Overview

Overview

Cleveland Clinic promotes an inclusive organizational culture through diversity education, consultation and programs that leverage differences to enhance innovation, quality of care, teamwork and economic impact. Consistent with the requirements of Title IX and related laws, Cleveland Clinic prohibits all forms of discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity in its educational programs and activities.

Cleveland Clinic has adopted a Sexual Misconduct in Education policy* to address reports of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence and retaliation in its educational programs and activities.

* In some regional locations, the previous Title IX policy is still in effect. Please contact the Title IX Coordinator to determine which policy is in effect at your location.

Policy and Procedure

Policy and Procedure

Cleveland Clinic prohibits all forms of discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity in its educational programs and activities. The Sexual Misconduct in Education Policy prohibits:

Sex Discrimination
Behavior or action that denies or limits a person’s ability to benefit from, or fully participate in, education programs or activities or employment opportunities because of a person’s sex, including gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.

Sexual Harassment
Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature or on the basis of sex, including gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.

Sexual Violence, including:

  • Sexual Assault
    Sexual contact or sexual intercourse without consent, through threat or use of force, or when an individual is incapacitated.
  • Sexual Exploitation
    Sexual exploitation occurs when an individual takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another.
  • Relationship Violence
    Physical, sexual, or psychological violence or abuse, including acts of intimidation and coercion, by a current or former partner in an intimate relationship upon the other partner.
  • Stalking
    A course of conduct or repeated acts directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or the safety of others, or to suffer substantial emotional distress.

Retaliation against those who report misconduct or participate in a resolution process.

The policy applies to all educational programs across Cleveland Clinic, including all certificate-granting programs offered by Cleveland Clinic or affiliates; degree-granting programs offered by affiliated colleges and universities; clinical rotations for degree-granting or certificate-granting programs; medical and other residency programs; research and medical fellowships; internships; and educational programs offered to middle school, high school, college and university students.

Anyone may make a report that sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence or retaliation has occurred in an educational program or activity at Cleveland Clinic.

People who have experienced sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence or retaliation in an educational program or activity are strongly encouraged to make a report

Except in limited circumstances, employees who work in educational programs or activities are required to make a report to the Title IX Coordinator if they learn of an incident of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence or retaliation. Employees who are required to report include all directors, administrators, supervisors, managers, coordinators, professionals, clinical instructors, clinical educators, fieldwork instructors, fieldwork educators, principal investigators, mentors, research laboratory employees, preceptors, faculty members and student employees who receive reports in their role as employees.

Cleveland Clinic has adopted procedures to address reports of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence and retaliation. Learn more about what happens when you report

How to Report Misconduct

How to Report Misconduct

All reports of emergency situations should be made to 911 or, if on the Cleveland Clinic main campus, to 216.444.2222.

Reporting Options

Any person may report sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence or retaliation in Cleveland Clinic’s educational programs or activities.

All participants in, or applicants to, Cleveland Clinic’s educational programs and activities who believe that they have been subjected to sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence or retaliation are strongly encouraged to make a report. Prompt reporting allows Cleveland Clinic to provide resources to the participant and facilitates an appropriate response. Reports may be made at any time, but delayed reports may limit the availability of evidence and witnesses, and make it difficult for Cleveland Clinic to respond in an effective and fair matter.

Duty to Report

Employees who work in educational programs or activities are required to make a report to the Title IX Coordinator if they learn of an incident of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence or retaliation unless they are a counselor or healthcare provider acting in their role as a counselor or healthcare provider. Employees who are required to report include all directors, administrators, supervisors, managers, coordinators, professionals, clinical instructors, clinical educators, fieldwork instructors, fieldwork educators, principal investigators, mentors, research laboratory employees, preceptors, faculty members and student employees who receive reports in their role as employees.

Report misconduct to:

Rachel King
Title IX Coordinator
TitleIX@ccf.org

Anonymous Reporting

Reports of discrimination or harassment may be made anonymously through Cleveland Clinic’s anonymous compliance reporting hotline and email reporting system. Reports made through the anonymous reporting system will be sent directly to the Title IX Coordinator or their designee. The Title IX Coordinator will address the report to the extent possible with the information provided.

  • Anonymous reporting hotline: 800.826.9294

Criminal Conduct

Incidents of prohibited conduct that also constitute criminal conduct (generally, sexual violence) may be reported to the Cleveland Clinic Police Department or other law enforcement agency. A decision whether to report to law enforcement is left to the complainant except in rare circumstances in which there is an ongoing threat to the Cleveland Clinic community. If requested, the Title IX Coordinator can help those who wish to make a report to law enforcement.

Report criminal conduct to:

Cleveland Clinic Police Department
Non-emergencies: 216.444.2250
ccpd@ccf.org

Confidential Resources

Cleveland Clinic employees who are licensed professional counselors, pastoral counselors or healthcare providers are considered confidential resources when they are serving in their capacities as counselors or healthcare providers. Confidential resources are not required to make reports to the Title IX Coordinator. They are available to provide advice, support and guidance about how to manage an incident of discrimination or harassment without initiating a response by Cleveland Clinic. A report to a confidential resource is not considered a report to Cleveland Clinic.

Professional Staff Assistance Program/ Licensed Professional Health Program/ Employee Assistance Program:

Ohio: 216.445.6970 or 800.989.8820
Florida: 800.899.3926
Nevada: 800.280.3782

Outside Agencies

Complaints of Title IX violations may be made to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) or other state or federal agency with jurisdiction over the relevant educational program or activity.

What Happens When I Report?

What Happens When I Report?

This page describes the Title IX process in summary terms. The full process is set forth in the Title IX Procedures. During all steps of the process, the parties have certain procedural rights

Title IX Procedure

Title IX Procedure

When the Title IX Coordinator receives a report of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence or retaliation, the Title IX Coordinator or designee reaches out to the person who may have been subject to that conduct (“complainant”) and invites them to meet.

At that meeting, the complainant is offered resources (“interim measures”) and information about how the report may be addressed. To the extent possible, the complainant may choose to remain anonymous, not pursue a report, pursue an informal resolution or pursue a formal investigation. A complainant’s request to remain anonymous or not to have a report pursued will be honored if it is possible to do so while also protecting the health and safety of the complainant and the Cleveland Clinic community.

If the complainant wants to pursue a report, or if Cleveland Clinic determines that an investigation may be necessary, the Title IX Coordinator contacts the person who may have engaged in sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence or retaliation (“respondent”) and invites them to meet.

At that meeting, the respondent is offered interim measures and information about how the report may be addressed.

Initial Assessment

After meeting with both parties, the Title IX Coordinator conducts an initial assessment of the report and determines whether the alleged conduct could constitute a violation of the policy. If it is determined through the initial assessment that a policy violation may have occurred, the Title IX Coordinator initiates either an informal or formal resolution process. If it is determined that the allegations, even if true, would not constitute a policy violation, the Title IX process ends. If the allegations in the report may constitute a violation of another Cleveland Clinic policy, the report is referred to the appropriate office for resolution.

Informal Resolution

If both parties are interested in an informal resolution, the Title IX Coordinator works with them toward resolution. Either party may refuse to participate in an informal resolution process or may end the process at any time. Informal resolution may include joint or separate mediation discussions, separation of the parties, referral to counseling programs, targeted education and training programs, or any other steps agreed to by the parties. Informal resolution generally is not used to resolve reports of sexual violence. If agreement on an informal resolution is reached, the Title IX Coordinator creates a record of the resolution, informs the relevant offices or institutes of the resolution and monitors the resolution as required.

Formal Investigation

If an informal resolution is not appropriate, not agreed to or fails, the Title IX Coordinator initiates an investigation. The parties are given notice of the investigation that includes a description of the allegations to be investigated.

An investigation is conducted by one or more trained investigators in a prompt, thorough and impartial manner. All parties have equal rights to identify witnesses, present evidence to the investigator and review a summary of the evidence gathered by the investigator. Ultimately, the investigator determines whether there has been a policy violation.

If the investigation results in a determination that the policy has been violated, the Title IX Coordinator refers the matter to the appropriate disciplinary process for sanctioning depending on the status of the respondent. The complainant is permitted to participate in any sanctioning process. Both parties have access to an appeal.

Where to Get Help

Where to Get Help

If you or someone you know has been subjected to sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence or retaliation, the following resources may help.

In situations involving sexual violence, victims should:

  • Ensure your/their safety
    Call 911 or the Cleveland Clinic Police Department if you need immediate help or safety resources.
  • Get medical help
    Whether or not you are ready to report the incident, and whether or not you believe you have been injured, you should seek medical help. You can preserve evidence so that it is available whenever you choose to report. If you go to the hospital for the collection of evidence, do not wash or take a shower before going and do not change your clothes; use a paper bag to preserve condoms, sanitary items or bed linens that were present at the assault.
  • Decide whether to report 
    A person who has been sexually assaulted in an educational program or activity has the right to report it to Cleveland Clinic or law enforcement and the right not to report. If a report is made, to the extent possible, the person may choose to remain anonymous, not pursue a report, pursue an informal resolution or pursue a formal investigation. A person’s request to remain anonymous or not to have a report pursued will be honored if it is possible to do so while also protecting the health and safety of that person and the Cleveland Clinic community.

CARING FOR CAREGIVERS RESOURCES

Ohio caregivers call:
216.445.6970 or 1.800.989.8820

Florida caregivers call:
1.800.899.3926

Nevada caregivers call:
1.800.280.3782

More information (employees only):

CAREGIVER SAFETY RESOURCES

Cleveland Clinic Police Department
Non-Emergency: 216.444.2250
Emergency: 216.444.2222 or 911
Email: ccpd@ccf.org

Safety Escort Program

  • Main Campus: 216.444.2250
  • Akron: 330.344.7604
  • Avon: 440.695.4090
  • Euclid: 216.692.7688
  • Fairview: 216.476.4344
  • Hillcrest: 440.312.3390
  • Lakewood 216.529.7276
  • Lutheran 216.363.2436
  • Marymount: 216.587.8180
  • Medina: 330.725.1000
  • South Pointe: 216.491.5588

When you call, you will be asked for the following information by our dispatchers:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your contact number
  • Your pickup location
  • Your destination

Requesters may be asked to verify their identity at pickup. If requesting an escort for a patient or visitor, please inform them to have their identification ready, if needed.

VICTIM ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

Ashley Withrow, LISW-S
Victim Advocate
216.636.1174
withroa@ccf.org

SANE/forensic nurses

Forensic nurses, or sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE), are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at three Cleveland Clinic hospitals to provide quality, trauma-informed, compassionate care to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse, human trafficking and strangulation consults.

Patients can present to any of the following emergency departments for a medical evaluation, forensic evidence collection, support and help with safety planning and community resources:

Akron General Hospital
1 Akron General Ave.
Akron, OH 44307
330.344.6000

Fairview Hospital*
18101 Lorain Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44111
216.476.7000

Hillcrest Hospital*
6780 Mayfield Rd.
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
440.312.4500

*Fairview and Hillcrest hospitals also see pediatric patients.

Additional resources

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES:

Cuyahoga County Domestic Violence Child Advocacy Center
216.391.HELP (4357)
Hotline, shelter, counseling, support groups, advocacy

Ohio Domestic Violence Network
800.934.9840
Consultation, legal assistance program

The National Domestic Violence Hotline
800.799.7233
24-hour phone and chat support, educational resources

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
216.619.6194
Hotline, counseling, support groups, advocacy, Project STAR

Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence
oaesv.org
Local resource guide

National Human Trafficking Resource Center
888.373.7888
24-hour hotline

United Way First Call for Help
2-1-1
Community resources and referrals

Health Cares about IPV: Screening and Counseling Toolkit
healthcaresaboutipv.org

Summit County Battered Women's Shelter
330.374.1111
hopeandhealingresources.org/home-bws

Summit County Victim Assistance Program
330.376.0040
victimassistanceprogram.org/

LGBTQ RESOURCES

YOUTH SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS

  • GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network)
  • GSA Network (advocacy)
  • PFLAG (Parents Friends of Lesbian Gay) (advocacy)

TRANSGENDER ORGANIZATIONS

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex and gender discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Prohibited conduct includes sexual harassment and sexual violence, as well retaliation for reporting such conduct or participating in an investigation into such conduct.

Cleveland Clinic has adopted a Sexual Misconduct in Education Policy, which is its Title IX Policy.

How does Title IX apply to Cleveland Clinic?

Cleveland Clinic has numerous educational programs and activities that are subject to Title IX. These include degree- or certificate-granting programs offered by Cleveland Clinic and affiliated colleges and universities; clinical rotations for degree- or certificate-granting programs; medical and other residency programs; research and medical fellowships; internships; and educational programs offered to middle school, high school, college and university students. Participants in all of these programs fall under the protections of Title IX. Employees in these programs, except in limited circumstances, also have the responsibility to report instances of sex and gender discrimination in Cleveland Clinic’s educational programs and activities.

What programs fall under Title IX?

All Cleveland Clinic’s educational programs and activities fall under Title IX. The Sexual Misconduct in Education Policy defines “educational programs and activities” as any program or activity offered at Cleveland Clinic or by Cleveland Clinic employees in the scope of their duties that is educational in nature beyond on-the-job training, general interest or routine continuing education programs. Educational programs and activities include, without limitation, degree- or certificate-granting programs offered by Cleveland Clinic and affiliated colleges and universities; clinical rotations for degree- or certificate-granting programs; medical and other residency programs; research and medical fellowships; internships; and educational programs offered to middle school, high school, college and university students.

What if I am an employee?

The protections of Title IX and Cleveland Clinic’s Sexual Misconduct in Education Policy apply to all participants of educational programs and activities, including employees. Employees, and others, who have been subjected to sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence or retaliation in a Cleveland Clinic educational program or activity are strongly encourage to make a report.

In addition, employees in educational programs and activities are required to make a report to Cleveland Clinic’s Title IX Coordinator if they learn about an incident of conduct prohibited by the Sexual Misconduct in Education Policy. Confidential resources – employees who are counselors or healthcare providers acting in their capacities as counselors or healthcare providers – are not required to make a report.

What should I do if I have been assaulted?

If you or someone you know has been assaulted, you should:

  • Ensure your/their safety
    Call 911 or the Cleveland Clinic Police Department if you need immediate help or safety resources.

  • Get medical help
    Whether or not you are ready to report the incident, and whether or not you believe you have been injured, you should seek medical help. You can preserve evidence so that it is available whenever you choose to report. If you go to the hospital for the collection of evidence, do not wash or take a shower before going and do not change your clothes; use a paper bag to preserve condoms, sanitary items or bed linens that were present at the assault.

  • Decide whether to report
    A person who has been sexually assaulted in an educational program or activity has the right to report it to Cleveland Clinic or law enforcement and the right not to report. If a report is made, to the extent possible, the person may choose to remain anonymous, not pursue a report, pursue an informal resolution or pursue a formal investigation. A person’s request to remain anonymous or not to have a report pursued will be honored if it is possible to do so while also protecting the health and safety of that person and the Cleveland Clinic community.

What are my rights if I have been accused of a Title IX policy violation?

All parties have rights in the Title IX process, including the right to a support person or advisor, the right to fully participate or not participate in the process, the right to present evidence in an investigation, and the right to accommodations (interim measures) during any process related to a report of a policy violation.

Parties' Rights

Parties' Rights

All parties to a report have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, consistent with Cleveland Clinic’s obligation to respond adequately to a report and to hold community members accountable for their conduct. To that end, parties have the following specific procedural rights:

  • To request and receive interim measures and other support as appropriate.
  • To have a support person or advisor of their choice present during any meeting or process related to a report of prohibited conduct. The support person or advisor may not be a party or witness to the report. The support person or advisor may attend and advise the party but may not actively participate or stand in place of the party.
  • To participate fully in the informal and formal resolution processes set forth in these procedures as applicable.
  • To decline to participate in any process related to a report. If a party declines to participate, Cleveland Clinic will still respond to a report based on the information available to it.
  • To have any investigation into a report be prompt, thorough and impartial.
  • To receive updates on the progress of an investigation or other process and to be informed of the outcome of any process in a timely manner.
  • To not have information considered about past sexual conduct or history with anyone other than a party to a report unless such information is related to a pattern of prior conduct by the respondent that was substantially similar to the report.