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Sex/Gender Discrimination (Title IX)

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

—Title IX

Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 is the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational institutions (amending the Higher Education Act of 1965). This act is codified as Title 20, United States Code, Chapter 38, Sections 1681-1686. The act was also amended by the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 (“Title IX”). The amendment in 1987 expanded the definition of program or activity to include all the operations of an educational institution, governmental entity or private employer that receives federal funds.

Title IX forbids sex discrimination in all university student services and academic programs including, but not limited to, admissions, financial aid, academic advising, housing, athletics, recreational services, college residential life programs, health services, counseling and psychological services, registrar’s office, classroom assignments, grading and discipline. Title IX also forbids discrimination because of sex in employment and recruitment consideration or selection, whether full time or part time, under any education program or activity operated by an institution receiving or benefiting from federal financial assistance (“recipient”).

Title IX & EOAA

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) is responsible for monitoring the College’s compliance with Title IX and other related federal and state laws by investigating complaints of gender-based discrimination, including sexual harassment in accordance with the College’s Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment. The EOAA oversees formal grievance and hearing procedures as described in the College Regulations, Administrative Handbook, and Faculty Handbook. These procedures may vary somewhat depending on who is accused, whether the individual is seeking advice, considering informal mechanisms of redress, or wishes to pursue resolution through a formal grievance hearing. Individuals who wish to report a concern, seek guidance, file a formal grievance, or request training or other assistance may do so by contacting the director of EOAA. Discussing a concern with an EOAA officer does not commit one to making a formal charge. The director of EOAA is the designated Title IX Coordinator for the college.

Title IX Coordinator

Vassar College has designated a Title IX coordinator to coordinate the college’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, including the investigation of allegations of discrimination or harassment based on sex as well as such allegations of discrimination based on marital status, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity and expression.

The designated Title IX Coordinator for Vassar College is Rachel Pereira, Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. You may reach the Title IX coordinator at (845) 437-7924 or