Title IX 

BCOM is committed to maintaining and fostering a learning environment free from discrimination based on sex in accordance with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972.  The Federal Title IX Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities that are federally funded.  Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence and/or dating violence. Sexual misconduct is a form of sex discrimination and will not be tolerated.

To comply with Title IX, an institution may not exclude, separate, deny benefits of any kind to, or otherwise treat differently a person on the basis of sex.  Title IX protects students, employees, and applicants for admission from all forms of sex discrimination.  All employees and students must comply with the College’s Title IX policy and take appropriate measures to create an atmosphere free of harassment and discrimination.

BCOM’s Title IX Coordinator manages the College’s response to complaints of sex-based discrimination and sexual misconduct. If you believe you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual misconduct or are aware of sexual misconduct, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.  Any person in the BCOM community can file a report for Sexual Harassment, Sexual Discrimination, and/or Sexual Violence.  All employees and students complete training on an annual basis regarding sexual misconduct.  Faculty and staff are mandated reporters and are required to immediately report to the Title IX Coordinator if they observe or are aware of sexual misconduct.  The faculty or staff member should not investigate or try to resolve or mediate the situation.

Reports can be made by contacting the Title IX Coordinator.  Please use the following links for reporting:

Inquiries may also be directed to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, District of Columbia Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue S.W., Washington, DC 20202-1475

The full text of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act may be found here:

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics can be found at:

For those who are victims of sexual assault, it is important to get immediate medical attention, even if there are no obvious physical injuries.  A physical examination does not obligate a victim to any kind of investigation, however it allows evidence to be obtained and preserved in the event a criminal investigation is authorized at a later date. Victims of a crime are encouraged to contact law enforcement.

In addition to the College’s reporting system, a reporting person has the right to file a complaint with local law enforcement.  The College will ensure it takes appropriate measures to protect the reporting person in the educational setting as well as follow through with its own Title IX processes once it learns that local law enforcement agencies have indicated that their proceedings will not be compromised by the resumption of the College’s Title IX processes.

Resources

If you have questions about the application of Title IX or whether a particular action or misconduct qualifies as Title IX, contacting the Title IX Coordinator:

 

Vanessa Richardson
Title IX Coordinator
Phone: 575-674-3296
Email: vrichardson@bcomnm.org