Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. The principal objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal money to support sex discrimination in education programs and to provide individual citizens effective protection against those practices.
"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..."
20 U.S.C. § 1681
The Office of Equity & Diversity ensures compliance for all Hillsborough Community College policies and procedures that prohibit discrimination against faculty, staff, and students because of their race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or because they (or someone closely related to them) pursued their rights under these laws.
The Office of Equity & Diversity is available to investigate and resolve all complaints involving unlawful and immoral treatment of one another, including discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, etc. All complaints are taken seriously and prompt and equitable action will be taken to resolve the matter and prevent a recurrence. Any student, faculty, staff or applicant who believes that they have experienced incidents of discrimination or sexual harassment may contact us for assistance. Title IX complaints involving student-to-student sexual harassment will be referred to this Office and shall be subject to the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.
To report or file a complaint, use our online form. Any form of retaliation against someone who files a complaint or participates in the investigation is prohibited and may result in disciplinary action.