TITLE IX SEXUAL MISCONDUCT/HARASSMENT POLICY AND PROCEDURES
Applicable Federal Law
This policy addresses the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), which is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. Title IX states as follows:
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.
Discrimination on the basis of sex (i.e., sex discrimination) includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual misconduct. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in both the educational and employment settings.
It is the policy of the College to provide an educational, employment, and business environment free of all forms of sex discrimination, including but not limited to acts of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. These acts jeopardize the health and welfare of our campus community and the larger community as a whole. Sexual harassment includes acts of physical and verbal sexual assault and is prohibited.
The sexual harassment of students, faculty, and staff by guests doing business or providing services on campus (e.g., contractors and vendors, non-college employees) also is prohibited by this policy. This policy applies to all students, faculty and staff, to other members of the Harcum College Community, and to contractors, consultants, and vendors doing business or providing services to the College.
Alleged or Suspected Violations of this Policy
Harcum College is committed to investigating all possible violations of this policy about which the school knows or reasonably should know (also referred to in this policy as “alleged or suspected violations of this policy”), regardless of whether a complaint alleging a violation of this policy has been filed and regardless of where the conduct at issue occurred.
The College’s ability to investigate in a particular situation, or the extent of the investigation or any given situation, may be affected by any number of factors, including whether the complainant is willing to file a complaint or to consent to an investigation, the location where the alleged conduct occurred, and the College’s access to information relevant to the alleged or suspected violation of this policy. The College is nonetheless committed to investigating all alleged and suspected violations of this policy to the fullest extent possible under the circumstances.
Title IX Officers
Any inquiries regarding Title IX or this policy should be directed to one or more of the Title IX Officers identified below. These Officers will be available to meet with students regarding issues relating to Title IX and this policy.
- Harcum College Lead Title IX Compliance Officer
The Harcum College Lead Title IX Compliance Officer is responsible for implementing and monitoring Title IX compliance on behalf of the College. This includes coordination of training, education, communications, and administration of grievance procedures for the handling of complaints alleging violations of this policy.
Claudine Vita – Executive Director of Human Resources
Phone: 610-526-6012 (office)
Location: Melville Hall – Room: 221
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Deputy Title IX Coordinators
The Deputy Title IX Coordinators are responsible for implementing and monitoring Title IX compliance at the College and for notifying the Lead Title IX Coordinator of any alleged or suspected violations of this policy and the resolution of such alleged or suspected violations, regardless of whether a complaint is filed.
Students, faculty, and staff who have a complaint against a student, faculty, staff member, or other individual involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual assault in violation of this policy should contact either of the Deputy Title IX Coordinators.
Individuals who have experienced sexual harassment or other acts of sexual assault may contact proper may contact proper law enforcement authorities, including local police and any law enforcement officials at the school.
The Deputy Title IX Coordinators are obligated to contact the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over the college when the victim has been exposed to bodily harm.
Danyele Dove – Director of Career and Transfer Services
Location: Academic Center – Room: 221
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.