What is Title IX?
Title IX benefits both females and males, and is at the heart of efforts to create gender equitable schools. The law requires educational institutions to maintain policies, practices and programs that do not discriminate against anyone based on sex.
Title IX states:
“No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal aid.”
Examples of the types of conduct that violates Title IX include, but are not limited to:
- Pressure for sexual activity
- Sexual innuendos and comments
- Sexually explicit questions
- Requests for sexual favors
- Unwelcome touching, hugging, stroking, squeezing
- Spreading rumors about a person’s sexuality
- Sexual ridicule
- Displaying or sending sexually suggestive electronic content, including but not limited to emails, text messages, etc.
- Pervasive displays of pictures, calendars, cartoons, or other materials with sexually explicit or graphic content
- Stalking a person
- Attempted or actual sexual violence
Title IX Coordinator:
Oversees all complaints of sex discrimination and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator is the central repository of Title IX knowledge on the campus, and is responsible for the design and implementation of education around Title IX for Washington College.
Candace Wannamaker, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and the College’s Title IX Coordinator (410) 778-7752 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Title IX Coordinator(s):
Reports to the Title IX Coordinator and serve as support to the Title IX Coordinator. Each Assistant Title IX Coordinator assists in responding and receiving inquiries from students, faculty, staff, and administrators, conduct investigations, as well as the design and implementation of education around Title IX for the Washington College.
Kimberly Lessard, Senior Woman Administrator/Athletics (410) 778-7241 or email@example.com
Carolyn Burton, Director of Human Resources (410) 778-7298 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Education and Training
The Office of Prevention Education and Advocacy is responsible for developing and coordinating educational and training programs for students about sexual assault and sexual violence. To address issues of sexual assault and sexual violence proactively, the College will distribute these policies to and provide training for students and employees. In addition, these policies will be communicated at appropriate opportunities in classes, meetings, programs, and publications.
Sexual Assault Amnesty Protocol
Washington College encourages the reporting of sexual misconduct. The College recognizes that individuals who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that violence, including but not limited to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual misconduct or sexual assault occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. An individual reporting sexual violence to College officials or a bystander reporting such violations, provided that their behavior did not place the health and safety of any person at risk, will not be subject to disciplinary action for violations of alcohol and other drug policies occurring at the time of the sexual misconduct.
Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey
In compliance with Maryland House Bill 571, Washington College conducted a sexual assault campus climate survey in March of 2016 and will do so every two years.
People to contact for more information:
- Sarah Feyerherm, Vice President of Student Affairs, ext. 7752
- Candace Wannamaker, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Title IX Coordinator, ext. 7752
- Ursula Herz, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life, ext. 7752
- Rachel Boyle, Director of Prevention Education and Advocacy and Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, ext. 7277
- Lisa Marx, Director of Health Services, ext. 7261
- Miranda Altman, Director of Counseling Services, ext. 7289
- Jerry Roderick, Director of Public Safety, ext. 7810
- Sexual Assault Response Advocate (SARA) 410-699-0742