Title IX & Smith College
Consistent with its mission to educate “women of promise for lives of distinction” and its obligations under Title IX, Smith College is committed to maintaining an environment that is free of sexual and gender-based discrimination and harassment. Such conduct harms and interferes with the security, well-being, and the academic and professional climate of our community.
Accordingly, the college will act to prevent, address, and eliminate all forms of gender-based and sexual discrimination, which include sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, stalking and sexual exploitation. It will implement policies, procedures, and practices that facilitate prompt, thorough, and fair investigations and adjudication of complaints of gender-based and sexual misconduct. The college will raise awareness of the culture that enables such misconduct and will provide a supportive environment for those who experience gender-based or sexual discrimination or harassment.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requires that all educational institutions that receive federal funds or financial assistance prohibit sex discrimination in their education programs and activities. It reads, in relevant part:
“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 of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (“Title IX”).
Title IX’s prohibition of sex discrimination is broad and far-reaching. It includes prohibitions against all forms of sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking, referred to collectively here as “gender-based or sexual misconduct.”
Smith’s Title IX Coordinator
Sarah E. Harebo
Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
College Hall 302
Responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator
Smith’s Title IX Coordinator is responsible for monitoring and oversight of the overall implementation of the college’s Title IX compliance, including the coordination of training, education, communication and the administration of grievance procedures for faculty, staff, students and other members of the college community.
Complaints Under Title IX
Smith College is required under Title IX to prevent and address sexual discrimination, which includes gender-based and sexual misconduct against students, faculty, and staff whether perpetrated by peers or by employees of the institution. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for investigating all forms of gender-based and sexual misconduct. Accordingly, if you have a complaint of gender-based or sexual discrimination or misconduct, you should file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity. You may also file a report online.
Gender-based and sexual misconduct in education is any unwanted and unwelcome sexual behavior that significantly interferes with a student’s success or access to educational opportunities. A college student with a complaint alleging gender-based and sexual misconduct should report it to the Title IX Coordinator. Complaints regarding sexual violence (sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking) may also be reported to the Campus Police Department or the Dean of Students office. Complaints of gender-based or sexual misconduct between Smith College students or where the individual allegedly committing the misconduct is a Smith College student are governed by the Smith College Student Code and applicable state and federal law.
Faculty and Staff
A college faculty/staff member with a complaint alleging gender-based or sexual misconduct in violation of Smith College’s policies should report it to the Title IX Coordinator. Complaints of gender-based or sexual misconduct involving faculty or staff or where the individual allegedly committing the misconduct is a Smith College student are governed by the Sexual Harassment Policy and applicable state and federal law.
Filing a Formal Grievance
Individuals experiencing harassment or discrimination always have the right to file a formal grievance with government authorities. To do so, contact:
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) - Boston Office
U.S Department of Education
5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109-3921
Information and Resources for Pregnant and Parenting Students
Title IX provides for equal educational opportunities for pregnant and parenting students. It prohibits educational institutions from discriminating against pregnant students based upon their marital status and cannot discriminate against a student because of childbirth, false pregnancy or recovery from related conditions.
A pregnant student must be granted a leave of absence for as long as it is deemed medically necessary for the student to be absent. At the conclusion of the student’s leave, the student must be allowed to resume the status that the student held when the leave began.
For further guidance, see “Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students” brochure. Although this pamphlet focuses on secondary schools, the legal principles apply to all recipients of federal financial assistance, including postsecondary institutions.
If you have any questions regarding your rights as a pregnant or parenting student, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.