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Title IX

TITLE IX AT OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads:

"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 of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX).

Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault.

While it is often thought of as a law that only applies to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than Athletics and applies to many programs at Old Dominion University.

WHO IS COVERED BY TITLE IX?

Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX. In compliance with Title IX, Old Dominion University prohibits discrimination in employment as well as in programs and activities on the basis of sex.

University Title IX Coordinator

In accordance with Title IX regulations, the University has designated ReNee' S. Dunman, Assistant Vice President Institutional Equity and Diversity as the Title IX Coordinator. She is charged with monitoring compliance with these regulations, including complaints of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence or other forms of sexual misconduct. Questions regarding Title IX, as well as concerns and complaints of non-compliance may be directed to her.

Contact Information

ReNee' S. Dunman, Esq., Title IX Coordinator Assistant Vice President Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity

1301-A Spong Hall Norfolk, VA 23529-0291

Phone: 757-683-3141 Fax: 757-683-5844

Email: rdunman@odu.edu

Title IX Coordinator Responsibilities and Duties

Notification and Education

  • Prepare and disseminate educational materials, including brochures, posters, and web-based materials that inform members of the campus community of Title IX rights and responsibilities, to the campus community
  • Coordinate training for students and employees about their rights under Title IX

Consultation, Investigation, and Disposition

  • Receive and process, in a timely manner, inquiries from students, faculty, staff, and administrators regarding rights and responsibilities concerning harassing behavior or other discriminatory behavior in violation of Title IX
  • Receive and process, in a timely manner, inquiries or complaints by third parties who report suspicion of harassing behavior or other discriminatory behavior in violation of Title IX
  • If not appropriate for a fulsome Title IX investigation, refer inquiries to other resources
  • Receive and process, in a timely manner, complaints from students, faculty, staff, and administrators regarding rights and responsibilities concerning harassing behavior or other discriminatory behavior in violation of Title IX
  • Investigate alleged discrimination and/or harassment
  • Notify complainants of his/her right to pursue remedies outside of university grievance process
  • Follow-up with parties regarding implementation of recommendations contained in disposition; seek assistance from parties' supervisors, if necessary to implement recommendations
  • Monitor compliance of all requirements and time-lines specified in the complaint/grievance procedures

Failure to Comply With Title IX

The penalty for failure to comply with Title IX in the most extreme circumstances can include the termination of all or part of an institution's federal funding. This includes grants, subsidies, and other program funds from the federal government. In addition to the loss of federal funds, universities may be sued by those seeking redress for violations of Title IX. It is essential that institutions receiving federal financial assistances operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. To ensure the University's compliance with the law, adherence to Title IX regulations is everyone's responsibility.

WHO ENFORCES TITLE IX?

The United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in charge of enforcing Title IX. Information regarding OCR can be found at www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html.

Complaints under Title IX at Old Dominion University

Students:

If you are a student who believes you have been subjected to (1) sexual harassment (including sexual assault, sexual violence or other forms of sexual misconduct) by University faculty or staff; or (2) any other form of gender discrimination under Title IX, you may report such misconduct or file a formal complaint with the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. Complaints must be submitted in writing not more than two years after the incident(s) in question. The complaint procedure and complaint form can be found on Equity & Diversity's website at http://www.odu.edu/content/dam/odu/offices/docs1/sexual-harassment-policy.pdf

Federal and state laws prohibit retaliation against any individual who files a complaint in good faith.

Employees:

Sexual harassment, including sexual assault and violence, is a form of gender discrimination prohibited by Title IX. A University employee who believes s/he has been subjected to discrimination or harassment in the workplace because of your sex may also file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. Complaints must be submitted in writing not more than 120 days after the incident(s) in question. The Sexual Harassment complaint procedure and complaint form can be found on Equity & Diversity's website at http://www.odu.edu/content/dam/odu/offices/docs1/sexual-harassment-policy.pdf

Federal and state laws prohibit retaliation against any individual who files a complaint in good faith.

Contact Information

ReNee' S. Dunman, Esq., Title IX Coordinator Assistant Vice President Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity 1301-A Spong Hall Norfolk, VA 23529-0291

Phone: 757-683-3141 Fax: 757-683-5844

Email: rdunman@odu.edu

Additional Resources

To file a complaint of sexual assault, you may contact the office above, and you may also contact:

ODU Police Department

4516 Monarch Way

Norfolk, VA 23508

(757) 683-4000

Norfolk Police Department

810 Union Street

Norfolk, VA 23510

Non-Emergency (757) 664-4000

Emergency 911

Campus Resources

Women's Center

S.A.F.E. Coordinator

Webb Center, Ste. 1000

Norfolk, VA 23529

(757) 683-4109

Email: womenctr@odu.edu

Counseling Services

Webb Center, Ste 1526

Norfolk, Va. 23529

(757) 683-4401

Community Resources

YWCA Sexual & Domestic Violence Services

5215 Colley Avenue

Norfolk, VA 23508

(757) 451-0174

24 Hour Crisis Hotline (757) 226-YWCA (9922)

Email: responseywca@yahoo.com