Surry Community College (SCC) students, employees, guests and visitors have the right to be free from all forms of gender-based and sexual discrimination. These include, but are not limited to: sexual violence, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, stalking, intimate partner violence, dating violence and domestic violence. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe on the rights of others. SCC has zero-tolerance for gender-based and sexual misconduct.
Any College employee informed of a gender-based or sexual misconduct incident involving students and/or other College employees is expected to inform the Title IX Coordinator immediately.
The College’s response to sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, dating violence and stalking is governed by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (otherwise known as the “Clery Act”) which was enacted in 1990, and Section 304 of the 2013 Amendments to the Violence Against Women Act.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination against students or employees based on sex in educational programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance. The regulations prohibit discrimination, exclusion, denial, limitation, or separation based on gender.
“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 educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Examples of programs and activities subject to Title IX protection include athletics, recruitment, admissions, financial aid, and scholarships. Under Title IX, sex discrimination also includes sexual harassment, violence, and assault.
Under Title IX, higher education institutions must:
For more information about Title IX please visit the Office of Civil Rights.
If you have experienced sexual violence, here are some things you need to know about your Title IX rights:
For more information about your Title IX rights, view SCC's requirement to address sexual violence or visit Know Your IX.
The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) (Public Law 103-322) was passed on September 13, 1994. VAWA provided federal money toward the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women.
In 2014, VAWA was re-authorized, but it included some new requirements for higher education institutions. Those new requirements are known by “VAWA – Section 304” or “The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act” or by “Campus SaVE Act.” The substantial changes required reporting elements under the Clery Act, and it also placed obligations on higher education institutions to deal with issues of sexual misconduct.
Under VAWA, higher education institutions must:
For more information about VAWA please visit the Clery Center.
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