Title IX is a federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender at educational institutions that receive federal funding (20 U.S.C. 1681). Title IX was strengthened by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) in 2013. Title IX and VAWA prohibit sexual harassment; sexual violence and sexual assault; discrimination based on gender, gender identity, and nonconformity with sex stereotypes. Stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence are also covered. Please contact the UH Hilo Title IX Coordinator, Libby Bailey, to report an issue, discuss options, or obtain assistance. You may also contact the deputy Title IX coordinators listed on this page.
What does this mean for the UH Hilo community? It means that students, faculty, staff, and visitors are protected and are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not violate the rights of any other member of the community. UH Hilo and the University of Hawaiʻi system are committed to maintaining campuses that are free of sexual misconduct.
All cases reported to the Title IX Coordinator, located in the Office of Equal Opportunity, or any other responsible employee, may be investigated promptly, thoroughly, and impartially. Additionally, the University will take measures to ensure that the harassment/discrimination ceases, is not repeated, and that its effects are remedied. Please see the Reporting page for details on how to report, who to report to, and what happens when you file a report. For additional information on options, including confidential reporting, please see our Resources page.
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It is the University’s responsibility to provide a safe, supportive environment where you can achieve academic success and personal growth. Unfortunately, the issue of sexual assault and gender-based violence is prevalent on college campuses nationwide. As you may know, the University of Hawaii has made significant progress towards addressing this critical problem, but we can do even more. UH is launching a campus climate survey to all UH campuses. The survey will ask about experiences with sexual harassment and gender-based violence. The survey is a confidential platform and an opportunity for UH students ages 18+ to share their perspectives. The survey will be available from January 20th until February 20th, 2017.