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Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states:

“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.”

Title IX is part of Education Amendments of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. This federal law prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities which receive federal financial assistance. The purpose of Title IX is to help foster safe and respectful environments that better protect students, faculty, and staff from incidents of sex-based discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Role of the Title IX Coordinator

Director of Title IX and Equal Opportunity (Director) is the Title IX Coordinator. The Director oversees the investigation and resolution of all reports and complaints made by all students, employees, and visitors to campus of alleged discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct in accordance with this policy. The Director may delegate certain investigative responsibilities while maintaining oversight of the investigation.

The Director is charged with coordinating CNU’s compliance with federal civil rights laws. The Director does not serve as an advocate for either the Reporting Party or the Responding Party. The Director will explain to all identified parties the procedures outlined below, including confidentiality. As appropriate, the Director will provide all identified parties with information about obtaining medical and counseling services, making a criminal report, information about receiving advocacy services off-campus, and guidance on other CNU and community resources. The Director will offer to coordinate with other CNU leadership, when appropriate, to implement interim measures as described below. The Director will explain to all involved parties the process of a prompt, adequate, reliable, and impartial investigation, including the opportunity for both Reporting Party and Responding Party to identify witnesses and provide other evidence. The Director will explain to all identified parties the right to have a personal advisor present and to review and respond to the allegations and evidence. The Director will also explain to the parties and witnesses that retaliation for reporting alleged discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual misconduct, or participating in an investigation of an alleged violation, is strictly prohibited and that any retaliation should be reported immediately and will be promptly addressed.

Allegations of discrimination or harassment against the Director should be made to the President.

CNU's Title IX Coordinator and contact information is:

Michelle L. Moody, Esq.
Director of Title IX and Equal Opportunity
401 Christopher Newport Hall
(757) 594-8819 (Office)
mlmoody@cnu.edu

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