Title IX and Sexual Violence
What is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal law passed in 1972 that requires gender equity in every educational program that receives federal funding. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence in all student services and academic programs, including, but not limited to, admissions, financial aid, advising, housing, athletics, recreational services, health services, counseling, classroom assignments, and grading.
University of Holy Cross (UHC) is committed to creating and maintaining a campus environment where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity and free to participate in a lively exchange of ideas. Individuals have a right to learn and work in an environment free of harassment.
- Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination prohibited under Title IX and will not be tolerated at UHC.
- Harassment is not just limited to conduct of a sexual nature. UHC prohibits harassment based upon an individual’s race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, military status, veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state, or local law.
- Harassment occurs when unwelcome verbal or physical conduct, because of its severity and/or pervasiveness, significantly interferes with an individual’s work or education, or adversely affects an individual’s employment or ability to learn or participate in school activities.
- Harassment also occurs when a person uses a position of authority to engage in unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
UHC complies with federal mandates related to Title IX, sex discrimination, sexual assault, sexual violence, intimate partner violence and dating violence.
UHC provides many resources to students, faculty and staff to address concerns relating to discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex, which includes sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Any student, faculty, staff member or applicant for admission who has concerns about sex discrimination or sexual misconduct is encouraged to seek the assistance of:
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