Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, sex-based misconduct, relationship violence, discrimination based on pregnancy, and the failure to provide equal opportunities in employment, admissions, or any educational programs or activities.
UW System adheres to all federal, state, and local civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and education. UW System does not discriminate in its admissions practices, in its employment practices, or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex. UW System is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that all of its programs and activities do not discriminate on the basis of sex and in compliance with Title IX,
On May 19, 2020 the U.S. Department of Education published new regulations governing campus sexual assault under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination at federally funded institutions. In August UW System adopted emergency rules and interim policy changes necessary to be in compliance with the new federal Title IX regulations. These changes are temporary in nature only. The permanent rules to modify Chapters UWS 4, 7, 11, and 17 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code (“Procedures for Dismissal,” “Dismissal of Faculty in Special Cases,” “Dismissal of Academic Staff for Cause,” and “Nonacademic Student Misconduct”) to comply with the new federal regulations related to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requiring that all educational institutions that receive federal funds eliminate sex discrimination in their education programs and activities were submitted to the Governor’s Office and Legislature following the Board of Regents approval on December 10, 2020. Permanent rules will likely take effect in early 2021.
Sexual Violence & Harassment Awareness, Prevention & Response
Programs and Activities
||Title IX’s protection extends to a broad array of programs, benefits, and services, including:
UW System Title IX Coordinator Council Charter
Education and Training
General training for employees and students includes such information as sexual harassment prevention, Title IX, the Campus SaVE Act, VAWA, Title VII, and bystander intervention.
In addition, employees with higher-level responsibilities at each institution, such as supervisors, managers, directors, responsible employees, investigators, hearing examiners and panels, and campus police will receive additional training in the following areas:
- Setting expectations for harassment-free workplaces, classrooms, and campus environments
- Preventing unlawful harassment
- Responding to Title IX and VAWA complaints and reports
- Reporting requirements of the Clery Act and under state law
- Specifying when the disciplinary process regarding sexual violence or harassment is involved
- Employing survivor and trauma-informed interventions and strategies
- Identifying roles and responsibilities of Title IX coordinators and deputy coordinators
- Identifying employees serving in the role of investigator
- Identifying employees and students serving on hearing panels
Title IX Personnel, Hearing Officers, and Investigators
In addition, Title IX personnel, hearing officers, and investigators require additional training in the following areas:
- Title IX regulations related to advisors and live hearings
- Administrative Code UWS Chapter 4 – academic staff
- Administrative Code UWS Chapter 7 – faculty
- Administrative Code UWS Chapter 17 – students
- Regent Policy Document 14-2, Appendix C – Non-academic staff and faulty
- Rules of decorum and hearing notes
- Sexual violence and domestic violence statistics and notes
- Unconscious/implicit bias
For the purpose of compliance with section 106.45 of the Title IX Final Rules, the UW System Title IX Coordinator, investigators, decision-makers and any person who facilitates an informal resolution process in Title IX compliance and practices are required to take the State University of New York (SUNY) training here.