What is Title IX:
Title IX of the Education Amendments 1972 (20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.) and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance. It is the landmark legislation that bans gender based discrimination in schools and colleges.
Title IX benefits all genders. It requires educational institutions to maintain policies, practices and programs that do not discriminate against anyone based on sex. Under this law, all genders are expected to receive fair and equal treatment in all aspects of higher education.
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."
Who Enforces Title IX?
The United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in charge of enforcing Title IX. Information regarding OCR can be found at this link.
Who is Covered by Title IX?
ALL students, employees, guests or third party vendors are covered by Title IX.
Examples of Unlawful Practices Under Title IX Relating to Sexual Misconduct:
- Sexual Harassment -unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature
- Sexual Misconduct -rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation, sexual coercion, and any other form of non-consensual sexual activity (including when an individual is not in a condition to give legal consent)
- Stalking - repeatedly following, harassing, threatening or intimidating another individual using such methods including, but not limited to, telephone, mail, electronic communication, and social media
- Domestic Violence - in addition to physical abuse, also includes emotional, verbal and economic abuse
- Dating Violence - in addition to physical abuse, also includes emotional, verbal and economic abuse
- Retaliation -adverse academic, social, employment or other actions against anyone reporting a violation or participating in an investigation of any Title IX allegation
Who to Contact:
Any student, employee, guest or third party who feels they are a victim of gender-based discrimination and/or any form of sexual harassment should report any misconduct to CCAC's Civil Rights Compliance Officer who serves as the designated Title IX Coordinator:
Sumana Misra-Zets, Civil Rights Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator
Byers Hall, Room 316
808 Ridge Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
You may also use the College’s online reporting system to report a civil rights violation or incident of sexual misconduct. The online report form, which can be submitted anonymously, can be accessed by clicking HERE. All reports electronically submitted using the online form are routed directly to the Civil Rights Compliance Officer.
Who Should Report?
Creating a safe campus environment is the responsibility of all members of the College community, both individually and collectively. All members of the College Community are required to report complaints expressed to them by an alleged victim of sexual harassment / gender discrimination, whether direct or by a third party, to the Title IX Coordinator.
Title IX: Resources for Victims:
- Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) confidential hotline: 1-866-END-RAPE (1-866-363-7273)
- Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh24-hour confidential hotline: 412-687-8005
- U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
- Office for Violence Against Women
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
- Stalking Resource Center
- Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)