Everybody should be aware of non-discrimination policies here at East Central College: it’s in every syllabus we get here. And although the notice itself is good information to know, it’s relatively vague. No details are given about each type of discriminatory act, and only a single email is given. More information on any of these would be good information to know, but most notably would be the policies regarding Title IX, which deals with sexual discrimination.
Title IX is a provision included in the 1972 Education Amendments that, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, “No person … 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.” Meaning, if you are applying for or involved in any program, sport, extracurricular activity, club, class or anything else here at East Central College, then you cannot be discriminated against based on what sex you are, what sex you identify as or your pregnancy/parental status. Under no circumstances is that behavior acceptable, period.
Luckily, there are many measures that are in place to protect anyone who feels like they are being discriminated against or being harassed based on sex. Title IX actually requires any institution receiving any form of federal funding to provide services and help for those in that type of situation. To not help anyone who files a complaint is non-compliance, as is taking action against someone who has filed a formal complaint of changing any information in the complaint itself. The school has to work with you or face losing all of the federal funds it receives.
If you have any further questions or concerns in regards to Title IX, please refer to Shelli Allen, Vice President for Student Development, by email at Shelli.Allen@eastcentral.edu. If any issues arise, you may file a complaint to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights via email at OCR@ed.gov