Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that provides:
“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.”
Within the above scope, Title IX is about removing barriers to participation in educational programs and applies to all institutions that participate in Title IV federal financial aid. At Summit Academy OIC, we take this responsibility seriously and have implemented several policies and procedures meant to protect the members of our campus community from sexual misconduct and sexual violence. In all instances, the institution’s goals are to stop the misconduct or violence, prevent its recurrence, and address its affects.
Summit Academy OIC prohibits sex discrimination in all forms, including but not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual violence (sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking), differential treatment, or gender-based harassment, collectively referred to in our policy as sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct jeopardizes the mental, physical and emotional welfare of our students, faculty, staff and visitors; as well as the safety of our community. Sexual misconduct diminishes individual dignity and impedes access to educational, social and employment opportunities. It can permanently impact lives and may cause lasting physical and psychological harm. Sexual misconduct violates our institutional values and its presence in the community presents a barrier to fulfilling Summit Academy OIC’s mission. Therefore, Summit Academy OIC will not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form. Individuals who the institution determines more likely than not engaged in sexual misconduct are subject to sanctions up to and including dismissal from Summit Academy OIC, regardless of whether they are also facing criminal or civil charges in a court of law. The institution, in all instances, seeks to ensure the safety of members of the campus community.
How to Report a Title IX Policy
Whether you have personally
experienced any form of sexual misconduct or have knowledge of sexual
misconduct involving one or more members of the campus community, Summit
Academy OIC strongly urges you to tell someone on the Title IX Team or a
Student Advisor about the incident as soon as possible (see contact information
on this page). In an emergency, call 911.
If you do not feel comfortable providing this information in person, you may also access the anonymous reporting form. You are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible so the Title IX Team can address the concern within the campus community as needed.
DefinitionsComplainant: an individual
who alleges a Title IX policy violation
Respondent: an individual
about whom a Title IX policy violation is made
The Title IX Coordinator is
responsible for ensuring the uniform and consistent application of this policy
and the related procedures and for ensuring incidents and allegations are
addressed in a timely and appropriate manner. The Title IX Coordinator and the
officials designated in these procedures to manage the response process have
authority, alone or together, to take reasonable steps to protect the campus
community or any individual member of the Summit Academy OIC community from
sexual misconduct, regardless whether such steps are explicitly contemplated in
this policy or the related procedures.
The institution, and federal and state law, prohibit retaliation against individuals for raising concerns about or making reports of sexual misconduct in good faith. No student, faculty or staff will be reprimanded or retaliated against for notifying Summit Academy OIC about incidents or allegations of sexual misconduct in good faith or for participating in an investigation related to allegations of sexual misconduct. The institution will take steps to prevent retaliation and will take strong responsive action if retaliation occurs. Any conduct by a participant in an investigation that constitutes retaliation or reprisal is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, expulsion and prohibition from campus. Concerns regarding retaliation will be addressed in accordance with applicable SAOIC policies and procedures addressing retaliation.