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What is Title IX? Title IX is a part of the Education Amendments of 1972. The governmental agency in charge of Title IX is the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), part of the Department of Education (ED). Title IX mandates all organizations which receive financial support from ED operate in a nondiscriminatory fashion relating to a person’s sex. Sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual assault/violence must be thoroughly and impartially investigated. These organizations must stop, prevent, and remedy the effects of sex discrimination. 

What does Title IX cover? Technically, Title IX covers discrimination on the basis of sex. OCR has interpreted discrimination to include harassment, assault, and violence. The Violence Against Women Act included domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking to covered acts under Title IX.

What does ISU investigate? ISU may have jurisdiction over any University activity or program that includes one or more students, employees, or related third-parties (like a visiting lecturer or contractor). ISU also has jurisdiction over any activity on one of the University’s campuses or in any educational or occupational program. ISU will investigate all Title IX reports in any setting where the University has jurisdiction.

How do I file a report? To report possible discrimination, ask questions, or communicate concerns, contact Melissa Millican, ISU Title IX coordinator at 208-282-1439 or email millmeli@isu.edu. To report online, use the secure online incident form.

What are my options once I have made a complaint of sexual discrimination? Once you have made a complaint, you have several options, including, but not limited to:

  • Pursuing disciplinary action
  • Requesting no further action be taken
  • Requesting further information about the investigation and resolution process
  • Using campus resources to support you through the investigation process
  • Use of a trained University advisor through the process

What are my options if a complaint has been filed against me? When a complaint has been filed against you, you have several options, including, but not limited to:

  • Using campus resources to support you through the investigation process
  • Use of a trained University advisor through the process
  • Requesting further information about the investigation and resolution process

Can I report Sexual Harassment/Violence against my boyfriend or girlfriend? Yes. You can make a report of sexual violence against a romantic partner if this partner perpetrates a sexual or violent act against you without your consent. This can be classified as Domestic or Dating Violence, which is covered under Title IX. ISU has an obligation to stop, prevent, and remedy such situations. Even if this partner is not associated with ISU, the University will take necessary steps to support you.

What should I do if I am subject to Sexual Misconduct by someone who is not a university student or employee? ISU’s Title IX policy applies to all students, employees, and third parties. If you are subject to sexual misconduct by someone who is not a student or employee, you can reach out to our office to assist you.  ISU is committed to supporting all members of the campus community. ISU will assist in making contact with the appropriate community resources for your situation.

Should I contact ISU if I have already notified the police about sexual harassment/violence? Yes, we encourage you to contact ISU even if you have already notified the police about sexual harassment/violence. Calling the police or filing a police report is not the same as filing a report of Sexual Violence with the University. It is encouraged to file a report with the University as the University will be able to provide interim remedial actions which may include course or work adjustments, no contact orders, temporary suspension of the alleged perpetrator, or any other reasonable measure to facilitate the end and prevention of harassment or violence.

What should I do if I observe Sexual Misconduct, but it is not directed at me? If you witness sexual harassment/violence you are encouraged to report the incident. You are protected from retaliation by ISU Policy No.3100, which means that so long as the report is in good faith (you are telling the truth about what you witnessed), even if it turns out that the incident wasn’t what you thought it was. When in doubt, report something you have witnessed.

If I report Sexual Misconduct, will it be treated confidentially? While on-campus counselors are the only, truly confidential resources, ISU will take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure your safety and privacy. ISU needs to balance the safety of the community against your desire for strict confidentiality, but private information will be shared with the fewest amount of people on a strict need-to-know basis. If any details of the incident need to be released, ISU will inform you.

What is the role of the Title IX Coordinator? The Title IX coordinator is responsible for all sex- and gender-based harassment and discrimination awareness, prevention, training, monitoring, reporting, investigation, and resolution at ISU.

What if someone tries to get back at me for making a report? The University will not retaliate against, nor permit retaliation against, any individual who opposes discrimination or harassment, makes a report of discrimination or harassment, and/or participates or cooperates in a discrimination or harassment investigation, proceeding, or hearing. The act of retaliation is considered a new, separate violation from the initial incident reported. If you feel that you have been retaliated against for filing a report or participating in an investigation, you are encouraged to report this retaliation.

What resources are available to students?