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Title IX FAQ

Below are some commonly asked questions regarding Title IX and sexual harassment, discrimination, and violence.


Will YC blame me if I was drinking or on drugs at the time of an incident involving sexual harassment, discrimination, or violence?

No. Students will not be blamed if they are the victim of sexual harassment, discrimination, or violence while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


Can someone give consent to sexual activities when they're drunk?

No, it is not considered consent if the individual is under the influence of alcohol or drugs when they engage in any type of sexual activity.


What if a person gives consent to a sexual activity the day before the act, before they passed out, or before they consumed alcohol or drugs? Is that still consent?

No, see the definition of Consent.


Is it still sexual harassment or violence if it's between two people of the same sex?

Yes. Sexual harassment, discrimination, and violence can happen between any combination of sexes, including but not limited to:

  • Male and female interactions
  • Male and male interactions
  • Female and female interactions

Can I file a report or Formal Complaint even if I can't prove that my environment was hostile when the act of sexual harassment, discrimination, or violence was committed?

Yes. You are encouraged to report any alleged act of sexual harassment or violence regardless of whether or not you can prove that the environment was hostile.


Will YC allow someone to retaliate against me for filing a report about an act of sexual harassment, discrimination, or violence?

No. Individuals who file a report, experience, or witness an alleged act of sexual harassment, discrimination, or violence are protected against retaliation.