Title IX at Stark State College

Stark State College wants those who have experienced sexual misconduct or another type of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class, and those who have been accused of the same, to understand how the College addresses these issues. This webpage serves our college community as a comprehensive resource tool for guidance in reporting, policy, and on/off campus assistance.

If you are in immediate crisis, CALL CAMPUS SECURITY AT 330-704-2582 or 911.

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.  “Education programs and activities” include all of a school’s operations, including employment and school-sponsored activities (on or off campus).

Title IX protects all students, employees and visitors to campus from gender discrimination.

The Title IX regulation describes the conduct that violates Title IX. Examples of the types of discrimination that are covered under Title IX include sexual harassment, the failure to provide equal opportunity in athletics, and discrimination based on pregnancy.

Title IX protects students, employees and third parties with a relationship to the College, whether on or off campus. This includes:

  • Stark State students
  • Faculty, staff and interns
  • Applicants for employment or education
  • High school students participating in programs at Stark State
  • Campus visitors

What does Title IX prohibit?

Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions, programs and activities. Stark State College desires to establish and maintain a safe and secure environment for our employees and students. The college will not tolerate sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking. Violators are subject to both criminal prosecution and college disciplinary proceedings. Domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, whether by a stranger or an acquaintance, whether against women or men, are violations of the law and the policy of the Stark State College.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic, intimate partner and dating violence
  • Gender-based stalking
  • Sexual harassment (quid pro quo and hostile environment)
  • Failing to provide appropriate accommodations for a pregnant or parenting student
  • Treating a person differently based on marital status

Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA)

Domestic Violence – Defined as a felony or misdemeanor crime(s) of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws where the violence occurred, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of Ohio.

Intimate Partner and Dating Violence – Defined as violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim and where the existence of such a relationship may be determined by the length of the relationship, the type of relationship and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

Stalking – Defined by the VAWA Amendment as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others, or to suffer substantial emotional distress.

Sexual Assault– Sexual assault, including rape, occurs when a person is forced or coerced physically, verbally or by deception into any type of sexual conduct or contact with another person whether the assailant is a friend, acquaintance or stranger. Sexual offenses, as defined in the Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2907 include rape, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition and felonious sexual penetration. Sexual misconduct is socially irresponsible and violates the rights of other individuals. Nothing you do, say, or wear gives anyone the right to assault you. Sexual assault by anyone is a violation of your body and your trust. Sexual assault is a crime and will be dealt with accordingly.

Ohio does not have a legal definition for dating violence, or sexual assault or consent. Ohio does define specific types of sexual assaults and within these definitions, it explains what consent is not.

You may access legal definitions for the following in the Ohio Revised Code (ORC):

Sex offenses http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2907.
Stalking http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2903.211
Domestic Violence http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2919.25

Stark State’s defines consent within their policy as the act of knowingly and affirmatively agreeing to engage in a sexual activity. Consent must be voluntary. An individual cannot consent who is substantially impaired by any drug or intoxicant; or who has been compelled by force, threat of force, or deception; or who is unaware that the act is being committed; or whose ability to consent is impaired because of a mental or physical condition; or who is coerced by supervisory or disciplinary authority. Consent may be withdrawn at any time. Prior sexual activity or relationship does not, in and of itself, constitute consent.

What is Sexual Misconduct?

Sexual misconduct is behavior of a sexual nature that is committed without consent. It includes sexual harassment, acts – including attempted acts – of sexual violence and other inappropriate behavior that is of a sexual nature, or based on sex. Sexual misconduct can occur between persons of the same or different sex. Please see the Sexual Assault Policy (3357:15-14-15).

Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment at Stark State College

Stark State College is committed to maintaining a workplace and academic environment free of discrimination and harassment. The College shall not tolerate discriminatory or harassing behavior by or against employees, faculty members, vendors, customers, students or other persons participating in a College program or activity. Employees and students are expected to assist in the College’s efforts to prevent discrimination or harassment from occurring. Please see the Anti-Harassment Policy (3357:15-14-13)

While the College does not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment, the Non-Discrimination Policy is intended to cover discrimination and harassment based on a protected class. Protected classes for purposes of this policy are sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information (GINA), military status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Please see the College’s Non-Discrimination Policy

Official Policy

Policies

Sexual Assault Policy
Anti-Harassment Policy (3357:15-14-13)
Student Complaints (3357:15-19-08)
Employee Grievance Procedure  (3357:15-14-07)
Employee Corrective Action and Disciplinary Procedure (3357:15-14-18)

Reporting Title IX concerns

The Title IX Coordinator is the designated college official with primary responsibility for coordinating the college’s compliance with Title IX. This includes providing leadership for Title IX activities; providing consultation, education and training; and helping to ensure the college responds appropriately, effectively and equitably to Title IX issues.

Reports involving students:

Diana Tsenekos is the College’s Title IX Coordinator (“Coordinator”) for matters related to student sex based offenses or Title IX Concerns.

Diana Tsenekos, Title IX Coordinator
Room S104
(330) 494-6170, ext. 4424
dtsenekos@starkstate.edu

Reports involving employees:

Melissa Glanz is the Deputy, Title IX Coordinator for matters related to employee Title IX concerns.

Melissa Glanz, Deputy, Title IX Coordinator
Room G102
(330) 494-6170, ext. 4276
mglanz@starkstate.edu

To file a Title IX complaint, you may use this complaint form.

This form does not address general complaints related to conflicts in your academic or work environment that are not directly related to one of the protected classes (race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, military status, pregnancy, disability, age, genetic information, or sexual orientation) Complaints such as these should be addressed with your Department Chairperson or to your Supervisor or the Human Resources Department.

IMPORTANT: Your report will be reviewed during business hours.  If you are on a college field trip for a club activity or event, you will be contacted within 24 hours of reporting via email.

Please Note: The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators are not confidential sources of reporting and support. While they will address your concerns with sensitivity and will keep your information as private as possible, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.

Mental health counselors, pastoral counselors, social workers, psychologists or any person with a professional license requiring confidentiality will be able to maintain complete confidentiality. However, if a complainant discloses information about an incident to an instructor, who is also a counselor but acting in his/her role as an instructor at the time of the disclosure, the instructor would have a duty to report the incident as a responsible employee.

*Complaints also can be filed with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

On/Off Campus Resources

National

Local

On Campus Assistance

  • Campus Security Rm. S104 330-704-2582
  • Police Departments
    • Jackson Township Police 911 or 330-832-1553
    • Alliance Police 911 or 330-821-9140
    • Barberton Police 911 or 330-848-6701
    • Canton Police 911 or  330-489-3283
    • Akron Police 911 or 330-375-2552 or 330-375-2181
    • Sheriff’s Office 911 or 330-430-3800
  • Student Support- Room B104 or 330-494-6170 Ext. 4219
  • Campus Interfaith Ministry- Room B230
  • Rape Crisis Center (24 hours) 330-452-1111
  • Victim Assistance Program 330-438-0887

Non-Retaliation Statement

Stark State College will not tolerate retaliation in any form against any protected party who files a complaint, serves as a witness, assists one who files a complaint, or participates in an investigation of discrimination or harassment. College policy and state and federal law prohibit retaliation against an individual for reporting discrimination or harassment, or for participating in an investigation. Retaliation is a serious violation that can subject the offender to sanctions independent of the merits of the allegation. Complaints of retaliation should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or the Human Resources Department.