University Policies and Title IX Coordinator
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the sex (gender) of employees and students of educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX’s prohibition of sex discrimination includes prohibition of sexual harassment and sexual violence. Sexual harassment is any unsolicited or unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It can include unwelcome verbal or non-verbal conduct, request for sexual favors and physical behaviors that range from sexual gestures or teasing to sexual assault, acts of sexual violence and sexually coerced activity.
On April 4, 2011 the US Department of Education – Office of Civil Rights released a “Dear Colleague Letter” addressing the regulations on sexual harassment of students, including sexual violence. The “Letter” does not add requirements to the applicable law, but provides information and examples to inform school districts, colleges and universities about how OCR evaluates whether covered entities are complying with their legal obligations. Read More
The University of Rhode Island does not tolerate sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence of any kind. This prohibition is further explained in the University’s Title IX Notice. To ensure compliance with Title IX and other federal and state civil rights laws, the University has designated Roxanne Gomes and Gerard Holder as the University’s Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator respectively. Roxanne and Gerard is charged with monitoring compliance with Title IX and ensuring that reports of sex discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence are investigated and addressed by the University. For more information regarding sexual violence and sexual assault, please see the University’s website regarding violence prevention & advocacy services.
Any student, faculty, or staff member with questions or concerns about the applicable University policies or who believes that he or she has been the victim of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence is encouraged to contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator. Individuals with questions or concerns about violations of the Student Code specifically should contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Office of Student Affairs and also may want to review the University Student Handbook.
Filing a Complaint of Sex Discrimination or Sexual Harassment
Individuals who believe that they have been discriminated against on the basis of protected qualifications, including sex discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence may file a complaint with the University. Any concerns of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and/or sex discrimination, regardless of the identity of the accused, may be brought to the Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Coordinator. For complaints about employee contact, concerned individuals may contact the Office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Diversity and/or fill out the Discrimination and/or Discriminatory Harassment Complaint Form. Allegations of discrimination made against students, including sex discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual assault may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or the Office of Student Affairs.