Title IX Information

What is the definition of Title IX? Title IX is a comprehensive federal law signed in 1972 that prohibits discrimination based on sex in any federally funded education program or activity. The principal objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal money to support sex discrimination in education programs and to provide individual citizens effective protection against those practices. Educational institutions are required to incorporate programs that include but are not limited to protection of the following types of discrimination: Gender, sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, intimate partner/relationship violence, bullying/cyber bullying and retaliation. Educational Institutions must have a clear process in place that includes (1) stopping the harassment, (2) providing remedial action and (3) preventing the re-occurrence of the harassment.

Why is Title IX important to COCC and any educational institution?

 Congressional Findings show that 20-25% of female students will experience some form of sexual assault during their years at an institution of higher education.

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students are more likely to experience violence and threats of violence, including sexual violence.
  • 85-90% of reported sexual assaults against female students at institutions of higher education are perpetrated by someone know to the victim.
  • Nearly 50% of these sexual assaults occur on a date.
  • Less than 5% of rapes or attempted rapes of female students at institutions of higher education are reported to campus authorities or law enforcement.
  • Greater risk of intimate partner violence is for women ages 20-24
  • Stalking is highest among 18-19-year-olds

When community colleges and universities provide services for victims, written law enforcement response procedures, new student orientation and campus wide publicity about past crimes it is evident that this facilitates increased reporting. There is an increase in reporting these incidents of violent crimes when students understand how to report a sexual assault and how a school will respond if a report of sexual assault is made. It is essential that all employees at COCC understand the importance of reporting any Title IX incidences so that COCC can provide the appropriate follow up and resources needed.

What is COCC doing to provide additional awareness and education of title IX?

  • COCC provides Title IX and Sexual Harassment training to all employees upon hire, including ongoing online and annual training.
  • COCC rolled out our online training for all employees in Fall term 2015, and the student on line Title IX training is rolling out in March for Winter term 2016 Employee and Student Title IX training will be offered annually.
  • In accordance with the press release issued on September 22, 2017 by the US Department of Education/Office of Civil Rights, all school districts, colleges and universities receiving financial assistance must follow the interim guidance provided for campus sexual misconduct which includes designating an employee to coordinate the efforts of carrying out Title IX responsibilities. COCC provides a process for Title IX, and has appointed a Title IX Coordinator and Officers that are responsible for investigating any reported incidences.
  • The college offers several ways for students and employees to report incidents online via an online link that is provided on the Campus Public Safety webpage, and the HR web page which includes contact information for Diane Ross, Title IX Officer at 541.383.7218 / dross3@cocc.edu, Campus Public Safety @ 541.383.7272 / publicsafety@cocc.edu; or contact the Director of Student Life, 541.383.7592

What are my responsibilities as an employee?

An employee of the college with whom a student shares information about an incident that is covered under Title IX and/or VAWA is considered a responsible employee. Responsible employees must report Title IX incidents immediately to a title IX officer.

Additional Resources are available for employees and students via Saving Grace's 24 Hour HelpLine: (541)389-7021; Outside Bend: (Toll Free): (866)504-8992. The COCC on-site resource for students is CAP Services-541-383-7200 / capservices@cocc.edu. Services are also available for employees through Reliant Behavioral Health at 1-866-750-1327.