Title IX: Sexual Assault, Stalking and Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence
Under the provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), 20 USC §§ 1681 et seq., and its implementing regulations, 34 CFR Part 106, discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance is prohibited. Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, cyber stalking and unwanted physical contact of any sort, is a form of discrimination prohibited by Title IX. The U.S Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights defines this type of harassment as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Harassing conduct, implicated by dating or domestic violence, social or electronic stalking and other adverse activity, creates a “hostile environment” when sufficiently severe or pervasive to limit or interfere with a student’s ability to participate in educational activities.
If you are the victim of a sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, dating violence or stalking, you should immediately contact one of the following Graduate Center officials below so they can investigate the allegation and take prompt steps to end the harassment or violence.
Additional information on the nature, dynamics, common circumstances and effects of sexual assault, domestic/intimate partner violence and stalking, the means to reduce or prevent their occurrence, bystander intervention initiatives and protective measures and resources can be found at the following resources: