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.

The College will make every effort to successfully complete the grievance process for complaints of harassment and 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 harassment and 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 directive on all involved parties; residence hall room change for one or more involved parties; changes in academic schedules or assignments for one or both parties and interim measures of the responding party.

Addressing Title IX Changes

The Title IX regulatory changes announced by the U.S. Department of Education on May 6, 2020 are both historic and extensive. Eckerd’s administration is conferring with its legal advisers, Title IX Advisory Councils, Executive staff members and other constituents to consider the changes and will announce plans for a response in the near future. In the midst of ever-changing laws and regulations, the College is committed to providing a learning and working environmxaent that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community. To this end, we must ensure that our Title IX structures are based on respect, sensitivity, and dignity for all of our students, faculty, and staff members. The College will continue to offer comprehensive resources that stop, prevent, and remedy sexual misconduct and sexual and gender-based harassment. Given the limitations of COVID-19, interim policy  and process changes are necessary.  Nevertheless, we remain committed to consulting campus constituencies on any policy issues that extend beyond legal requirements as mandated by the federal government.

Training
College-wide education & training is available! Please contact our Title IX Coordinator.
Risk Reduction Tips
Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault. These risk reduction tips are offered in the hope that recognizing patterns can help men and women to reduce the risk of victimization and assault.