About Title IX

Title IX: 20 U.S.C. §1681 & 34 C.F.R. Part 106

“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 educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” -- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Title IX is part of the Education Amendments of 1972 and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. This federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. LCC is one of those recipients.

Why We Need Title IX

Title IX is necessary to create a safe and inclusive environment on all college campuses. We need Title IX to protect all people that are part of Seattle Colleges from incidents of sex-based discrimination, harassment, including sexual violence relationship violence and abuse.

Seattle Colleges offers campus community professional staff, resources, training, and policies that help create a safe environment, both on campus and off. Please see Title IX Training resources.

Where does Title IX happen and to whom?

  • On- and off-campus education programs and activities
  • All academic programs
  • All athletic and student activities
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Visitors

What are Seattle Colleges’ obligations?

  • The college is obligated to provide a prompt, thorough and equitable investigation of sexual misconduct or sex-based discrimination. 
  • Title IX ensures that both reported parties in an event have equal opportunity to be heard and participate in the full grievance process.
  • Work to end sexual harassment and discrimination 
  • Remedy the impact across the community
  • Prevent reoccurrence of violence or discrimination
  • Increase education and awareness of Title IX

When will Seattle Colleges get involved?

Once the college is aware or reasonably should have known about a situation.

Who is responsible to act?

Any college employee, staff and faculty. 

Every community, including Seattle Colleges, is affected by sexual assault and sex-based discrimination. We must work together to learn what is sexual assault to create a safe environment and culture of respect and equity. 

Educational Resources

Support and Resources for Survivors

Seattle Colleges has resources available at each campus:

  • Central    Counseling: 206-934-5407
  • North    Counseling: 206-934-3676
                  Gender Equity Resource Center: 206-934-3719
  • South    Counseling: 206-934-6409

Additional resources:

How do you get consent? 

Consent requires clear permission by words or actions, to engage in equally agreed upon sexual activity. Each party has the responsibility to make sure that the other has consented before engaging in the activity. For consent to be accurate at the time of the act of sexual intercourse or sexual contact, there must be actual words or conduct indicating approval to have sexual contact or intercourse. A person cannot consent if they are incapacitated, helpless, asleep, or unconscious, including due to alcohol or other drugs.  Sexual contact or intercourse without consent is considered to be sexual assault.

Consent Is:

  • clear confirmation (words, actions) that create equally understandable permission
  • intentional and voluntary 
  • given for each sexual act during an encounter and for each encounter every time 

Consent Is Not:

  • silence or unresponsive
  • a lack of opposition
  • given while unconscious or incapacitated
  • transferable — consent is needed every time

What is a bystander?

A bystander is a person who is present at an incident or event that is not directly involved in the incident. A bystander might be at an incident, or they could be a witness to any circumstances that led up to an incident.   

What is bystander intervention?

Bystander Intervention is an important way to recognize possible incidents or situations and choosing to respond in a positive way to help others and influence the result of the incident.

Some situations in which a bystander could have an important impact is stopping situations that could have led to a Title IX incident, such as sexual assault. Bystanders can also speak out against situations that support sexual assault or gender-based violence. Finally, bystanders can work to develop more skills to be an ally to survivors of sexual assault or gender-based violence. Overall, bystander’s actions are important and have impact. 

How to become and Active Bystander:

  1. Be aware of the situation 
  2. Interpret if it is a problem or issue
  3. Feel responsible to act and to help the situation. 
  4. Educate yourself on what to do before the situation arises 
  5. Interrupt safely 

How to help safely:

  1. Ask the person you are worried about if they are okay. 
  2. Tell another person to get help or call 911 if you are concerned for someone’s safety  
  3. Distract and remove the uncomfortable party from the situation before escalation. 

Prevention is key

Many instances of sexual assault, sexual violence, or sexual harassment can be prevented if signs are recognized early on and general preventative action is taken. You can protect yourself and others by being aware of your surroundings and educating yourself and your friends about how to avoid situations that may lead to sexual misconduct, as well as what to do if you or someone you know is confronted with such a situation. 

Educational Resources

Mandatory Reporting Responsibility

College employees, except those statutorily barred from doing so, have a duty to immediately report possible Title IX violations to the Title IX Coordinator.

You are required to report incidents you personally observe as well as incidents you know of or should reasonably have known. You must report these offenses to the designated Title IX coordinator of your campus

What Happens after a report is made?

  • Confidentiality and privacy is maintained to the furthest extent possible.
  • Access to resources are provided to both the complainant and respondent.
  • Interim measures may be provided (e.g. change of class; no contact order).
  • Equitable, impartial and timely process provided throughout.
  • No retaliation will be tolerated.