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About Title IX at Columbia College

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities that receive or benefit from federal financial assistance. Title IX states that:

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 applies to all constituents of the college, including but not limited to faculty, staff, students, and non-employees acting on behalf of Columbia College. Anyone who feels they have been discriminated against, or is a witness to discrimination, should contact the Columbia College Title IX Coordinator immediately with their concerns. In addition to prohibiting discrimination and harassment on a broader scale, Columbia College also believes that sex discrimination and harassment have no place in the educational and work environment. This prohibition of sex discrimination and sexual harassment includes all acts of sexual misconduct, whether verbal, nonverbal or physical acts and whether those acts are intentional or unintentional.


For detailed information regarding Title IX, the type of behavior covered, and Columbia College’s procedures for addressing discrimination or harassment, please see the college's Nondiscrimination and Harassment Policy and its Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy.


These policies are not meant to inhibit or prohibit educational content or discussions inside or outside of the classroom that include controversial or sensitive subject matters protected by academic freedom. For additional information regarding academic freedom, please see the Columbia College Faculty Handbook.


Columbia College is committed to addressing the issue of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct in the educational and workplace landscape and will continue to modify policies, procedures and prevention efforts as needed. The most up to date information can be found online at


The policies mentioned here are intended to comply with the requirements of Federal and State civil rights acts including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988, state code as well as applicable case law.