By Lacey Henson
A change was made in the student handbook regarding the reporting of harassment claims is significant, but students should not be alarmed.
“The college was required by the Department of Education to name a Title XI coordinator and promote that the chosen representative is the person who reports claims dealing with harassment,” Vice President for Student Life Vicki Kosowsky said.
The law of Title XI Code Section 20 states that, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded in the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…”
The implementing of a Title XI coordinator is due to rising numbers of harassment instances not being handled appropriately among other colleges. Student to student harassment is being emphasized.
The aim of the harassment policy and implementing a Title XI coordinator is simply to provide protection.
Library director, Judy Tribble, has been appointed the Title XI coordinator for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.
If a student makes a harassment complaint, Tribble follows the procedure online to report the claim properly.
The reports go to the Federal Government and all are confidential.
Tribble will be going through training for her new role.
“I am happy to serve in this capacity and hope that we [the college] can ensure proper procedures are in place to address any harassment complaints,” Tribble said.
Tribbe does not expect to be too busy in the role but it is always best to be prepared.
She hopes to coordinate training for students about understanding their rights under Title XI and grievance procedures and encourage that students be proactive.
She also hopes to train all employees concerning the Title XI policy.
“The policy is not dramatically different,” Kosowsky added, “the intent of the policy is the same.”