Title IX

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded educational programs. The law states that:

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

What is Sex Based Discrimination?
Under Title IX, sex based discrimination includes sexual harassment, gender based harassment, non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, intimate partner violence, stalking and sexual exploitation.

Columbia Basin College defines sexual harassment as a form of discrimination consisting of unwelcome, gender-based verbal, written, electronic and/or physical conduct. Sexual harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person's gender.

Columbia Basin College has a policy on non-discrimination and harassment that protects the rights and dignity of each individual in the College community.

Complaint Form

If you would like to file a complaint, please fill out the Harrassment, Discrimination (Including Sexual Misconduct) and Retaliation Complaint Form.

Examples of conduct that may qualify as sexual harassment include:

  • Persistent comments or questions of a sexual nature.
  • A supervisor who gives an employee a raise in exchange for submitting to sexual advances.
  • An instructor who promises a student a better grade in exchange for sexual favors.
  • Sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes or anecdotes.
  • Unwelcome touching, patting, hugging, kissing or brushing against an individuals body.
  • Remarks of a sexual nature about an individuals clothing, body or speculations about previous sexual experiences.
  • Persistent, unwanted attempts to change a professional relationship to an amorous relationship.
  • Direct or indirect propositions for sexual activity.
  • Unwelcome letters, emails, texts, telephone calls or other communications referring to or depicting sexual activities.
  • Display of offensive materials: sexually explicit or with graphic content.



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