Title IX refers to Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972, which amended the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and provides the following:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” (20 USC 1681).
Complaints should be filed with the Title IX coordinator or deputy coordinator of the complainant’s choice. The complainant may be a student, faculty member, staff member or visitor to campus. The Title IX coordinator has responsibility for overseeing the college’s compliance with Title IX, including complaints of sexual and gender-based misconduct. All instances of sexual and gender-based misconduct should be reported to the Title IX coordinator or a Title IX deputy coordinator.
If you wish to report anonymously, you can complete the Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Silent Witness Form. (Note that the college’s ability to investigate and take disciplinary action may be impacted if the report is anonymous.)
Download a condensed version for easy reference: Sexual Misconduct, Education, Awareness and Resources brochure
Wofford College’s Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy prohibits sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence, sexual exploitation, sexual intimidation, and retaliation. For definitions of prohibited conduct, refer to Exhibit C of the Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy.
Wofford’s Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy strictly prohibits retaliation against any person for filing, supporting, or providing information in good faith in connection with a complaint of sexual misconduct. Retaliation is any adverse action threatened or taken against a person because he or she has filed, supported, or provided information in connection with a complaint of sexual misconduct. This includes direct and indirect intimidation, threats, harassment and other behavior. Any person who feels that he or she has been subjected to retaliation should make a report to the assigned Title IX deputy coordinator or to the Title IX coordinator.
The Title IX staff complete annual training and intentionally work to create a compassionate, sensitive environment to address the issues, offer an unbiased and transparent system for gathering facts, and connect all community members with appropriate support and resources.
No. The victim/survivor of sexual or gender-based misconduct always retains control over who to talk to and what level of information to share. We will never force a victim/survivor to share the details of their experience, but when a report of sexual or gender-based misconduct is shared with a “responsible employee” of the college, we have a legal duty to follow up on the report to determine the appropriate response under Title IX. The Title IX coordinator will conduct an initial assessment regarding, among other things, the nature of the report, the safety of the individual and of the broader campus community, and the complainant’s expressed preference for resolution. Students are not pressured to pursue a specific action. In planning any response, the wishes of the complainant are given full consideration. In limited circumstances, the college may need to pursue an investigation and disciplinary proceeding against the wishes of the complainant, but usually only if there is a broader safety risk for the community. A complainant will not be forced to participate in any such investigation or proceeding.