Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) is a federal civil rights law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by recipients of federal funds. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other sexual misconduct. SWWC does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities that it operates, and it is required by Title IX and 34 C.F.R. Part 106 not to discriminate in such a manner.
Abby Polzine, Director of Human Resources, is SWWC’s Title IX Coordinator. Her office is located at the Marshall Office, 1420 E College Drive, Marshall, MN 56258. She can also be reached at Abby.Polzine@swwc.org or at 507-537-2243. Questions regarding Title IX may be directed to Abby Polzine or the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, or both.
SWWC has a Title IX policy 522 for students and staff, as well as Harassment and Violence Policy 413 specifically for staff which can be accessed using the link(s) below.Filing a Complaint
- If you have been subjected to sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct in a school program or activity, you are strongly encouraged to report your experience to the Director of Human Resources and/or fill out a formal complaint form (available below). A report may be made at any time, although you are encouraged to make a report as soon as possible after an incident.
- All reports are treated with the high level of seriousness and sensitivity they deserve. Retaliation against any person for making a report or participating in an investigation is strictly prohibited.
- Title IX Coordinators are not a confidential source of support. While they address complaints with sensitivity and will not share any information except on a need-to-know basis and as required by federal law and regulations, absolute confidentiality is not possible.
- The District will respond to all complaints of sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct in a manner that is supportive and fair to all parties.