Whis is Title IX?
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 conduct is prohibited by Title IX?
Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender or gender identity. Title IX prohibited conduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
What are MCA’s obligations when it has notice of a Title IX-related incident?
If MCA learns of prohibited conduct that creates a hostile environment, Title IX requires MCA to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred. If an investigation reveals that sexual harassment, including sexual violence, created a hostile environment, MCA must then take prompt, effective, and reasonable steps to end the sexual harassment or sexual violence, prevent its recurrence and, as appropriate, remedy its effects on the victim and college community.
What are the reporting obligations of faculty, staff, administration and residential staff if they have notice and/or receive a report of a Title IX-related incident?
Promptly notify the Title IX Coordinator. If the student or employee needs urgent assistance, call 911 or the appropriate crisis community center (see Resources below).
What if the Complainant wishes to remain confidential?
If a Complainant requests to remain confidential, MCA will give serious consideration to that request. The Title IX Coordinator will consider a number of factors in deciding whether the request can be honored, including, but not limited to, the severity of misconduct, the presence of a pattern of misconduct, and the safety of the Complainant and/or the MCA community.
Who can a student or employee contact if they want to discuss a Title IX-related concern in a confidential manner?
Confidential consultations about sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking are available from persons who have special professional status by law, including mental health professionals, medical professionals, and clergy. The Student Affairs office can also help coordinate these confidential services. Here are local community advocates:
Shelby County Rape Crisis Center
1750 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104
YMCA Abused Women Services
755 S. Highland, Memphis, TN 38122
Family Safe Center of Memphis
1750 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104
TN Coalition Against Domestic Violence
2 International Plaza # 425, Nashville, TN 37217
Psychological Services Center
University of Memphis
214 Wilder Tower
Memphis, TN 38152
Samaritan Counseling Centers of the Midsouth
34 S. Auberndale St.
Memphis, TN 38104
Lakeside Behavioral Health System
2911 Brunswick Rd.
Memphis, TN 38133
A full list of services, advocates, and hotlines can be found here.
What safety measures and accommodations are available to a student or employee who reports a Title IX-related incident?
Upon a report of a Title IX concern, MCA will work with the Complainant to put interim measures in place to help ensure a safe, hostile-free environment. Following an investigation that determins conduct prohibited by Title IX occurred, more permanent measures may be implemented. Examples of interim and permanent accommodations and safety measures include: housing accommodations, classroom accommodations, counseling services, academic acommodations, no contact requests, limitation of activities, and other appropriate actions.