By Regan Joswiak*
Title IX of the Education Amendment is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal funds. Sexual harassment and violence are considered forms of sex discrimination under Title IX laws. Colleges and universities are required to investigate claims of sexual assault and provide grievance procedures to resolve these claims.
Back in May, the Department of Education released a list of 55 colleges and universities it is investigating for their handling of sexual assaults. Complaints that have been filed over the past few years have led to an increase in investigations, with the government pushing colleges and universities to become more transparent in their reporting of incidents.
As a result, The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault provided schools with a checklist to use to draft or reevaluate their own sexual misconduct and non-discrimination policies. The Justice Department also developed training programs for school officials, as well as campus and local law enforcement.
In response to these developments, SHSU is raising awareness of the resources available to all students, faculty, and staff. According to an e-mail disbursed by Dana G. Hoyt on September 15th, there will be further updates in the upcoming weeks regarding training. Students will have access to topics such as maintaining safe and healthy relationships, alcohol, and sexual misconduct. Faculty and staff will receive training on how to prevent and report gender-based misconduct.
Have questions about SHSU’s Title IX policy? It can be found here.*
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*Please note: While we usually offer our services regarding questions, SLMS cannot provide counsel over matters directly involving the university, between SHSU students, or faculty/staff. Please seek more information from the resources above.