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Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment: Including Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Retaliation
Interlochen Center for the Arts (ICA) adheres to all federal, state, and local civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and education. ICA does not discriminate in its admissions practices, in its employment practices, or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender. As a recipient of federal financial assistance for education activities, ICA is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that all of its education programs and activities do not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes: sex, sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. ICA also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internal or external to the institution.
Sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking are forms of sex discrimination, which are prohibited under Title IX and by ICA policy. Any member of the campus community, guest, or visitor who acts to deny, deprive, or limit the educational, employment, residential, or social access, opportunities, and/or benefits of any member of the ICA community on the basis of sex is in violation of the Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy. Any person may report sex discrimination (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to have experienced the conduct), in person, by mail, by telephone, by video, or by email, using the contact information listed below. A report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours).
Individuals who believe they have experienced sex discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation in violation of ICA policy should contact the Title IX Coordinator.
A person may also file a complaint with the appropriate federal, state, or local agency within the time frame required by law. Depending upon the nature of the complaint, the appropriate agency may be the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education
Within any resolution process related to this policy, ICA provides reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities and religious accommodations, when that accommodation is consistent with state and federal law.
ATIXA 2020 Interim Model Sexual Harassment Policies And Procedures
Use and adaptation of this model with citation to ATIXA is permitted through a limited license to: Interlochen Center for the Arts (ICA). All other rights reserved. ©2020. ATIXA
Title IX Coordinator: Kristina Nichols
Vice Provost of Education Operations/Title IX Coordinator
Permanent Office Location: Education Office/Maddy Building
Temporary Office Location: Remote Campus Access
Mailing Address: Education Office, P.O. Box 199, Interlochen MI 49643
The Title IX Team is a pool of individuals who have been trained on Interlochen's policy and investigation procedures related to gender-based discrimination and harassment, including violations of Title IX. Under the direction of the Title IX Coordinator, the following individuals will be assigned as investigators, decision-makers, and/or appeal chairs for any investigation.
Title IX Pool
Joseph McCarthy, Director of Campus Safety
Michelle Spaulding, Director of Residence Life
Pracilla Venhuizen, Human Resources Generalist
Jennifer Wesling, Dean of Students
Eric Blackburn, Dean of Academics and Academic Support
To report a concern, please use the following form. If you choose to remain anonymous, please note that it may limit our ability to investigate the incident and provide follow-up to the individuals involved. If you have any questions about reporting a concern, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.