done so already. The Title IX Coordinator works with the Complainant to ensure that their wishes are considered with respect to the planned and implemented supportive measures.
Central Arizona College will maintain the privacy of the supportive measures, provided that maintaining privacy does not impair Central Arizona College’s ability to provide the supportive measures. Central Arizona College will act to ensure as minimal an academic impact on the parties as possible. Central Arizona College will implement measures in a way that does not unreasonably burden the other party.
These actions may include, but are not limited to:
- ·Referral to counseling, medical, and/or other healthcare services
- ·Referral to the Employee Assistance Program
- ·Referral to community-based service providers
- ·Student financial aid counseling
- ·Altering work arrangements for employees or student-employees
- ·Altering campus housing assignments
- ·Safety planning
- ·Providing campus safety escorts
- ·Implementing contact limitations (no contact orders) between the parties
- ·Academic support, extensions of deadlines, or other course/program-related adjustments
- ·Trespass orders
- ·Timely warnings under the Clery Act
- ·Class schedule modifications, withdrawals, or leaves of absence
- ·Increased security and monitoring of certain areas of the campus
- ·Any other actions deemed appropriate by the Title IX Coordinator
Violations of no contact orders will be referred to appropriate student or employee conduct processes for enforcement.
How does Title IX apply to pregnant or parenting students?
Per the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, students will not be discriminated against on the basis of pregnancy. This includes discrimination against a student based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions.
Does CAC have to excuse my absences due to my pregnancy, childbirth, or abortion?
Your school must excuse your absences due to pregnancy or any related conditions for as long as your doctor says it is necessary for you to be absent. When you return to school, you must be reinstated to the status you held before your leave. The school may require you to submit a doctor’s note only if that is required of students with other medical conditions.
Classmates and even professors have made offensive comments to me about my pregnancy. Should I report it to the Title IX office?
Title IX requires schools to prevent and address sex-based harassment, including harassment based on pregnancy. If you experience this sort of treatment at school, you should seek help immediately. The law prohibits the school from retaliating against you for making a complaint or raising a concern.
I want to return to school three days after I have the baby, so I don’t fall too far behind, but my professor thinks I should take more time off to recover. What should I do?
Your school must leave it up to you and your doctor to decide when you can return to continue your studies. In addition, the school cannot have a rule that prohibits students from returning to classes for a set period of time after childbirth.
For questions and/or any concerns, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Laura Shepherd (520) 494-5106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information from National Women’s Law Center www.nwlc.org.