Your Rights Under Title IX

 

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972  prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance (such as UNH). Title IX also prohibits gender-based harassment — acts that do not involve conduct of a sexual nature such as discriminatory sex stereotyping. It is not just about providing equal opportunity in athletics. It also prohibits sexual harassment and sexual violence of students by faculty, staff and other students.

 

Title IX - Know Your Rights

Scope of Title IX

This applies to admission to, access to, treatment within, or employment in UNH programs or activities. Title IX protects students from sexual harassment in UNH’s educational programs, services and activities, including: all academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic, and other programs of the institution. On-campus, off-campus, in transit, sponsored at other locations, etc.

  • UNH has an obligation to respond to student-on-student sexual harassment that initially occurred off-campus and outside our institution’s educational programs or activities but is affecting our students in some way.
  • Title IX and UNH policy prohibits discrimination/harassment by and against faculty and staff.
  • Title IX protects third parties from sexual harassment or violence in an institution's education programs and activities.
  • Title IX prohibits gender–based harassment, including: acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature; for example, discriminatory sex stereotyping or harassment of transgender students.

Responding to Complaints

State and federal law and University policy require the University to take all reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment of students and employees, to respond to complaints of discrimination, to eliminate any hostile environment caused by sexual harassment, and to discipline any individual found to be responsible for such harassment.

  •  If UNH knows or reasonably should know about sexual harassment (including sexual violence) of a student that creates a hostile environment, Title IX requires immediate action to: stop the harassment, respond to it, prevent its recurrence, and address its effect/impact.
  • UNH must take action when we receive a complaint or otherwise learn of an incident of sexual harassment or assault to ensure that a student can continue his or her education free of ongoing sex discrimination, harassment, or violence.
  • At the same time, responses have to be equitable to and respect the rights of both parties (reporting and responding due process).
  • In the case of an alleged sexual assault, UNH should make clear the individual's right to file a criminal complaint.
  • Responding to and investigation of complaints must be prompt, effective and impartial, and institutions may not avoid or postpone them because police are conducting a criminal investigation.

 

The most comprehensive resources on the University’s policies and procedures on sexual violence and harassment can be found in these two documents, which include complete descriptions of the behaviors summarized below: