Equal Opportunity and Title IX

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Valencia College strives to be a community in which all members can learn and work in an atmosphere free from all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment, discrimination, intimidation and/or retaliation. All forms of discrimination and harassment based on protected status are prohibited at Valencia College. As such, students, faculty and staff are expected to adhere to the college’s policy: 6Hx28:2-01,Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct, which prohibits the above actions, as well as sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking and interpersonal violence, which includes dating and domestic violence.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex- and gender-based harassment, and discrimination in any education program or activity. Title IX states “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 program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating and domestic violence, and stalking are prohibited under Title IX.

Ryan Kane is the college’s Title IX coordinator and Lauren Kelly is the director, Equal Opportunity and Employee Relations. Both ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws prohibiting discrimination and sexual harassment at Valencia College.

Valencia College has identified the following protected statuses:
Gender Identity
Genetic Information
Marital Status
National Origin
Sexual Orientation

Employees and students who believe they have been a victim of discrimination, harassment or sexual harassment should contact:

Ryan Kane

Assistant Vice President, Equity & Access
Title IX Coordinator, Section 504 Coordinator


Lauren Kelly

Director, Equal Opportunity