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Title IX

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…” 20 U.S.C. § 1681

Title IX and IWP

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on gender in educational programs which receive federal financial assistance. Programs and activities which may be included are: admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, athletics, housing and employment. Title IX also protects male and female students from unlawful sexual harassment in school programs and activities.

The Institute is committed to equal opportunity, respect, fairness and nondiscrimination, and to taking steps to end any harassment, prevent its recurrence, and, where appropriate, remedy its effects.  If a student believes that they have experienced sexual or gender-based discrimination or harassment, he/she may file a written grievance with the Title IX Coordinator.  The grievance statement should be as specific as possible and include the action(s) that precipitated the grievance — e.g. the date, place, and people involved; the efforts made to settle the matter informally; and the remedy sought.

The Title IX Coordinator will investigate the matters expressed in the written grievance, and may forward a copy to the person whose actions were the subject of the grievance.  The Title IX Coordinator may also interview witnesses, meet with the parties that are the subject of the grievance, and make other appropriate independent inquiries.  The Title IX Coordinator will submit the results of their investigation to a Title IX Committee.  No more than thirty days after receiving this submission, the Title IX Committee will make a decision as to the appropriate resolution of the situation.  Copies of the decision will be sent to the student, the Title IX Coordinator, the Vice President of Student Affairs, and the person whose actions are the subject of the grievance.

Anonymous Reports Persons may wish to report violations anonymously.  If a person reporting self-identifies but asks to remain anonymous, the Title IX Committee will decide how to proceed, taking into account the person’s wishes, the Institute’s commitment to providing a safe and non-discriminatory environment, and the right of any person accused of a violation to have notice of the allegations if any action may be taken that would affected the accused.  It may not be possible to guarantee the reporting party anonymity in certain circumstances.

Process Confidentiality To encourage parties and witnesses to participate in these procedures, all involved should keep confidential any information they receive in the course of their participation, other than to consult with advisors and attorneys, and incidental to seeking support and advice from family, clergy, health professionals, and others playing a similar role, all of whom should also be advised by anyone seeking their support to keep such information confidential.  Disclosure of confidential information received in participating in these procedures has the potential to compromise the integrity of these procedures and may be viewed as retaliation.  Upon the initiation of an investigation, the Title IX Coordinator will remind such parties of their obligations regarding confidentiality.

What to do if you have a concern

Any student, faculty, staff member, or applicant for admission or education who has concerns about sex discrimination or sexual misconduct is encouraged to seek the assistance of a Title IX coordinator.

Title IX Coordinator at IWP

Ms. Iman Riddick, IWP’s Title IX Coordinator, oversees and provides leadership for the Institute’s Title IX activities. Ms. Riddick conducts investigations of Title IX complaints filed by faculty, staff and students. She also oversees the Institute’s education and training activities related to sex discrimination (including sexual violence). Individuals with questions, concerns or a complaint related to Title IX are encouraged to contact the Institute’s Title IX Coordinator:

Iman Riddick
The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: (202) 462-2101
Fax: (571) 931-2010