“Title IX” is a general term that is used to talk about a number of laws and federal guidelines that pertain to discrimination on the basis of gender – which includes the following:
- Sexual Harassment
- Sexual Assault
- Dating Violence
- Domestic Violence
- Pregnancy & Parenting Status
UMM prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and has a number of policies in place that prohibit discrimination, procedures to address any instances that may have occurred, and measures to prevent recurrence.
“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 . . . .” 20 U.S.C. § 1681(a).
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, and sexual coercion. Title IX also requires that equal opportunity in athletics be provided.
The University of Maine System, including all of its institutions, has a system-wide Policy Against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, Stalking and Retaliation. This UMM specific edition provides information on how and where to file a complaint, area resources, and details regarding confidential, anonymous, and other reporting options. It also outlines how all UMM employees, excluding UMM’s confidential services, are mandatory reporters.
The University of Maine at Machias recognizes that pregnant, recently pregnant, and parenting students are entitled to protections under Title IX. More information can be found at our Pregnancy & Parenting web page.
Information on how to file a complaint of sexual harassment, sexual assault, discrimination or other policy violations can be found in the UMM Student Handbook under the Student Conduct Code and the Equal Opportunity Complaint Procedure.
Title IX also prohibits retaliation for raising a complaint under Title IX or for advocating for a right protected by Title IX.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is the entity that is charged with enforcing Title IX compliance. Inquiries about these issues may also be referred to the local branch of the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921, telephone (617) 289-0111, fax (617) 289-0150, TTY (877) 521.2172 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The website for the Office of Civil Rights can be located by following this link: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.htm
Individuals with concerns or questions about Title IX may contact the University of Maine at Machias’s Title IX Coordinator. Students who are or have experienced Title IX related situations are eligible for assistance. For help, please contact the Deputy Title IX Coordinator.