Title IX Overview and Coordinator

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. SWIHA does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or any activity that it operates. In addition, this extends to employment and admissions. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations may be referred to Title IX Coordinator(s), OCR’s Assistant Secretary, or both.

SWIHA is committed to a campus environment free from any form of discrimination and sexual harassment toward any student, employee, or visitor. This includes online discussion conferences and course areas. Discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, physical characteristics, developmental or emotional differences, or sexual orientation including intimidation or coercion will not be tolerated. Violation of SWIHA harassment, discrimination, or sexual harassment policies shall subject the offending parties to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination (faculty and staff) or expulsion (students). Retaliation for reporting such conduct will not be tolerated. The party(s) participating in the retaliation will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination (faculty and staff) or expulsion (students). This notice is available in our policy catalog.

Harassment of students can affect any student, regardless of sex, race, or age. Sexual harassment can threaten a student’s physical or emotional well-being, influence how well a student does in school, and make it difficult for a student to achieve his or her career goals. Preventing and remedying sexual harassment at SWIHA is essential to ensuring a nondiscriminatory, safe environment in which students can learn.

Any student who believes he or she is being harassed in any way must immediately notify our Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Brad Bouté, Ph.D., Dean of Students and Compliance, at bradb@swiha.edu or 480-393-1396. Students may also elect to contact the US Office of Civil Rights (http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html). Any report of such behavior will be handled with utmost respect and confidentiality. If you have any questions about this policy or the procedures for filing a complaint, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.


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