Title IX

Eckerd College is committed to complying with all requirements as set forth by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”). As such, discrimination on the basis of sex or gender will not be tolerated in any of College’s education programs or activities. Such discrimination includes, but is not limited to: sexual harassment; sexual violence; sex or gender-based bullying; hazing; stalking; relationship violence (including domestic violence and dating violence), and failure to provide equal opportunity in admissions, activities, employment or athletics. Student workers will be covered by this policy, and may also fall under the jurisdiction of human resources, which will jointly resolve all complaints with the Dean of Students.

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Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault. These tips are offered in the hope that recognizing patterns can help men and women to reduce the risk of victimization and assault.

Eckerd College does not tolerate sexual misconduct. When sexual misconduct is reported, the College will:

  • offer the survivor immediate and ongoing support, guidance, and counseling from a variety of campus and community resources;
  • assist the survivor in arranging appropriate medical evaluation and/or treatment;
  • document the reported incident, initiate an investigation and, if warranted, conduct a hearing to determine whether sexual misconduct has occurred;
  • take appropriate conduct action against any member of the Eckerd community who is found to have violated the Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct Policy (see page 23 of the EC-Book);
  • maintain privacy at all times with regard to the identity of the survivor, the alleged, and the details of the incident;
  • encourage the survivor of any sexual battery, defined as a felony under Florida law, to report the incident to the St. Petersburg Police Department.

The College Title IX Coordinator will be informed of, and oversee, all complaints of sex discrimination and is responsible for identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. Questions or concerns regarding the College’s procedures and Title IX may be directed to one or more of the following resources.

Joanna Ellwood
Assistant Dean of Community Standards
Title IX Coordinator

Brown Hall
ellwooje@eckerd.edu
727.865.7810

Inquiries may be made externally to:
Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education,
400 Maryland Avenue, SW,
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Customer Service Hotline #: (800) 421-3481, Facsimile: (202) 453-6012
TDD#: 877-521-2172
Email: OCR@ed.gov
Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr

The College will make every effort to successfully complete the grievance process for complaints of sex discrimination over a period of 60 days or less. The victim (henceforth referred to as “reporting party”) will receive periodic status updates on the progress of the investigation and any subsequent appeals.

During the investigation and/or grievance process for complaints of sex discrimination, the College may take a number of interim actions in order to ensure the preservation of the educational experience and the overall College environment of the reporting party. These actions may include, but are not limited to: imposing a no-contact order on the responding party; residence hall room change for one or more involved parties; changes in academic schedules or assignments for one or both parties and interim suspension of the responding party.

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. The Title IX regulation describes the conduct that violates Title IX. Examples of the types of discrimination that are covered under Title IX include sexual harassment, the failure to provide equal opportunity in athletics, and discrimination based on pregnancy.

To enforce Title IX, the U.S. Department of Education maintains an Office for Civil Rights, with headquarters in Washington, DC and 12 offices across the United States.