Trenholm State Community College is committed to providing equal opportunity education and creating an environment that is free of bias, discrimination and harassment. Trenholm State does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, including in any phase of its employment process, in admissions or financial aid programs, or in other aspects of its educational programs or activities. The Title IX Coordinators will work with College administration, faculty and staff, as well as students to guarantee Title IX compliance is maintained.
As a recipient of federal funds, Trenholm State Community College is obligated to ensure compliance of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX prohibits the discrimination of an individual based on sex/gender in educational programs or activities that receive federal funds at all levels. Title IX protects students, employees, applicants for admissions and employment, and other persons from all forms of sexual discrimination, including discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform for stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.
Trenholm State is committed to fostering a college environment that is guided on a philosophy that individuals will not be discriminated against because of race, creed, religion, color, sex, age, national orientation, disability, marital status and that legitimate and reasonable access to facilities is available to all. Therefore, Trenholm State Community College, an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment and Educational Opportunity Institution, remains in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; the Civil Rights Act of 1991; Executive Order 11246, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; and The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
This section includes examples of issues that violate Title IX, but not limited to the following
- Inappropriate language about a specific gender or sexual orientation
- Humor and/or jokes that target a specific gender or sexual orientation
- Discriminatory expressions discriminatory towards a specific gender or sexual orientation
- Displaying inappropriate sexual images that are offensive and unwelcomed
- Unwelcome gender-based verbal or physical conduct
- Exchanging sexual images, sexual acts, or dating for grades or advancement
- Non-consensual sexual contact
- Non-consensual intercourse
- Taking sexual advantage of a consensual or non-consensual person
- Stalking—unwelcome, continuous, and menacing pursuit of a person electronically or in person
- "Sexting"—unwelcome text messaging of sexual comments and/or images
- Cyber-bullying—use of an electronic medium to target and psychologically torment a person
Title IX related incidents and concerns should be reported immediately to the Title IX Coordinator. Reports can also be reported using the Title IX Incident Form.
Confidentiality of Reporting
Every effort, possible shall be made to ensure that the confidentiality of information is maintained. however, any incidents of sexual misconduct must be shared with relevant administrators if the College is required to take action for various reasons. Employees who qualify for the confidentiality privilege by law will maintain strict confidentiality in all circumstances.
Retaliation of Reporting
It is a violation of federal law to retaliate against any person making a complaint about a Title IX violation or against any person cooperating with a related investigation. For these purposes, “retaliation” includes harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion, or any materially adverse harm that would dissuade a reasonable student or employee from filing a complaint or participating in an investigation.
Trenholm State Community College takes allegations of sexual misconduct very seriously and is committed to taking immediate action. The college encourages employees and students who have experienced any form of gender-based discrimination and/or sexual misconduct to report the incident promptly, to seek all available assistance, to pursue Student Code of Conduct charges, and where appropriate, pursue criminal prosecution of the offender.
Seeking an Advocate
Family Sunshine Center
Rape Response 24-Hour Assistance
One Place Justice Center
- Posting for Review – ACC Title IX Coordinator Training L2
- OCR Short Webinar on How to Report Sexual Harassment under Title IX
- OCR Webinar on New Title IX Protections Against Sexual Assault
- Conducting and Adjudicating Title IX Hearings: An OCR Training Webinar
- What Community College Leaders Need to Know About the New Title IX Regulations