TITLE IX @ WES…
Wesleyan looks at Title IX as a process of continuous improvement, and as such, we are aligned with the current White House and Office of Civil Rights guidance, as well as the new guidance pertaining to the Clery Act. That said, we are looking to continually evaluate and develop policies, procedures, and practices that put Wesleyan at the forefront of the conversation; locally and nationally.
Wesleyan is an institution devoted to learning, openness, and the life of the mind; it follows that its character can be measured in part by the kind of human relationships built and sustained within this small but complex environment. The community itself will flourish only to the degree that the virtues of mutual respect, generosity, and concern for others are maintained. It is vitally important, therefore, that harassment and discrimination in all their forms not be tolerated.
Antonio Farias is the Vice President for Equity & Inclusion and has been named as Wesleyan’s Title IX Officer. He ensures campus-wide Title IX protocol is implemented and is the central, one-stop person to whom all complaints or notice related to sex/gender misconduct and disability discrimination is directed to. He has the following responsibilities:
- Ensure prompt response to stop the harassment/discrimination
- Implement immediate remedial support for the survivor (victim)
- Initiate the preliminary investigation
- Oversee action to reasonably prevent the recurrence
- Conduct ongoing educational campaigns and climate monitoring of sexual misconduct allegations.
Wesleyan Title IX Staff:
Vice President for Equity and Inclusion / Title IX Officer
317 North College
Equity Compliance Director & Deputy Title IX Coordinator
121 North College
Wesleyan Title IX Policy Development, Education & Resources:
Title IX Committees: The Title IX Officer (Antonio Farias) manages a tiered and tri-chaired series of four committees that function with shared governance (faculty, staff, students) and transparency. Committe members undergo Title IX training on a continous basis and are in the process of holding community forums to intake feedback from the broader faculty, staff, and student body.
- Title IX Core Committee – Chair: Antonio Farias
- Title IX Policy Committee – Tri-Chairs: Stephen Angle, Deborah Colucci, Rachel Verner
- Title IX Education Committee – Tri-Chairs: Sarah Wiliarty, Alysha Warren, Nikita Rajgopal
- Title IX Student Advisory Committee - Tri-Chairs: Rachel Verner, Nikita Rajgopal, Claire Wright
A Memo of Understanding (MOU) formalizes the commitment of all participating agencies to work together to provide support and services to student and employee victims of sexual assault and to improve the overall response to sexual assault at Wesleyan and within the greater Middletown community. These agencies share the goal of preventing sexual assault on campus and in the community, and responding appropriately to students and employees who have been victimized.
Title IX Overview:Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 states 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. Title IX is a federal law intended to end sex discrimination in all areas of education. It applies to non-discrimination based on sex/gender to all recipients of federal funds and applies to issues of program equity, such as in athletics, and also to sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Sexual misconduct and violence on college campuses is of great concern and, in the past few years, has begun to get the level of attention that will allow change to occur:
- OCR’s Dear Colleague Letter: Provides clarification to all institutions receiving Federal funding. Specifically states that sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
- PA 12-78, entitled An Act Concerning Sexual Violence on College Campuses: Connecticut’s response to the Dear Colleague Letter, it requires public and private higher education institutions to adopt and disclose one or more policies on sexual assault and intimate partner violence.
- The Campus Sexual Violence (SaVE) Act Seeks to update the Jeanne Clery Act. SaVE requires that incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking be disclosed in annual campus crime statistic reports.
- Violence Against Women Act: VAWA is similar to the requirements of Connecticut’s PA 12 -78 while codifying some provisions of OCR’s Dear Colleague Letter and imposing mandates for additional student awareness programming.
- PA 12-114, entitled An Act Concerning Domestic Violence: Among other provisions, requires clerks of court, upon request of the protected person, to send notice of protective orders to the President and the special police force established pursuant to section 10a-142, if any, at the College or University at which the victim is enrolled.
- HB 5029, entitled An Act Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus: Once enacted this will require each institution enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with at least one community based sexual assault crisis center as well as at least one community based domestic violence agency for the express purposes of facilitating the use of such centers by members of the campus community.
- Campus Safety and Accountability Act: If enacted this will amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act to combat campus sexual violence, and for other purposes.
Students are always encouraged to use the full resources avialalbe to them, including engaging directly with the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.
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