About Title IX
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WHAT IS TITLE IX?
"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."
Examples of the types of conduct that could violate Title IX include, but are not limited to:
- Pressure for sexual activity
- Dating or domestic violence
- Sexual innuendos and comments
- Sexually explicit questions
- Requests for sexual favors
- Unwelcome touching, hugging, stroking, squeezing
- Spreading rumors about a person's sexuality
- Sexual ridicule
- Displaying or sending sexually suggestive electronic content, including but not limited to emails, text messages, etc.
- Pervasive displays of pictures, calendars, cartoons, or other materials with sexually explicit or graphic content
- Stalking a person
- Attempted or actual sexual violence
The following terms are defined one way by the school, and another way under the law. For definitions under the California Penal Code, please refer to the current Safe & Sound Brochure available at: https://www.sdccd.edu/docs/police/currentsafeandsound.pdf
Consent: Affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. Affirmative consent must be ongoing and can be revoked at any time. Silence, the existence of a dating relationship or past sexual relations, is not by itself assumed to be an indicator of consent.
Sexual Assault: A sex offense directed against another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
Domestic Violence: A crime or violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.
Dating Violence: Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.
Stalking: Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress.
Federal & State Laws
- Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department for Education
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- California Department of Fair Employment and Housing
- U.S. Department of Justice
- Jean Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act)
- Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice