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Sexual Respect and Title IX

Hood College prohibits sexual harassment and misconduct, and is committed to providing a community where all can feel safe and free from harassment.

What Is sexual misconduct?

Sexual Misconduct: Sexual misconduct, as defined in Hood's policies, is prohibited. Sexual misconduct is a broad term that encompasses sexual violence, nonconsensual sexual contact, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual intimidation (including stalking or bullying that is prompted by sex), and relationship violence. This policy prohibits retaliation against anyone who files a complaint under this policy or who participates in any investigation into the circumstances of a complaint.

  • Sexual misconduct can occur between strangers or acquaintances, including people involved in an intimate sexual relationship. Sexual misconduct can be committed by men or women and can occur between people of the same or different sex.
  • Sexual misconduct may be forcible or non-forcible. When an act constituting sexual misconduct is committed either by force, threat, intimidation, or through the use of the victim’s mental or physical helplessness (of which the accused was aware or should have been aware) the act is considered forcible.
  • Sexual misconduct may be a form of sex discrimination prohibited by federal and state discrimination laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Help for victims of sexual assault/violence/misconduct

  • Click here for the Collegewide policy on Prevention and Resolution of Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct.
  • Click here if you have been the victim of sexual misconduct and are seeking immediate ways to deal with your situation.
  • Click here for a description of the rights, resources, and procedures available to victims of alleged sexual misconduct, and for assuring safety, reporting the incident (either in confidence, or to make a complaint to College authorities or law enforcement), and for help with moving forward.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

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. 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. Title IX has been called "the most important step for gender equality since the 19th Amendment gave [women] the right to vote." Though Title IX has been most visible as it has been applied to providing gender equity in sports, it applies, with a few specific exceptions, to all aspects of federally funded education programs or activities. This means, for example that college courses that had been offered solely to one sex were made available to everyone; that since sexual violence and discrimination deprive individuals of equal access to education, prevention and resolution of sexual misconduct has become a key concern of Title IX; and that Title IX requires that colleges that receive federal funds must treat pregnant and parenting students the same way they treat other students who are similarly able or unable to participate in school activities.

  • Education and Title IX
    This website, from the National Women's Law Center gives information and links to resources relating to the many ways in which Title IX affects individuals of both genders in the educational setting.