Title IX Non-Discrimination Statement and Policy
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Sex discrimination is prohibited by law in all educational programs and activities. Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments applies to all students, employees, and visitors at Lyon and prohibits unequal treatment based on sex as well as sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Title IX (Education) versus Title VII (Employment)
The substantive law (definitions and rights) prohibiting sex discrimination is consistent whether dealing with students, employees, or visitors. However, the employment laws do not require the extensive notice that is presented here. Therefore, this notice has been geared towards students’ needs. Employees who take classes would be covered by Title IX when they believe alleged discrimination interfered with their educational rights. Conversely, if discrimination is alleged to affect student workers in the context of their employment, then Title VII and Lyon’s personnel policies apply. Students, employees, and visitors should feel free to contact the Title IX Coordinator for assistance in pursuing their complaints.
There is a specific application of Title IX to athletics ensuring that women and men have equitable access to opportunities in intercollegiate sports.
See also the following sexual harassment policy:
Lyon College Professional Behavior Including Policy Prohibiting Harassment and Sexual Harassment (Lyon College Policy Handbook and Student Handbook)
Arkansas Sexual Assault Statutes
“Dating” does not include a causal relationship or ordinary fraternization between two individuals in a business or social context.
If you believe you have been discriminated against, the Campus SaVE Act insures you have the following rights.
You have the right to be emotionally and physically safe.
You have the right to privacy.
You have the right to a prompt, fair, and impartial resolution of your claim by the College.
You have the right to be free of retaliation when you pursue a discrimination claim.
Who do I contact for help?
The Title IX Coordinator has been designated to coordinate Lyon College’s compliance with laws governing sex discrimination in education. If you have any questions about sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence, you may contact
Title IX Coordinator
Nichols Administration Building
2300 Highland Road
Batesville, AR 72501
If you want to file a complaint regarding sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence, or you have questions or concerns about Title IX compliance you may contact the Title IX Coordinator. If she is not the best person to assist you, she will refer you to other resources.
For anonymous/confidential reports, call the Campus Conduct Hotline at 866.943.5787.
Office for Civil Rights
If you do not wish to contact the College Title IX Coordinator or other designated College resources (see below) with your questions or concerns regarding sex discrimination at the University, you may contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) with the U.S. Department of Education.
United States Department of Education
Office of Civil Rights, Dallas Office
1999 Bryan Street, Suite 1620
Dallas, TX 72501
In addition to the Title IX Coordinator, above, there are other resources at the College who may be of assistance depending on your circumstances. If you have any question about which of these resources may be best to consult, Lyon’s Title IX Coordinator can help you decide how to proceed.
The list below is not exhaustive. There are many concerned individuals at Lyon, including faculty, student life staff, residence hall personnel, and others, whom you may prefer to contact. However, please note: these individuals are usually required to act on your concerns or to pass the complaints on to persons, like those listed, with the responsibility for investigating and addressing discrimination allegations. Discussions with such trusted individuals about incidents of discrimination will not be considered confidential. Only medical personnel, lawyers, licensed counselors, chaplains, and certified mediators are entitled to maintain your confidentiality without a corresponding duty to report to designated College officials.
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
Title IX Investigator
Provost/Title IX Administrator
Nichols Administration Building
Director of Campus Life/Title IX Investigator
Allegations of criminal behavior and personal safety issues
Lyon College Campus Safety
Batesville Police Department
Health and well-being issues
Note: Medical personnel, mental health counselors, and chaplains can provide you with confidential advice.
College Counselor and Director of Counseling Services
College Nurse and Director of Health Services
Family Violence Prevention and Batesville Rape Crisis Center
LEAD Institute (for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing)
Rape/Abuse/Incest National Network (RAINN)
National Sexual Assault Hotline
National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline
National Domestic Abuse Hotline
About this notice (disclaimer)
Lyon College provides this information for general educational purposes only. The legal information provided is not offered or intended to be construed as legal advice applicable to any particular set of facts. Because the law—statutes and case law—is subject to frequent modification, Lyon College cannot guarantee the absolute accuracy of the legal information provided.
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