Title IX

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Scope of Title IX

“Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq., and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance.  Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.”(Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, Dear Colleague Letter, April 4, 2011).  Title IX protects all people regardless of their gender or gender identity from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.

Acts of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence represent violations of the LCSC Student Code of Conduct and the LCSC Sexual Misconduct / Title IX Policy.  Lewis-Clark State College is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment free from all forms of discrimination, including sexually based offenses.  These acts violate an individual's fundamental rights and personal dignity and will not be tolerated.  The College seeks to address such behavior through education, policy enforcement, and by providing mechanisms for student, faculty, staff and visitors to report concerns or complaints.  Prompt corrective measures will be taken to stop sexual discrimination, harassment and violence whenever it occurs.

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including sexual assault.  These behaviors can involve persons of the same or opposite sex.  Sexual assault, which is actual or attempted sexual contact with another person without that person's consent, includes but is not limited to involvement in any sexual contact such as touching of, or coercing, forcing or attempting to coerce or force another to touch a person's initimate parts; involvement in any sexual contact when the victim is unable to consent; and sexual intercourse without consent, including acts commonly referred to as "rape."  Consent must be informed, freely given, and mutual.  Silence does not necessarily constitute consent.  Past consent to sexual activities does not imply ongoing future consent.  For a more complete explanation of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, refer to the LCSC Sexual Harassment Policy.

How do I report an incident of sexual harassment?

Whether you are the victim or a witness of sexual harassment, we encourage you to Tell Someone!  Our "Report an Incident" page has the names, locations, and numbers of our campus's primary contacts for reporting an incident of sexual harassment, but if you're more comfortable reporting the incident to an RA, your academic advisor, or your work supervisor, that is perfectly fine.  Also, if you wish to file an anonymous report, you can do so at www.lighthouse-services.com/lcsc

Why should I Tell Someone?

LCSC is committed to providing an environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community, and that includes making sure it is free from harassment and discrimination and is safe for all those who study, live, and work here.  Keeping in the spirit of this committment, we want to know when incidents of sexual harassment happen so we can ensure the safety and well-being of all the members of our campus community.  We can be instrumental in helping the victims of harassment by providing resources to assist them in their physical and emotional recovery.

What happens after I file a report?

Once we receive a report of sexual harassment, an investigation is promptly initiated. We will be contacting you for further information about the incident, and pertinent individuals involved in the incident as witnesses or participants may be contacted as well.  When the investigation is concluded, we will make a determination based on the preponderance of evidence (more likely than not).  Both the victim and the respondent will be notified of the outcome and of any adjudication measures applied.   For further details regarding the process for students, refer to the Student Code of Conduct.  For details regarding the process for staff, refer to the LCSC Discrimination Complaint Procedures Policy