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Title IX - Frequently Asked Questions

The main purpose of Title IX is to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that is federally funded.

Title IX covers Sexual Misconduct, Relationship and Interpersonal violence including sexual assault, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence and retaliation.

Title IX states, “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.” This prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sex applies to all persons, including third parties.

Title IX protects pregnant and parenting students and postdocs. Title IX makes it illegal to discriminate because of sex, which includes discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, or related conditions, including recovery.

You can file a report with the Campus Police, local police and/or the Title IX Coordinator. You can file a report with the Title IX Coordinator, the police or both. The complaint form for Title IX can be found at

There is no time limit for making a report. The College encourages reporting an incident as soon as possible in order to maximize our ability to respond promptly and effectively. The College does not, however, limit the time frame for reporting. If the respondent is no longer a student or employee, the College may not be able to take action against the Respondent, but it will still seek to meet its Title IX obligation by taking steps to end the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects, when appropriate.​

The time to complete the investigation may vary depending upon such things as the number of witnesses to interview. The Title IX Coordinator keeps all parties apprised of the progress of the investigation. The investigation is done in a thorough and efficient manner.​​​

No. Reporting an incident to the police and/or pursuing criminal charges are always available to a student and we will help in accessing those resources, but it is separate and different from the Institute’s Title IX process. A community member can pursue both the criminal and the Institute’s process at the same time.​​​​

The student always retains control over who to talk to and what level of information to share. When a report of sexual misconduct is shared with the Title IX Coordinator, we have a legal duty to follow up to determine the appropriate response under Title IX. The Title IX Investigator will conduct an initial assessment regarding the nature of the report, the safety of the individual and of the broader campus community, and the complainant’s expressed preference for resolution. Students are not pressured to pursue a specific action. In planning any response, the wishes of the reporting student are given full consideration. Nevertheless, the Institute may need to pursue a certain path despite the wishes of the student, but usually only if there is a broader safety risk for the community.

The Title IX staff intentionally work to create a compassionate, sensitive environment to address the issues; offer an unbiased and transparent system for gathering facts; and connect all community members with appropriate support and resources.

Yes. Everyone involved in the process can have an advisor of their choice with them for support, guidance and/or advice. The advisor may not participate in the proceeding, ask questions, present evidence or make arguments. They have no other role than to accompany and communicate with the party requesting the support.

See the Brochure that lists resources on and off campus.​

Yes, there are resources and support for everyone whether you filed a complaint, you are a witness or the accused. Involvement in a Title IX case can be very stressful. There are a number of resources to support those involved throughout the process including Counseling, Student Support Services, Residential Life staff, Human Resources Support Services and Advisors/Supporters. The complaint procedures were designed to provide a fair, neutral, and transparent process for all involved parties. Each party can have an advisor of their choice accompany them to interviews and meetings. A pool of individuals from across the College have received training about the Title IX process and are available to serve as an advisor to any requesting party. These advisors provide information and support throughout the process. Additionally, the Title IX Coordinator is available to answer questions and provide information.

You are not required to seek medical care, but you are encouraged to do so to treat/prevent STDs and/or pregnancy.

Hospitals (Women & Infants, RI Hospital, Miriam Hospital) or RIC Health Services on campus. (See the brochure for contact information.

You should not bathe, brush your teeth or change clothes. If you do change clothes, bring your clothes with you.

First and foremost listen without judgment, offer support, connect the individual with resources and encourage them to report the complaint to the Title IX Coordinator. See

If you are a witness to inappropriate behavior, determine whether you can intervene and speak up. If it not appropriate or safe for you to do so, you should report what you witnessed to your Human Resources Officer or the Title IX Coordinator.​

Retaliation against an employee for filing a complaint in good faith is prohibited. Any acts of reprisal, intimidation, discrimination or harassment for coming forward with a complaint could be considered retaliation. If you believe that retaliation may have occurred, you should report your concern immediately to the Title IX Coordinator.​

The health and safety of every student at the College is of utmost importance. The College recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that an incident of violence occurs, including, but not limited to, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. The College strongly encourages students to report incidents of violence to institution officials. The Complainant, Respondent, a bystander acting in good faith, or a reporting individual acting in good faith, who discloses any incident of violence to the College or law enforcement will not be subject to the College’s student conduct code for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the commission of the incident of violence.​

Consent is an affirmative and willing agreement to engage in specific forms of sexual contact with another person. Consent requires an outward demonstration, through mutually understandable words, conduct or action, indicating that an individual has freely chosen to engage in sexual activity or contact. Consent cannot be obtained through: (1) the use of coercion or force; or (2) by taking advantage of the incapacitation of another individual. Silence, passivity, or the absence of resistance does not imply consent. Consent can be withdrawn at any time. When consent is withdrawn, sexual activity must immediately stop. Prior consent does not imply current or future consent; even in the context of an ongoing relationship, consent must be sought and freely given for each instance of sexual activity or contact.​

If the faculty or staff are mandated reporters, they must report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator. If they are not mandated reporters, they should encourage the student to contact the Title IX Coordinator to assure they are aware of all options and resources.

Under Title IX, “responsible employees” with authority to take action to redress sexual violence, or who have been deemed mandated reporters by their institutions, or who students reasonably could believe have authority or responsibility over such matters, are required to report discrimination. These individuals have the duty of reporting incidents of sexual harassment/violence or any other misconduct by students to the Title IX Coordinator.

The following individuals shall be considered “Responsible Employees” at the College: (1) any employee who has the authority to take action to redress discrimination on the basis of sex; (2) any employee who has been given the duty to report discrimination on the basis of sex to the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate school official; or (3) any individual who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or responsibility. All Responsible Employees are obligated to report discrimination on the basis of sex that they know, or in the exercise of reasonable care should have known about, to the Title IX Coordinator or designee. Mental health counselors, pastoral counselors, psychologists, health services staff or other employees with a professional license that requires confidentiality, and the individuals they supervise, are not Responsible Employees.​​​​​​​

Page last updated: November 01, 2019