A faculty or staff member is often the first person at the University a student will tell if she/he has experienced or is experiencing sex discrimination.

The student may share the information for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Requesting a different seat in class
  • Requesting a room change in the residence hall
  • Explaining an absence or requesting an extension
  • Asking not to be placed in a group with a certain student
  • Stepping down from leadership in a student organization
  • Complaining about a colleague’s behavior
  • Explaining uncharacteristic classroom behavior
  • Requesting assistance or support

All faculty and staff should be able to identify Title IX-related concerns when they are raised by a student to assure that students receive appropriate support, resource information, and complaint options.

What are common Title IX-related concerns students report to faculty and staff?

  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual harassment
  • Relationship violence
  • Sexual orientation/gender identity/transgender harassment
  • Gender-based stalking

Other information for sex or gender discrimination:

Types of sex-based discrimination prohibited:

  1. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence or assault, occurring in connection with any academic, athletic, extracurricular, or other university program, regardless of the location.
  2. Discriminatory decision-making by a supervisor of an employee based on the employee’s sex or by a faculty or staff member against a student based on the student’s sex.
  3. Discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation related to pregnancy or parental or marital status.
  4. Any related retaliation.
  5. Examples of types of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment include:
    • Inappropriate touching, patting, or hugging
    • Non-consensual sexual activity, including sexual assault
    • Invasion of sexual privacy
    • Obscene phone calls, texts, emails, photographs or gestures