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Non-Discrimination Policy

Title IX Information

Catawba College is committed to providing equal opportunities for all students, employees, applicants for student admission and applicants for employment regardless of sex or sexual orientation unless allowed by law and deemed necessary to the operation of the College. The College complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing non-discrimination. Catawba College will comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,20 U.S.C.1681 et seq. (Title IX). Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity operated by a recipient of federal financial assistance. Catawba College receives financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education, thus the College is subject to Title IX and its implementing regulations.

Catawba College Title IX Policy

  1. Ensure that individuals are treated in a non-discriminatory manner in all educational and recreational programs or opportunities, including but not limited to intercollegiate and intramural athletics.
  2. Ensure that individuals are treated in a non-discriminatory manner in any proposed educational and recreational programs or opportunities, including but not limited to intercollegiate and intramural athletics.
  3. Inform the College’s population that any individual who believes he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of sex, should file a grievance with the Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX Grievance Procedures
To provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging action prohibited by Title IX.

  1. Grievance is brought to Title IX Coordinator by the Complainant or the Complainant’s colleague (friend, faculty member, staff member, etc.).
  2. Complainant is interviewed by the Title IX Coordinator. If a grievance is filed, all parties should be notified immediately.
  3. Complaint is heard by Title IX Committee, which is chaired by the Title IX Coordinator, within 10 days of the date that the grievance was filed.
  4. Any witnesses for the grievant and the recipient of the complaint are interviewed by the Title IX Committee.
  5. A decision is rendered by the Title IX Committee and the findings are forwarded to the College’s Office of the President. The entire grievance process should not take more than 30 days.

Title IX Committee Selection
The Title IX Coordinator, with the President’s approval, will select three individuals to serve on the Title IX Committee. The appointment will be for two fiscal years.

Testimony and Investigation
The Title IX Committee interviews the grievant, the recipient of the grievance and any witnesses with relevant information about the case. Only one witness is present before the committee at any given time. Any information can be submitted in written or oral presentations.

After all evidence has been reviewed, the committee votes by secret ballot to agree or disagree that the grievance in is violation of Title IX. The Title IX Coordinator counts the votes until a majority of like votes are found. Each committee member agrees to support the final decision, regardless of his or her personal decision about the case. Committee members are also reminded of their confidentiality commitment regarding all information about the case. The Title IX Coordinator sends the committee’s decision to the President of the College as a recommendation as to whether an individual has been discriminated against or not.

Both parties involved in the grievance will be notified of the committee’s decision in writing within five days of the conclusion of the case.

All matters associated with the Title IX Committee process and hearings are confidential. The College will treat any violation of confidentiality as a serious offense and will maintain zero tolerance for such violations. All persons participating must maintain confidentiality and the complainant, witnesses and committee members are afforded complete privacy. All records and proceedings are considered confidential and will be maintained separate from personnel and student files, available only on a “need to know” basis and will be stored in the President’s Office. All attempts to influence witnesses or committee members and any harassment of any of the parties involved in the case will not be tolerated. Any violation of the accountabilities referenced above will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment in the case of a faculty or staff member, or in the case of a student, expulsion from the college.