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Title IX Overview

Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. The Art Academy of Cincinnati (AAC) does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs or activities that it operates including admissions and employment.

Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can also include sexual harassment which is defined as conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:

  1. An employee of the College conditioning the provision of education benefits on participation in unwelcome sexual conduct (i.e., quid pro quo); or
  2. Unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would determine is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the institution’s education program or activity; or
  3. Sexual assault (as defined in the Clery Act), dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
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Title IX Coordinator:

Chris Bridges, Vice President of Enrollment and Retention

chris.bridges@artacademy.edu

Room: S261

AAC’s Title IX Coordinator provides AAC’s response to the New Title IX Regulations issues by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Reporting

Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number, electronic mail address, or by mail to the office address listed for the Title IX Coordinator. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and/or laws: 

Dean Student Services, Title IX Coordinator; 1212 Jackson St, Office N112, Cincinnati, OH, 45202; 513-562-6273; studentservices@artacademy.edu

Inquiries about the application of Title IX and this part to such recipient may be referred AAC’s Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary, or both. The Assistant Secretary contact information is U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202, Main Telephone: 202-453-6914.

If you are an employee or visitor and are unsure about what you would like to do, please contactWomen Helping Women (serving all gender identities and sexual orientations) at 513-380-5610 to learn all your options and resources in a safe, confidential setting.

 

Policies

The Art Academy of Cincinnati is committed to providing a workplace and educational
environment, as well as other benefits, programs, and activities, that are free from
discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. To ensure compliance with federal and state civil
rights laws and regulations, and to affirm its commitment to promoting the goals of fairness
and equity in all aspects of the educational program or activity, the Art Academy of Cincinnati
has developed internal policies and procedures that provide a prompt, fair, and impartial
process for those involved in an allegation of discrimination or harassment on the basis of
protected class status, and for allegations of retaliation. The Art Academy of Cincinnati values
and upholds the equal dignity of all members of its community and strives to balance the rights
of the parties in the grievance process during what is often a difficult time for all those
involved.

Resources

Resources and Options for Victims of Sexual Violence
There are numerous on-campus and off-campus resources available for those who have been victimized by sexual misconduct or violence.

On-campus resources include sessions with the AAC’s Mental Health Counselor. If in need of assistance arranging a session, students can speak with the Director of Student Services.

Students should also consult Security staff with any immediate safety concerns. An Order of No-Contact can be requested through the Director of Student Services. This order is not legally enforceable outside the scope of the AAC, non-compliance with the order, if granted, constitutes a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, thus subjecting the non-compliant party to campus disciplinary action.

There are also professional resources available in the community. Victims can contact Women Helping Women, an organization that provides services to both male and female victims of sexual assault. Women Helping Women is located at 215 E. 9th St. Floor 7, Cincinnati, OH 45202 and can be reached at 513-381-5610 or through the website: www.womenhelpingwomen.org.

The Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center is a non-profit organization that provides low-cost to no-cost legal representation to crime victims, including sexual assault. Victims can be provided with competent legal representation at a cost appropriate to their financial ability, including as little as zero cost. Students can contact them directly at 4824 Socialville-Foster Rd., Suite #110, Mason, OH 45040 or at 614-848-8500.

Those concerned about specific individuals who may pose a threat to their safety may request a protection order through the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, which establishes legal restrictions on the ability of the individual to be in close proximity to the complainant.

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