What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 provides:
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sexual discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
Oak Point values civility, dignity, diversity, education, equality, freedom, honesty, and safety and is firmly committed to maintaining an educational environment free from sex discrimination, which includes sexual misconduct, sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile environment sexual harassment, and sexual violence.
Sex discrimination jeopardizes the welfare of Oak Point students, faculty, and staff and the safety of our University community. Sex discrimination violates our philosophy or education and our values; its presence presents a barrier to fulfilling Oak Point’s scholarly, educational, patient care, and service missions. Sex discrimination will not be tolerated at Oak Point and is expressly prohibited.
What is Sexual Misconduct?
Sexual misconduct is any non-consensual behavior of a sexual nature that is committed by force, intimidation, or is otherwise unwelcome that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive so as to limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from a Oak Point program or activity.
In addition to Title IX, Oak Point’s policies regarding non-discrimination and harassment, along with the conduct code outlined in the Student Handbook, prohibit sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct of any kind. Retaliation against anyone who makes a complaint or who participates in any complaint-related process is not tolerated.
- Student Code of Conduct Policy
- Oak Point Equal Employment Opportunity and Anti-harassment and Discrimination Policy
- Sexual Harassment Policy
How to Report
Anyone who has witnessed, knows about, or has experienced a Title IX violation is encouraged to seek help and report the complaint to Oak Point Campus Security and/or the Title IX Coordinator.
All University employees have the responsibility to report to the Title IX Coordinator or their Department Head, any incidents of sexual misconduct. However, mental health counselors are exempt from reporting under the protection of counselor licensure laws and ethics.
Why is it so important to report to the Title IX Coordinator?
The University has a duty to promptly respond to all complaints of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct; whether on or off campus incidents. The purpose is to prevent sex discrimination on campus, promptly address reported incidents, limit the effects of harassment on the educational environment, and prevent its recurrence.