Title IX Training for Employees
St. Petersburg College strives to be a Community of Care that helps students, employees, and members of our community lead a healthy and productive life. We stand united against social injustices and pledge to be a part of the solution.
Title IX training is important and required for all employees. Federal funding requirements stipulate all staff, faculty, and personnel learn how to assist students, colleagues, and themselves in the event of victimization, abuse, harassment, and safety concerns. We are required to facilitate training so all employees of SPC understand what the College is doing to support a system preventing harassment, discrimination, and violence. All SPC employees regardless of their employment category are considered responsible employees and therefore required to complete the 25-minute training.
- Opens on October 1st at 8 am.
- Closes on October 31st at 11:59 pm.
- Training is located in Percipio under My Assignments.
- This training is mandatory for all employees including full-time, part-time, adjuncts, and OPS.
- Training may be completed at any time that is convenient to you, within working hours.
- Training is only 25-30 minutes.
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About Title IX at SPC
SPC is committed to maintaining an inclusive campus environment that is free from harassment, discrimination, and violence. As SPC develops programs, policies, and procedures that foster our vision of a community that cherishes justice, accessibility, and meaningful participation by all of its members, the college aligns its efforts to comply with various civil rights laws that prohibit gender and sex-based discrimination.
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the sex (gender) of employees and students of educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX’s prohibition of sex discrimination includes the prohibition of sexual harassment as well as sexual and relationship violence. Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including rape and sexual assault.
St. Petersburg College does not tolerate sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence of any kind. This prohibition and the application of Title IX is further explained in the Board of Trustee procedures . To ensure compliance with Title IX and other federal and state civil rights laws, The College has designated Dr. Devona F. Pierre as the inaugural Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Director at St. Petersburg College.
Any student, faculty, or staff member with questions or concerns about the applicable College policies or who believes that they have been the victim of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence is encouraged to contact the Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Devona F. Pierre.
“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.”
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to the Higher Education Act of 1965
If you have experienced any type of sexual harassment or gender discrimination, including sexual violence, it is important to know your rights.
You have a right to report the incident to the College. You also have a right to notify your local law enforcement authority
AS THE COMPLAINANT, YOUR RIGHTS
You have the right to:
- Discuss the situation with the Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to assist students or employees with these concerns.
- Access supportive measures specific to your situation – these may include but are not limited to:
- A change in the class schedule for students or work schedule for employees.
- On-campus counseling services or EAP services for employees
- Campus security officer escort on campus
- Alternative parking arrangements
- Access community resources for additional support and information
- Discuss options related to the next steps, filing a formal complaint with the College, or information on contacting local law enforcement, if that is your decision.
AS THE RESPONDENT, YOUR RIGHTS
You have the right to:
- Know the names of the parties involved, if known.
- Know the date, time, and location of the alleged incident, if known.
- The name of the investigator and the date, time, and location of the first interview.
- Know that you are presumed not responsible as no determination of responsibility will be made until the conclusion of the process.
- Have a hearing advisor of their choice.
- For students, know that no notation will be made on your transcript.
Title IX Related Statutes
Education Amendments of 1972
Section 1681. Sex
(a) Prohibition against discrimination; exceptions. 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, except that:
(1) Classes of educational institutions subject to prohibition
in regard to admissions to educational institutions, this section shall apply only to institutions of vocational education, professional education, and graduate higher education, and to public institutions of undergraduate higher education;
(2) Educational institutions commencing planned change in admissions
in regard to admissions to educational institutions, this section shall not apply (A) for one year from June 23, 1972, nor for six years after June 23, 1972, in the case of an educational institution which has begun the process of changing from being an institution which admits only students of one sex to being an institution which admits students of both sexes, but only if it is carrying out a plan for such a change which is approved by the Secretary of Education or (B) for seven years from the date an educational institution begins the process of changing from being an institution which admits only students of one sex to being an institution which admits students of both sexes, but only if it is carrying out a plan for such a change which is approved by the Secretary of Education, whichever is the later;
(3) Educational institutions of religious organizations with contrary religious tenets
this section shall not apply to any educational institution which is controlled by a religious organization if the application of this subsection would not be consistent with the religious tenets of such organization;
(4) Educational institutions training individuals for military services or merchant marine this section shall not apply to an educational institution whose primary purpose is the training of individuals for the military services of the United States, or the merchant marine;
(5) Public educational institutions with traditional and continuing admissions policy
in regard to admissions this section shall not apply to any public institution of undergraduate higher education which is an institution that traditionally and continually from its establishment has had a policy of admitting only students of one sex;
(6) Social fraternities or sororities; voluntary youth service organizations
this section shall not apply to membership practices —
(A) of a social fraternity or social sorority which is exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of Title 26, the active membership of which consists primarily of students in attendance at an institution of higher education, or
(B) of the Young Men’s Christian Association, Young Women’s Christian Association; Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, and voluntary youth service organizations which are so exempt, the membership of which has traditionally been limited to persons of one sex and principally to persons of less than nineteen years of age;
(7) Boy or Girl conferences
this section shall not apply to–
(A) any program or activity of the American Legion undertaken in connection with the organization or operation of any Boys State conference, Boys Nation conference, Girls State conference, or Girls Nation conference; or
(B) any program or activity of any secondary school or educational institution specifically for–
(i) the promotion of any Boys State conference, Boys Nation conference, Girls State conference, or Girls Nation conference; or
(ii) the selection of students to attend any such conference;
(8) Father-son or mother-daughter activities at educational institutions
this section shall not preclude father-son or mother-daughter activities at an educational institution, but if such activities are provided for students of one sex, opportunities for reasonably comparable activities shall be provided for students of the other sex; and
(9) Institutions of higher education scholarship awards in “beauty” pageants
this section shall not apply with respect to any scholarship or other financial assistance awarded by an institution of higher education to any individual because such individual has received such award in any pageant in which the attainment of such award is based upon a combination of factors related to the personal appearance, poise, and talent of such individual and in which participation is limited to individuals of one sex only, so long as such pageant is in compliance with other nondiscrimination provisions of Federal law.
(b) Preferential or disparate treatment because of imbalance in participation or receipt of Federal benefits; statistical evidence of imbalance.
Nothing contained in subsection (a) of this section shall be interpreted to require any educational institution to grant preferential or disparate treatment to the members of one sex on account of an imbalance which may exist with respect to the total number or percentage of persons of that sex participating in or receiving the benefits of any federally supported program or activity, in comparison with the total number or percentage of persons of that sex in any community, State, section, or other area: Provided, that this subsection shall not be construed to prevent the consideration in any hearing or proceeding under this chapter of statistical evidence tending to show that such an imbalance exists with respect to the participation in, or receipt of the benefits of, any such program or activity by the members of one sex.
(c) Educational institution defined.
For the purposes of this chapter an educational institution means any public or private preschool, elementary, or secondary school, or any institution of vocational, professional, or higher education, except that in the case of an educational institution composed of more than one school, college, or department which are administratively separate units, such term means each such school, college or department.
Section 1682. Federal administrative enforcement; report to Congressional committees
Each Federal department and agency which is empowered to extend Federal financial assistance to any education program or activity, by way of grant, loan, or contract other than a contract of insurance or guaranty, is authorized and directed to effectuate the provisions of section 1681 of this title with respect to such program or activity by issuing rules, regulations, or orders of general applicability which shall be consistent with achievement of the objectives of the statute authorizing the financial assistance in connection with which the action is taken. No such rule, regulation, or order shall become effective unless and until approved by the President. Compliance with any requirement adopted pursuant to this section may be effected (l) by the termination of or refusal to grant or to continue assistance under such program or activity to any recipient as to whom there has been an express finding on the record, after opportunity for hearing, of a failure to comply with such requirement, but such termination or refusal shall be limited to the particular political entity, or part thereof, or other recipient as to whom such a finding has been made, and shall be limited in its effect to the particular program, or part thereof, in which such noncompliance has been so found, or (2) by any other means authorized by law: Provided, however, that no such action shall be taken until the department or agency concerned has advised the appropriate person or persons of the failure to comply with the requirement and has determined that compliance cannot be secured by voluntary means. In the case of any action terminating, or refusing to grant or continue, assistance because of failure to comply with a requirement imposed pursuant to this section, the head of the Federal department or agency shall file with the committees of the House and Senate having legislative jurisdiction over the program or activity involved a full written report of the circumstances and the grounds for such action. No such action shall become effective until thirty days have elapsed after the filing of such report.
Section 1683. Judicial Review
Any department or agency action taken pursuant to section 1682 of this title shall be subject to such judicial review as may otherwise be provided by law for similar action taken by such department or agency on other grounds. In the case of action, not otherwise subject to judicial review, terminating or refusing to grant or to continue financial assistance upon a finding of failure to comply with any requirement imposed pursuant to section 1682 of this title, any person aggrieved (including any State or political subdivision thereof and any agency of either) may obtain judicial review of such action in accordance with chapter 7 of title 5, United States Code, and such action shall not be deemed committed to unreviewable agency discretion within the meaning of section 701 of that title.
Section 1684. Blindness or visual impairment; prohibition against discrimination
No person in the United States shall, on the ground of blindness or severely impaired vision, be denied admission in any course of study by a recipient of Federal financial assistance for any education program or activity; but nothing herein shall be construed to require any such institution to provide any special services to such person because of his blindness or visual impairment.
Section 1685. Authority under other laws unaffected
Nothing in this chapter shall add to or detract from any existing authority with respect to any program or activity under which Federal financial assistance is extended by way of a contract of insurance or guaranty.
Section 1686. Interpretation with respect to living facilities
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this chapter, nothing contained herein shall be construed to prohibit any educational institution receiving funds under this Act, from maintaining separate living facilities for the different sexes.
Section 1687. Interpretation of “program or activity”
For the purposes of this title, the term “program or activity” and “program” mean all of the operations of —
(l)(A) a department, agency, special purpose district, or other instrumentality of a State or of a local government; or
(B) the entity of such State or local government that distributed such assistance and each such department or agency (and each other State or local government entity) to which the assistance is extended, in the case of assistance to a State or local government;
(2)(A) a college, university, or other post-secondary institution, or a public system of higher education; or
(B) a local educational agency (as defined in section2854(a)(10) of this title, system of vocational education, or other school system;
(3)(A) an entire corporation, partnership, or other private organization, or an entire sole proprietorship —
(i) if assistance is extended to such corporation, partnership, private organization, or sole proprietorship as a whole; or
(ii) which is principally engaged in the business of providing education, health care, housing, social services, or parks and recreation; or
(B) the entire plant or other comparable, geographically separate facility to which Federal financial assistance is extended, in the case of any other corporation, partnership, private organization, or sole proprietorship; or
(4) any other entity which is established by two or more of the entities described in paragraph (l), (2) or (3);
any part of which is extended Federal financial assistance, except that such term does not include any operation of an entity which is controlled by a religious organization if the application of section 1681 if this title to such operation would not be consistent with the religious tenets of such organization.
Section 1688. Neutrality with respect to abortion
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to require or prohibit any person, or public or private entity, to provide or pay for any benefit or service, including the use of facilities, related to an abortion. Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit a penalty to be imposed on any person or individual because such person or individual is seeking or has received any benefit or service related to a legal abortion.
Florida Sexual Battery Rape Laws
(In Florida, “rape” is called “sexual battery”)
ACCORDING TO FLORIDA LAW:
- Sexual Battery/ Rape is the: “Oral, anal or vaginal penetration by, or union with a sexual organ of another or anal/vaginal penetration of another by any other object.”
- The sexual act(s) is/ are performed without the victim’s consent.
- An individual who is mentally incapacitated, asleep, physically helpless or unconscious due to alcohol or other drug consumption is considered unable to give consent.
- The same definition applies regardless of whether the assailant is a stranger or a non-stranger.
- The type of force employed may involve physical violence, coercion or threat of harm to the victim. The victim is not required to physically fight back.
- “Consent” means intelligent, knowing, and voluntary consent and does not include coerced submission or submission out of fear. “Consent” shall not be deemed or construed to mean the failure by the alleged victim to offer physical resistance to the offender.
- “Mentally incapacitated” means temporarily incapable of appraising or controlling a person’s own conduct due to the influence of a narcotic, anesthetic, or intoxicating substance
- “Physically helpless” means unconscious, asleep, or for any other reason physically unable to communicate consent or lack of consent.
- “Physically incapacitated” means bodily impaired or handicapped and substantially limited in ability to resist or flee.
State and Federal Resources
Pinellas County Community Resources
The Suncoast Center provides sexual assault services, educates and promotes a community attitude of sexual violence intolerance, provides a sensitive and competent coordinated response to sexual violence that makes the survivor’s needs a priority, advocates for and provides compassionate services to someone after they have been victimized by sexual assault and promotes public safety. Its helpline is accessible at 727-530-7273.
CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) is the official domestic violence center for Pinellas County and has provided lifesaving services to women, children, and men living with domestic violence for over 40 years. Its 24/7 domestic violence hotline is available at 727-895-4912.
Tampa Community Resources
The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay brings help, hope and healing to people facing serious life challenges or trauma resulting from sexual assault, suicidal thoughts, domestic violence, financial distress or emotional or situational problems. Dial 211 to reach a counselor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Spring of Tampa Bay‘s mission is to prevent domestic violence, protect victims, and promote change in lives, families and communities. Since its founding in 1977, it has provided a safe haven and comprehensive supportive services to more than 70,000 abused adults and their children and answered calls all hours of the day and night from well over 150,000 women in crisis. A 24-hour crisis hotline is accessible at 813-247-7233.
Sarasota County Community Resources
SPARCC (Safe Place & Rape Crisis Center) is the only state-certified center for domestic violence and sexual assault services for the Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. All of SPARCC’s services are free and confidential. Its hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 947-365-1976.
Manatee County Community Resources
Hope Family Services is a not-for-profit organization based in Bradenton, Florida (Manatee County), providing services to survivors of domestic violence. Its 24 hour helpline can be found at 941-755-6805.