COMMITMENT TO SAFETY
Fortis is committed to maintaining a safe and health education and work environment free from discrimination or harassment based on age, race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation or identity , religion or creed, national or ethnic origin, or disability.
Fortis is also committed to providing support to those who may have been impacted by incidents of sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct and may provide various resources and support services to individuals who have experienced one of these incidents. This website provides information on what to do if you or someone you know may have been impacted by any of these behaviors.
WHAT IS TITLE IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments 1972 (20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.) and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance.
Title IX states: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Fair and equal treatment, in all aspects of higher education, is expected under the Title IX regulations.
TITLE IX POLICY
All students and employees are expected to comply with this Title IX Policy and take appropriate measures to create an atmosphere free of harassment and discrimination. Any inquiries regarding Title IX or the Institution’s Title IX Policy and Procedures can be directed to the Title IX Coordinator as provided below, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights, or both.
WHO TO CONTACT?
Any member of the Fortis community, guest, or third party who has experienced or witnessed any form discrimination or harassment should report all misconduct to the designated Title IX Coordinator:
SUZANNE PETERS, ESQ., MED.Title IX Coordinator
Address: 5026D Campbell Blvd Baltimore, MD 21236
Reporting concerns of discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct will allow you to connect to resources and support, and if you choose, to explore your options for possible resolution.
HOW TO MAKE A REPORT
There is no need to schedule an in-person appointment to make a report. The report can be verbal or written. Any person may report sex discrimination or sexual harassment at any time, including during non-business hours, by using the telephone number, regular mail, or e-mail address of the Title IX Coordinator, or by meeting with or sending a written complaint to the Title IX Coordinator, using the contact information above.
Also, our institution maintains an online reporting system to receive reports of civil rights violations, including reported incidents of sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The online reporting form, which can be submitted anonymously, is below.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE REPORT IS MADE
It is important to note that not all reports have to become or will become formal complaints. When a report is submitted, the Title IX Coordinator will reach out to the impacted party and provide them with information about the supportive measures available, as well as options for resolution and next steps. We will make sure that you understand your options, and what happens next is up to you.