Title IX and VAWA
Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments (1972) and The Violence Against Women (VAWA) Reauthorization Act (2013), Tennessee Tech does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs or activities. Sexual harassment and sexual violence are types of sex discrimination.
What is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex against any person in education programs and activities receiving federal funding. Title IX states:
"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."
What is VAWA?
VAWA requires institutions of higher education to comply with certain campus safety and security-related requirements as a condition of participation in Title IV, Higher Education Act programs. VAWA requires institutions to implement policies and processes to address sexual assault, stalking, and domestic or dating violence.
VAWA also amended the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act which requires Tennessee Tech to compile and report statistics (not personally identifying information) about incidents of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and to include certain policies, procedures and programs pertaining to these incidents in the annual security report.
VAWA-Immigration and Visa Assistance
VAWA also requires that information regarding immigration, visa, and sexual misconduct be translated into several languages other than English. This translated information can be selected here:
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Tennessee Tech Policy 143, Sexual Misconduct
Tennessee Tech Policy 143, Sexual Misconduct, prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating
violence, domestic violence, and stalking. If you have questions, concerns or wish
to file a discrimination or harassment complaint on the basis of gender contact the
Tennessee Tech Title IX Coordinator at (931) 372-3112 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• There is no fixed time frame under which Tennessee Tech must complete a Title IX investigation. Tennessee Tech will make a good faith effort to conduct a fair, impartial investigation in a timely manner designed to provide all parties with notice of a resolution.
• Complaints of sexual misconduct must be made within 365 days of the last incident of sexual misconduct, absent extraordinary circumstances.
• Discrimination and harassment allegations that are not within the scope of Tennessee Tech Policy 143 are subject to the procedures described in Tennessee Tech Policy 141, Prohibited Discrimination and Harassment.
U.S. Department of Education
You may also contact the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights at (800) 421-3481 or https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html with questions, concerns or to file a discrimination or harassment complaint.
Tennessee Tech, its officers, employees, agents, and students are strictly prohibited from retaliating, intimidating, threatening, coercing, or otherwise discriminating against any individual for exercising his/her rights or responsibilities under this policy.