Title IX - Sex and Gender 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

Other Reporting Options

A confidential option for reporting and support resources is UAA's Student Health and Counseling Center, located in Rasmuson Hall (RH) 116 / 120. Please call 907-786-4040 or email uaa_studenthealth@uaa.alaska.edu to schedule an appointment during normal business hours.

An anonymous option for reporting is UA's Confidential Hotline. You may contact the hotline at 855-251-5719 or submit an anonymous report

Title IX & Sex Based Discrimination

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

More Information Related to Title IX

Rights of the People Involved in Title IX Cases

Everyone involved in a Title IX case has rights. The rights afforded to you in the process varies depending on your role.

  • 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 Perpetrator)
    • Right to a learning/working environment free of discrimination and harassment
    • 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

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in martial status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. 

For more information about the required use of the Notice of Nondiscrimination statement please refer to the University of Alaska Nondiscrimination page. Please contact the office of Equity and Compliance with any questions.

  • Nondiscrimination Statement for Course Syllabi

    Suggested syllabi statement: 
    The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.

    For more information, contact:
    [please select the contact information for your university]

    UAF Department of Equity and Compliance
    1760 Tanana Loop, 355 Duckering Building, Fairbanks, AK  99775
    Phone: 907-474-7300
    Email: uaf-deo@alaska.edu

    UAA Office of Equity and Compliance
    3890 University Lake Drive, Suite 106, Anchorage, AK 
    Phone: 907-786-0818
    Email: uaa_titleix@alaska.edu

    UAS Office of Equity and Compliance
    11066 Auke Lake Way, Hendrickson Building 202, Juneau, AK 99801
    Phone: 907-796-6371
    Email: uas.titleix@alaska.edu

  • Additional Statement for Off-Campus Programs and Research Activities

    University Sponsored Off-Campus Programs and Research Activities

    We want you to know that:

    1. UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.
    2. Incidents can be reported to your university’s Equity and Compliance office (listed below) or online reporting portal. University of Alaska takes immediate, effective, and appropriate action to respond to reported acts of discrimination and harassment. 
    3. There are supportive measures available to individuals that may have experienced discrimination.
    4. University of Alaska’s Board of Regents’ Policy & University Regulations (UA BoR P&R) 01.02.020 Nondiscrimination and 01.04 Sex and Gender-Based Discrimination Under Title IX, go to:http://alaska.edu/bor/policy-regulations/.
    5. UA BoR P&R apply at all university owned or operated sites, university sanctioned events, clinical sites and during all academic or research related travel that are university sponsored.

      For further information on your rights and resources please visit https://www.alaska.edu/equity/title-ix/student-placement-guidelines/.
  • Nondiscrimination Statement for Catalogs and Handbooks

    Notice of Nondiscrimination

    (BOR Policy & Regulation 01.02.020)

    The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status.

    When implementing this commitment, the University is guided by Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Civil Rights Act of 1991; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Executive Order 11246, and Executive Order 11375, as amended; Equal Pay Act of 1963; Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 and Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990; the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008; Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; Pregnancy Discrimination Act; Immigration Reform & Control Act; Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other federal laws or Alaska Statutes which guarantee equal opportunity to individuals and protected classes within our society.

    The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment.

    This policy therefore affects employment policies and actions, as well as the delivery of educational services at all levels and facilities of the University. Further, the University's objective of ensuring equal opportunity will be met by taking affirmative action: i.e., making intensified, goal-oriented efforts to substantially increase the participation of groups where their representation is less than proportionate to their availability; providing reasonable accommodations to employees and students with disabilities; and ensuring that employment opportunities are widely disseminated to agencies and organizations that serve underrepresented protected classes.

    The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:

    UAF Department of Equity and Compliance
    1760 Tanana Loop, 355 Duckering Building, Fairbanks, AK  99775
    Phone: 907-474-7300
    Email: uaf-deo@alaska.edu

    UAA Office of Equity and Compliance
    3890 University Lake Drive, Suite 106, Anchorage, AK 
    Phone: 907-786-0818
    Email: uaa_titleix@alaska.edu

    UAS Office of Equity and Compliance
    11066 Auke Lake Way, Hendrickson Building 202, Juneau, AK 99801
    Phone: 907-796-6371
    Email: uas.titleix@alaska.edu

    For sex discrimination claims or other inquiries concerning the application of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations, individuals may contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator or the Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, or both:

    Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    915 Second Ave., Room 3310
    Seattle, WA 98174-1099
    Phone: 206-607-1600
    TDD: 800-877-8339
    E-mail: OCR.Seattle@ed.gov
    Website: www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html

    For employment or educational discrimination, students, parents, employees and applicants for employment may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education within 180 calendar days of the alleged discriminatory act.

    Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    915 Second Ave., Room 3310
    Seattle, WA 98174-1099
    Phone: 206-607-1600
    TDD: 800-877-8339
    E-mail: OCR.Seattle@ed.gov
    Website: www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html

    For employment discrimination, employees and applicants for employment may file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at the below addresses within 180 calendar days of the alleged discriminatory act.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    Federal Office Building
    909 First Avenue
    Suite 400
    Seattle, WA 98104-1061
    Phone: 800-669-4000
    Fax: 206-220-6911
    TTY: 800-669-6820
    Website: www.eeoc.gov/employees/charge.cfm

    For educational discrimination, individuals may file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Justice

    U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
    950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
    Educational Opportunities Section, PHB
    Washington, D.C. 20530
    Phone: 202-514-4092 or 1-877-292-3804 (toll-free)
    Fax: 202-514-8337
    E-mail: education@usdoj.gov
    Website: www.justice.gov/crt/how-file-complaint#three

    For employment or educational discrimination, individuals may file a complaint with the State of Alaska:

    Alaska State Human Rights Commission
    800 A Street, Suite 204
    Anchorage, AK 99501-3669
    Anchorage Area: 907-274-4692
    Anchorage Area TTY/TDD: 907-276-3177
    Toll-Free Complaint Hot Line (in-state only): 800-478-4692
    TTY/TDD Toll-Free Complaint Hot Line (in-state only): 800-478-3177
    Website: www.humanrights.alaska.gov

    For discrimination related to a Department of Labor funded grant, individuals may file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Labor within 180 calendar days of the alleged discriminatory act.

    U.S. Department of Labor
    ATTENTION: Office of External Enforcement
    Director, Civil Rights Center
    200 Constitution Avenue, NW
    Room N-4123
    Washington, DC 20210
    Fax: 202-693-6505, ATTENTION: Office of External Enforcement (limit of 15 pages)
    E-mail: CRCExternalComplaints@dol.gov
    Website: www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/crc/index.htm

    For discrimination related to a National Science Foundation funded grant, individuals may file a complaint with the National Science Foundation within 90 calendar days of the alleged discriminatory act on the basis of race, sex (including sexual harassment), color, national origin and disability.  Age discrimination complaints may be filed within 180 calendar days of the alleged discriminatory act.

    National Science Foundation
    NSF Awardee Compliance Manager
    Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI)
    2415 Eisenhower Avenue
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    Phone: 703-292-8020
    E-mail: ProgramComplaints@nsf.gov
    Website: www.nsf.gov/od/odi/

    UA’s grievance procedures and grievance process under Title IX, including how to report or file a formal complaint of sex discrimination, how to report or file a formal complaint of sexual harassment, and how UA will respond are located in UA Board of Regents’ Policy and Regulation Chapter 01.04. This chapter defines prohibited behavior and details the administrative grievance procedures and grievance process for inquiries, investigations, hearings, and appeals which apply when prohibited behavior is alleged to have occurred.