Title IX FAQ's/Question & Suggestion Box

Title IX FAQ's/Question & Suggestion Box

Title IX FAQ’s

Language adapted from information made publicly available by the Office on Civil Rights and Know Your IX.


What is Title IX?

Title IX a landmark federal civil right that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Title IX is about far more than athletics, as the legislation prohibits sex-based discrimination in all areas of education. It addresses discrimination against pregnant and parenting students, sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination, and sexual violence. Sexual violence includes attempted or completed rape or sexual assault, as well as sexual harassment, stalking, voyeurism, exhibitionism, verbal or physical sexuality-based threats or abuse, and intimate partner violence, including dating violence and domestic violence.

 Why does the University handle sexual violence cases?

The criminal justice system prosecutes sexual violence as a criminal matter, but because assault and harassment pose obstacles to students’ access to education - a fundamental civil right - colleges and universities are required to respond to sexual violence and its detrimental effects on campus survivors’ life and learning.

Does Title IX only apply to female students?

Title IX does not apply to female students only. Title IX protects any person from sex-based discrimination. Female, male, and gender non-conforming students, faculty, and staff are protected from any sex-based discrimination, harassment or violence.

 What is the University’s responsibility in ensuring my education and opportunities on campus?

ECSU must take immediate action to ensure a complainant can continue his or her education free of ongoing sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence. ECSU will ensure that parties have access to supportive measures such as,  any reasonable changes to your housing, counseling,  class or sports schedule, campus job, or extracurricular activity and clubs to ensure you can continue your education free from any ongoing sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence. These arrangements can occur BEFORE a formal complaint, investigation, hearing, or final decision is made regarding your complaint. It also can CONTINUE after the entire process since you have a right to an education free of sex-based discrimination, harassment or violence. Additionally, these accommodations should not over-burden parties or limit educational opportunities.  

Can the University use mediation, rather than a formal investigation process, to address my case?

Under the new Title IX regulations effective August 14, 2020, the use of alternative resolution procedures, such as mediation and informal resolutions are  permitted in limited circumstances.   Realize it is the choice of both parties and the complainant can and should seek a disciplinary hearing if a formal process is desired.

Is the University, or are any members of the campus community, allowed to retaliate against me for filing a report and/or seeking support?

The University may not retaliate against someone filing a complaint and must keep parties safe from other retaliatory harassment or behavior from all individuals within the campus community. Any retaliation can and should be reported in a formal Title IX complaint to the Office of Title IX or the U.S. Department of Education since it is your right to be free from a hostile educational environment.

Can the University discourage me from continuing my education if I seek support related to sexual violence and/or file a report?

The University may not discourage you from continuing your education, such as telling you to “take time off” or force you to quit a team, club or class. You can always file a formal Title IX complaint with the U.S. Department of Education or seek legal counsel to enforce your right to education under Title IX. It is your choice how to handle sexual harassment or violence, but realize you have a right to your education and the University MUST adjust to ensure you can continue free from that hostile environment.

What are resources available to me on campus related to Title IX and sexual violence?

Student Counseling Services-302 C. W. Griffin Hall;  (252) 335-3267 and Student Health Services-300 C.W. Griffin Hall; (252) 335-3267 are both confidential resources related to Title IX, so if you are unsure about what you want to do, visiting one of these offices is a good first step in seeking support from the University and to find out more information about your options.

The Office of Title IX-130 C. W. Griffin Hall; (252) 335-3907 or (252) 368-6406; titleixcoordinator@ecsu.edu and the  PACE Center-202A Ridley Student Center;  (252) 335-8535 are also resources available to support you throughout the reporting and investigation processes. However, please be aware that these resources are not confidential, and that reporting here first will trigger a formal investigation on-campus. Confidentiality will be maintained as far as possible, but cannot be guaranteed entirely. The Office of Title IX can also assist in enforcing supportive measures related to your complaint, such as changing your course schedule or housing accommodations.

For a more complete list of resources and descriptions of available services, please visit the Office of Title IX website, particularly the “On-campus Resources” and “Off-campus Resources” section.

 Where do I go to file a Title IX complaint?

You have two options: you may make a complaint on campus, or go directly to the Office of Civil Rights. On campus, you may contact Ms. Lucretia Banks, Title IX Coordinator at 130 C.W. Griffin Hall;  252-335-3907 or via email at titleixcoordinator@ecsu.edu.  To go directly to the Office of Civil Rights, you may call 1-800-421-3481, or visit the OCR website, which provides instructions for how to file a complaint under the "How to File a Discrimination Complaint with ORC" section.

 Suggestions and/or Questions

We invite you to use the form below to submit questions, concerns, and/or suggestions to the Title IX committee here at Elizabeth City State University

NOTE: The suggestion box is not intended to be used for reporting an incident of sexual misconduct. Please visit the Vikings Against Violence and University Police websites for reporting options, including an Incident Report Form.