Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination  by any educational institution or program.

Plainly stated “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…”— 20 U.S.C.§ 1681

The protections provided under Title IX, extends to programs and activities such as admission to academic programs, financial aid, course offering, and employment decisions. The Office of Civil Rights of the US Department of Education is responsible for enforcing Title IX.

The NCC’s Office of Institutional Compliance is responsible for monitoring and resolving Title IX related issues on campus. Special Counsel & Compliance Officer, Cheryl De Vonish has been designated as the College representative responsible for ensuring that NCC is in compliance with Title IX. Compliance includes publishing a Notice of non discrimination, and having procedures in place to report and investigate sex based harassment and/or violence.

NCC is committed to maintaining an environment free from unlawful harassment and discrimination. Accordingly, all NCC employees (except: NCC’s Mental Health Counselor) are mandated reporters.  All reports or disclosures of conduct that may constitute sexual misconduct, including allegations of sexual assault, sexual harassment sexual violence, domestic/dating violence and stalking, should be directed to the attention of Cheryl DeVonish.

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What is Title IX?

Title IX applies to all educational institutions, both public and private, that receive federal funds, and applies to every single aspect of education, including course offerings, counseling and counseling materials, financial assistance, student health and insurance benefits and/or other services, housing, marital and parental status of students, physical education and athletics, education programs and activities, and employment.

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that 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 the purpose of Title IX as it relates to sexual misconduct?

Under Title IX, federally funded educational programs and institutions are required to respond to reports of sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, gender-based stalking, intimate partner violence, retaliation, and bullying/hazing.

What are some examples of sexual misconduct and harassment?

Inappropriate behavior may include:

  • Sexual jokes, innuendoes, gestures
  • Unwanted flirtation, advances, or propositions
  • Pressure for sex
  • Leering
  • Display of sexually suggestive objects/visuals
  • Display/transmission of sexually suggestive electronic content
  • Any unnecessary, unwanted physical contact
  • Sexual assault (if this occurs, contact Campus Security or Norwalk Police at 911 immediately and maintain evidence)

What should I do if I feel I have been sexually harassed?

Contact the Office of Institutional Compliance by e-mailing CDeVonish@norwalk.edu. Click for additional information on Reporting & Support.

 Are all employees at NCC required to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX office?

Title IX requires most employees to report, but not all. Some employees have legally-recognized confidentiality protections and will not share information without the consent of the victim/survivor. The on-campus confidential resource includes NCC’s Campus Mental Health Counselor. Students can also access community resources for confidential assistance (including The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education).

Faculty, staff, and others who are concerned about a student’s behavior are encouraged to report the concern through the online student of concern form.  This includes emotional/behavioral concerns, disruptive behaviors, threating words or actions, academic concerns, personal needs, as well as reports of sexual assault, stalking, and intimate partner violence.  All reports are taken seriously, therefore, it is essential to provide as much information as possible.  Your name will remain confidential, however, the appropriate party may need to contact you for additional information.

What about retaliation?

Retaliation against anyone for filing a complaint in good faith is prohibited. Any acts of reprisal, intimidation, discrimination or harassment for coming forward with a complaint could be considered retaliation. If you believe that you have been subjected to retaliation as a result of a Title IX complaint, report your concerns to Cheryl DeVonish, Special Counsel & Compliance Officer.

Can a complaint be kept confidential?

As a public institution, NCC cannot promise complete confidentiality. Each situation is resolved as discreetly as possible, maintaining confidentiality to the extent allowed under state and federal laws. Complaints about faculty and staff may be subject to public records requests. In addition, there may be situations that mandate reporting, such as child or elder abuse.