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Kalamazoo College’s Commitment

Kalamazoo College is committed to ensuring an academic and work environment that is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment in all their insidious forms. To that end, the College prohibits discrimination and harassment based upon race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, height, weight, marital status, familial status, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. 

Kalamazoo College’s Policy Against Harassment prohibits sex discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as well as sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. This commitment applies to admissions, employment, access to and treatment in Kalamazoo College programs and activities.

About the Office of Gender Equity

The Office of Gender Equity is responsible for oversight and coordination of Kalamazoo College’s Title IX compliance, including:

  • ensuring prompt, equitable, and impartial Title IX processes for all students, faculty, and staff
  • handling investigations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking reports
  • coordinating effective, appropriate responses to reports of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct
  • facilitating the implementation of supportive measures and other accommodations
  • identifying and addressing patterns of complaints
  • collaborating with other offices to assess the campus climate around issues of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct
  • coordinating the informal resolution process
  • overseeing the formal resolution, grievance process (such as hearings)
  • collaborating with other offices to offer awareness campaigns and prevention programs
  • collaborating with Athletics and other offices to create and/or maintain equity in sports

The Office of Gender Equity is responsible for oversight and implementation of Kalamazoo College’s Policy Against Harassment and Minors on Campus Policy.

What is Title IX?

Title IX is the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs or activities. Title IX states that “[n]o 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.” The statutory text may be found at 20 U.S.C. § 1681 and the Title IX regulations may be found at 34 C.F.R. Part 106.

Title IX prohibits sex discrimination (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity) in all college programs and activities as well as prohibits sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

What is the scope of Title IX?

Title IX applies to every aspect of education from a student’s application until their graduation, including course offerings, counseling, financial assistance, student health, student housing, marital and parental status of students, physical education, athletics, student conduct involving sex discrimination or sexual harassment (in any of its forms), and all other educational programs and activities.

Title IX also prohibits sex discrimination and sexual harassment (in all its forms) in employment.

Title IX generally applies to students, faculty, and staff.

How do I submit a Title IX report or concern?

Reports may be submitted in person, by mail, by telephone, by electronic mail, or through Kalamazoo College’s reporting form. Reports may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number, email, online reporting form, or by mail to the Title IX Coordinator. Reports may be submitted in person at the Office of Gender Equity during or after business hours.

Tanya Jachimiak, J.D., Director, Office of Gender Equity, Title IX Coordinator, Upjohn Library Commons, Room 217, 1200 Academy Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006, 269.337.7480, Tanya.Jachimiak@kzoo.edu

Does the Policy Against Harassment cover more than Title IX?

Yes. The Policy Against Harassment provides a fair process whether or not the reported conduct is specifically prohibited or covered by Title IX. 

Where do I find Kalamazoo College’s policies and related information?