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Title IX, Harassment Prevention, & Discrimination

"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."~Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Many of us know about Title IX as "the law that made school sports more equitable for girls and women." Yet, there's also a lot more to it.

Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence such as rape, sexual battery and sexual coercion, is a form of gender-based discrimination prohibited by Title IX. It creates a hostile environment that has no place on our campus. And it's something we take very seriously as we work to keep you safe and to respond effectively and immediately when you're in trouble.

Gender Equity

CCRI is proud to support transgender, nonbinary, gender expansive and gender non-conforming students in their intellectual, professional and personal growth at the College.  In order to provide an affirming experience, CCRI empowers students who wish to update their chosen name and pronouns throughout the College to freely do so in many places without the need for legal documentation.  For example:

  • Students are able to insert their chosen name into Banner, which will be reflected on class rosters and in Starfish.
  • Students can obtain an ID from the bookstore with their chosen name and new photo, if needed.
  • Students are welcome to indicate their chosen name on their diploma, as indicated on the graduation application.

If a student would like assistance in changing their chosen name and pronouns throughout the college, including obtaining a new email address, they are welcome to contact Kara DiPaola, Title IX Coordinator, who can facilitate the changes in a private manner. She can be reached via email at [email protected] or at 401-825-1126 (office) or 401-895-1095 (cell). 

All persons within the CCRI community are free to use restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity. 

Intentional and continued mis-gendering or mis-naming of a student after being informed of the student’s wishes can amount to discrimination or harassment, and individuals are encouraged to report such behavior to the Title IX Coordinator listed above.


Any person who feels that they may have been the target of or witness to sexual harassment, including sexual violence or sexual assault can report the incident by contacting Kara DiPaola, Assistant Director, Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity at [email protected] or 401-825-1126.