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Title IX

Title IX Final Rule

Flagler College is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming educational and working environment for everyone — an environment in which sex or gender discrimination is not tolerated. On May 6, 2020, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued new regulations mandating how Flagler and all other colleges and universities must investigate and adjudicate sexual misconduct cases under Title IX, a federal statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex or gender in any federally funded education program or activity. Flagler's existing Sexual Misconduct Policy complies with the statute and with prior OCR guidance. However, like all educational institutions that receive federal funding, Flagler is required to amend its current policies to implement these new regulations. Over the coming weeks, the College will be carefully reviewing the new regulations and determining how to implement the new requirements in a way that best preserves our current system’s fairness, thoroughness, and sensitivity to the needs of all parties and witnesses. All questions and concerns can be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at jkobryn@flagler.edu.

COVID-19 and TITLE IX FAQs

How can I report matters of sexual misconduct?

Any individual may make a report concerning sexual misconduct. Individuals are encouraged to report incidents of sexual misconduct as soon as possible in order for the College to respond promptly and effectively. Individuals can report concerns to the Title IX Coordinator via email at titleix@flagler.edu. Individuals also have the option to file a report electronically and/or anonymously by clicking "Report an Incident" on this page. Additionally, individuals have the right to be assisted by the College in notifying law enforcement authorities. 

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Yes. Essential employees are working from home until they are told they can return to campus. The Title IX Coordinator is an essential employee. The Title IX Coordinator can be reached via phone at (904) 826-8553 or email at titleix@flagler.edu 

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What will happen with Title IX matters that are currently under investigation?

We will continue conducting investigations. However, for the immediate future, investigators will not conduct interviews in person but will continue investigating using available technology, including conducting interviews via video conferencing. The College remains committed to the prompt resolution of complaints. However, the timeline of the investigation may be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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What will happen with Title IX hearings that are currently scheduled?

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What resources are available?

The Title IX Coordinator will continue to offer appropriate supportive and interim measures to students. The College's ability to offer resources on campus or in person may be severely limited. The College will continue to assist students in identifying supportive resources in the community that they are located. Any existing no-contact orders remain in effect and continue to apply to in-person, online, text message, or other communications. Counseling Services is also still operating and can be contacted by emailing counseling@flagler.edu 

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Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 states:

 No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual misconduct. Sexual Misconduct includes dating violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual intimidation, sexual exploitation, and stalking. It is our job as your college to provide programs, activities and a work environment free of all gender, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender identity or gender expression discrimination.

As a College, we aim to treat all parties involved in reports of sexual misconduct fairly, provide appropriate support and handle allegations in a prompt, thorough, and equitable manner.

Why Title IX Matters (video with descriptive audio)

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Why Title IX Matters?

Students give an insight into why Title IX matters.

Questions?

If you have any questions about Title IX, please contact Jess Kobryn, Title IX Coordinator & Equity Investigator. She is located in the Student Center- room 218 and can be reached via phone at 904.826.8553 or email:

jkobryn@flagler.edu