Title IX: Sexual Misconduct, Harassment & Discrimination

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal gender equity law that prohibits sex discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities that receive federal funding. Sexual discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and all forms of relationship violence and nonconsensual sexual misconduct, are prohibited under this law.

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

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Title IX at Roberts Wesleyan College

The mission of Roberts Wesleyan College is to prepare thoughtful, spiritually mature, service-oriented people who will help transform society. In order to fulfill its mission, Roberts is committed to providing a learning, living, and working environment free from sexual discrimination.

Relevant Issues

Healthy Relationships

COMMUNICATION
How you express what you’re thinking and feeling, either with your words, body language, or attitude is very important. A healthy relationship needs open and honest communication in order to be successful!

ACCOUNTABILITY
Being able to admit you’re wrong sometimes is essential to a healthy relationship. It’s really important to accept responsibility for the things you do or have done in the past.

MUTUAL SUPPORT
Being supportive of the goals and dreams each other have is a good thing! It’s also important to support your partner’s right to their feelings and opinions.

CHOICE
Being able to do what you’d like to do and supporting/being supportive of your partner doing the same!

SHARED RESPONSIBILITY
Making important decisions together and making sure both of you have equal responsibilities at maintaining things within the relationship!

FINANCIAL BALANCE
As you’re getting to know one another better, you will discuss your dreams and aspirations. Communicate honestly about money to see if your financial goals align.

NEGOTIATION AND FAIRNESS
Being able to compromise and willing to accept change so that both of you can be happy with the outcome!

NON-THREATENING BEHAVIOR
Just making sure your communication is positive and there is no worry of safety within the relationship.

Stalking

Stalking is a behavioral pattern that can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic, and emotional abuse, perpetrated by a person. Stalking can happen directly, indirectly or through a third party. Stalking can include, but is not limited to:

  • Following subject wherever they go
  • Sending unwanted gifts, letters, cards, or e-mails
  • Monitoring subjects computer/phone use
  • Driving or hanging out at your home, school, or work
  • Threatening to hurt you, your family, friends, or pets
  • Spreading rumors or posting information about you on the internet, in a common place, or by word of mouth
  • Any behavior that seeks to control, intimidate, or coerce subject

What you, as a college student, need to know about Stalking

The content of the following video may spark strong feelings. Please feel free to watch with a friend or reach out to the Counseling Center if you would like to talk.

Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention is defined as "A safe and positive course of action that may be carried out by an individual to prevent harm or intervene where there is a risk or an act of violence."

How CAN you Be a Positive Bystander?

  • Direct
    • “Would you like me to stay with you?” or “Hey, are you ok?”
  • Distract
    • Create a diversion and/or bring other people into the situation.
  • Delegate
    • Ask a friend, a RA or other support person

Bystander Intervention PDF

Sexual Assault

Roberts Wesleyan College seeks to create and maintain an environment free from intimidation or injury generated by domestic violence and sexual harassment, including sexual violence. The College will act to eliminate such practices from our community and to remedy their effects. All members of the Roberts community are entitled to a professional working and learning environment and are accountable and responsible for maintaining a respectful and trusting community.

What you, as a college student, need to know about Domestic Violence

What you, as a college student, need to know about sexual assault

Teaching Consent Video

Who to Contact if You Need to Report Sexual Misconduct:

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How to Report