Equal Opportunity & Nondiscrimination
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education a program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…” –20 U.S.C. § 1681
Title IX of the Education Amendments 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.) and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment of any student or employee, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
Who is Covered by Title IX?
Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX. If only one of the institution’s programs or activities receives federal funding, all of the programs within the institution must comply with Title IX regulations. In compliance with Title IX, Laramie County Community College (LCCC) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in employment as well as in all programs and activities.
Title IX Coordinator
In accordance with Title IX regulations, LCCC has designated Dr. Melissa Stutz, Senior Vice President of Student Services, as the college’s Title IX coordinator. She is responsible for tracking and monitoring incidents of gender based discrimination, including misconduct, to ensure the college responds effectively to each complaint, and where necessary, for conducting investigations of particular situations. Questions regarding Title IX, as well as concerns and complaints of non-compliance, may be directed to her.
Complaints Under Title IX at LCCC
Students: If you are a student who believes you have been subjected to (1) sexual harassment by College faculty or staff; or (2) any other form of gender discrimination under Title IX, you may report such misconduct or file a formal complaint with the Title IX Coordinator. If you are a student who believes you have been or are the victim of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct, by another College student, you may report such conduct or file a complaint under Title IX with the Title IX Coordinator.
Employees: If you are an employee who believes you have been subjected to discrimination under Title IX, including sexual harassment, or who wishes to file a complaint under Title IX, you can do so with the Title IX Coordinator.
- Dr. Melissa Stutz, Title IX Coordinator, Senior Vice President of Student Services, Student Services Building, Room 117, 1400 E. College Drive Cheyenne, WY 82007, Phone: 307.778.1144, Fax: 307.432.7848, NDSFREELARAMIE
- Office for Civil Rights, Denver Office, U.S. Department of Education, Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building, 1244 Speer Boulevard, Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204-3582, 303.844.5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov.
Who Enforces Title IX?
The United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in charge of enforcing Title IX. Information regarding OCR can be found at www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html.
Failure to Comply with Title IX
The penalty for failure to comply with Title IX in the most extreme circumstances can include the termination of all or part of an institution’s federal funding. This includes grants, subsidies, and other program funds from the federal government. In addition to the loss of federal funds, institutions may be sued by those seeking redress for violations of Title IX. It is essential that institutions receiving federal financial assistances operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. While compliance with the law is everyone’s responsibility at LCCC, the staff members who have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance are listed under Contact Information.
Title IX Training
Members of the LCCC Title IX Team have completed training administered through ATIXA Association of Title IX Administrators to include the following trainings:
- Coordinator Level One Training
- Title IX Compliance and Athletics Training
- Investigator Level One Training
- Investigator Level Two Training
- Investigator Level Three Training
- Investigator Level Four Training
- Hearing Officer and Decision Maker Training
- Coordinator Level Five: Bias and Cultural Competencies