WESTERN GOVERNORS UNIVERSITY
What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. §1681 et. seq.)
"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."
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX protects members of the WGU community from discrimination on the grounds of sex, gender, gender-identity, gender norms, LGBTQ+, pregnancy/birthing/parenting harassment and discrimination reports, including assault, stalking, quid pro quo, dating and domestic violence (intimate partner violence).
Title IX Policy
Please visit Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Nondiscrimination Policy for full details of the WGU policy and Title IX Grievance Process to understand steps taken after reporting through potential formal complaint hearings determinations and other resolutions options.
Western Governors University (WGU, or “the university”) is committed to providing a workplace and educational environment, as well as other benefits, programs, and activities, that are free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. To ensure compliance with federal and state Title IX 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, WGU has developed internal policies and procedures that provide a prompt, fair, and impartial process for those involved in an allegation of sex and gender discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex, gender, pregnancy and for allegations of retaliation or sexual violence.
Issues of sexual misconduct under Title IX have a profound impact on academic, social, working, and personal life, and negatively affects friends and families, other students, co-workers, and members of the university community. WGU is here to support students and faculty with supportive measures, individualized and standard, to help remediate concerns to academic and work success. The University encourages any student or employee who thinks they have been subjected to sex discrimination or sexual harassment, including sexual violence, by another student, member of the faculty or staff, or campus visitor or contractor, to immediately report the incident to any of the individual persons or offices listed below.
WGU has appointed a Title IX Coordinator to oversee WGU response to Title IX reports and formal complaints, develop training and education programs/materials for faculty, staff and students, as well as monitor trends and effectiveness of Title IX education efforts.
Supportive Measures are available to students impacted by Title IX reports even without a formal complaint. WGU will offer and implement appropriate and reasonable
supportive measures to the parties upon notice of alleged harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation. Supportive measures are non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services offered as appropriate, as reasonably available, and without fee or charge to the parties to restore or preserve access to WGU’s education program or activity, including measures designed to protect the safety of all parties or WGU’s educational environment, and/or deter harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation. WGU will maintain the privacy of the supportive measures, provided that privacy does not impair the university’s ability to provide the supportive measures.
These actions may include, but are not limited to:
• Referral to WellConnect for counseling, medical, and/or other healthcare services for students
• Referral to the Spring Health and/or Headspace for employees
• Referral to community-based service providers
• Student financial aid counseling
• Altering work arrangements for employees or student-employees
• Safety planning
• Implementing contact limitations (no contact orders) between the parties
• Academic support, extensions of deadlines, or other course/program-related
• Timely warnings
• Course schedule modifications, withdrawals, or leaves of absence
• Any other actions deemed appropriate by the Title IX Coordinator
Violations of no contact orders will be referred to appropriate student or employee conduct processes for enforcement.
Title IX Training
Per 2020 federal regulations, institutions must ensure that coordinators, investigators, advisors, and other participants in the Title IX process receive appropriate training. Federally funded institutions must post any training materials used, where they can be viewed by the public.
WGU utilizes multiple training materials that Title IX staff are required to review. The following Thompson and Coburn modules are used:
- Module 1 – Fundamentals of the Law
- Module 2 – Formal Complaints
- Module 3 – Investigations & Informal Resolutions
- Module 4 – Hearings
- Module 5 – Determinations
- Module 6 – Appeals