Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Violence, and Gender-based Discrimination FAQs

Click on the following questions to get more information. If you have a question not listed here, please call or email the Executive Director, OED/Title IX Coordinator, Karen Rentz, at 850.474.2175 or krentz@uwf.edu.


What is Title IX?

UWF's Title IX Policy covers sexual misconduct, sexual violence, and gender-based discrimination.  

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was the first comprehensive federal law to prohibit sex discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions. It is one of several federal and state antidiscrimination laws that define and ensure equality in education.  The regulations implementing Title IX, published in 1975, prohibit discrimination, exclusion, denial, limitation, or separation based on gender.  

Title IX 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 subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Who is protected under Title IX?

All UWF students, faculty, and staff are protected under Title IX.

What is prohibited conduct under the University's Title IX Policy?

1. Sexual Harassment - conduct on the basis of sex that meets one or more of the following scenarios:

a. University employee who conditions the provision of University aid, benefit or service on an individual's participation in unwelcome sexual conduct.  This conduct is commonly known as quid pro quo harassment;

b. unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the University's education program or activity;

or

c. sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking.

 

2. Retaliation - intimidation, threats, coercion or discrimination against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by this Title IX policy, or because the individual has made a report for complaint, testified, assisted, or participated or refused to participate in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under this Title IX policy.  Conduct automatically constitutes Retaliation under this Title IX policy when it includes intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination, including charges against an individual for code of conduct violations that do not involve sex discrimination or sexual harassment, but arise out of the same facts or circumstances as a report or complaint of sex discrimination, or a report or formal complaint of sexual harassment, for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by this Title IX policy.

Who is responsible for Title IX issues at the University of West Florida?

The UWF Title IX Coordinator is Karen Rentz. She can be reached at 850.474.2175, or via email at krentz@uwf.edu

Others on campus who are responsible for Title IX concerns are as follows: