Title IX

Non – Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Blue Cliff College that all students should be guaranteed an educational environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex, including discrimination in the form of sexual harassment, which encompasses sexual violence, and including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. For students attending schools and other educational institutions that receive Federal financial assistance, this guarantee is codified, in part, in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq., which prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance.This policy is in accordance with federal and state law.

Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment Defined

Unlawful discrimination is defined as:

  • treating members of a Protected Class less favorably because of their membership in that class; or
  • having a policy or practice that has a disproportionately adverse impact on members of a Protected Class.

Harassment is defined as subjecting an individual to unwelcome physical or verbal conduct based on membership in a Protected Class when:

  • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual’s work or educational performance;
  • such conduct creates, or has the intention of creating, a hostile working, living and/or learning environment; or
  • such conduct unreasonably interferes with or limits the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity.

Discrimination and harassment can take many forms including, but not limited to, verbal comments; graphic or written statements; communications by cell phone, email or the internet (including social media); threats; acts of violence; or other verbal or physical conduct that may be threatening, harmful, or humiliating. Any member of the Blue Cliff College community who engages in unlawful discrimination or harassment is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment or dismissal from the school.

Reporting Guidelines

Incidents of discrimination and harassment should be reported as soon as practicable. All reports and complaints of discrimination and harassment will be promptly investigated, and appropriate action will be taken as soon as practicable. At any time during the reporting and resolution process, the school may institute interim protective measures including, but not limited to, reassignment or suspension, if it is determined that circumstances require that such action be taken to protect the safety of Blue Cliff College community members or to minimize disruption to the operations of the school.

Title IX Coordinator Contact Information

Questions regarding Title IX compliance should be referred to:

Title IX Coordinator
15655 Airline Hwy
Prairieville, LA 70769-9997

For more information on Title IX, view the https://www.bluecliffcollege.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Title-IX-Policy-2022.pdf

Title IX Training Materials for Title IX Personnel

The Department of Education Office of Civil Rights requires the personnel involved in the receipt and resolution of complaints of sexual misconduct under Title IX to receive training specific to their roles in the process, as well as to promote due process. See Training below:

Title IX Decision-maker Training