Title IX

Title IX

Program Statement | Florida Institute of Technology

Dear FIT students,

Although this message is intended for you, I also want to remind the entire Florida Tech community about Title IX and the University’s commitment to providing a safe and healthy learning experience and campus environment.

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act states: “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.”

 Here’s what you need to know about Title IX:

  • Gender or sex-based discrimination comes in a variety of forms including:
    • Sexual harassment
    • Sexual misconduct
    • Sexual assault
    • Relationship violence
    • Sexual exploitation
    • Stalking
  • Sexual harassment, including sexual assault, is banned by Title IX.
    • Did You Know?
      Sexual harassment creates a hostile environment when it interferes with or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program.
  • If a school knows about sexual harassment, Title IX requires the school to take immediate action to eliminate the harassment and prevent its recurrence.
    • Did You Know?
      Even if you file a police report, FIT is independently required to investigate the assault.
  • Sexual assault is a physical sexual act done against a person’s will.
    • Did You Know?
      Sexual assault includes situations in which a person is incapable of giving consent due to drug or alcohol use.
  • All incidents of sexual misconduct should be immediately reported.
    • Did You Know?
      FIT employees are mandated to report information related to gender-based sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. (*Title IX allows clergy, healthcare providers, and ombudsmen [See list below.] to maintain confidentiality. Exceptions may apply.) (source: Grand Canyon University)

The administration, faculty, and staff of Florida Tech work together to achieve a safe campus through educational programs and campaigns, policy development and enforcement, promoting healthy social norms, and involving multiple stakeholders in prevention efforts.

 Thank you for choosing to complete your education at the Florida Institute of Technology.  Be assured that we are committed to fostering a campus culture that is safe and supportive of all of our students, administrators, faculty and staff.

Joni F. Oglesby, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator
Florida Institute of Technology
Miller Bldg., Room 137 (next to Tech Support)