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Title IX, Anti-Harassment, Non-Discrimination


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What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in education programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. "Education programs and activities" include all of a school's operations, including employment and school-sponsored athletics and activities (on or off campus).

Title IX protects students, employees and third parties with a relationship to the college, whether on or off campus. This includes:

  • Columbus State Community College students
  • Applicants for employment or education
  • Faculty, staff and interns
  • High school students participating in Tech-Prep, Dual Enrollment or other programs
  • Home and visiting student athletes and other campus visitors

What does Title IX prohibit?

It prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions, programs and activities. This includes:

  • Sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence
  • Domestic, intimate partner and dating violence
  • Stalking
  • Hostile work environment
  • Sexual harassment (quid pro quo, disparate treatment)
  • Failing to provide appropriate accommodations for a pregnant or parenting student
  • Treating a person differently based on marital status

Non-discrimination and Anti-Harassment at Columbus State - Title VII

Columbus State Community College is committed to maintaining a workplace, academic environment and athletic environment free of discrimination and harassment. The College shall not tolerate discriminatory or harassing behavior by or against employees, faculty members, vendors, customers, students or other persons participating in a college program or activity. Employees and students are expected to assist in the college's efforts to prevent discrimination or harassment from occurring.

While the college does not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment, the Non-Discrimination/Anti-Harassment Policy is intended to cover discrimination and harassment based on protected class. Protected classes for purposes of this policy are sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information (GINA), military status, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression.

To Submit a Complaint

This form does not address general complaints related to conflicts in your academic or work environment that are not directly related to one of the protected classes listed above. Complaints such as these should be directed toward your Professor or Chair or with your Supervisor or Business Partner.

Anonymous complaints without any contact information most likely cannot be addressed. If the report does not contain specific information, the college's investigation and response may be limited.

If you believe you are the victim of harassment, sexual violence, discrimination, hostile work environment, workplace violence or retaliation based on a protected class, click on the link below to submit a complaint.

 Please submit a complaint

Secure Reporting

The College uses a secure reporting format to make sure that we address the situation in a prompt and efficient manner. The online report form is sent directly to the Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators. This is the College's preferred method of reporting. You also may report anonymously using this form. Please be aware, if you choose to report anonymously, it may limit the College's ability to resolve the matter.

Complaint forms also are available in Human Resources, Rhodes Hall, room 114 and in Student Life, Eibling Hall, room 204.

Complaints also can be filed with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education.

Anti-Retaliation Statement

College policy and federal, state and local law prohibits retaliation in any form against any employee, faculty member, student, vendor, customer or other person participating in a college program or activity who complains or reports an allegation, or who participates in an investigation of discrimination or harassment. Retaliation is a serious violation that can subject the offender to sanctions independent of the merits of the allegation. Allegations of retaliation should promptly be directed to the EEO/Title IX Coordinator.

Who can help?

Renee Fambro, Title IX Coordinator/Director of Equity and Compliance 614-287-5519

Danette Vance, Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Human Resources) 614-287-2433

Joan Cook, Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Human Resources) 614-287-2636

Darla Van Horn, Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Student Life) 614-287-2856

For additional resources, see the Resource List Webpage