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What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault. The College will not tolerate sexual harassment in any form or related retaliation against or by any employee or student. The College recognizes that discrimination and harassment related to a person’s sex can occur in connection with misconduct related to a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability, or other protected classes. Targeting a person based on these characteristics is also a violation of state and federal law and the College’s Harassment and Discrimination Policy.

As appropriate, the College will endeavor to coordinate the investigation and resolution of sexual harassment complaints with the investigation and resolution of complaints of discrimination or harassment based on other protected classes. There is a presumption that the Respondent is not responsible for the alleged conduct until a determination regarding responsibility is made at the conclusion of the grievance process.

There is a presumption of innocence throughout the grievance process, with the burden on the College to gather information and to prove the alleged conduct meets the definition of sexual harassment pursuant to Title IX.

Duty of Good Faith

Emmanuel College prohibits any member of the Emmanuel community from knowingly or recklessly bringing a false complaint against another member of the Emmanuel community. Any such action can lead to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the College as a student or employee. 

While compliance with the law is everyone's responsibility at the College, visit our Title IX staff page for a list of community members who have primary responsibility for Title IX policy enforcement.