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Overview of Title IX and the Sexual Misconduct Policy at Columbia College

Columbia College is committed to providing a learning and working environment that promotes personal integrity, civility and mutual respect in an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex or gender.

In particular, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits Columbia College from discriminating on the basis of sex and gender in educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions. Specifically, 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.

Concerns related to discrimination or harassment based on sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy or parental status fall under the purview of requirements included in Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 as well as The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ('Clery Act') and the Violence Against Women Act ('VAWA') amendments to the Clery Act and are therefore subject to the procedures outlined in the Columbia College Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Columbia College is committed to addressing the issues of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct in the educational and workplace landscape and will continue to modify policies, procedures and prevention efforts as needed.

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 Sexual Misconduct Policy.

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.


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