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Title IX Policy

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits any person in the United States from being discriminated against on the basis of sex in seeking access to any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. The U.S. Department of Education (ED), which enforces Title IX, has long defined the meaning of Title IX’s prohibition on sex discrimination broadly to include various forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence that interfere with a student’s ability to equally access Rollins College’s educational programs and opportunities.

On May 19, 2020, ED issued a Final Rule under Title IX that:

  • defines the meaning of “sexual harassment” (including forms of sex-based violence);
  • addresses how this institution must respond to reports of misconduct falling within that definition of sexual harassment; and
  • Mandates a grievance process that this institution must follow to comply with the law in these specific covered cases before issuing a disciplinary sanction against a person accused of sexual harassment.

The full text of the Final Rule, 85 Fed. Reg. 30026 (May 19, 2020), and its extensive Preamble are available at http://bit.ly/TitleIXReg. Based on the Final Rule, the College approved and will implement KI 1026 Title IX Grievance Policy for Addressing Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, Including Sexual Harassment effective August 14, 2020. The new Title IX Grievance Policy will work in conjunction with KI 1014 Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Related Misconduct Policy and other relevant policies to allow the College to continue to address all forms of discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and interpersonal violence that occur on or off-campus. Both policies can be found below:

Title IX Grievance Policy for Addressing Formal Complaints of Sexual Harassment

 

Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Related Misconduct Policy