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Title IX for Students

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, (20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq., 35 CFR Part 106.) is a federal law that protects individuals at institutions that receive federal funds, from discrimination and harassment on the basis of gender. Sexual harassment is considered a form of sex discrimination under Title IX. This law also promotes gender equity in all aspects of educational programs and activities.

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual Harassment - Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or other verbal or
physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  1. submission to such conduct is made an explicit or implicit a term or condition of a person’s
    instruction, academic standing, employment or participation in any University program, act;
  2. submission to, or rejection of, such conduct is used as a basis for evaluation in making academic
    or personnel decisions; or
  3. such conduct creates a hostile environment. A hostile environment exists when the conduct is
    sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive, both subjectively and objectively, that it
    unreasonably interferes with, limits, or deprives an individual from participating in or benefiting
    from the University’s educational, employment, residential, and/or campus experience.

A number of acts fall into the category of sexual violence including, but not limited to rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. For the complete definition, policies, and procedures related to sexual harassment, please see resources on the left hand side of this page.

What is interpersonal violence?

The use of physical violence, coercion, threats, intimidation, isolation, stalking, or other forms of emotional, sexual or economic abuse directed towards a partner in an intimate relationship. Including any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone. Interpersonal Violence can be a single act or a pattern of behavior in relationships. Intimate partner relationships are defined as short or long-term relationships (current or former) between persons intended to provide some emotional/romantic and/or physical intimacy. Interpersonal Violence includes:

Dating Violence & Domestic Violence  - A pattern of controlling behaviors used by one partner to control the other partner. There are many forms of dating and domestic violence:

  1. Physical Abuse - Dating and domestic violence that includes, but is not limited to, hitting,
    shoving, slapping, pushing, punching, burning, and stabbing. It can also include withholding
    someone from receiving needed medical care or medication.
  2. Sexual Abuse - Dating and domestic violence that includes, but is not limited to, forced sex,
    or forcing someone to have sex without protection, with an object, or with another person.
  3. Psychological and Emotional Abuse - Dating and domestic violence that includes, but is not
    limited to, controlling someone’s behavior or actions, isolating a person from friends and
    family, making threats against a person, their family, friends, colleagues, or pets, using social
    media to make threats, and verbal abuse.
  4. Economic Abuse - Dating and domestic violence that includes, but is not limited to, taking a
    partner’s money, or not allowing a person, or disrupting a person’s ability, to work or go to
Stalking – A course of conduct that is unwanted, unwelcome and unreciprocated that is directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear, to experience substantial emotional distress, or to fear for their safety or the safety of a third party such as a family member, friend, colleague, or pet.

Where do I report incidents of sexual harassment and interpersonal violence?

WSSU policy and federal regulation requires that all allegations of sexual harassment are reported promptly to a university Title IX Coordinator. See contact information below.

Title IX Officers

Aishah S. Casseus, J.D.
Director of EEO/Title IX Coordinator
Blair Hall 123

Aniya Sutton Ward
Assistant Title IX Coordinator
Blair Hall 115