Prescott College Title IX

Policy on Non-Discrimination

Prescott College adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in private institutions of higher education. Prescott College will not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student or applicant for admission on the basis of race, religion, hearing status, personal appearance, color, sex, pregnancy, political affiliation, source of income, place of business, residence, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any resolution process on campus or within the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies. To view/download our full Title IX policy and procedures click here.

Policy on Discriminatory Harassment

Students, staff, administrators, and faculty are entitled to a working environment and educational environment free of discriminatory harassment. Prescott College’s harassment policy is not meant to inhibit or prohibit educational content or discussions inside or outside of the classroom that include germane, but controversial or sensitive subject matters protected by academic freedom. 

Policy on Sexual Harassment

Prescott College is committed to providing a workplace and educational environment, as well as other benefits, programs, and activities, that are free from harassment, discrimination, 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, Prescott College has developed internal policies and procedures that provide a prompt, fair, and impartial process for those involved in an allegation of harassment or discrimination on the basis of protected class status and for allegations of retaliation.

Prescott College has two policies in order to address incidents of sexual misconduct. This policy is referred to as the Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy and the second is referred to as the Prescott College Sexual Misconduct Policy. These policies are interrelated and must be read together. If the allegations forming the basis of a formal complaint (defined below), if substantiated, would constitute prohibited conduct under both policies, then the grievance process set forth in this Title IX Sexual Harassment policy will be applied in the investigation and adjudication of all of the allegations.

Click here to view the Title IX Process Flow Chart

Title IX Coordinator

The Prescott College Title IX Coordinator oversees compliance with all aspects of these policies. The Coordinator reports directly to the President of the College. Questions about these policies should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. Anyone wishing to make a report relating to these policies may do so by reporting the concern to the college Title IX Coordinator:

Kristine Preziosi
Title IX Coordinator
Office of Student Affairs
220 Grove Avenue
Prescott, Arizona 86301
(928) 350-2306
kpreziosi@prescott.edu

Susan Krause
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Office of Human Resources
220 Grove Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 350-4402
susan.krause@prescott.edu

Additionally, anonymous reports can be made by reporting parties and/or third parties using the online reporting form. Note that these anonymous reports may prompt a need for the institution to investigate.

Definitions and Examples of Title IX Violations

Gender Discrimination
Gender Discrimination is defined as the following by Title IX:
Discrimination or harassment based upon one's gender 
Unfair treatment, attitudes, or behaviors towards an individual based upon their gender 
Gender identity discrimination as covered by Title VII
Sexism, sexist attitudes, and sex stereotyping
Unproportionate athletic programs or activities offered to all genders in relationship to the college's enrollment

Examples
Gender-based bullying
Derogatory or sexist remarks
Gender discrimination in an activity, athletics, program, office, or classroom

Sexual Harassment
Sexual Harassment is defined as the following by Title IX:
Unwanted sexual behavior, advances, or requests for favors
Unwelcomed verbal, visual, or physical sexual conduct
Offensive, severe, and/or frequent remarks about a person's sex
Harassment of a sexual nature which interferes with an individual's right to an education and participation in a program or activity

Examples
Stalking or obscene phone calls, texts, emails, or gestures
Sexually suggestive jokes, whistles, catcalls, or innuendos
Inappropriate touching
Continuing to express sexual interest after being informed that the interest is unwelcome
Intimidation

Sex Violence
Sex Violence is defined as the following by Title IX:
Sexual abuse or assault, battery, or coercion
Unwanted sexual contact that stops short of rape or completed rape
Use of force or manipulation of unwanted sexual activity
Physical acts where a person is incapable of giving consent or is against a person's will

Examples
Sexual assault, battery, or coercion
Attempted or completed rape
Inappropriate touching
Physical and/or aggressive sexual advances

Retaliation
Retaliation is defined as the following by Title IX:
A strike back in response to another's action or accusation
A form of revenge or reaction because of a filed complaint against a person
Refusal to promote, advance, or accurately support/qualify a person due to a complaint filed

Examples
Demotion or prohibiting advancement due to a filed complaint
Firing, loss of benefits, or the like due to a filed complaint
Unfair treatment or discrimination due to a filed complaint

Hostile Environment
Hostile Environment is defined as the following by Title IX:
A situation of discriminatory or sexual nature that has occurred and created a adverse setting
An intimidating or offensive environment that causes a person to be fearful
A setting that denies, limits, or interferes with a person's ability to participate in or benefit from a program, activity, or job

Examples
Bullying, abusive or intimidating comments and actions
Intimidating or offensive comments that alter the conditions of a person's work, classroom, team, or program environment
Continual offensive comments or surroundings of a discriminatory or sexual nature

Title IX Officer Trainings

Title IX Hearing Officer & Decision-Maker Training & Certification

Title IX Coordinator & Administrator Level One Training & Certification

Title IX Coordinator & Administrator Level One Training & Certification (Slides)

Title IX Hearing Officer and Decision-Maker Training & Certification

Informal Resolutions

Interim Measures

Stalking

Policy on Accommodation of Disabilities

Prescott College is committed to full compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA and ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibit discrimination against qualified persons with disabilities, as well as other federal and state laws pertaining to individuals with disabilities.  Under the ADA and its amendments, a person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.  The ADA also protects individuals who have a record of a substantially limiting impairment or who are regarded as disabled by the institution whether qualified or not.  A substantial impairment is one that significantly limits or restricts a major life activity such as hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, performing manual tasks, walking or caring for oneself.

Students with Disabilities

Prescott College is committed to providing qualified students with disabilities with reasonable accommodations and support needed to ensure equal access to the academic programs and activities of the College. Requests for accommodations are made through the disabilities office in writing:

Academic Services, Auxiliary Aids & Temporary Disabilities.

ADA Coordinator
email: accommodations@prescott.edu