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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 program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

--Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. / 1681)

Title IX and Sexual Misconduct

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits and protects students and employees from discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in educational programs and/or activities which receive Federal financial assis­tance. These programs and activities include:  Athletics, student services, discipline, admission, recruitment, medical services, class assignment, grading, and housing. Title IX strictly forbids all forms of retaliation against individuals involved in or providing information related to a Title IX claim. Any one person who retaliates in any way is considered to be in violation of Title IX.

Sexual misconduct is a form of sex discrimination. Sexual misconduct is one or more acts of sexual violence (rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse), dating violence, domestic violence, sexual and gender-based harassment, and stalking.

Title IX at James Madison University

JMU is committed to providing a working and learning environment that is free from sex discrimination by complying with Title IX. In meeting this commitment, JMU abides by Policy 1340 - Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct. This policy sets forth procedures that strives to maintain a safe workplace and learning environment free from all forms of illegal sex discrimination, including but not limited to:  Sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual assault, and sexual violence (hereafter referred to in the aggregate as “sexual misconduct”). It also provides procedures for University employees, students, affiliates and visitors to file reports and/or formal complaints alleging sexual misconduct against any student, employee, affiliate or visitor whose sexual misconduct interferes with the reporter’s workplace or learning environment. To learn more, please review Policy 1340.

Title IX Coordinator

The University has designated Amy Sirocky-Meck as the Title IX Coordinator. Amy is responsbile for Title IX compliance and reporting of sexual harassment and sexual violence at JMU. 

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the receipt and response to reports and complaints across campus, tracking information, addressing any patterns of systemic problems revealed by complaints, and providing outreach and consultation to JMU community members.  The Title IX Coordinator also plays an important role in the prevention of sexual violence and harassment at JMU.

The Office of Equal Opportunity is responsible for responding to claims covered under Policy 1324 and Policy 1302 of gender-based discrimination that are not considered sexual misconduct.