Unlawful Discriminatory Behaviors under Title IX

Many people are confused about what constitutes sexual discrimination under Title IX. We have prepared a partial list of behaviors and circumstances that may be unlawful behavior under Title IX. The list is not all inclusive; it is merely intended to give you a broad idea of prohibited conduct. In general, if your conduct is unwelcome or offensive, don't do it. Even if such behavior does not violate Title IX, it probably does not contribute to a robust learning or working environment due to its unwelcome or offensive nature.

Unlawful discriminatory behaviors under Title IX include, but are not limited to:

  1. Sexual Harassment (unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature);
  2. Sexual Misconduct (rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation and other forms of non-consensual sexual activity);
  3. Stalking (repeatedly following, harassing, threatening, or intimidating including by telephone, email, electronic communication, or social media);
  4. Dating Violence (including emotional, verbal, and economic abuse without the presence of physical abuse); and
  5. Retaliation (adverse employment, academic, or other actions against anyone reporting or participating in an investigation of Title IX allegations).

The following are examples of types of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment:

  1. Inappropriate touching, patting, or pinching
  2. Physical assault or coerced sexual activity
  3. Demands or subtle pressure for sexual favors
  4. Unwanted phone calls, texts, email, or gestures

Retaliation for participating in a protected activity is against Central Piedmont's policy.  Retaliation may be verbal or nonverbal and may be overt or subtle.  Whether or not discrimination or harassment occurred, retaliation will not be tolerated against anyone who participates in any capacity in a claim of discrimination or harassment, including without limitation, reporting or objecting to discrimination or harassment or participating in an investigation or other proceeding, whether as a witness, a bystander, a respondent or a complainant.

    Notice of Nondiscrimination

    As a recipient of federal funds, Central Piedmont Community College is required to comply with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. (“Title IX”), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities. Central Piedmont Community College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs or activities, including in the context of admission or employment. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to Central Piedmont Community College’s Title IX Coordinator or to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. For further information, you may visit the Title IX website. Central Piedmont Title IX Coordinator is Leon Matthews, whose office is in on Central Campus in the Hall Building, Room 218. This office can be contacted by phone at 704.330.6524 or by email at leon.matthews@cpcc.edu.