College should be a place where you can learn, grow as a person and explore the world around you without fear of discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct.
With that in mind, Eastfield College wants you to be aware of your rights under Title IX and what you can do if you feel that you have been a victim of gender-based discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct.
What is Title IX
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a comprehensive federal civil rights law enforced by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and gender (including discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity) in federally funded education programs. Under Title IX, such discrimination can include sexual harassment and interpersonal violence including: stalking, relationship violence and sexual violence. These terms are referred to collectively here as sexual misconduct. (See the bottom of the Glossary of Terms page for some examples of sexual misconduct.)
Eastfield College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy
Eastfield College is committed to ensuring equal access to education in an environment free from discrimination, including sexual misconduct. To that end, Eastfield College has developed a comprehensive Sexual Misconduct policy in order to comply with Title IX requirements.
Eastfield College’s Sexual Misconduct policy applies to any instance in which a person is alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct. Whether you are a student, faculty, staff member or visitor, you have the right to file a complaint. Complaints or reports of sexual misconduct should be submitted to the Title IX coordinator Eastfield College. Reports of sexual misconduct committed by a Title IX coordinator should be reported to the Office of General Counsel.
Who is affected?
Sexual harassment is a form of sexual misconduct that often involves an abuse of power; however, it can also occur between peers, such as student-to-student. It is also possible for a student to harass a faculty member or employee of the college. Sexual harassment can involve persons of the same or opposite sex. Both men and women can be targets or perpetrators of harassment. Persons who observe someone being harassed may also be intimidated or offended and experience sexual harassment.
What is Consent or a Consensual Relationship?
Consent must be clear, knowing and voluntary. Consent is active, not passive. Silence, in and of itself cannot be interpreted as consent. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create mutually understandable clear permission regarding willingness to engage in (and the conditions of) sexual activity. Also, in order to give effective consent, one must be of legal age. Furthermore, consent to any one form of sexual activity cannot automatically imply consent to any other forms of sexual activity. Previous relationships or prior consent cannot imply consent to future sexual acts.
If You Experience Sexual Violence
Dealing with Sexual Harassment