Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in any education program or activity that receives federal funding. One form of sex discrimination that Title IX addresses is sexual harassment. Sexual harassment can take many forms, including unwanted sexual advances, sexual assault, and harassment that creates a hostile educational environment.
What is Considered Sexual Harassment under Title IX?
Sexual harassment under Title IX can include any unwanted sexual conduct or comments that are severe or pervasive enough to create a hostile or offensive educational environment. This can include physical assault, sexual assault, sexual battery, and other forms of sexual violence. In addition, sexual harassment can also include comments or gestures that are sexual in nature, such as sexually suggestive comments, gestures, or gestures.
Title IX also applies to cyber harassment, which includes sexually explicit messages, images, or videos that are sent or posted online.
Responsibilities of Educational Institutions under Title IX
Under Title IX, educational institutions have a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to sexual harassment. This includes taking appropriate steps to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects.
In addition, educational institutions must have a Title IX coordinator who is responsible for overseeing Title IX compliance and addressing any reports of sexual harassment. Educational institutions must also provide training to students, staff, and faculty on the issue of sexual harassment and how to respond to reports of sexual harassment.
What to Do if You Have Been Harassed
If you have been sexually harassed, it is important to take action as soon as possible. You can report the harassment to the Title IX coordinator at your educational institution, who will then take the appropriate steps to respond to your report.
In addition, you can also file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The OCR is responsible for enforcing Title IX and will investigate your complaint to determine if there has been a violation of Title IX.
Title IX is a federal law that provides protections for individuals from sexual harassment in educational programs and activities. If you have been sexually harassed, it is important to take action to report the harassment and protect your rights. Our experienced Utah Title IX law firm and attorney can help you understand your rights and assist you in pursuing a claim for sexual harassment.