Title IX
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Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits colleges and universities that receive federal financial assistance from discriminating on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual assault, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Title IX provides:

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 (Title IX), 20 U.S.C §1681, et seq.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to fostering a welcoming, safe, non-discriminatory and harassment-free educational, living, and working environment for all members of the HWS community. The Office of Title IX Programs and Compliance provides prevention and education programming, and receives reports and complaints of sexual misconduct. We work with all involved parties to connect to support services on and off campus, and oversee a fair and compliant grievance process per the Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Options after an experience of sexual misconduct

Report an Incident

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Updated 8/13/2020

Resources for Complainants

Resources for Respondents

Resources for Family and Friends

Survey Data and Resources

Prevention Programming/Training

Bill of Rights

You have the right to make a report of sexual misconduct to Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Office of Campus Safety, local law enforcement, and/or New York State Police or choose not to report; to report the incident to Hobart and William Smith’s Office of Title IX Programs and Compliance; to be protected by the Colleges from retaliation for reporting an incident, and to receive assistance and resources from the Colleges.