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Title IX Reporting

What is Title IX?

Title IX is part of the Education Amendments of 1972 and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. This federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. SVC is one of those recipients.

“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
Why is Title IX Important?
Title IX helps to foster safe and respectful college environments that better protect students, faculty and staff from incidents of sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual violence, relationship violence and abuse.

The safety of our students, staff, faculty, and visitors is our highest priority. Skagit Valley College offers campus community professional staff, resources, training, and policies that help ensure a safe environment on and off campus. With these people, tools, and means in place, we are confident we have created a college in which people can learn and work at their best.

Where does Title IX Apply?
  • On and off-campus
  • All academic programs
  • All athletic and student activities
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Board members
  • Vendors and visitors

See “Title IX Jurisdiction” below for more information.

Title IX Jurisdiction*
Applies only if the alleged misconduct:

  1. Occurred in the United States;
  2. Occurred during a Skagit Valley College educational program or activity; and
  3. Meets the definition of Sexual Harassment as listed above.

*If the incident does not meet the jurisdiction for Title IX, the incident may be investigated under the student code of conduct or other college policies.

Matrix outlining Title IX Jurisdiction

What are Skagit Valley College's Responsibilties?
  • The College is obligated to provide a prompt, thorough and equitable investigation of sexual misconduct or sex-based discrimination. This obligation remains even in the absence of a formal complaint.
  • If the incident does not meet the jurisdiction for Title IX, the incident may be investigated under the student code of conduct or other college policies.
  • Title IX ensures that both parties in a reported event have equal opportunity to be heard and participate in a grievance process.
  • End harassment
  • Remedy the impact
  • Prevent reoccurrence of violence or discrimination
What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual Harassment (encompasses the following conduct)

  1. Quid Pro Quo– A Skagit Valley College employee conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of Skagit Valley College on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct.
  2. Hostile Environment- Unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would find to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to Skagit Valley College’s educational programs or activities, or employment.
  3. Sexual Assault. Sexual Assault includes the following conduct:
    1. Nonconsensual Sexual Intercourse. Any actual or attempted sexual intercourse (anal, oral, or vaginal), however slight, with any object or body part, by a person upon another person, that is without consent and/or by force. Sexual intercourse includes anal or vaginal penetration by a penis, tongue, finger, or object, or oral copulation by mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact.
    2. Nonconsensual Sexual Contact. Any actual attempted sexual touching, however slight, with any body part or object, by a person upon another person that is without consent and/or by force. Sexual touching includes any bodily contact with the breasts, groin, mouth, or other bodily orifice of another individual, or any other bodily contact in a sexual manner.
    3. Incest. Sexual intercourse or sexual contact with a person known to be related to them, either legitimately or illegitimately, as an ancestor, descendant, brother, or sister of either wholly or half related. Descendant includes stepchildren and adopted children under the age of eighteen (18).
    4. Statutory Rape. Consensual sexual intercourse between someone who is eighteen (18) years of age or older and someone who is under the age of sixteen (16).
  4. Domestic Violence- Physical violence, bodily injury, assault, the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, sexual assault, or stalking committed by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of State of Washington, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the State of Washington, RCW 26.50.010.
  5. Dating Violence- Physical violence, bodily injury, assault, the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, sexual assault, or stalking committed by a person (i) who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and (ii) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
    • The length of the relationship;
    • The type of a relationship; and
    • The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
  6. Stalking– Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress.
How Do I Report?
Use the “Submit a Title IX Report ” button below for any discrimination, harassment, or sexual violence. The Title IX Coordinator will review this report. Any issues requiring additional review will be forwarded to the appropriate campus office.

If you need more detail about Title IX, please visit the Main SVC Title IX Webpage

Contact Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator can address faculty, staff and student concerns related to sexual harassment, sexual assault and other actions that fall within the college’s obligation under Title IX.

Title IX Coordinator

Carolyn Tucker
Associate Vice President of Human Resources
Phone: 360.416.7679
Email: [email protected]

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Sandy Jordan
Phone: 360.416.7923
Email: [email protected]

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