Title IX / Violence Against Women's Act - Western Iowa Tech Community College
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Title IX / Violence Against Women's Act

Title IX / Violence Against Women's Act

Western Iowa Tech Community College is committed to creating and maintaining an educational environment and workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment.

Title IX and Sexual Violence

Title IX of the U.S. Department of Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal assistance. Examples of the types of discrimination that are prohibited under Title IX include sexual harassment, sexual assault/sexual violence, discrimination based on pregnancy and the failure to provide equal opportunity in athletics. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) provides protections to individuals who are the target of sexual violence, domestic/dating violence and stalking.

If you need to talk to someone, whether it be how to take precautions, how to defend yourself, or how to report an incident, the contact names and numbers are located on this page.

Title IX Policy

It is the policy of Western Iowa Tech Community College, in keeping with efforts to establish an environment in which the dignity and worth of all members of the college-wide community are respected, that sexual harassment/sexual violence of students and employees at Western Iowa Tech Community College is unacceptable conduct and will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment/sexual violence may involve the behavior of a person of either gender against a person of the opposite or same gender, when that behavior falls within the following Definition.

Definition

Sexual harassment/sexual violence of employees and students at Western Iowa Tech Community College is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of sexual nature when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's academic evaluation or employment.
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for academic decisions or employment effecting that individual.
  • Acts of domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking.
  • Such conduct has the purpose of or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's educational experience or work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive education or work environment.

Examples

Verbal: sexual innuendo, suggestive comments, insults, threats, jokes or derogatory comments based on gender; sexual propositions or advances; pressure for sexual favors.

Nonverbal: posting of sexually suggestive or derogatory pictures, cartoons or drawings; making suggestive or insulting noises, leering, whistling, or making obscene gestures.

Physical: touching, pinching, squeezing, patting, brushing against body; impeding or blocking normal work or movement; coercing sexual intercourse; stalking or assault.

Facts

  • Over 90% of attacks are by someone the victim knows.
  • If someone is drunk, they CANNOT legally consent to sex.
  • Having sex once does NOT give consent for any future encounter.
  • You don't have to put up a fight, have physical injuries, or report it right away, for it to be rape.
  • It doesn't matter the gender of you or your attacker, rape is rape.