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Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education:

“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 educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
(20 U.S.C.  1681 & 34 C.F.R. Part 106)

The following behaviors/actions may fall under Title IX if the discrimination is based on sex/gender:

  • Gender discrimination
  • Sexual misconduct including harassment and assault
  • Stalking Intimate partner and relationship violence
  • Bullying and cyberbullying
  • Retaliation
  • Hazing
  • Program Inequity

Policy on Nondiscrimination

The College of Wooster adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in private institutions of higher education. The College of Wooster will not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student or applicant for admission on the basis of race, color, sex/gender[1], pregnancy, political affiliation, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability of a qualified individual, age, marital status, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state, or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any complaint process on campus or within the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies.

The College of Wooster will not request or require the disclosure of genetic information except as may be permitted under the Genetic Information Nondisclosure Act. This non-discrimination policy applies to all personnel actions, including, but not limited to, recruitment, selection, placement, training, advancement, transfers, demotions, or layoffs, and all matters involving compensation. The College prohibits discrimination which denies full and equal employment of, and opportunity to participate in and benefit from, the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations offered by the College, including, but not limited to, educational opportunities and access to facilities and other services by otherwise qualified individuals. The College will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.

This policy covers nondiscrimination in employment and in access to educational opportunities. Therefore, any member of the campus community, guest, or visitor who acts to deny, deprive, or limit the educational, employment, residential, and/or social access, benefits, and/or opportunities of any member of the campus community on the basis of their actual or perceived membership in the protected classes listed above is in violation of The College of Wooster’s policy on nondiscrimination. When brought to the attention of the College, any such discrimination will be appropriately remedied by the College.

See the complete Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Nondiscrimination Policy which includes more information about nondiscrimination, accommodation of disabilities, discriminatory harassment, other civil rights offenses, confidentiality and reporting of offenses, remedial action, retaliation, and Federal timely warning obligations.

Title IX Coordinator

Angela Johnston, Chief of Staff and Secretary of the College
Phone: 330-263-2141
Campus extension: 2141
Office: President’s Office, 2nd Fl Galpin Hall
Fax: 330-263-2539

[1] On April 29, 2014, the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education issued the document “Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence for clarification of Title IX provisions. Section B-2 states that “Title IX’s sex discrimination prohibition extends to claims of discrimination based on gender identity or (gender expression)...”