What is Title IX?
Pursuant to Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and other applicable state laws and Midlands Technical College Policy, it is illegal to harass or discriminate against any individual (faculty, staff, student or visitor) on the basis of sex. Specifically Title IX states 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. Sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, and sexual misconduct. Title IX also prohibits retaliation against an individual who, in good faith, asserts his or her rights under Title IX or other applicable federal laws and state laws prohibiting illegal discrimination.
The duties and responsibilities that have been delegated to the College’s Title IX compliance efforts include, but are not limited to:
- Consultation, Investigation, and Disposition -
- The Title IX Coordinator's office receives and processes, in a timely manner, inquiries from students, faculty, staff, and administrators regarding rights and responsibilities concerning harassing behavior or other discriminatory behavior in violation of Title IX;
- Receives and processes, in a timely manner, inquiries from third parties who report suspicion of harassing behavior or other discriminatory behavior in violation of Title IX;
- Refers inquiries to other resources that are not appropriate for investigation (e.g. Human Resources, Student Development Services);
- Receives and processes, in a timely manner, complaints from students, faculty, staff, and administrators regarding rights and responsibilities concerning harassing behavior or other discriminatory behavior in violation of Title IX;
- Receives and processes, in a timely manner, complaints from third parties who report suspicion or harassing behavior or other discriminatory behavior in violation of Title IX;
- Notifies complainants of receipt of the complaint;
- Notifies respondents that complaint has been made;
- Notifies supervisor(s) of respondent that complaint has been made;
- Investigates alleged discrimination and/or harassment;
- Interviews complainants, respondents, and material witnesses; obtains and reviews documents and other relevant materials from complainant and/or respondent;
- Issues findings of fact and recommendations for disposition of complaints and notifies all parties regarding disposition;
- Notifies complainants of his or her right to pursue remedies outside of the Colleges grievance process; follows-up with parties regarding implementation of recommendations contained in disposition; seeks assistance from parties' supervisors or advisors, if necessary to implement recommendations;
- Monitors compliance of all requirements and timelines specified in the complaint/grievance procedures
- Institutional Monitoring and Compliance Assurance
- Coordinates and monitors Title IX efforts of other delegates and College offices that receive and/or investigate complaints, including but not limited to Human Resources, Student Development Services and Campus Police;
- Organizes and maintains grievance files, disposition reports, and other compiled records regarding complaints of sexual harassment and other discriminatory practices, including annual descriptive reports of number and nature of filed complaints and disposition of complaints;
- Remains knowledgeable of current state and federal laws and regulations and trends in the field of education related to harassment and other discriminatory practices that violate Title IX;
- Monitors the College’s Anti-Harassment policy and procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal law and regulations; serves as a liaison officer to state and federal government compliance or investigation officers
- Advising Other College Officials
- Provides ongoing consultation regarding Title IX requirements, grievance issues, and compliance programs to College officials;
- Assists in resolution of complex harassment and discrimination cases in conjunction with College’s General Counsel
Who to Contact
Any student or employee who experiences sexual harassment (including sexual misconduct, sexual assault or sexual violence), harassment or discrimination on the basis of sex is encouraged to contact Ian MacLean, the MTC Title IX Coordinator. The office is located at 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia, Saluda Hall, Room 164, and he may be reached (803) 822-3204, or email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Students and employees are also encouraged to contact the MTC Police at (803) 738-7199 or email email@example.com to report alleged sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, or sexual assault or any other criminal behavior based upon their sex.
Any administrator or supervisor, including a department chair, or other administrator, or person in a position with power over a student or employee who receives notice of a student's or employee’s complaint of alleged prohibited harassment, including sexual misconduct, sexual violence, sexual assault or any other criminal behavior based upon sex or discrimination, must immediately contact the MTC Title IX Coordinator. Failure to immediately report any Title IX matter may result in disciplinary action against any person, (administrators, faculty or staff member) in a position of power over a student or employee. Procedures for reporting and responding to complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation under Title IX can be found in MTC’s Policy on Anti-Harassment 2.6, Procedure 2.6.1; Midlands Technical College's Student Code Procedures Addressing Alleged Acts of Sex Discrimination, Sexual Violence and Harassment 5.1.3. The Title IX Coordinator will work in coordination with Student Development Services administrators in cases involving students and with the Office of Human Resources in cases involving MTC employees.