In accordance with 1972 re-authorization of the Higher Education Act, Title IX stipulates that “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.” Title IX requires all schools receiving federal financial assistance to take reasonable steps to create a safe, nondiscriminatory learning environment. Lake Erie College is committed to providing a campus climate that promotes respect and concern for every individual who studies, works and/or lives on campus. Any form of harassment, gender discrimination, assault, sexual violence (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, dating violence and stalking). Upon receipt of a report of sexual violence or gender discrimination, Lake Erie College will conduct an investigation and, where appropriate, adjudicate alleged student violations through the Title IX Investigation Process, including taking immediate action to end the discrimination, remedy its effects, and prevent its future recurrence. The Office of Student Life and the Office of Human Resources will jointly investigate reports involving both students and employees. An action taken against students or employees, as a result of the investigation, is separate from any criminal or civil proceeding.
Lake Erie College prohibits individuals from retaliating against a person who reports an act of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, dating violence, or stalking. The College further prohibits individuals from retaliating against anyone providing assistance with such a complaint or participating in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a complaint. Retaliation includes threats, intimidation, reprisals, and/or adverse actions related to employment or education.