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Title IX at Macalester

“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

Macalester College is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment that supports and serves our community members.

In accordance with Title IX, Macalester College does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in its educational, extracurricular, athletic, or other programs or in the context of admissions or employment.  The College prohibits all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual violence, and differential treatment.

Remote Operations and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has required a number of the College’s resources and operations to move to virtual and remote formats. The resources of the Title IX office continue to be available even while many staff, faculty, and students are not working or living on campus. We have online options for reporting, and our investigations and interviews continue utilizing online tools. Responding promptly to reports of sexual misconduct or discrimination, and carrying out investigations in an equitable manner, are things that we continue to do remotely.

Community members are encouraged to seek support from the office if they experience Title IX or sexual misconduct concerns while on or away from campus. The Title IX Office is available to offer Macalester specific support measures or assist community members in connecting to resources closer to their current location.

Additionally, those students living on or near campus may be reluctant to report a Title IX or sexual misconduct concern if the concern arose during a time they were out of compliance with community expectations around COVID-19. For example: a residential student had an overnight guest and a sexual misconduct concern arose during that time. Consistent with other College provisions that prioritize reporting and seeking assistance around sexual misconduct, we encourage all community members to report these concerns. The College will not discipline students for COVID-19 related matters when a Title IX or sexual misconduct report is made in good faith. Students may be asked to participate in health and safety related follow-up, but will not be subject to discipline.

Recent Changes to Title IX

New regulations from the U.S. Department of Education went into effect August 14, 2020, that required significant changes to the Title IX process. Macalester’s Title IX Coordinator held several weeks of input sessions for members of the community to engage in discussion and feedback on the new regulations. Specifically, some of the changes include narrowing the definition of what constitutes sexual harassment under Title IX, and requiring a live hearing as part of the formal complaint process. Some conduct of a sexual nature which previously fell within the scope of Title IX may no longer do so, but that conduct will still be prohibited and addressed by the College under Macalester’s Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy

Over the next several months the Title IX Office will provide additional information and guides to assist community members in understanding specific portions of the new policy. Community members with questions are encouraged to contact the College’s Title IX Coordinator directly at titleixcoordinator@macalester.edu

Contact Us

Title IX at Macalester

Community members are encouraged to seek support from the office if they experience Title IX or sexual misconduct concerns while on or away from campus.

Contact
Title IX Coordinator
Campus Center 243
651-696-6258
titleixcoordinator@macalester.edu