Compliance Team

I.          Introduction

Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the U.S. Department of Education’s implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106, the Rio Grande Title IX Compliance Team has primary responsibility for coordinating efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX. Title IX prohibits sex-based discrimination in all operations of the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College (“Rio Grande”), as well as retaliation intended to interfere with any right or privilege secured by Title IX.

Sexual misconduct – including sex-based harassment, sexual assault, rape, and sexual exploitation – can constitute sex-based discrimination under Title IX. The Title IX Compliance Team oversees the response to reports involving possible sex-based discrimination to monitor outcomes, identify and address any patterns, and assess the campus climate so that Rio Grande can address issues that impact the community as a whole.

II.         Reporting to the Title IX Compliance Team

Students and employees should contact a member of the Title IX Compliance Team to:

  • Seek information or training about their rights and available courses of action for resolving reports that involve potential sex-based discrimination, including sexual misconduct;
  • Make a report of sex-based discrimination, including sexual misconduct;
  • Notify Rio Grande of an incident, policy, or procedure that may raise potential Title IX concerns;
  • Obtain information about available resources (including confidential resources) and support services relating to sex-based discrimination, including sexual misconduct; and
  • Ask any questions about our policies and procedures relating to sex-based discrimination, including sexual misconduct.

The Title IX Compliance Team includes the Title IX Coordinator, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, the Chief of Campus Police, and other staff and faculty representatives from the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College.

Title IX Coordinator: The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for overseeing response to reports. The Title IX Coordinator is also responsible for continually monitoring the campus environment and implementing improvements to our Title IX policy and programs.

Director of Human Resources
Bob Evans Farm Hall – Room 237
(740) 245-7228
TitleIXCoordinator@rio.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator: The Deputy Title IX Coordinator is also responsible for overseeing response to reports. The Deputy Title IX Coordinator will work closely with the Title IX Coordinator to ensure a thorough and fair response to all claims of discrimination.

Director of Housing and Resident Life
Rhodes Student Center – Student Services Suite
(740) 245-7396
TitleIXDeputyCoordinator@rio.edu

Chief of Campus Police: The Chief of Campus Police is responsible for overseeing the investigation of reports. In doing so, the Chief of Campus Police will also service as the liaison between the Title IX Compliance Team and law enforcement when necessary.

Chief of Campus Police
Campus Police Department
(740) 245-7286
PoliceChief@rio.edu

If the incident, policy, or procedure about which a student or employee seeks to file a report creates the appearance of a conflict of interest (regardless of whether or not there is, in fact, a conflict) with one of the members of the Title IX Compliance Team, that student or employee may contact any other member of the team or notify the Office of the University President.

President
Bob Evans Farm Hall – Room 223
(740) 245-7204
President@rio.edu

Reports that involve potential violations of Title IX may also be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights or the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Opportunities Section at the following addresses:

Department of Education

Cleveland Office
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
1350 Euclid Avenue, Suite 325
Cleveland, OH 44115-1812

Telephone: (216) 522-4970
TDD: (800) 877-8339
Fax: (216) 522-2573
Email: OCR.Cleveland@ed.gov

Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Educational Opportunities Section, PHB
Washington, D.C. 20530

Telephone: (202) 514-4092
(877) 292-3804 (toll-free)
Fax: (202) 514-8337
Email: education@usdoj.gov

III.        Title IX Compliance Team Responsibilities

            A.         Training

The Title IX Compliance Team is responsible for providing or facilitating ongoing Title IX training, consultation, and assistance for students, faculty, and staff. This includes regular training for faculty and staff outlining their rights and obligations under Title IX. With regard to sexual misconduct, this training will cover at least the following topics:

  • What is the appropriate response to reports of sexual misconduct?
  • What is the obligation to report sexual misconduct to appropriate officials?
  • Who may keep a report confidential, and to what extent?

The Title IX Compliance Team’s training responsibilities also include regular training for students outlining their rights under Title IX. With regard to sexual misconduct, this training will cover at least the following topics:

  • What constitutes sexual misconduct.
  • When sexual misconduct creates a hostile environment.
  • Consent.
  • Reporting options available for students.
  • Grievance procedures used to process reports.
  • Sexual misconduct in the Community Code.
  • Strategies for bystander intervention.
  • The role of alcohol and drugs in sexual misconduct.
  • Offices and individuals who can provide support.
  • Confidentiality in the reporting process.
  • Protection against retaliation.

            B.         Investigations

The Title IX Compliance Team will conduct adequate, reliable, and impartial investigations of every report containing a potential violation of the Policy Against Sex-Based Discrimination. Fact-finding investigations will begin immediately upon the receipt of a report. The Title IX Compliance Team will also investigate reputable informal reports of potential violations to ensure the safety and security of the campus community. The Title IX Compliance Team will work together, with campus resources, and with local law enforcement to determine whether any reports tend to establish a pattern of inappropriate conduct. The results of the Title IX Compliance Team investigations will be used to support sanctions and will be presented to the University Hearing Board when a formal hearing is requested

            C.         Interim Measures, Sanctions, and Remedies

The Title IX Compliance Team will act on behalf of Rio Grande to address inappropriate conduct, prevent its recurrence, and, to the extent possible, remedy any effects. The investigating member of the Title IX Compliance Team will implement immediate interim measures to ensure each party’s safety and security prior to a determination. The investigation official will also recommend appropriate sanctions and remedial efforts following the conclusion of an investigation. In the absence of a formal hearing, recommended sanctions and remedies will be reviewed by at least one other member of the Title IX Compliance Team, or, when conflicts of interest so require, to the Dean of Students, before they are implemented.