Title IX

What Is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the gender of students and employees of educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance.
 
 “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.” 20 U.S.C. §1681
 
 The United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is charged with enforcing compliance with Title IX. For more information on OCR, please visit www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html.
Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be made to the University's Title IX Coordinator, Joan Williams, 312A Stevens Building, (256) 765-6341, jjwilliams@una.edu.
WHAT TYPES OF BEHAVIOR DOES TITLE IX COVER?
  
  • Gender Discrimination

Gender discrimination is prohibited in any educational program or activity, including athletics; recruitment, admissions, financial aid and scholarships; course offerings and access; counseling; hiring and retention of employees; and benefits and leave.
 

  • Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when (1) submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of employment or academic advancement; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance as an employee or student or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment.

  • Sexual Harassment Includes Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence

Sexual assault is any form of sexual contact without the consent of all parties involved to include: 
a. Sexual intercourse committed by physical force, coercion, threat or intimidation, actual or implied by a person or persons known or unknown to the victim. 
b. Attempted intercourse, sexual contact, or physical force of a threatening nature ex-pressed or implied that places a person in fear of immediate death or physical injury known or unknown to the victim. 
c. All other forms of sexual misconduct, which violates state and/or federal law now or subsequently in effect including, but not limited to, conduct defined as rape, sodomy, sexual abuse or sexual contact and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A person may be deemed not to have knowingly and voluntarily consented if, at the time of the offense, the person is incapable of giving consent because of mental incapacitation, physical impairment, alcohol or drug consumption, or loss of consciousness.

  • Sexual Harassment Includes Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence

Sexual assault is any form of sexual contact without the consent of all parties involved to include: 
a. Sexual intercourse committed by physical force, coercion, threat or intimidation, actual or implied by a person or persons known or unknown to the victim. 
b. Attempted intercourse, sexual contact, or physical force of a threatening nature ex-pressed or implied that places a person in fear of immediate death or physical injury known or unknown to the victim. 
c. All other forms of sexual misconduct, which violates state and/or federal law now or subsequently in effect including, but not limited to, conduct defined as rape, sodomy, sexual abuse or sexual contact and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A person may be deemed not to have knowingly and voluntarily consented if, at the time of the offense, the person is incapable of giving consent because of mental incapacitation, physical impairment, alcohol or drug consumption, or loss of consciousness. See student Code of Conduct available at http://www.una.edu/student-conduct/code-of-conduct.html

Title IX protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students and employees from discrimination, harassment, sexual assault and sexual violence including discrimination, physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex, sex-stereotyping or failure to conform to stereotypical gender norms.

The University of North Alabama is committed to providing an environment for employees, students, and campus visitors that is free from illegal harassment based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status. Likewise the University prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in all University activities and programs. Any form of sexual harassment, including sexual assault and sexual violence, is a violation of University policy and the Code of Student Conduct. In addition to facing University sanctions, those who engage in sexual assault and sexual violence may also be prosecuted criminally.