Title IX Statement

Gnomon is committed to fostering an educational and working climate free from sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence. To define conduct expectations and provide recourse for individuals whose rights have been violated, Gnomon implements a strategic coordination of policies, education, and clear and equitable procedures for reporting and resolution of complaints of sexual misconduct.

With the acute sensitivities of students and others involved in mind, it is of extreme priority to know how to identify sexual assault and violence; how to file a complaint; whom to report an incident; and the rights, responsibilities, and legal obligations of the individual and the school.

Title IX — Policy and Grievance Procedures

Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, 20 US Code § 1681(a), is a federal law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities, and includes addressing sexual harassment, sexual violence and other gender-based harassment occurring in an institution of education.

Title IX regulations define sexual harassment to include any of three types of misconduct on the basis of sex, all of which jeopardize the equal access to education:

  • Any instance of quid pro quo harassment by a school’s employee;
  • Any unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would determine is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the school’s education program or activity;
  • Any instance of sexual assault, (as defined in the Clery Act), dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

When sexual harassment or sexual assault has occurred and is brought to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator, Gnomon will take steps to end the harassment or violence, prevent its reoccurrence, and address its effects. Complainants have the right and can expect to have reports taken seriously by Gnomon when formally reported, and for a prompt, equitable, reliable, and impartial investigation of complaints. The school’s Title IX Coordinator has primary responsibility to respond appropriately to, and investigate suspected discrimination or harassment, and identify and remedy systemic problems. With the guidance of the Title IX Coordinator, Gnomon will enact an initial assessment of the conduct, to the extent possible within the complainant’s expressed preferences, if any, as to course of action, and the necessity for any interim remedies or accommodations to protect the safety of the complainant and the community at large.

Amid concerns related to COVID-19, the Title IX Office is currently operating remotely.

We will be regularly checking email to respond to any inquiries we receive during this time.

How to Report:

Anyone impacted by sexual misconduct and/or sex or gender discrimination/harassment is encouraged to contact the Title IX Coordinator to make a report and/or obtain assistance.

Reports may be made at any time (including during non-business hours).


New Title IX Regulations:

The Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued new regulations mandating how colleges and universities must investigate and adjudicate sexual misconduct cases under Title IX. The new regulations (summarized here and here) will take effect on August 14, 2020.

Key provisions of the Department of Education's new Title IX regulations can also be found at https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/secretary-devos-takes-historic-action-strengthen-title-ix-protections-all-students

Gnomon’s existing Title IX policies comply with the statute and with prior OCR guidance. However, like all educational institutions that receive federal funding, Gnomon is required to amend its current policies to implement these new regulations.

Policies and Procedures

Report to Gnomon

You can make a report at any time. However, you are encouraged to make a report as soon as possible after an incident. All reports are treated with the high level of seriousness and sensitivity they deserve.

In compliance with Title IX regulations, Gnomon will address reports of sexual harassment and misconduct that occur in its educational programs or activities. Education program or activity must include locations (e.g. school property or school sponsored events), or circumstances over which Gnomon has substantial control over both the respondent (i.e. an individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment) and the context in which the sexual harassment occurs.

You may also choose to make a report with law enforcement.

What happens after I file a report?

Once a complaint form is received, the Title IX Coordinator will reach out to the appropriate parties to:

  • Conduct an initial assessment to gain a basic understanding of the nature and circumstance of the report.
  • Discuss next best steps.
  • Provide information on resources and available supportive measures that best fit your needs (with or without the filing of a formal complaint).
  • Review the process for filing a formal complaint.
  • At the time of filing a formal Title IX related complaint, a complainant (i.e. an individual who is alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment) must be participating in or attempting to participate in a Gnomon education program or activity.

Upon receipt of a formal complaint, the Title IX Coordinator will be responsible for making the following determinations:

  • Is the complainant and respondent participating in or attempting to participate in a Gnomon education program or activity?
  • Do the facts set forth by the potential complainant, if substantiated, constitute a violation of the Gnomon’s Harassment & Sexual Misconduct Policy?
  • Did the conduct occur on Gnomon’s premises; and/or in the context of a Gnomon education program or activities. Education program or activity must include locations (e.g. school property or school sponsored events), or circumstances over which Gnomon has substantial control over both the respondent (i.e. an individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment) and the context in which the sexual harassment occurs.

If the answer to either questions is no, the Title IX Office does not have the authority to resolve the complaint and the potential complainant will be referred to the appropriate resources.

If the answer to all questions is affirmative, the Title IX Office has the authority to investigate and resolve the Complaint.

Anonymous Report

You may also choose to report anonymously if you would like to make the Gnomon aware of an incident but would not like any further action. This can help us gain information if we have other reports of the incident or the Respondent. Without names, the college may be limited in its investigation or response.

Confidentiality

Title IX Coordinators are not a confidential source of support. While they will address your complaint with sensitivity and will not share any information related to your experience except on a need-to-know basis, absolute confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. 

Our Grievance Policy and Procedures require all employees of the College who learn of possible policy violations (sexual misconduct/sexual harassment) to report that information to the Title IX Coordinator.

A list of confidential support providers is available in our Support Resources guide.

Retaliation Is Prohibited

If anyone retaliates against you because you make a report or participate in a Title IX process as a Complainant, Respondent, or witness, Gnomon will take immediate action. Retaliation includes job reprimands, removal from organizations or activities, negative evaluations, threats, harassment, or other adverse treatment when the treatment is taken for a retaliatory reason. If you feel you are being retaliated against, please report that to the Title IX Coordinator.

Resources and Options

An individual who seeks completely confidential assistance may do so by speaking with professionals who have a legally protected capability to maintain confidentiality. Confidential reporting options are available through our onsite Counseling Services with a licensed Therapist or off-campus through the Gnomon Student Assistance Program (GSAP) 1-800-321-2843, local rape crisis counselors, victim advocacy centers, domestic violence resources, local or state agencies, and emergency care facilities (please see Support Resources below). Information shared with these resources remain confidential and will not be shared with Gnomon or anyone else without express permission of the individual seeking services.

Title IX Training Materials

Training materials used to train Gnomon’s Title IX personnel are available at: https://atixa.org/2020-regulations-requirement-posting-of-training-materials/