University Policies

State Law

State of Connecticut Public Act 14-11 An Act Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus

Federal Law

Title IX and Sexual Harassment/Assault

Title IX is the U.S. federal law that protects students against sexual violence and harassment. Title IX requires colleges and universities to respond to the various needs of survivors after sexual violence or harassment occurs. These needs may include academic, housing, and employment accommodations, as well as counseling and other support services. Campuses must have grievance procedures in place for survivors to take disciplinary action against their assailants.

Dear Colleague Letter (April 2011 – Title IX)

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of the Education (ED) issued the Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) “to explain that the requirements of Title IX cover sexual violence and to remind schools of their responsibilities to take immediate and effective steps to respond to sexual violence in accordance with the requirements of Title IX.”

Dear Colleague Letter: Sexual Violence Background, Summary, and Fast Facts

US Department of Education Letter

Dear Colleague Letter(April 2013 – Retaliation)

The OCR issued this Dear Colleague Letter to explain that retaliation is prohibited by federal law. “Retaliation” refers to negative action taken against an individual who brought concerns to a school’s attention, made complaints, testified, or participated in any manner in an OCR investigation concerning violations of Federal civil rights laws, including Title IX. An example of retaliation would be a student receiving a lower grade in a class after reporting a professor’s sexual misconduct. The basic principles of retaliation are explained in the letter, as well as the OCR’s methods of enforcing this prohibition.

US Department of Education Letter