Title IX

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
-Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Title IX at SPSCC

South Puget Sound Community College is committed to providing an inclusive, healthy and productive environment for our students to learn and our employees to work. The college does not tolerate violent, harassing, threatening, or intimidating behavior toward our students, staff, faculty, or visitors. Students learn and employees work best when they know they have a supportive environment in which to do so.

The safety of our students, staff, faculty, and visitors is our highest priority. SPSCC offers our campus community professional staff, resources, training, and policies that help ensure a safe environment on and off campus. With these people, tools, and means in place, we are confident that we have created a college in which people can learn and work at their best.

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits gender-based discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funds. Title IX is most commonly associated with gender discrimination in sports and is credited with advancing participation of women in athletics. However, the scope of Title IX is much broader. It prohibits gender-based discrimination in all college programs and activities. Title IX protection from discrimination extends to faculty, staff and students and includes: sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, gender-identity discrimination and pregnancy. It also prohibits retaliation against anyone who makes or participates in a complaint. SPSCC is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, sex/gender, religion, creed, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, veterans' status, or the presence of any physical, sensory, or mental disability.

Who do I report concerns to?

In case of an emergency, call 911. In non-emergency situations, please report sexual harassment, sexual assault, or any sexual misconduct to the following individual:

Samantha Dotson,  Title IX Coordinator and Chief Human Resource Officer
South Puget Sound Community College, Building 25, Room 220
Phone: 360-596-5361

Harassment / Discrimination Complaints - Online Reporting

Additional Resources:

SPSCC Nondiscrimination Policy and Procedures
Sexual Assault Resources
Local Resources

Emergency Dial 911

Campus Contacts

Security Office:
Building 25

Counseling Services:
Building 22, Suite 260

Local Contacts

Local Police:
Lacey: 360-923-5209
Olympia: 360-704-8417
Tumwater: 360-754-4200