Title IX Legislation

Kent State University Policy prohibits unlawful gender-based discrimination, which includes sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking and intimate partner violence. These actions can interfere with an individual’s ability to participate in university academic and non-academic programs, to function in the workplace, and to utilize university programs and services.

  • University Policy
  • Definitions
    • Sexual Harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It includes, but is not limited to: sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
    • Sexual Misconduct is sexual contact with a person without their consent. It includes, but is not limited to: touching or fondling; rape (defined as vaginal, anal, or oral penetration with a body part or object without consent); sexual exploitation (e.g. videotaping sexual acts without consent); or letting someone else watch sexual acts without your partner's consent.
    • Intimate Partner Violence includes violence or intimidation committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.
    • Stalking is defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety, fear for the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress.
    • Retaliatory Harassment occurs when someone complains of, or participates in, an investigation of discrimination (including harassment or misconduct), and because of it they experience verbal or electronic harassment, threats, or other forms of negative treatment.

Sex Discrimination: Overview of the Law.