Title IX

What is Title IX?

Whether you are seeking more information about this important topic or valuable resources to assist you, a friend or colleague with a specific issue, you will find the information here helpful.

Title IX is commonly associated with sex-based discrimination in athletics, but it so much more. Title IX of theEducation Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that states:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or by subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving 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, as outlined in the U.S. Department of Education’s Dear Colleague Letter, 2011. Title IX also prohibits retaliation against people for making or participating in complaints of sex discrimination, see U.S. Department of Education, Dear Colleague Letter, 2011.

For more information about Title IX, visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website. If you are a SCC student or staff member who didn’t find the information needed, we encourage you to call the Title IX Coordinator, Wendy Dodson, at 910-246-2868 for assistance.  We are also available to speak to your student group or department to share more information on Title IX and how it works for you.

Notice of Nondiscrimination:

Sandhills Community College complies with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. (“Title IX”) in assuring that no student or employee shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the College. In accordance with the requirements of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Sandhills Community College ensures equality of treatment and access for all students and employees, female or male. Complaints related to sex discrimination or sexual harassment should be filed with the Executive Vice President, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, or the Dean of the Hoke Center. SCC’s Title IX Coordinator is Wendy Dodson, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, whose office is located is located in Stone Hall, Office 110.  This office may be reached by email at scchr@sandhills.edu or by telephone at 910-246-2868.

Title IX Policies and Procedures

You have rights and responsibilities under Title IX.  Title IX prohibits discrimination based upon sex in all aspects of college life.  SCC has adopted policies and procedures that govern our college’s response when a member of our community is alleged to be either a victim or a perpetrator of sexual misconduct under Title IX.

Policies:

  1. 2.1 Equal Opportunity
  2. 5.17 Sexual Misconduct
  3. Title IX

Includes:

  1. Notice of Nondiscrimination
  2. Definition of Sexual Misconduct
  3. Policy Statement and Over view of Procedures

Unlawful Discriminatory Behaviors Under Title IX

Many people are confused about what constitutes sexual discrimination under Title IX.  We have prepared a partial list of behaviors and circumstances that may be unlawful behavior under Title IX.  The list is not all inclusive; it is merely intended to give you a broad idea of prohibited conduct.  In general, if your conduct is unwelcome or offensive, don’t do it.  Even if such behavior does not violate Title IX, it probably does not contribute to a robust learning or working environment due to its unwelcome or offensive nature.

Unlawful discriminatory behaviors under Title IX include, but are not limited to:

  1. Sexual Harassment (unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature);
  2. Sexual Misconduct (rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation and other forms of non-consensual sexual activity);
  3. Stalking (repeatedly following, harassing, threatening, or intimidating including by telephone, email, electronic communication, or social media);
  4. Dating Violence (including emotional, verbal, and economic abuse without the presence of physical abuse); and
  5. Retaliation (adverse employment, academic, or other actions against anyone reporting or participating in an investigation of Title IX allegations).

The following are examples of types of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment:

  1. Inappropriate touching, patting, or pinching
  2. Physical assault or coerced sexual activity
  3. Demands or subtle pressure for sexual favors
  4. Unwanted phone calls, texts, email, or gestures

How to File a Title IX Complaint

If you experience sexual discrimination, harassment, or violence, you have rights and you have options. Title IX and SCC’s resources exist to help you get the support you need. Whether you are a student, faculty member, staff member, or guest, you have the right to file a complaint through the college and/or explore other options.

Any person (student, faculty, staff, or guest) who believes discriminatory practices have been engaged in based upon gender may discuss these concerns and file informal or formal complaints of possible violations of Title IX (in the case of emergencies please call the main switchboard at 910-692-6185, use one of the emergency call boxes located on campus, or campus security at (910) 695-3831 (for Hoke campus, call (910) 878-5802):

College Resources

  • College Security Services is located on all campuses and is available by phone at.  A copy of the Annual Security Report can be found here.
  • The Dean of Student Services office is located in Stone Hall Building, Room 123 and is staffed from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Sandhills Community College’s Title IX Coordinator is Wendy Dodson, whose office is located in the Stone Hall Building, Room 110. This office may be contacted from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday by phone at 910-246-2868 or by email at dodsonw@sandhills.edu.
  • The Office of Human Resources is located in the Stone Hall Building, room 110 and is available by phone at 910-246-2868. The office is staffed from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Counseling Services is located in the Stone Hall Building, room 229, (910) 695-3968, and on the Hoke County Campus in Johnson Hall, room 112, (910)878-5804.

Community Resources

Click here for the list of community resources.