What is Title IX
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.) and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment of any student or employee, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
Who is Covered by Title IX?
Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX. If only one of the institution's programs or activities receives federal funding, all of the programs within the institution must comply with Title IX regulations. In compliance with Title IX, Reading Area Community College (RACC) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in the employment context as well as in all programs and activities.
Title IX Coordinator
In accordance with Title IX regulations, RACC has designated Rhonda Hudak as the College's Title IX Coordinator. She is responsible for tracking and monitoring incidents of gender based discrimination, including misconduct, to ensure the college responds effectively to each complaint, and where necessary, for conducting investigations of particular situations. Questions regarding Title IX, as well as concerns and complaints of non-compliance, may be directed to her.
Who Enforces Title IX?
The United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in charge of enforcing Title IX. Information regarding OCR can be found at links below:
Failure to Comply with Title IX
The penalty for failure to comply with Title IX in the most extreme circumstances can include the termination of all or part of an institution's federal funding. This includes grants, subsidies, and other program funds from the federal government. In addition to the loss of federal funds, institutions may be sued by those seeking redress for violations of Title IX. It is essential that institutions receiving federal financial assistances operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. While compliance with the law is everyone's responsibility at RACC, the staff members who have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance are listed under Contact Information.
- RACC's online Title IX Incident Reporting Form
- Campus SaVE Act and VAWA - PDF
- Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedures - PDF
- Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Form - PDF
- FAQ - Sexual Misconduct Policy - PDF