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Title IX Rights - University of Central Missouri

Your Title IX Rights

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex against any person in education programs and activities receiving federal funding. Programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance include virtually all public and private colleges and universities, and all public elementary and secondary schools.

Students, staff, faculty, and other employees; women, girls, men, and boys; straight, LGBT, and gender-nonconforming persons; persons with and without disabilities; and international and undocumented persons all have the right to pursue education, including athletic programs, scholarships, and other activities, free from sex discrimination, including sexual violence and harassment.

Sex-based discrimination in public schools and universities also implicates legal rights under Title IV of the Civil Rights Act, which is enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Our Responsibilities to You:

  • UCM has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to reports of sexual violence.
  • If UCM becomes aware of possible sexual violence, we will promptly and equitably investigate to determine what occurred and then take appropriate steps to resolve the situation.
  • We will work closely and cooperatively with local law enforcement on criminal investigation into allegations of sexual violence while also acting independently to resolve reports promptly and effectively.
  • UCM will act to ensure the person who experienced the sexual violence is safe, including while an investigation is ongoing.

Role of the Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator's job is to make sure UCM is effective in helping to prevent and respond to issues of sexual misconduct. Contact the Title IX coordinator if you want to file a report so the university can investigate what happened to you. If the perpetrator is found responsible, the university can take administrative actions to hold that individual accountable for his or her actions. Additionally, you can contact the Title IX coordinator to make a complaint about how you were treated by the university as a victim of sexual misconduct.

Contact information:  Dr. Corey Bowman, Administration 214, 660-543-4114