- Going to school with someone who has sexually assaulted you can feel impossible and overwhelming, especially if you don’t know that you have rights that require your school to take action to protect you and your right to an education.
- So what is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal law that requires all schools that receive federal funding to maintain an environment free of gender-based violence and sexual discrimination. (This includes sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and other forms of sexual harassment.)
If a student does experience sexual or gender-based violence or discrimination, Title IX requires the educational institution to eliminate the hostile environment and help you get services, resources, and/or ways to file a formal Title IX complaint against any person who harasses or harms you.
For more information on Title IX, please go to https://www.knowyourix.org/.
- What are my rights under Title IX as a student who has been a victim of sexual violence?
- You have the right to decide if you want to report the sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and other forms of sexual harassment, no matter where the crime occurred, by a fellow student, campus employee, or other party.
- You have the right to be told about the campus and community resources available to you as a survivor regardless of your decision to report.
- You have the right to be told who the confidential persons and offices are on your campus that will provide confidential help to you.
- You have the right to reasonable assistance from your school including adjustments to your schedule as well as a no contact order with the perpetrator regardless of your decision to report.
- You have the right to file a complaint with your school’s Title IX coordinator who is required to provide an adequate, reliable, and impartial investigation.
- You have a right to report any retaliation by the perpetrator, his or her friends, teammates, club members, or any other person who is a member of the campus community.
- You have the right to decide whether or not you want to report the crime to law enforcement (a separate process from the Title IX complaint at the school).
- You have the right to get help from off campus resources for counseling, medical, legal, or advocacy services.
- If you file a formal Title IX complaint you have the right to an advisor of your choosing to attend any disciplinary hearing with you -- this can be an attorney or a victim advocate.
- You have the right to any information that the accused perpetrator provides regarding the case as well as the right to present your evidence and relevant witnesses to the investigator and the disciplinary panel.
- You have the right to have trained and experienced individuals handling your complaint.
- You have the right to receive the written outcome of your complaint at the same time as the accused. This notification must include the decision, all sanctions, the rationale for the decision, and all appeal procedures available to you.
- Will the information I share with my educational institution be held confidential?
- When considering reporting sexual violence or gender-based discrimination to your school it is imperative that you review your school’s policy on confidentiality to determine who is a confidential reporting source and who is a “responsible employee.”
- Under Title IX educational institutions must take action when a responsible employee learns of an incident involving sexual violence or gender-based discrimination.
- In most cases faculty, staff and anyone paid by the university is a responsible employee UNLESS they have designated counselors, social workers or medical personal as a confidential reporting source who are excluded from reporting to the Title IX coordinator.
- You should have access to your institution’s confidentiality policy and who has been designated as a confidential reporting source on their website.
- It is important to note that should you disclose to a responsible employee that the Title IX coordinator will be informed of the allegations and will open an investigation into your claim.
If you’d like to first speak to someone off campus to discuss your reporting options please contact your local Sexual Assault Center by going to https://www.fcasv.org/find-your-local-center and/or you may also contact FCASV and ask to speak with our Statewide Victim Services Coordinator. You can speak to the Statewide Victim Services Coordinator and other FCASV staff privately and confidentially – we will not report your information. You don’t even have to give us your name if you don’t want to.