Title IX

 

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX, as is gender-based bullying and hazing. The University of North Florida has a sexual Misconduct Regulation that provides additional information.

 

 

Who is protected under Title IX and what are my rights?    

Title IX covers men and women, boys and girls, staff and students in any educational institution receiving federal funding. These include local school districts, colleges and universities, for-profit schools, libraries, and museums. Vocational rehabilitation agencies and education agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories and possessions are also included. Title IX does not generally cover private educational institutions unless they receive federal financial assistance. In addition, music classes or choruses based on vocal range or quality, sex education classes, and sports involving bodily contact are exempt from Title IX requirements, as are religious institutions if implementation of this law would violate their religious tenets. Title IX also does not apply to admission to private undergraduate institutions.

 

Title IX requires that if an educational employer (or its employees) knows or reasonably should know about sexual harassment (including sexual violence), the institution must take immediate action to eliminate the sexual harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects, even if the victim does not want to file a complaint. 

 

Where to go for help and guidance?

Contact the Title IX administrator, Cheryl Gonzalez, by email at cheryl.gonzalez@unf.edu or phone at (904) 620-2507. 

 

Contact any of these on-campus resources: 

 

  • Police:  911
  • Police (UNF): (904) 620-2800  
  • Victim Advocacy Program - 24 Hours a Day: (904) 620-1010    
  • Academic Affairs Title IX Coordinator:  (904) 620-2700  
  • Administration & Finance Title IX Coordinator:  (904) 620-2870                                                         
  • Athletics:  (904) 620-2819  
  • Counseling Center:  (904) 620-2602  
  • Dean of Students:  (904) 620-3979                                                                       
  • LGBT Resource Center:  (904) 620-4720                                                                                               
  • Sexual Assault Response Center 24-Hour Hotline:  (904) 358-7273 
  • Student Affairs Title IX Coordinator:  (904) 620-3979  
  • Student Conduct Office:  (904) 620-3979  
  • Student Health Services:  (904) 620-2900  
  • Student Ombudsman:  (904) 620-1491          
  • Title IX Administrator: (904) 620-2507                                                            
  • Women’s Center:  (904) 620-2528      
  • Women's Center of Jacksonville Rape Crisis 24-Hour Hotline:  (904) 721-7273

 

Contact the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education. OCR is available to answer your questions or if you wish to file a complaint. To contact the enforcement office for your region, visit the OCR website at www.ed.gov/offices/OCR/ocregion.html.   

 

The University is committed to providing an inclusive environment free from discrimination based on sex and provides a number of resources and services to assist students, faculty and staff in addressing issues involving sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct.

 

As a recipient of federal funds, UNF is required to comply with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972,20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. ("Title IX")1, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities, which includes all forms of sexual misconduct such as bullying, hazing, and other forms of gender-based indiscretions of a sexual nature. UNF is committed to providing programs, services, activities and an educational environment free from sex discrimination. Additionally, as an employer, the university is required to comply with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal and state laws regarding sex-based harassment.

 

The structure set forth for this purpose includes a university-wide Title IX Administrator, divisional Title IX Coordinators, and a Title IX Committee comprised of key stakeholders throughout the university community. Information regarding each follows.

Roles and Responsibilities

Title IX Administrator

Responsible for coordinating the University's efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX and its implementing regulations, and is primarily responsible for coordinating the investigation of all Title IX complaints in collaboration with the Tittle IX Coordinators and other University investigative units/offices. 

 

Ms. Cheryl Gonzalez

Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity

(904) 620-2507

cheryl.gonzalez@unf.edu    

Title IX Coordinators

Academic Affairs Title IX Coordinator:   Dr. Jay Coleman  Phone  (904) 620-5834  Email jcoleman@unf.edu  

Coordinates, provides assistance and refers faculty and faculty administrators, and staff, in all units reporting to the Provost and respective Vice President, in collaboration with the Title IX Administrator, for reporting of and investigating complaints and issues, awareness and outreach, education, and communication.

 

Administration and Finance Title IX Coordinator:  Ms. Rocelia Gonzalez  Phone  (904) 620-2870  Email rrgonz@unf.edu  

Coordinates, provides assistance and refers staff in all units reporting to the respective Vice President, in collaboration with the Title IX Administrator, for reporting of and investigating complaints, awareness and training, education, and communication.     

 

Athletics Title IX Coordinator:  Ms. Donna Kirk  Phone  (904) 620-2819  Email d.kirk@unf.edu  

Coordinates, provides assistance and refers student-athletes, coaches, and staff in collaboration with the Title IX Administrator for reporting of and investigating complaints, awareness and training, education, and communication. 

 

Student Affairs Title IX Coordinator: Mr. Tom VanSchoor Phone (904) 620-3979 Email tvanscho@unf.edu  

Coordinates, provides assistance and refers students, and student organizations and staff under the guidance and purview of the respective Vice President, in collaboration with the Title IX Administrator for reporting of and investigating complaints, awareness and training, education, and communication. 

Title IX Committee

    The Title IX Committee is charged with monitoring, evaluating, and determining if sex or gender-based equity exists in the areas of Financial Aid, Student Housing, Admissions, Intercollegiate Athletics, Employment and Compensation, and with coordinating the university's efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX and its implementing regulations, including the investigation of Title IX complaints and sexual misconduct.

     

    Cheryl Gonzalez
    Title IX Administrator

    Ms. Cheryl Gonzalez
    Dr. Jay Coleman
    Academic Affairs
    Title IX Coordinator

    Dr. Jay Coleman
    Rocelia Gonzalez
    Administration and Finance
    Title IX Coordinator

    Ms. Rocelia Gonzalez
    Donna Kirk
    Athletics Title IX Coordinator

    Ms. Donna Kirk


    Dr. Joann Campbell
    Compliance

    Dr. Joann Campbell
    Marc Snow
    General Counsel

    Mr. Marc Snow
    Dr. Jennifer Kane
    Faculty Association

    Dr. Jennifer Kane

    Teresa Sandrock
    Human Resources

    Ms. Teresa Sandrock
    Tom VanSchoor
    Student Affairs 
    Title IX Coordinator

    Mr. Tom VanSchoor

    Raneisha Lee Lamar
    Student Athlete

    Ms. Raneisha L. Lamar
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    University Conduct Officer

    Mr. Bob Shepherd
    Ryan Hennessy
    Student Government

    Mr. Ryan Hennessy
    Patricia Knight
    University Police Department

    Ms. Patricia Knight
         

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