Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Title IX covers gender equity in athletics, pregnant and parenting students, in addition to ensuring equal access to educational opportunities and co-curricular involvements free from sexual violence and other gender-based discrimination. These protections extend to students, employees, applications for admission and employment, and visitors to the University community.
Student records (including Title IX case information) is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). This federal law sets forth requirements regarding the protection of student education records and as such, UNC Charlotte is not permitted by FERPA to release or provide access to student specific case information unless the student provides written authorization to do so via a signed FERPA Release. We, however, are more than glad to speak to general Title IX processes and procedures.
Yes, the University may discipline students pursuant to the Code of Student Responsibility. The University conduct process is unrelated to any other criminal procedure. An important difference to keep in mind is that the standard of proof in a criminal proceeding is “beyond a reasonable doubt,” whereas the standard for Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct in our University process is “preponderance of the evidence.” Additionally, the University considers allegations of behavior in violation of the Code of Student Responsibility, not law.
When reports are submitted to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator (incidentreport.uncc.edu), the information is immediately reviewed to assess for any necessary interim measures and outreach is initiated by the Title IX Case Manager. Students are asked to schedule a meeting with the Case Manager so that accommodations, resources, or other support options can be discussed and arranged. The Title IX Case Manager is able to assist with academic accommodations (excused absences, extended test time, incompletes, etc.) as well as aid in things like changing University housing assignments, implementing accommodations in University employment, and coordinating referrals to offices such as CAPS, Disability Services, and Police and Public Safety. Additionally, the Case Manager will also discuss safety planning, formal resolution options, and provide the University’s Interpersonal Violence Resource Guide, which further discusses both campus and community resources, accommodations, and resolution options.