Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states that: “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.” The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issues regulations on Title IX. These regulations require every educational institution to have a Title IX Coordinator to oversee compliance with all aspects of the sexual and/or gender-based harassment, discrimination, and misconduct policy.
On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released new Title IX regulations. The Title IX office and campus partners worked over the summer to ensure the university was compliant by the OCR's August 14, 2020, deadline and that efforts were aligned with Lawrence's commitment to ensuring its students, faculty, and staff, are able to live, learn, and work in an environment that is free of hostility based on gender and sexuality. Detailed information on the changes is available in the new Title IX policy.
Sexual Misconduct Policy/Title IX
Reporting Options and Process
A report notifies the Title IX Coordinator of sexual misconduct. Reports may be used to begin a conversation about available resources, connect individuals to appropriate support services, identify trends, enhance campus safety, and address needs. They are not formally investigated unless they indicate a pattern, predator, threats, violence, or weapons.
A complaint of sexual misconduct is a request for action by the university. Complaints of sexual harassment or exploitation may be investigated internally or externally or settled by mediation; complaints of sexual assault (non-consensual sexual contact or intercourse) are investigated by an external investigator contracted by the university.
Under Title IX, anyone with supervisory responsibility is considered a responsible employee who must report sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. Responsible employees include faculty, administrators (deans), coaches, residence hall directors and RLAs, campus safety officers, human resources personnel, and any staff who supervise students or employees.
Confidential resources who are not required to report misconduct are counselors, health care providers, ministers, sexual assault crisis centers, campus advocate and our designated faculty/staff confidential resources. Anyone who has experienced sexual assault is encouraged to speak with one of these sources as soon as possible.
Sexual Misconduct Complaints
September 2016-June 2018
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Individuals found not in violation are required to undergo policy education and training.