Stetson University

Title IX

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No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
- Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act

Our Policy, Our Commitment

It is the policy of Stetson University not to discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, age, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical characteristics, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law in its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid, employment, or other school-administered programs.

The university’s commitment to nondiscrimination and to equal employment opportunity applies to all personnel actions. These include, but may not be limited to, recruitment and employment, advancement and promotion, compensation, benefits administration, training, and development.

The Law

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. The law forbids sex discrimination in all university student services and academic programs including, but not limited to, admissions, financial aid, academic advising, residential life, athletics, discipline, recreational services, health, wellness and support services, academic assignments and grading. Title IX also forbids sex discrimination in university employment and recruitment consideration or selection.

Title IX violations include discrimination on the basis of sex or gender and include sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

It is the policy of Stetson University, in accordance with federal and state law, to prohibit unlawful discrimination. Sex discrimination includes a variety of behaviors that can limit or negatively impact educational opportunity. These behaviors include: sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, relationship violence (dating, domestic and intimate partner violence), gender identity, gender presentation and sexual orientation discrimination.

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education is responsible for enforcing Title IX. OCR engages in compliance enforcement to ensure that institutions that receive certain federal funds comply with Title IX.

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