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Equity and Title IX: Policies and Procedures

Simon's Rock's policies regarding discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct have three main goals.

Theses goals are:

  1. Stop the behavior.
  2. Remedy the effects of the behavior.
  3. Take appropriate action to prevent future behavior.

These policies will also:

  • Identify resources and support for community members;
  • Provide information about obtaining support or resources in a confidential manner;
  • Provide information about how to make a report or file a complaint and;
  • Provide information about how a report or complaint will be investigated, evaluated, and resolved.
  • Provide information about specific restorative approaches to resolving equity complaints which are enumerated in the policy.
  • Provide information about specific disciplinary approaches to resolving equity complaints which are enumerated in the policy.

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Notice of Nondiscrimination

Bard College at Simon’s Rock does not discriminate in admission, employment, education or services on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, previous military service, or any other class protected under state or federal law. College policy is consistent with state mandates as well as federal statutes and regulation, including but not limited to Executive Orders 11246 and 11375 as amended, Massachusetts Executive Order 74, Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Please address all inquiries or grievances to the College’s Title IX Coordinator (titleIX@simons-rock.edu), who also serves as the contact for Title VI; the Vice Provost (slyon@simons-rock.edu), who serves as the Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator for students; or the Director of Finance and Administration (pmorrison@simons-rock.edu), who serves as the Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator for employees.

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, in educational programs and activities and Simon’s Rock has developed policies and procedures that prohibit such sex discrimination in all of its forms.

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.

-Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (“Title IX”).

 

In May of 2020, the Department of Education released “The Title IX Final Rule: Addressing Sexual Harassment in Schools,” which regulates how campuses respond to Title IX Sexual Harrassment. Our current policies have been updated to reflect the content of these regulations.

The Final Rule defines sexual harassment broadly to include any of three types of misconduct on the basis of sex, all ofwhich jeopardize the equal access to education that Title IX is designed to protect:

  • Any instance of quid pro quo harassment by a school's employee;
  • Any unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would find so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it denies a person equal educational access; and
  • Any instance ofsexual assault (as defined in the Cle1y Act), dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined in the Violence Against Women Act (VA WA).

Additionally, the Final Rule states that colleges must post materials used to train Title IX personnel on their websites.

 Information on our campus training