Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) is committed to maintaining an environment founded on care, civility, and respect. The institution works to provide a learning and working environment that is free from harassment, discrimination, or other forms of sexual misconduct. VGCC administration and staff are further committed to ensuring all parties are afforded the protections of due process in reviewing complaints of sexual misconduct under Title IX regulations and policies. You can find Vance-Granville Community College’s Title IX policy here: Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct, and Title IX Policy (pdf) .
What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX states “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[.]” All federal agencies that provide grants of financial assistance are required to enforce Title IX’s nondiscrimination mandate.
Examples of the types of discrimination that are covered under Title IX include sexual harassment; the failure to provide equal athletic opportunity; sex-based discrimination in a school’s science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses and programs; and discrimination based on pregnancy.Sex Discrimination: Overview of the Law (ed.gov)
Reporting Unlawful Discrimination, Harassment or Retaliation
Unlawful discriminatory behaviors under Title IX include, but are not limited to:
- Sexual Harassment (unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature);
- Sexual Misconduct (rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation and other forms of non-consensual sexual activity);
- Stalking (repeatedly following, harassing, threatening, or intimidating including by telephone, email, electronic communication, or social media;)
- Dating Violence (including emotional, verbal, and economic abuse without the presence of physical abuse); and
- Retaliation (adverse employment, academic, or other actions against anyone reporting or participating in an investigation of Title IX allegations).
Both students and employees can report harassment, discrimination, and retaliation with the appropriate Title IX Coordinator* (listed under Important Title IX Documentation below). Vance-Granville Community College prohibits retaliation against individuals who make a report or who participate in investigations of unlawful discrimination or harassment. Any attempt to harass or intimidate individuals who participated in an investigation constitutes a violation of College policy and could result in disciplinary action.
Once your report has been submitted, the designated Title IX Coordinator will respond to your submission within five (5) days of receipt:
- Contact the Complainant, i.e., the alleged victim (if that person can be identified);
- Offer the Complainant support (counseling services, health check-up, etc)
- Explain the process of filing a formal complaint;
- Explain the entire Title IX process
- Explain that support services are available with or without a formal complaint;
- Contact the Respondent, who must also be offered support services
- Consider the Complainant’s and the Respondent’s wishes with regard to support services;
- If support services are refused by the Complainant or Respondent, the Title IX Coordinator must document why services were not provided.
Upon receipt of a formal complaint, the Title IX Coordinator will, within fifteen (15) days of receipt:
- Send written notice to both parties (complainants and respondents) of the allegations;
- Assign an Investigator to investigate the allegations
The Title IX Coordinator may initiate the complaint process if s/he believes a non-deliberately indifferent response to the allegations requires an investigation. Note: If proceeding against the wishes of the complainant, the Title IX Coordinator should do so thoughtfully, not automatically, and written documentation of the decision to proceed or not to proceed should be generated and retained
Title IX Coordinator Contact Information
Important Title IX Documentation
- Sexual Misconduct Student Reporting Form
- Sexual Misconduct Employee Report Form
- Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct, and Title IX (pdf)
- VGCC Title IX Definitions Guide (pdf)
Training and Resources
- ATIXA Title IX Coordinator Training
- US Department of Education Title IX Website