Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was passed and signed into law by the U.S. Congress. It is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education programs and activities including protections from acts of sexual harassment or violence in educational settings that receive federal aid.

“No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal aid.”

— Legal Citation: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)

Examples of the types of conduct that violates Title IX include, but are not limited to:

  • Pressure for sexual activity
  • Sexual innuendos and comments
  • Sexually explicit questions
  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Unwelcome touching, hugging, stroking, squeezing
  • Spreading rumors about a person’s sexuality
  • Sexual ridicule
  • Displaying or sending sexually suggestive electronic content, including but not limited to emails, text messages, etc.
  • Pervasive displays of pictures, calendars, cartoons or other materials with sexually explicit or graphic content
  • Stalking a person
  • Attempted or actual sexual violence

What to do if you have experienced this conduct

Contact the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy, Investigator or any one of the responsible parties listed below. Your concern will be addressed promptly by a member of the Title IX team.

Title IX Coordinator
Ali Robertson
Chief Human Resources Officer

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Gwyn James
Executive Assistant to the VP of Student and Community Services

Title IX Investigator
Vicki Rivera
Director, Benefits and Compensation

Title IX Investigator
Austin Simons
Chief, Campus Police; Director, Public Safety

Title IX Investigator
Marc Pierce
Sergeant, Campus Police; Manager, Public Safety

Responsible Employees

Responsible employees have the duty to bring forward any information regarding possible sexual harassment or sexual violence by reporting it to the College Title IX team so that necessary and appropriate actions can be taken to respond appropriately. Therefore you may also report concerns to:

  • All instructors, including full-time professors, adjuncts and any others who offer classroom instruction or office hours to students;
  • All Student Services staff;
  • All coaches, trainers and other athletic staff that interact directly with students;
  • Employees who work in campus offices;
  • Public Safety (ext. 4444 or 269-965-4147 or at the desk in the walkway by Registration and Records between Student Services and the Ohm Building); and
  • Human Resources (ext. 2369 or 269-965-4152).

Confidential Employees

Students may talk with a KCC counselor to seek assistance and support. Counselors are not required to report any information about an incident without a victim’s permission.

Employees have a confidential reporting option with the College’s Employee Assistance Program.

Requests for confidentiality may not be granted where state law or professional licensing mandates reporting in extreme cases of immediate threat or danger, imminent harm to self or others, or abuse of a minor.

Violence/Harassment Policy & Procedures

KCC Sex Gender-Based Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy