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Title IX Program Information

What is Title IX?

Notice of Non-Discrimination under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq. 

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance. Gordon State College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities.  Prohibited sex discrimination covers sexual harassment including sexual violence.  "Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim's use of drugs or alcohol, or due to an intellectual or other disability. Sexual violence includes rape, sexual assault, sexual battery and sexual coercion.  All such acts of violence are forms of sexual harassment covered under Title IX."

What does that mean?

Title IX prohibits discrimination in any university program including athletics, admissions, academic programs, extracurricular activities, employment, financial aid, housing, and student services.
Every member of the Gordon community – students, faculty, staff, and administrators- is expected to comply with Title IX and to practice respectful, ethical, and equitable treatment of others regardless of their sex.

Which behaviors are considered “discrimination based on sex” in violation of Title IX?

Sexual misconduct is a form of sexual harassment prohibited by Title IX. Sexual misconduct refers to “physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol. An individual also may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability.” Sexual misconduct offenses include, but are not limited to:

  1. Sexual Harassment
  2. Non-Consensual Sexual Contact (or attempts to commit same)
  3. Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse (or attempts to commit same)
  4. Sexual Exploitation

Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to:

Title IX Coordinator

Laura M. Bowen
Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
Address: Office of Human Resources
419 College Drive
Barnesville, GA 30204
Phone: 678.359.5011
Email: laurab@gordonstate.edu

or to

U.S. Department of Education
Office of Civil Rights
(800)421-3481
ocr@ed.gov