About Title IX UConn
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the sex (gender) of employees and students of educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX’s prohibition of sex discrimination includes prohibition of sexual harassment and sexual violence. Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including rape and sexual assault.
The University of Connecticut does not tolerate sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence of any kind. This prohibition is further explained in the Universitys Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Interpersonal Violence (Chinese translation, Polish translation, Spanish translation). Please read the FAQ for additional information about this policy. To ensure compliance with Title IX and other federal and state civil rights laws, the University has designated Sarah Chipman as the University’s Title IX Coordinator. Sarah is charged with monitoring compliance with Title IX and ensuring that reports of sex discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence are investigated and addressed by the University.
The What to do When a Student Reports Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence and/or Stalking document outlines the process and provides resourcesÂ for assisting students and fulfilling the University’s reporting requirements for employees. Documents are also available for the Avery Point, Hartford, Law School, Stamford and Waterbury regional campuses, and UConn Health.
To learn more about employee reporting obligations, how to make a report and what happens after a report is made we invite you to watch this brief Discrimination, Harassment and Related Interpersonal Violence: Reporting Obligations & Next Steps Compliance Clip.
Any student, faculty, or staff member with questions or concerns about the applicable University policies or who believes that they have been the victim of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence is encouraged to contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator. Individuals with questions or concerns about violations of the Student Code specifically should contact the Office of Community Standards.
As stated in the Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Interpersonal Violence, the University will not pursue disciplinary action against Complainants or witnesses for disclosure of illegal personal consumption of drugs or alcohol where such disclosures are made in connection with a good faith report or investigation of Prohibited Conduct. If an incident involved alcohol and/or drugs, UConn’s Good Samaritan Statement will explain the University’s expectations of students seeking immediate medical assistance for themselves or others when necessary.
Community Resource Team (CRT)
The Community Resource Team (CRT) includes UConn employees and students and off-campus partners who work to address issues of sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking on campus. The CRT’s collaborative work helps to ensure that UConn provides a coordinated, compassionate, trauma-informed response to victims and survivors. The committee is chaired by Sarah Chipman, Interim Associate Vice President for the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator.
On July 1, 2014 the Connecticut General Assembly enacted Public Act No. 14-11, “An Act Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus”, which contains specific provisions regarding campus resource teams. The guidance provided includes ensuring that each member of the CRT is educated in:
- the awareness and prevention of sexual assault, stalking and intimate partner violence, and communicating with and providing assistance to any student or employee of the University who is the victim of such assault, stalking or violence
- the University’s sexual assault, stalking and intimate partner violence policies
- the provisions of Title IX of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1972, and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act
- victim-centered response and the role of community-based sexual assault victim advocates
- the role and functions of each CRT member for the purpose of ensuring a coordinated response to reported incidences of sexual assault, stalking and intimate partner violence;
- communicating sensitively and compassionately with the victims of such assault, stalking or violence, including, but not limited to, an awareness of responding to victims with diverse cultural backgrounds, and providing services to or assisting in locating services for such victims
Title IX and Diversity
UConn acknowledges that personal identities (such as race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, citizenship status,) can impact how someone reacts to sexual misconduct, including recovery. Since each person brings their intersecting identities to their experience, UConn offers multiple additional resources.