Many people associate Title IX only with equity for women in athletics; however, that is only part of the wide-ranging Title IX law. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs that receive federal financial assistance. Programs and activities include: admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, athletics, housing, and employment. Title IX also protects pregnant students from discrimination in school programs and activities. Students, faculty, and staff of all genders, gender identities, and sexual orientation are protected from sex-based discrimination, harassment, or violence, whether it occurs on or off campus. Title IX similarly prohibits unlawful retaliation against individuals who have engaged in protected activity such as opposing, reporting, or resisting sexual harassment or violence or for participating in an investigation or adjudication process.
The University is obligated to prohibit and respond to sexual harassment and violence. When the University learns of sexual harassment or violence, it must also take reasonable steps to eliminate the behavior and prevent its recurrence. In addition, the University must make efforts to remedy the effects of sexual harassment or violence.
Title IX, in conjunction with the Clery Act, ensures that both parties in a reported event have an equal opportunity to be heard and participate in a grievance process. In addition, the Clery Act also requires that the University provide prevention and awareness programming and campaigns regarding sexual and interpersonal misconduct, including dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
Consistent with Title IX and the Clery Act, Drake University has adopted the Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct Policy to prohibit sexual harassment and sexual violence, as well as other related types of interpersonal misconduct. Drake’s policy covers all students, employees, and third parties whose actions affect the University’s educational and working environment, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The policy also covers conduct both on and off campus that affects the University environment or mission.
Drake offers staff and resources to support those who experience sexual and interpersonal misconduct as well as reporting, investigation, and adjudication processes to address complaints. Prevention and education including bystander intervention are available through staff as well as student groups on campus.