Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity and/or sexual orientation. It applies to all higher education institutions that receive federal funding, including St. Olaf. One part of the law is the requirement that institutions respond to known incidents of sexual misconduct, including harassment or assault. Title IX is one of many laws that influence how institutions respond to and work to prevent interpersonal violence. There are some aspects of St. Olaf’s response that can be changed; however, much of our policy and process is dictated by federal law and therefore cannot be altered without a change in the law. (The Biden Administration has said that it plans to issue new Title IX regulations in April 2022, which may allow us to shift some of our policies and processes.)
Title IX FAQ
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Confidential resources are not required to disclose to anyone else the information you share with them, unless that information involves the abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult, or an imminent threat to someone’s life. All other college employees, including student employees in their work-related roles, are considered non-confidential employees and are required to make required referrals when instances of sexual harassment or misconduct come to their attention. Non-confidential employees make required referrals by sharing the information they learned with the Title IX Coordinator. After the non-confidential resource shares a disclosure with the Title IX Coordinator, the Coordinator will reach out to the affected individual via email with an offer to meet and discuss available resources and options. Whether the affected individual follows up with the Title IX Coordinator is up to them, and meeting with the Title IX Coordinator does not automatically initiate any next steps.
Regardless of who someone discloses to, the information will be kept private. If someone discloses their experience to a non-confidential resource, that individual will only share your information with other college employees who have a “need to know.”
A full list of our confidential resources are available here.
Every other week, our Consent and Sexual Respect Initiative (CSRI) meets to discuss and plan upcoming prevention and education events. This group consists of various staff including the Title IX Coordinator and the Associate Director of Wellness and Health Promotions, as well as representatives from various student groups (including SARN). We’ve recently been working on developing the Expect Respect curriculum. This workshop series is aimed at primary prevention of interpersonal violence. We piloted the curriculum in December 2021 and will be working during the spring semester to get more groups signed up for the program.
Representatives from CSRI are always available to visit with departments or conduct trainings for any groups on campus hoping to bolster their prevention knowledge and skillset. Additionally, we’re also able to work with any departments or groups on campus who are grappling with Title IX-related questions or concerns.
If anyone is ever interested in getting more involved in this work, they can fill out a “Get Involved” form on the CSRI website or email/connect with us directly.
If you have a question that is not covered in this FAQ, please feel free to submit it here so we can add it to this resource.