What is Title IX?
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. 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. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. These behaviors are clear impediments to creating an educational atmosphere that is free from discrimination. As a result, an institution receiving federal funds must promulgate strategies and policies, which demonstrate its ability to uphold the law and comply with applicable regulations.
SUNO’s Commitment to Title IX
Southern University at New Orleans is committed to creating a welcoming and respectful educational environment that values integrity. Members of the SUNO community, which includes students, faculty, staff, administrators, guests, and visitors, have the right to be free from sexual misconduct of any type.
In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal, state, and local laws, Southern University at New Orleans forbids discriminating or harassing conduct that is based on an individual's race, color, religion, sex, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, veteran or military status, membership in Uniformed Services, and all other categories protected by applicable state and federal laws.
Therefore, SUNO is committed to maintaining a climate of respect and safety for everyone. All members of the SUNO community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. As a result, this campus has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual misconduct.
A Statement from SUNO’s Title IX Coordinator and Vice-Chancellor
Patrice Sentino EdD, DSW, LCSW-BACS
Title IX Coordinator
Adriel A. Hilton, Ph.D
Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
As the information about Title IX continues to shift, we remain committed to upholding the standards of the United States Government and Southern University at New Orleans. We will continue to strive towards excellence by creating an environment that promotes a safe place for students to be able to thrive and express themselves. Our priority is to ensure students have the support they need to advance in their education. We believe that working with our students, faculty, and staff will make our campus an even safer place to call home.