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 and sexual violence?

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment also includes sexual violence, defined as physical acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol.

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:

Domestic Violence – includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction

Dating Violence - violence committed by a person:

  • who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and
  • where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
    • The length of the relationship.
    • The type of relationship.
    • The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in
      the relationship.
Stalking – engaging in a course of conduct directed at specific person that would cause a reasonable person to: Fear for his or her safety or the safety of other; or suffer substantial emotional distress

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