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“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.


What is Title IX?

Title IX is part of the Education Amendments of 1972 and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. This federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance LCC is one of those recipients.

Why is Title IX Important?

Title IX helps to foster safe and respectful college environments that better protect students, faculty and staff from incidents of sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual violence, relationship violence and abuse.

The safety of our students, staff, faculty, and visitors is our highest priority. Lower Columbia College offers campus community professional staff, resources, training, and policies that help ensure a safe environment on and off campus. With these people, tools, and means in place, we are confident we have created a college in which people can learn and work at their best.

What Are the Requirements of Title IX?

Responsibility of Mandatory Reporters

The main responsibility of mandatory reporters is to report any Title IX violations to the college as soon as possible. You are required to report incidents you personally observe as well as incidents you know of or should reasonably have known. You must report these offenses to the designated Title IX coordinator on campus using the Make a Report page on the LCC website.

Lower Columbia College is obligated to provide a prompt, thorough and equitable investigation of any report of sex-based discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence. This obligation remains even in the absence of a formal complaint.

Title IX ensures that both parties in a reported event have equal opportunity to be heard and participate in a grievance process.

A variety of activities are covered under Title IX, including but not limited to athletic programs, recruitment, admissions, financial aid, and participation in extracurricular programs and activities. Title IX applies to all participants of such programs, including students, parents and faculty/staff members. For example, Title IX addresses discrimination situations such as unequal treatment of pregnant and parenting students or unequal pay based on gender.

Federal law under the Clery Act states that all "campus security authorities," defined as officials who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, are mandatory reporters. This is a broad requirement and includes coaches, student affairs administrators, and many other offices and departments. College employees, except those statutorily barred from doing so, have a duty to immediately report information related to sexual harassment to the Title IX Coordinator.

Reportable Title IX Offenses

  • Discrimination on the Basis of Sex
  • Relationship/Intimate partner violence (Domestic Violence)
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Violence/Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Stalking
  • Unwelcome Sexual Conduct

Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX /EEO Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator can address faculty, staff and student concerns related to sexual harassment, sexual assault and other actions that fall within the college' obligations under Title IX.

Title IX / EEO Coordinator, Vice President of Foundation, HR & Legal Affairs

  Kendra Sprague
  Administration Building Room 115
  360.442.2121
  title9@lowercolumbia.edu

Title IX / EEO Deputy Coordinator, Vice President of Student Services

  Sue Orchard
  Admissions Center Room 159
  360.442.2301
  title9@lowercolumbia.edu


Contact Title IX Coordinator/Safety Officer

The Title IX /EEO Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator can address faculty, staff and student concerns related to sexual harassment, sexual assault and other actions that fall within the college' obligations under Title IX.

Title IX / EEO Coordinator, Vice President of Foundation, HR & Legal Affairs

  Kendra Sprague
  Administration Building Room 115
  360.442.2121
  title9@lowercolumbia.edu

Title IX / EEO Deputy Coordinator, Vice President of Student Services

  Sue Orchard
  Admissions Center Room 159
  360.442.2301
  title9@lowercolumbia.edu

Manager of Safety & Security

  Jason Arrowsmith
  Admissions Center Room 141B
  360.442.2270
  jarrowsmith@lowercolumbia.edu

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