What is Title IX?

Lisa Pecora
Title IX Coordinator
Northern Pennsylvania Regional College
300 2nd Avenue, Suite 500
Warren, PA 16365
Phone: (814) 230-9010
Email: TitleIX@rrcpa.org

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational institutions. It states that, “no person in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

This law prohibits discrimination in all student services and academic programs including, but not limited to, admissions, financial aid, academic advising and scheduling, grading, and discipline. Title IX also prohibits discrimination because of sex in employment and recruitment consideration or selection, whether full- or part-time, under any education program or activity operated by an institution receiving or benefiting from federal financial assistance.

If you or someone you know has been a victim under Title IX, NPRC can help respond as outlined in NPRC-1205: Sexual Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct or by reporting a complaint below. All questions or concerns related to Title IX or alleged discrimination under Title IX may be sent to the Title IX Coordinator.

 

Victims’ Bill of Rights

A victim of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, or stalking shall be afforded the following rights:

  • The option to contact, or to decline to contact, law enforcement authorities.
  • Written notification of counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, and other services available to victims both on-campus and in the community.
  • Notification of options for, and available assistance in, changing academic, living, transportation, and working situations, if so, requested by the victim and  if such accommodations are available, regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the crime to campus police or local law enforcement.
  • The accuser and accused (the “parties”) have the same opportunity to have others present during an institutional disciplinary proceeding, including the opportunity to be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by an advisor of their choice.
  • Both parties shall be simultaneously informed, in writing, of:
    • (1) the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding that arises from an allegation of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, or stalking;
    • (2) the procedures to appeal the results of such a disciplinary proceeding;
    • (3) any change of the results of such a disciplinary proceeding before the results become final, and
    • (4) when the result(s) become final.

If you have questions about these rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator at titleIX@rrcnpa.org or (814) 230-9010.

 

Title IX Policy

NPRC’s Title IX policy addresses the College’s commitment to educating, preventing, and offering resources such as support services and guidance to reporting parties, Complainants, Respondents, or other affected community members. It also outlines the College’s responsibility and ensures compliance with the requirements of Title IX, the Clery Act as amended by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and state and federal law as applicable. You can reference NPRC’s policy below.

More information about details and timelines for reporting a complaint and investigation, visit the Student Rights and Responsibilities section of the Academic College Catalog.

 

Report a Complaint

Title IX complaints of prohibited conduct or retaliation as outlined in NPRC-1205: Sexual Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct are submitted to the Title IX coordinator verbally, in writing, or online. Reports may be made 24/7/365. Anonymous reporting is permissible. For all emergencies, call 9-1-1.

When handling reports of alleged Title IX misconduct, NPRC is committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals. However, anonymous reporting may hinder the ability of the College to investigate the incident fully. Reports of alleged Title IX misconduct to NPRC employees are not bound by confidentiality, though related details and information related to reports will be addressed in ways that protect the privacy of all involved to the greatest extent possible. Confidential resources are available to victims of sexual harassment or other misconduct under Title IX.

NPRC prohibits retaliation against any person for filing a complaint about harassment, for making a request that harassing behavior stop, or for assisting a person with a harassment complaint.

 

Resources

 

  • Domestic Violence Help – A Safe Place, Warren, Pa
    (814) 726-1030 
  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PACR)
    (800) 692-7445
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    (800) 799-7233 
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline – RAINN
    (800) 656-4673
  • Non-Academic Support Services at NPRC
    Employee or Student Assistance Program – Accessible to students in NPRC’s learning management system, D2L, by visiting Get Help, “Life Stuff”, and to employees through the Hellbender Hub.
  • Other Community Resources
    PA 211