The following frequently asked questions are preceded by definitions in regard to Title IX and related policies. The material in these FAQs may be difficult to read and triggering; please take care of yourself and reach out to the Title IX Office if you need assistance. If your question was not answered or if you would like to see additional questions, please contact the Title IX Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (904) 632-5034.
Stalking may involve individuals who are known to one another, who have a current or previous relationship or who are strangers. Stalking can include electronic forms of communication, including texting or social media.
Gender-based harassment is unwelcomed conduct based on a student's actual or perceived sex. This includes slurs, taunts, stereotypes or name-calling, as well as gender motivated physical threats, attacks or other hateful conduct.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
When you’re engaging in sexual activity, consent is about communication. And it should happen every time. Giving consent for one activity, one time, does not mean giving consent for increased or recurring sexual contact. For example, agreeing to kiss someone doesn’t give that person permission to remove your clothes. Having sex with someone in the past doesn’t give that person permission to have sex with you again in the future.
You can change your mind at any time.
You can withdraw consent at any point if you feel uncomfortable. It’s important to clearly communicate to your partner that you are no longer comfortable with this activity and wish to stop. The best way to ensure both parties are comfortable with any sexual activity is to talk about it.
Positive consent can look like this:
Positive consent does NOT look like this:
Anyone who participates in an educational program, service or activity with a Federally funded entity is protected by Title IX. This includes students, parents and guardians, visitors and employees.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex for entities that have 15 or more employees. Title VII is enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
If the College knows or in the exercise of reasonable care should know about student-on-student sexual harassment, including sexual violence, that creates a hostile environment, Title IX law requires the University to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred (subject to confidentiality considerations). If an investigation reveals that sexual harassment, including sexual violence, created a hostile environment, the University must then take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the sexual harassment or sexual violence, prevent its recurrence and, as appropriate, remedy its effects on the victim and University community.
All staff working in the residence halls must report any Title IX related concerns to the Title IX Office. Outreach will then be sent to the Complainant along with an offer to meet with the Complainant to assist with immediate safety measures and other necessary and appropriate interim measures (e.g., housing, academic accommodations, etc.) in consultation with the Title IX Coordinator.
Notify the Title IX Office promptly. If the student needs emergency assistance call: 911 or ext. 2800 from a campus phone.
Complete a Title IX Reporting Form; or
Send an email to email@example.com with as much as the following information as was reported to you (noting you should not investigate):
Following a report, the Title IX Office will send outreach and offer to meet with the Complainant to assist with immediate safety measures and other necessary and appropriate supportive measures.
If a Complainant requests to remain confidential, the College will give serious consideration to that request. Only in rare circumstances will the College proceed to a Title IX investigation against the wishes of the Complainant. Generally, the College will seek to honor the request of the Complainant not to proceed to a Title IX investigation and to remain confidential and will not proceed to a formal Title IX investigation without the consent of the Complainant. The Title IX Coordinator will consider a number of factors in deciding whether the request can be honored, including the age of the Complainant, whether there is evidence of a pattern of misconduct, the severity of the misconduct, and whether there is a safety risk to the Complainant or the FSCJ community. Should the College, in weighing such factors, determine it must proceed, the College will explain its rationale to the Complainant and make sure that the Complainant is offered a support person throughout the process.The Complainant will not be required to participate in the process as a prerequisite to the College proceeding.
Confidential consultations about sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, and gender discrimination are available from persons who, by law, have special professional status. A student may contact the following offices for confidential advice and help:
Student Assistance Program (SAP):
24 Hour Help Line 855-384-1800
Women’s Center of Jacksonville (off campus)
Business Hours Line: (904) 722-3000
24 Hour Rape Crisis Hotline: (904) 721-7273
The Title IX Coordinator will meet with students seeking information about their options. Upon a report of a Title IX concern, the College will work with the Complainant to put supportive measures in place to ensure a safe, hostile-free environment for the student. Following an investigation (if the Complainant’s desire) and a determination that conduct prohibited by Title IX occurred, more permanent accommodations and safety measures may be implemented. Supportive measures measures) may include:
In addition to reporting to the Title IX Coordinator or designee, any incidents of abuse of a minor must also be reported to the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) by every individual who is made aware of the abuse. Under Florida’s Protection of Vulnerable Persons Act, all Florida residents must personally report any type of child abuse. For more information, or to report abuse, please click here.
If the incident involves an FSCJ student, it should still be reported to the College Public Safety Office so that the College can assess how best to assist the student.
The College does not permit retaliation against an individual who seeks to redress their concerns, or those who participate in this process. Should you believe that you are retaliated against, please report it to the College’s Equity Office.
Athletics programs are considered educational programs and activities. There are three basic parts of Title IX as it applies to athletics:
An institution must meet all of the following requirements in order to be in compliance with Title IX:
Title IX benefits everyone. The law requires educational institutions to maintain policies, practices and programs that do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of gender. Elimination of discrimination against women and girls has received more attention because females historically faced greater gender restrictions and barriers in education. Continued efforts to achieve educational equity has benefited all students by moving toward creation of school environments where all students may learn and achieve, thereby also benefiting men and boys.
No. The only provision that requires that the same dollars be spent proportional to participation is scholarships. Otherwise, male and female student-athletes must receive equitable "treatment" and "benefits" and that is not always equal.
Title IX does not require identical athletics programs for males and females. Rather, Title IX requires that the athletics programs meet the interests and abilities of each gender. Under Title IX, one team is not compared to the same team in each sport. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) examines the total program afforded to male student-athletes and the total program afforded to female student-athletes and whether each program meets the standards of equal treatment. Title IX does not require that each team receive exactly the same services and supplies. Rather, Title IX requires that the men and women's program receive the same level of service, facilities, supplies and etc. Variations within the men and women's program are allowed, as long as the variations are justified.
Under Title IX there are no sport exclusions or exceptions. Individual participation opportunities (number of student-athletes participating rather than number of sports) in all men's and women's sports are counted in determining whether an institution meets Title IX participation standards. The basic philosophical underpinning of Title IX is that there cannot be an economic justification for discrimination. The institution cannot maintain that there are revenue productions or other considerations that mandate that certain
Title IX does not require reductions in opportunities for male student-athletes. One of the purposes is to create the same opportunity and quality of treatment for both female and male student-athletes. Eliminating men sports programs is not the intent of Title IX. The intent of Title IX is to bring treatment of the disadvantaged gender up to the level of the advantaged group.