Title IX and Sexual Misconduct

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The College of Micronesia-FSM (COM-FSM) complies with Title VI of the
U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,
and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. COM-FSM does not discriminate in
Mappers of employment or admission to educational programs and
activities because of race, color, place of origin or ancestry, marital status,
sex, religious or political preference, age, or physical handicap.

Title IX

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

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R.
Part 106 (Title IX)

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 in education programs and activities that receive U.S. Federal
financial assistance. It requires colleges and/or universities receiving U.S.
Federal financial assistance to take steps to prevent and address sexual
harassment (including sexual violence), gender-based harassment, harassment
and bullying, discrimination against pregnancy and marital
status, and related retaliatory acts.

College’s Commitment to Title IX Compliance

The College of Micronesia-FSM (COM-FSM) is committed to the safety of
our students, faculty, staff and community members; and takes its
responsibility to to ensure that its learning and working environments are
free from all forms of discrimination harassment, or violence, very
seriously.

COM-FSM has a zero tolerance for sexual harassment, which is includes
unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal,
nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, and sexual violence. Sexual
violence, as U.S. Office of Civil Rights (OCR) uses the term, refers to physical
sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable
of giving consent. A number of different acts fall into the category of
sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual rapery, sexual abuse,
and sexual coercion.

COM-FSM has a zero tolerance for gender-based harassment, which is
unwelcome conduct based on a student’s actual or perceived sex, including
harassing conduct based on a student’s gender expression, gender identity,
transgender status, gender transition, or nonconformity with sex
stereotypes.

COM-FSM has a zero tolerance for discrimination against harassment and
bullying, pregnancy and marital status, and related retaliatory act, which may
include giving students failing grades, preventing students from participating
in school activities, and threatening expulsion against any individual who
exercises his or her rights under Title IX.

As such, it is a violation of college’s policy for any employee, student or third-
party at COM-FSM to engage in discrimination, harassment, or violence.

Reportng Title IX Issues

The college has designated a Title IX Coordinator who is responsible for
ensuring COM-FSM complies with Title IX, which includes managing and
coordinating efforts to prevent and address discrimination and harassment,
including responding to and investigating all complaints of sex discrimination,
sexual harassment and violence, gender-based harassment, discriminayion
against harassment and bullying, pregnancy and marital status, and related
retaliatory act.

If you believe you or someone has been subjected to sexual harassment or
any other form of sexual or gender-based discrimination under Title IX, you
should report such misconduct or file a formal complaint with the Title IX
Coordinator, or any of the following point-of-contact.

Click here to obtain the Title IX Discrimination Complaint Form.

Joey A. Oducado
Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Services
Title IX Coordinator
College of Micronesia-FSM
P.O. Box 159
Kolonia, Pohnpei FM 96941
Phone: (691) 320-2480 x 129 | joducado@comfsm.fm

Krystilyn Marie Atkinson
Director for Student Life
College of Micronesia-FSM
P.O. Box 159
Kolonia, Pohnpei FM 96941
Phone: (691) 320-2480 x 203| katkinson@comfsm.fm

Arthur Jonas
Student Services Coordinator
College of Micronesia-FSM, Kosrae Campus
P.O. Box 37
Tool, Kosrae FM 96944
Phone: (691) 370-3191 | ajonas@comfsm.fm

Cecilia Dibay
Student Services Coordinator
College of Micronesia-FSM, Yap Campus & FSM FMI
P.O. Box 286
Tofol, Kosrae FM 96943
Phone: (691) 350-2296 | cdibay@comfsm.fm

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