Title IX

Title IX

Information on Sexual Harassment and Assault

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads: "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." Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Sexual harassment in education is an unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that interferes with a student's ability to learn, study, work or participate in school activities. Sexual harassment involves a range of behavior from mild annoyances to sexual assault and rape.

Title IX also 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.

Kankakee Community College (KCC) has committed itself, unequivocally, to ensuring a working and learning environment in which the dignity of every individual is respected. KCC 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 College prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in all College activities and programs. Any form of sexual harassment, including sexual assault and sexual violence, is a violation of College policy and the Code of Student Conduct.

At KCC, we strive to comply with all applicable legal requirements prohibiting harassment against any member of the KCC community. In addition to facing College consequences, those who engage in sexual harassment, sexual assault and/or sexual violence may also be prosecuted criminally.

Higher education institutions have a duty to prevent harassment, to have policies against it, to investigate complaints, and to take prompt action to stop harassment when it occurs.

If you experience sexual harassment or assault or know someone that has, we encourage you report it so that we can help maintain a work and academic environment free of unlawful harassment.

If you would like to review the college full procedure for Title IX, please click the link (PDF) below.

Prohibition of Sexual Discrimination Harassment and Misconduct for Students

If you want to learn more about your rights, or if you believe that a school district, college, or university is violating Federal law, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, at (800) 421-3481 or ocr@ed.gov. You can also fill out a complaint form online.

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Sexual Misconduct and Title IX

Although Title IX is commonly associated with sex-based discrimination in athletics, the law is much broader. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that provides: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in all college programs and activities, including, but not limited to, admissions, recruiting, financial aid, academic programs, student services, counseling and guidance, discipline, class assignment, grading, recreation, athletics, housing, and employment. Sexual harassment and sexual violence are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Title IX also prohibits retaliation against people for making or participating in complaints of sex discrimination.

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