Title IX (United States Education Amendments of 1972)
“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 education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
Title IX regulations include behaviors based on gender that deny a student the ability to fully participate in their educational experience. This includes all forms of sexual violence including sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence.
All students, faculty, staff, and visitors have the right to use the bathroom that coincides with their gender identity.
Rights of Pregnant and Parenting Students
Title IX is a federal regulation that protects students from gender discrimination in educational programs or activities at colleges and universities that receive federal financial assistance. To ensure colleges and universities are following Title IX, the US Department of Education issued a letter of guidance to support pregnant and parenting students staying in school and completing their education. Glen Oaks Community College is committed to making good faith efforts to follow the requirements of Title IX and to implement these guidelines.
Glen Oaks Community College will provide adjustments and/or supports to any student who has medical documentation from a physician stating that she is facing a pregnancy-related medical issue or recovering from childbirth. With medical documentation, adjustments and/or supports may include providing a larger classroom desk, providing a designated lactation room, allowing frequent trips to the restroom, providing opportunities to make up missed work, and allowing the student to submit work after a missed deadline due to absences related to pregnancy or childbirth. If adjustments and/or supports are necessary, colleges and universities are expected to follow the same policies as other temporary medical conditions with any special services provided.
A pregnant or parenting student who needs assistance with arranging academic or other adjustments and/or supports should contact Karen Webber in the Occupational Student Success Program Office via our Contact Form or at 269-294-4241.
For questions or concerns about Title IX or other non-discrimination compliance matters, contact the Title IX Coordinator, Tonya Howden, Assistant Dean of Students, via our Contact Form or at 269-294-4230.
More specific information regarding supporting the academic success of pregnant and parenting students is available from the U.S. Department of Education.
GOCC Sexual Misconduct Policy
Glen Oaks has developed a comprehensive Title IX investigation policy called the Sexual Misconduct Policy.
Definitions of Sexual Misconduct
Sexual Harassment – Sexual Harassment is unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits or deprives someone of the ability to participate in or benefit from the college’s educational program and/or activities and is based on power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment or retaliation.
Non-consensual Sexual Contact – Non-consensual Sexual Contact is any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any body part or object, by a man or a woman upon a man or a woman that is without consent and/or by force. This includes the attempt to commit any of these acts.
Non-consensual Sexual Intercourse – Non-consensual Sexual Intercourse is any sexual intercourse however slight, with any object or body part, by a man or woman upon a man or a woman that is without consent and/or by force. This includes the attempt to commit any of these acts.
Sexual Exploitation – Sexual exploitation occurs when an individual takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited and when that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual misconduct offenses. This includes the attempt to commit any of these acts.
Retaliation – Retaliation is the act of harassing or bothering the complainant during or after an informal or formal investigation. Retaliation may be by the charged individual or by another individual doing so on their behalf. Retaliation will not be tolerated and may result in severe sanctions or an additional charge.
Expectation of Consent
- The expectations of our community regarding sexual conduct can be summarized as follows: In order for individuals to engage in sexual activity of any type with each other, there must be clear, knowing and voluntary consent prior to and during sexual activity. Consent is sexual permission. Consent can be given by word or action, but non-verbal consent is not as clear as talking about what you want sexually and what you don’t. Some important things to know about consent:
Consent to some form of sexual activity cannot be automatically taken as consent to any other form of sexual activity. Silence–without actions demonstrating permission–cannot be assumed to show consent.
- There is a difference between seduction and coercion. Coercing someone into sexual activity violates this policy in the same way as physically forcing someone into sex. Coercion happens when someone is pressured unreasonably for sex.
- Because alcohol or other drug use can place the capacity to consent in question, sober sex is less likely to raise such questions. When alcohol or other drugs are being used, a person will be considered unable to give valid consent if they cannot fully understand the details of a sexual interaction (who, what, when, where, why or how) because they lack the capacity to reasonably understand the situation. Individuals who consent to sex must be able to understand what they are doing.
- Under this policy, “no” always means “no”, and “yes” may not always mean “yes.” Anything but clear, knowing and voluntary consent to any sexual activity is equivalent to a “no.”
Be an Active Bystander
- Be aware of your surroundings. You can often tell when a person is in danger. Many times in sexual violence situations, bystanders were able to see that something was not right.
- Recognize it as a problem. As you are active in your surroundings, keep an eye open for behaviors that you recognize to be a problem.
- Feel Responsible to Act. Each individual must accept the fact that it is his responsibility to act. Many times people feel that somebody else will take care of the situation, or that it is none of their business. It is up to each person to take responsibility and react to situations they see.
- Make a plan. Be aware of the different options to intervene. Once you take a look at the situation, determine the best course of action to prevent the act.
- Safely Intervene. Take action and stand up for the safety of others. When taking action, make sure you do not to place yourself in unnecessary danger.
Reporting Sexual Misconduct
To Report Confidentially
If one desires that details of the incident be kept confidential, they should speak with a private counselor, members of the clergy and chaplains, or off-campus rape crisis resources who can maintain confidentiality. The college recommends contacting Domestic and Sexual Abuse Services at 1-800-828-2023 (crisis line).
Reporting to Those Who May Be Able to Maintain Privacy
You can seek advice from certain resources that are not required to tell anyone else your private, personally identifiable information unless there is cause for fear for your safety, or the safety of others. If you are unsure of someone’s duties and ability to maintain your privacy, ask them before you talk to them. They will be able to tell you, and help you make decisions about who can best help you.
Personally identifiable information will be shared in the event that the incident reveals a need to protect you or other members of the community. If personally identifiable information is shared, it will only be shared as necessary with as few people as possible, and all efforts will be made to protect your privacy.
Formal Reporting Options
You are encouraged to submit a College Concerns Form. You may also speak to officials of the institution to make formal reports of incidents (deans or other administrators with supervisory responsibilities, campus security, and human resources). The college considers these people to be “responsible employees.” Notice to them is official notice to the institution. You have the right and can expect to have incidents of sexual misconduct to be taken seriously by the institution when formally reported, and to have those incidents investigated and properly resolved through administrative procedures. Formal reporting means that only people who need to know will be told and information will be shared only as necessary with investigators, witnesses, and the accused individual.
Title IX Coordinator
The College Sexual Misconduct Policy shall apply to conduct that occurs on college premises, at college- sponsored activities, and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the college community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. All reports of sexual misconduct will be handled by the Dean of Student Services:
Student Services, A59
(Summer hours: 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and closed on Fridays).