Safety Title IX / Sexual Violence
What is Title IX?
“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.” - 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX
Title IX holds holds universities accountable for discrimination on the basis of sex. This discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence (e.g. sexual assault and stalking.) University’s, like Mid-Atlantic, that receive federal funds may be held legally responsible when it knows about or ignores issues and incidents of sex-based discrimination in its programs or activities.
President Obama signed The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) into federal law on March 7, 2013. Full text of the VAWA can be found here. MACU's VAWA/Sexual Violence policy can be found here.
VAWA (amendments to the Clery Act) goes above and beyond Title IX and imposes additional obligations on universities to improve how universities handle issues of sexual violence. These obligations include, but are not limited to:
On October 20, 2014, the Department of Education published additional clarifications to VAWA in order to aid universities in defining training requirements for staff, faculty, and students. These training requirements include ongoing prevention and awareness training related to VAWA. These amendments to VAWA also include the expansion and clarification of rights for survivors of sexual violence.
In accordance with VAWA requirements, the University provides comprehensive educational prevention and awareness programs for incoming students and new employees. Additionally, the University maintains ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns for students and employees related to VAWA regulations. Finally, the University conducts annual training for members of the University Judiciary Committee (UJC). The UJC hears all cases of reported offences of sexual violence.