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Title IX Compliance Office

Title IX Law

“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.” Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 Implementing Regulations at: 20 U.S.C § 1681 & 34 C.F.R. Part 106

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions.

The regulations implementing Title IX are enforced by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and prohibit discrimination, exclusion, denial, limitation, or separation based on gender. Intended to end sex discrimination in all areas of education for Civil Rights.

The U.S. Department of Education Office For Civil Rights provides guidelines to ensure that schools take effective steps to respond to sexual violence in accordance with the requirements of Title IX.

It is the policy of Keystone College, in accordance with federal and state law, to prohibit unlawful discrimination.

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How do I file a report/complaint?

Three ways to file a complaint:

  1. Submit an anonymous report online
  2. Download and print a form
  3. Pick up a form:
  • Title IX Compliance Office: 3rd Floor of Ward Hall, 570-945-8371
  • Campus Safety: Hollinshead Hall, 1st floor, 570-945-8997 (Emergency: 570-945-8989)
  • Residence Life Area Coordinator on Duty: Hibbard Campus Center, 2nd floor, 570-945-8271, 570-687-8416
  • Student Counseling & Well-Being Center: Tewksbury Hall, 1st floor, 570-945-8309
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Where can a victim get support or assistance?

Keystone College offers support and assistance for victims of sexual discrimination, harassment, or violence. For confidential assistance contact:

  • Counseling Services: Student Counseling and Well-Being Center, Tewksbury Hall, 1st floor 570-945-8309. Privacy laws prohibit these individuals from disclosing your conversation without your consent.
  • Sexual Offense Advocate Response (S.O.A.R) team provides support and assistance to victims of sexual assault, but can not guarantee confidentiality.
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Am I protected against retaliation?

All members of the Keystone College community are advised that retaliation against anyone filing a complaint of discrimination or harassment or for participating in an investigation of discrimination or harassment is strictly prohibited by law and by College policy and any individual who engages in retaliation will be subject to disciplinary action.

All complaints of harassment or discrimination will be investigated in a manner that is prompt, adequate, and impartial. You can also remain anonymous.

Students, employees, or third parties who believe they have been subjected to discrimination or harassment, including sexual violence/assault, by a student or employee of the Keystone College community or by another individual for whom the College is or may be responsible (e.g., applicants for admission or employment, alumni, in-dependent contractors, vendors, recruiters) should contact one of the following persons for assistance with re-solving a complaint.

  • Melanie A. Smith, Title IX Coordinator/Human Resources Employment Coordinator
  • 570-945-8371

Title IX Compliance Office

Questions? Contact us. Students, employees, or visitors who have questions about policies, grievance procedures, and individual rights or would like to report an alleged incident of gender-based misconduct, can contact the following for support:

Melanie A. Smith
Director of Human Resource/Title IX Coordinator
570-945-8371
melanie.smith@keystone.edu

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Rachel M. Smith
Assistant Director of Residence Life/Deputy Title IX Coordinator
570-945-8288
rachel.smith@keystone.edu

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Frank Ohotnicky
Director of the Library Center: ADA/504 Coordinator
570-945-8988
frank.ohotnicky@keystone.edu

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Filing A Complaint with the Office of Civil Rights

The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education. Individuals who believe they were discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age can file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights at the information provided below:

Mail or Facsimile:
Office for Civil Rights,
Philadelphia Office
U.S. Department of Education
The Wanamaker Building
100 Penn Square East, Suite 515
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323
Telephone: (215) 656-8541
Facsimile: (215) 656-8605
Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov

Frequently Asked Questions About Sexual Harassment

What behaviors are prohibited by Title IX?

Sexual harassment (which includes sexual violence and assault) is a form of sex discrimination and, therefore, is a violation of Title IX. Specific behaviors that are prohibited by Title IX include rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of nonconsensual sexual activity; stalking; and relationship violence. Many behaviors that violate Title IX also constitute crimes.

What is Keystone College’s harassment policy?

Harassment in any form, whether based on race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other legally protected classification, is unacceptable on the Keystone College campus.

For purposes of this policy harassment means unwelcome verbal, written, or physical conduct based on a protected classification (race, color, sex, disability, etc.) that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably inter-fering with an individual’s work or education (including living conditions, extracurricular activities, and social life), creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment, or constituting a threat to an individual’s personal safety. Sexual harassment includes sexual violence/assault.

What is the definition of sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature which has the purpose or effect of interfering with one’s academic or work performance or social world by creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive, or violent environment. Sexual violence/assault is also considered sexual harassment.

Examples:

  • Pressure for sexual activity
  • Sexually explicit questions
  • Unwelcome touching, hugging, stroking, squeezing
  • Sexual ridicule
  • Attempted or actual sexual violence
  • Pervasive displays of pictures, calendars, cartoons, or other materials with sexually explicit or graphic content
  • Sexual innuendos and comments
  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Spreading rumors about a person’s sexuality
  • Displaying or sending sexually suggestive electronic content including but not limited to emails, text messages, etc.
  • Stalking a person
  • These examples are not all-inclusive of the types of situations that may constitute sexual harassment.

Do students have rights under Title IX?

Students’ Bill of Rights
All students have the right to:

  • Make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police;
  • Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault taken seriously;
  • Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by the institution;
  • Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard;
  • Be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution reasonable health care and counseling services, where available;
  • Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations;
  • Describe the incident to as few institutional representatives as practicable and not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident;
  • Be protected against retaliation by the College, any student or employee, the accused and/or the respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the College;
  • Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination;
  • Be accompanied by an adviser of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused, or respondent throughout the judicial or conduct process, including during all meetings and hearings related to such process; and
  • Exercise civil rights and lawful practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or judicial or conduct process of the College.