Sex and Gender Based Discrimination

Submit a Report

Reports to the Office of Equity and Compliance can be made in person, via phone, email, or online by submitting an incident report. When a report is made, our staff will reach out to the Complainant and provide the resources and information necessary to ensure safety and support. A Formal Investigation will only be initiated with consent of the Complainant or when the University believes necessary.

UAA Discrimination and Harassment Incident Report

Title IX & Sexual Harassment

University of Alaska Anchorage is committed to sustaining an environment of respect and support for all of our community members. An important part of that mission is ensuring that UAA’s campus is free of discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, and gender-based discrimination. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and certain other state and federal laws prohibited discrimination that is based on sex in employment, educational programs, and university sponsored events.

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the sex (gender) of employees and students of educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX’s prohibition of sex discrimination includes prohibition of sexual harassment as well as sexual and relationship violence. Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including rape and sexual assault.

The University of Alaska Anchorage does not tolerate sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence of any kind. This prohibition and the application of Title IX is further explained in the University’s ​Sex and Gender-Based Discrimination Policy 01.04​. To ensure compliance with Title IX and other federal and state civil rights laws, the University has designated​​ Sara Childress as the University's Title IX Coordinator. She is charged with monitoring compliance with Title IX and ensuring that reports of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence are investigated and addressed by the University.

Any student, faculty, or staff member with questions or concerns about the applicable University policies or who believes that they have been the victim of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence is encouraged to contact, Sara Childress, the Title IX Coordinator.

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to the Higher Education Act of 1965

Pregnancy & Parenting

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and parental status—in educational programs and activities.

Here are some things you should know about your rights:

Classes and School Activities – your school will:

  • Allow you to continue participating in classes and extracurricular activities even though you are pregnant. 
  • Allow you to choose whether you want to participate in special instructional programs or classes for pregnant students.
  • Allow you to participate in classes and extracurricular activities even though you are pregnant and not require you to submit a doctor’s note unless your school requires a doctor’s note from all students who have a physical or emotional condition requiring treatment by a doctor. 
  • Provide you with reasonable adjustments, like a larger desk, elevator access, or allowing you to make frequent trips to the restroom, when necessary because of your pregnancy.

Excused Absences and Medical Leave – your school will:

  • Excuse absences due to pregnancy or childbirth for as long as your doctor says it is necessary.
  • Allow you to return to the same academic and extracurricular status as before your medical leave began, which should include giving you the opportunity to make up any work missed while you were out.
  • Ensure that teachers understand the Title IX requirements related to excused absences/medical leave. Your teacher may not refuse to allow you to submit work after a deadline you missed because of pregnancy or childbirth.
  • Provide pregnant students with the same special services it provides to students with temporary medical conditions. 

Harassment – your school will:

  • Protect you from harassment based on sex, including harassment because of pregnancy or related conditions.

Gender & Sex Discrimination

Title IX and Title VII say that all students, staff, and faculty have a right to equal access to employment and education at UAA regardless of their sex and gender. Title IX applies to all UAA community members- faculty, staff, students, volunteers, visitors, and vendors.

Title IX prohibits the following conduct: 

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Unwelcome Sexual Conduct
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Sexual Assault
  • Stalking
  • Dating Violence
  • Domestic Violence
  • Different standards or outcomes on the basis of gender or sex
  • Different treatment on the basis of pregnancy or parenting status

Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on the following criteria: 

  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity
  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • National Origin

Rights of Complainants, Respondents, and Witnesses

  • Rights of the Complainant (Victim/Survivor)
    • Right to a learning/working environment free of discrimination and harassment
    • Right to amnesty for minor policy violations uncovered through reporting
    • Right to supportive measures offered by the University
    • Right to refuse to participate in any portion of the process
    • Right to appeal a dismissal
    • Right to use a informal resolution process
    • Right to withdraw from and end the informal resolution process
    • Right to file a formal complaint and pursue a formal resolution process
    • Right to have an advisor assist during the grievance process
    • Right to an objective and impartial Investigator during the investigation process
    • Right to inspect and review any evidence obtained as part of the investigation prior to the close of the process
    • Right to receive, inspect, and write a written response to the investigative report prior to the hearing process
    • Right to have an advisor appointed during the cross-examination portion of the hearing process
    • Right to request a hearing delay if the Advisor fails to appear
    • Right to receive determination in writing and simultaneously with the other party
    • Right to appeal a decision-makers determination within the university
    • Right to appeal the decision to the superior court for the State of Alaska
    • Right to privacy
    • Right to be free of retaliation stemming from your involvement in this case
  • Rights of the Respondent (Alleged Actor)
    • Right to a learning/working environment free of discrimination and harassment
    • Right to amnesty for minor policy violations uncovered through reporting
    • Right to refuse to participate in any portion of the process
    • Right to participate in a informal resolution process
    • Right to withdraw from and end the informal resolution process
    • Right to have an advisor assist during the grievance process
    • Right to union representation, if Respondent is a bargaining unit employee, during interview process
    • Right to an objective and impartial Investigator during the investigation process
    • Right to inspect and review any evidence obtained as part of the investigation prior to the close of the process
    • Right to receive, inspect, and write a written response to the investigative report prior to the hearing process
    • Right to have an advisor appointed during the cross-examination portion of the hearing process
    • Right to request a hearing delay if the Advisor fails to appear
    • Right to receive determination in writing and simultaneously with the other party
    • Right to appeal a decision-makers determination within the university
    • Right to appeal the decision to the superior court for the State of Alaska
    • Right to privacy
    • Right to be free of retaliation stemming from your involvement in this case
  • Rights of Witnesses/Reporters
    • Right to a learning/working environment free of discrimination and harassment
    • Right to amnesty for minor policy violations uncovered through reporting
    • Right to not be involved at all, unless you are a mandated reporter in which case you MUST report
    • Right to privacy
    • Right to be free of retaliation stemming from your involvement in this case