About Title IX at UCF
Title IX is the law
What is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on the sex (including pregnancy, parental status, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation) in educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX’s prohibition of sex discrimination includes prohibition of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual assault, domestic and dating violence (relationship violence), and stalking. Title IX requires that recipients have a program to prevent and address sex discrimination.
Why does Title IX matter?
All students, faculty, staff, contractors, and guests of the university have the right to come to campus without fear of experiencing sex discrimination or related misconduct. UCF recognizes that sexual and interpersonal violence can and do impact members of our community and works to provide resources, support, and options to individuals who have been impacted.
How does UCF implement its Title IX requirements?
UCF sets forth policies and regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination and harassment. These policies include our commitments under Title IX. The applicable university policies and regulations are as follows:
- 2-004 Nondiscrimination Policy
- 2-012 Title IX Grievance Policy
- 3.001 Nondiscrimination; Affirmative Action Programs
- 5.006 Rules of Conduct
- 5.012 Organizational Rules of Conduct
- UCF Employee Code of Conduct
These documents explain UCF’s commitment to nondiscrimination and describe the types of conduct that UCF prohibits. In addition, UCF has adopted supplemental policies that support our compliance with Title IX:
- 2-014 Amorous Relationships Prohibition
- 2-015 Reporting Requirements Related to Nondiscrimination
- 2-016 Remedial Measures, Prevention, & Education Related to Nondiscrimination
Who is UCF’s Title IX Coordinator?
To ensure compliance with Title IX and other federal and state civil rights laws, the University has designated Dr. Matt Ricke as the University’s Title IX Coordinator. Dr. Ricke is charged with monitoring compliance with Title IX and ensuring that reports of sex discrimination, sexual harassment and related interpersonal violence are responded to in a timely manner, that individuals impacted by such incidents receive information on resources and support, and that they are aware of their investigative options. Dr. Ricke leads the Title IX team in UCF’s Office of Institutional Equity, which includes the Deputy Title IX Coordinator/Training Specialist (Christey Oberbeck) and three Title IX Investigators (Amber Abud, Lauren Wallace, and Kristy Beitler). Dr. Ricke can be reached at:
Office of Institutional Equity
12701 Scholarship Drive, Suite 101
Orlando, FL 32816-0030
Title IX Response Team
The Title IX Response Team includes key university partners who review incidents of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking that impact UCF students. The Title IX Response Team’s collaborative work helps to ensure that UCF provides a coordinated, compassionate, trauma-informed response to victim-survivors.
Commitment to Inclusion
UCF recognizes that incidents of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking, impact individuals of various identities and life situations. To this end, UCF works to ensure that its prevention and awareness education campaigns, including the Let’s Be Clear web module that is required of all new students, are culturally relevant, inclusive of diverse communities and identities, sustainable, responsive to community needs, and informed by research, and consider environmental risk and protective factors as they occur on the individual, relationship, institutional, community and societal levels.
All programs and services, including remedial and supportive measures, are available to students and employees without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, non-religion, age, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, parental status, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation), marital status, physical or mental disability (including learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and past or present history of mental illness), veteran’s status (as protected under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistant Act), or membership in any other protected classes as set forth in state or federal law.
The university’s nondiscrimination policies, including the Nondiscrimination Policy and Title IX Grievance Policy, do not alter any university obligations under federal disability laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Individuals may request reasonable accommodations to fully participate in OIE’s programs, services, or events. Individuals also may request reasonable accommodations for religious observances and pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions.