Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act
Berkeley College is committed to providing a respectful and welcoming environment for members of its community. Here you will find information regarding the College’s policy, procedures, and available resources relating to incidents of discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual exploitation and incidents of intimate partner violence (which includes domestic violence and dating violence) and stalking. This conduct is strictly prohibited by the College.
All members of the College community are encouraged to seek assistance and report any such incident to the College’s Title IX Staff. These individuals will guide you through the reporting and investigation process and answer any questions you may have regarding Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Confidential counseling is available at all campuses for students. Associates can take advantage of the confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP). For more information on reporting options and confidentiality, visit the How to Report page. For more information on support services and education materials, visit the Resources and Education page.
What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) is a federal law that requires colleges to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in any education programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Colleges are obligated to respond promptly to reports of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. They are then required to remedy the effects and prevent recurrence.
Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act
Separate and apart from Title IX is another federal law known as the Clery Act. The Clery Act requires colleges to annually disclose select crime statistics, along with their campus safety policies and procedures. When the Reauthorized VAWA was signed into law in 2013, it amended the Clery Act by requiring colleges to compile statistics for incidents of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking. Additionally, the VAWA amendments to the Clery Act require colleges to follow specific procedures when investigating reports of such incidents. Those procedures include providing complainants of such incidents with certain resource materials, providing education materials to incoming students and associates, and conducting ongoing awareness campaigns for current students and associates.
Any questions about these federal laws and accompanying regulations may be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.