Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the gender of students and employees of educational institutions which receive federal financial assistance.
The Title IX Coordinator at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University is Cassandra Tarver-Ross.
- Who is covered by Title IX?
Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX. If only one of the institution’s programs or activities receives federal funding, all of the programs within the institution must comply with Title IX regulations.
In compliance with Title IX, AAMU prohibits discrimination in employment as well as in all programs and activities on the basis of sex.Back to Top
- University Title IX Coordinator
In accordance with Title IX regulations, the University has designated Cassandra Tarver-Ross, Director of the Human Resources and Affirmative Action, as the University’s Title IX Coordinator.
She is charged with monitoring compliance with these regulations. Questions regarding Title IX, as well as concerns and complaints of non-compliance, may be directed to her.Back to Top
- Failure to comply with Title IX
The penalty for failure to comply with Title IX in the most extreme circumstances can include the termination of all or part of an institution’s federal funding. This includes grants, subsidies, and other program funds from the federal government. In addition to the loss of federal funds, universities may be sued by those seeking redress for violations of Title IX.
It is essential that institutions receiving federal financial assistances operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. To ensure the University’s compliance with the law, adherence to Title IX regulations is everyone’s responsibility.Back to Top
- Who enforces Title IX?
The United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in charge of enforcing Title IX.Back to Top
- Title IX Grievance Procedure: Student
If you are a student who believes you have been subjected to (1) sexual discrimination by University faculty of staff; or (2) any other form of gender discrimination under Title IX, you may report such misconduct or file a formal complaint with the Title IX Coordinator for employees in the Office of Human Resources (HR).
If you are a student who believes you have been or are the victim of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct, by another University student, you may report such conduct or file a complaint under Title IX with the Title IX Coordinator for Students, the Department of Public Safety, and/or Director of Counseling Services. Complaints of student sexual misconduct are addressed by the University Judicial Officer.Back to Top
- Title IX Grievance Procedure: Employee
If you are an employee who believes you have been subjected to sexual discrimination under Title IX, including sexual harassment, or who wishes to file a complaint under Title IX you can do so with the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources (HR).
Note: Federal and state laws prohibit the taking of retaliatory measures against any individual who files a complaint in good faith.Back to Top
Cassandra Tarver-Ross, PHR, SHRM-CP
Title IX Coordinator for Employees
Office of Human Resources and Affirmative Action
Normal, AL 35762
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