The Title IX Office is here to help and support you.
The revocation of the federal guidance noted in the Title IX Protections article published below does not change Saint Anselm College’s approach to supporting equal access to educational opportunities and benefits to all members of the Saint Anselm College community.
This means you are entitled to equal and fair access and treatment in all places, like, for instance:
- athletic facilities
- residence halls
- social events; etc.
Saint Anselm’s Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policies applies to each and every person on campus, regardless of sex or gender identity, and it specifically prohibits gender-based harassment.
Transgender students who feel they have experienced concerning treatment because of their gender identity should consider working with the Title IX Office for:
- Access to available resources and support mechanisms
- Access to information regarding available methods of redress, like our on-campus sexual misconduct adjudication process and/or working with local law enforcement
Victim/survivors who choose to work with the Title IX Office have many options. The Title IX Office listens and tries to support the agency of all victims/survivors.
Statement on Non-discrimination
As a Benedictine Catholic institution of higher education, Saint Anselm College strives to create an environment in which the dignity and worth of all individuals are respected. It is the policy and commitment of the College not to discriminate or harass on the basis of race, religion, color, age, sexual orientation, sex, disability, veteran or military status, marital status or national origin in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment policies and to comply with the requirements of Federal Executive Orders 11246 and 11375 as amended; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; the Violence Against Women Act of 1994; Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Section 402, Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended by the ADA amendments Act of 2008); and pertinent law and regulations of the State of New Hampshire, and other applicable state and federal statutes.
Title IX's Protections
Title IX prohibits sex-based discrimination in schools and other education programs that receive federal funding. Given that the vast majority of schools receive some form of federal funding, Title IX's reach is wide. Although many people associate Title IX with college and high school athletic programs, the law applies to participation in other extracurricular activities and it protects students from sex-based discrimination in general.
Accommodating Students With Disabilities In The Title IX Process
Disability accommodations are intended to eliminate or minimize barriers to services. In the context of Title IX, Saint Anselm College will consider requests for disability accommodations to help students report sexual violence and misconduct or respond to claims made against them participate in the investigation and adjudication process, and determine which interim or supportive measures to implement. This can be tricky, since Saint Anselm College also has a duty to provide a fair process that gives both parties the same procedural opportunities.
Saint Anselm College will be mindful that any accommodations made, do not fundamentally alter the grievance procedure. Our process must remain equitable for both parties. For example, if one party receives extra time or is allowed to copy documents, the other party may request the same modifications, citing fairness.
After receiving an accommodation request, the Title IX Coordinator will inquire about the student’s disability and may initiate a request for documentation to be sent to College Health Services for evaluation of the medical documentation. [Investigators who receive disability accommodation requests will refer them promptly to the Title IX coordinator for consideration.]
Requests for Accommodations that may be considered:
- extra time to review and respond to documents;
- longer or more frequent breaks during interviews and/or hearings;
- auxiliary aids or assistive devices, including
- an interpreter, note-taker,
- recording device, or copies of documents
- A Support Person, (distinctly different from the role an Advisor that is allowed in the Title IX process) that has limited requirements and restrictions on participation in the Title IX process.
All requests will be carefully evaluated. Any assistance that provides preferential advantage over the other party will be considered an unreasonable accommodation. The Title IX Coordinator will respond to the request in writing and notifying the other party involved of the decision while protecting the confidentiality of the request being made about the disability.
The Title IX Coordinator will inform the Investigators / Panelists of any changes being made to the normal process if deadlines are affected.