Title IX


Gender discrimination is unequal or disadvantageous treatment of an individual or group of individuals based on gender. Sexual harassment is a form of illegal gender discrimination. 

Gender discrimination can be treating an individual differently based upon his/her gender in academia or extracurricular activities, academic programs, discipline, class assignments given in a classroom, class enrollment, physical education, grading, and/or athletics. 


Sexual harassment can be based on an individual’s perception of the events in question. 

Conduct (verbal and/or physical) that is based on sex or gender and that is not welcome can constitute sexual harassment. 

Grievance procedures consistent with the principles of due process have been developed and implemented for faculty and staff, including Administrative and Professional employees, as well as classified staff. Grievance procedures are available for students in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Grievance procedures for faculty and staff are included in the Faculty Handbook and the Staff Handbook. Both handbooks can be found at


If conduct is unwelcome, could be offensive to a reasonable person, and in fact is offensive to someone complaining about certain physical and/or verbal acts, then the conduct may constitute sexual harassment even if it was not intended to be offensive. 

The following types of conduct may constitute gender discrimination: 

• A faculty hiring only male graduate assistants

• A professor giving higher grades to female students 

• A coach allowing only males to play during an intramural game