Title IX Frequently Asked Questions
USU is committed to maintaining an educational and working environment free from discrimination and harassment, including maintaining an environment in which no student, faculty or staff member is excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of its programs and activities as a result of one’s gender. The university has an obligation to take immediate and effective steps to eliminate gender discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. At USU, we aim to reduce the occurrence of sexual assault on campus by creating a community intolerant of sexual violence.
What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Consistent with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, USU does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff based on sex in any of its programs or activities, including, but not limited to, educational programs, employment and admission. Sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexual assault, is a type of sex discrimination and is prohibited by Title IX and by the university. Sexual misconduct can include sexual harassment, sexual assault, gender-based harassment, intimate partner violence, domestic violence and stalking.
What is sexual misconduct?
Sexual misconduct is a broad non-legal term encompassing any unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that is committed without consent or by force, intimidation, coercion, or manipulation. USU’s Policy on Sexual Harassment (Policy 339) covers sexual misconduct behaviors including sexual harassment, stalking, domestic and intimate partner violence, non-consensual sexual assault (intercourse), non-consensual sexual assault (unwanted sexual contact), and sexual exploitation. Sexual misconduct can be committed by a person of any gender, and it can occur between people of the same or different genders. Using this term serves to differentiate campus policy processes, which are administrative and educational, from the criminal justice system, in which people are charged with crimes that carry criminal penalties. Sexual misconduct violates USU policy and is not tolerated. To report sexual misconduct or to reach out to the Title IX Coordinator about accommodations, contact the Title IX office.
What are USU's obligations when it has notice of sexual misconduct?
The university is obligated to take prompt and effective steps to end sexual harassment when it occurs, prevent its recurrence and, as appropriate, remedy its effects.
Who does Title IX share information with?
The Title IX office keeps information as private as possible, but may share some information with specific USU employees necessary to investigate an incident or provide a student with accommodations (academic, housing, work or class schedules). Both Title IX and the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act ensures the university does not share student information, including Title IX reporting, outside necessary USU staff. The Title IX office does not share student information with law enforcement, even USU Police. It is up to the victim to decide for themselves whether they will report to police, and the Title IX office provides information about who to contact to do so.
What does USU do about student code violations discovered when reporting to Title IX?
If you seek medical attention for yourself or another person or report and incident of sexual misconduct to the Title IX office, in good faith, you will not be subject to disciplinary action for a separate university policy violation, such as underage drinking. You should not hesitate to seek help for fear of being punished by USU when you do. Read more about USU’s amnesty policy.
Who provides confidential resources to the USU campus community?
Confidential means that information shared by an individual cannot be revealed to any other person – or university office – without the express permission of the individual, except as permitted by law (Student Code definitions). The following services provide confidential services:
Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information Office
Provides confidential victim advocacy and emotional support, referrals for counseling, help with reporting to police or Title IX, seeking medical care or obtaining a sexual assault forensic exam. On campus. Free to students, staff and faculty.
435-797-7273 (crisis hotline) | TSC 311 | email@example.com
Counseling and Psychological Services
Provides confidential mental health services to students on the Logan campus. Services include consultation, workshops, groups, individual and couples counseling and crisis interventions. On campus. Services are free for students…
435-797-1012 | TSC 306
Provides advocacy, counseling and support with sexual assault and domestic violence and operates a shelter in Logan. Off campus. Free to community members.
435-753-2500 (24-hour support) | firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the reporting obligations of USU staff, faculty and other academic appointees?
All USU employees, except those designated as confidential services (see above), are required to report any disclosures of sexual misconduct to the USU Title IX Coordinator at aaeo.usu.edu.
Staff who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities – Housing and Residence Life staff, campus security, university police – are also Campus Security Authorities under the Federal Clery Act. They have an additional obligation to report criminal offenses, hate crimes, and arrests and referrals for disciplinary action that occur on campus to USU Police.
What can a student expect if an incident is reported to the Title IX Coordinator?
Students can expect to receive an email from the coordinator explaining how the Title IX reprocess works, accommodations that may help them, and information about confidential resources on and off campus. The Title IX Coordinator will typically let the student decide if he or she would like to proceed with filing a formal complaint. Individuals can still receive accommodations and support services whether or not they move forward with the university’s disciplinary process. Contacting Title IX does not automatically start an investigation, but in some instances, the Title IX office may need to move forward with an investigation based on the information it has already been given.
Is there a time limit for making a report to Title IX?
There is no time limit for reports to Title IX. Reporting as soon as possible after an incident gives the Title IX office a better chance to respond promptly and effectively.
Are parents informed about a Title IX report when the student is under 18?
No, when a student turns 18 years old or enters a university institution at any age, the rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act transfer from the parents to the student.
Which USU policies refer to sexual misconduct?
What is the difference between sexual assault and sexual harassment?
Sexual assault and sexual harassment both violate USU’s policy on sexual misconduct, and both should be reported to the USU Title IX office. Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal physical conduct under certain conditions. Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. It can range from unwanted sexual touching to rape.
Unlike sexual assault, sexual harassment is not a criminal offense, but creating a working and learning environment that does not tolerate harassment also helps prevent sexual assault. If you think you have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment, you can contact our office to talk about your options, including filing a formal complaint, accessing accommodations to help you stay in school, or learning about other reporting options and support services.