Title IX Compliance

Equal Opportunity & Non-discrimination

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education a program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…”

20 U.S.C. § 1681 & 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (1972)

About Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.) and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance.  

Who is covered by Title IX?

Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX. If only one of the institution’s programs or activities receives federal funding, all of the programs within the institution must comply with Title IX regulations. All students, faculty and staff at WNCC are protected by Title IX in all aspects of WNCC’s educational programs and activities. All forms of sexual misconduct, including but not limited to sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault are violations of Title IX and prohibited by WNCC.

Complaints under Title IX at WNCC

Students: If you are a student who believes you have been subjected to (1) sexual harassment or sexual misconduct; or (2) any other form of gender discrimination under Title IX, you may report such harassment/misconduct or file a formal complaint with the Title IX Coordinator.

Employees: If you are an employee who believes you have been subjected to discrimination under Title IX, including sexual harassment or sexual misconduct, or who wishes to file a complaint under Title IX, you can do so with the Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX Coordinator

In accordance with Title IX regulations, WNCC has a designated Title IX coordinator. This person is responsible for tracking and monitoring incidents of gender based discrimination, including misconduct, to ensure WNCC responds effectively to each complaint, and where necessary, for conducting investigations of particular situations. Questions regarding Title IX, as well as concerns and complaints of non-compliance, may be directed to:

Kathy Ault, Title IX Coordinator
Human Resources
1601 E. 27th Street*
Scottsbluff, NE 6936
Phone: 308.635.6350
Fax: 308.635.6161
aultk@wncc.edu

*During the Scottsbluff Campus renovation and construction project, Ms. Ault’s office is located in SWBC, located at 2617 College Park, Scottsbluff, NE 69361 (located directly across the street from the Scottsbluff campus.

In addition, Institutional Officers listed below are designated as Title IX Deputy Coordinators and may be contacted for assistance:

  • Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Nina Grant, Vice President of Student Services, WNCC | 1601 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff, NE, 69361 308.635.6004 or grante1@wncc.edu 
  • Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Ryan Burgner, Athletic Director, WNCC 1601 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff, NE, 69361 308.635.6798 or burgnerr@wncc.edu
  • Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Norman Coley, Jr., Dean of Students, WNCC 1601 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff, NE, 69361, 308.635.6186 or coleyn@wncc.edu
  • Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Paula Abbott, Sidney Campus Executive Director, WNCC 371 College Drive, Sidney, Nebraska 69162 308.254.7404 or abbottp@wncc.edu

Who enforces Title IX?

The United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in charge of enforcing Title IX. The Office for Civil Rights may be reached at:
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, One Petticoat Lane, 1010 Walnut Street, 3rd floor, Suite 320, Kansas City, MO 64106. 816.268.0550

Information regarding OCR can be found here.

Failure to comply with Title IX

The penalty for failure to comply with Title IX in the most extreme circumstances can include the termination of all or part of an institution’s federal funding. This includes grants, subsidies, and other program funds from the federal government. In addition to the loss of federal funds, institutions may be sued by those seeking redress for violations of Title IX. It is essential that institutions receiving federal financial assistances operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. While compliance with the law is everyone’s responsibility at WNCC, the staff members who have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance are listed under Contact Information.

Other Resources 

Title IX Reporting Guidelines
Guide to gender-based offences
Sexual Misconduct: What you need to know (Part 1)
Sexual Misconduct: What you need to know (Part 2)