The LGBTQ+ Community and Sex-Based Misconduct/Title IX 

Students, Staff, and Faculty who do not conform to stereotypical perceptions of masculinity or femininity are protected from discrimination, harassment, and violence.

  • You have the right to be protected from being bullied or harassed because you are transgender or gender nonconforming.

  • You have the right to equal educational opportunities regardless of your gender identity or gender expression.

  • You have the right to present yourself in a way that is consistent with your gender identity.

  • You have the right to privacy concerning your transgender status and sexual orientation.

  • You have the right to expect that your preferred pronoun is honored.

  • In support of all of our students, Appalachian has a list of all Single Occupancy Restrooms across campus.

Current research illustrates that people identifying with the LGBTQ+ community may experience Sex-Based Misconduct at higher rates when compared to cisgender, heterosexual counterparts. Despite the higher prevalence of sexual violence and discrimination, LGBTQ+ individuals may be less likely to report these incidents. For example, a student who has kept their sexual orientation private from their family may not want to disclose a situation where they were unlawfully harassed, assaulted, or discriminated against because of their sexual orientation. Students may also be hesitant to report out of concern that either they or their witnesses will face retaliation for participating in an investigation. Consequently, the student may not receive the assistance they need. 

The Office of Title IX Compliance recognizes these challenges and strives to create a safe space for reporting Sex-Based Misconduct. All advisors involved in the grievance process through the Office of Title IX Compliance will have participated in Appalachian Allies training, which focuses on the education of LGBTQ+ identities and experiences, as well as understanding how to support and advocate for those in this community. 

In support of this mission, this information is intended to help people make informed decisions, explain policies and anti-retaliation provisions that implement protections for all individuals, and provide information for the campus, local, and national resources.