Originally established in 1972, Title IX was intended to prevent discrimination and promote equality in college athletics. Since then, it has been expanded to provide equal college experience for students of a university or college regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, race, color, or national or ethnic origin.
This law also seeks to prevent sexual misconduct in all forms including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.
To report a case of sexual misconduct, someone can contact a Title IX investigator or report anonymously online. This will then instigate an investigation headed by one of the ten of Snow College’s Title IX investigators and overseen by the Title IX coordinator, Staci Taylor.
Throughout the process of the investigation, the Title IX investigators meet with and interview all parties involved while maintaining the utmost confidentiality. Title IX investigations are considerably different than police investigations, although an instance of sexual misconduct can be reported to both parties.
If an impacted person merely reports to the police, the case will be handed like a normal police case; there needs to be absolute proof. However, if they report to the Title IX investigators, they need only a “preponderance of the evidence” as stated in Snow College’s Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide.
It is important to note that while the investigation is ongoing, both the alleged impacted person and the accused individual have rights. Title IX investigator Jessica Siefried elaborated, “Somebody has specific rights if something were to happen to them… If someone were accused of something, they also have the same rights.”
Those who report sexual misconduct are protected by law from retaliation or intentional acts done as payback because of the report.
Another way to confidentially report is to go visit Allen Riggs or Yasmin Heywood at the Health and Wellness Center. Riggs and Heywood are confidential employees and counselors, meaning that they are able to maintain complete confidentiality and will only contact the Title IX coordinator with the permission of the impacted individual.
For more information on Title IX or confidential reporting, visit to snow.edu/TitleIX.