Notice of Non-Discrimination/Non-Discrimination Policy

Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational environment for all College community members.  It is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, or activities.  The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, religion, disability, creed, or any other protected class.  Discrimination and sexual harassment on any of the bases covered by federal antidiscrimination statutes is unlawful and a violation of Grinnell College policy.

This policy addresses all forms of sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence.  Grinnell College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational, extra- and co-curricular, athletic, or other programs, or in the context of employment.  Sex discrimination is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a federal law that provides that:

No 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.

Sexual harassment is also prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Iowa Code Section 216.9, and other applicable statutes.

The College, as an educational community, will promptly and equitably respond to reports of sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, and/or intimate partner violence in order to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects on any individual or the community.  Title IX provides educational processes, remedies, and outcomes.  Public law enforcement follows criminal processes, remedies, and outcomes.  While the school will act using the education lens of Title IX, complainants always have the option to avail themselves of and will be fully supported by the college to seek the services of law enforcement.

This policy prohibits sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence  against Grinnell College community members of any gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.  This policy also prohibits gender-based harassment that does not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

Grinnell College recognizes that harassment related to an individual’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression can occur in conjunction with alleged misconduct related to another protected characteristic, such as an individual’s race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, or disability.  Targeting individuals on the basis of these characteristics is also a violation of Grinnell’s Community Standards and Responsibilities and may violate the College’s Hate Crime and Bias-Motivated Incident Policy.  Under these circumstances, the College will coordinate the investigation and resolution.

Inquiries or complaints concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the College’s Title IX Coordinator and/or to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights:

Angela Voos, Title IX Coordinator                     
Nollen House                                                                      
1121 Park St.                                                             

Office for Civil Rights
Regional #5 Office
500 West Madison, Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661

The application of the College's nondiscrimination policy will often involve conflicting interests.  This may especially be the case when it is applied to questions of freedom of speech and freedom of association.  Because of these inherent difficulties, the application of the nondiscrimination policy may not be simple or straightforward.  Since the primary mission of the College is liberal education, and because liberal education cannot take place without the free, open, and civil exchange of ideas, the application of the nondiscrimination policy should always be made with consideration of how best to preserve that free, open, and civil exchange of ideas.