What is Title IX?
"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
-Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities.
Title IX requires the University to respond and take action to address sex-based discrimination and harassment complaints. This includes sexual misconduct complaints related to sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. As such, the University will:
o Investigate what happened.
o Implement interim measures during the investigation to prevent the potential of any further discrimination or harassment.
o Take appropriate steps to resolve the matter in an effort to eliminate the discrimination/harassment, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects.
Additional information regarding Title IX may be found in the University's Sexual Misconduct and Title IX: Campus Resource Guide for Students, Faculty, and Staff
Title IX Coordinator
The University has designated a Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator to coordinate the University's efforts to comply with Title IX and implement the University's responsibilities under Title IX.
The University's Title IX Coordinator is:
Tanyka M. Barber, Esq.
Director of Diversity and EEO
Title IX Coordinator
Truth Hall, Room 103
(443) 885-3580 phone
(443) 885-8209 fax
Reporting Title IX Incidents
Incidents of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct (to include sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking) should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator.
Responsible employees are any University employee who: 1) has the authority to take action to redress sexual misconduct; 2) has been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual misconduct to the University's Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate University designee; or 3) an individual could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.
The following individuals at the University are designated as responsible employees: Title IX Coordinator; Deputy Title IX Coordinator; University Administrators; Deans; Department Chairs; Campus Security Authorities; Athletic Coaches; Student Affairs Personnel; Residence Life Personnel; Campus Police; Faculty Members; and all employees serving in a supervisory capacity.
Any information regarding an incident of sexual misconduct that is shared with a responsible employee is required to be reported to the University's Title IX Coordinator.
Certain individuals within the University community maintain a professional status (e.g. health care providers and counselors) which require them to keep information shared with them confidential. As such, any information reported to these individuals relative to incidents of sexual misconduct will not be shared with anyone else and will remain confidential unless there is an imminent threat to health or safety or other legal basis for disclosure (e.g. suspected child abuse) or you provide permission for the information to be shared.
The confidential reporting sites on campus are:
• University Counseling Center located in Carter-Grant-Wilson, Room 202; 443-885-3130
• University Health Center: 443-885-3236
• University Chapel: 443-885-5105
If you report the incident to someone who is not a confidential reporting source, please know that the information you share must be reported to the University's Title IX Coordinator.
Investigating Title IX Complaints
Complaints of sexual misconduct against students can be investigated by the following offices:
• Office of Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity located in Truth Hall, Room 103; 443-885-3559 or 443-885-3580.
• Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities located in Truth Hall, Room 205; 443-885-3527. Complaints filed with the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities will be investigated and adjudicated in accordance with the procedures outlined in the University's Code of Student Conduct. A copy of the Code of Student Conduct may be found online or may be obtained from the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
Complaints of sexual misconduct against faculty or staff will be investigated by the Office of Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity located in Truth Hall, Room 103; 443-885-3559 or 443-885-3580.
Complaints of sexual misconduct against third parties or individuals who are not affiliated with the University (e.g. students from other Universities, campus visitors, and employees of entities that do business with the University) should be reported to the University Police at 443-885-3103.
Any individual who has experienced an incident of sexual misconduct may file a criminal complaint by contacting the University Police at 443-885-3103 or by calling 911. Any criminal investigation will be conducted by the University Police or the local police department. An individual has the right to proceed simultaneously with a criminal complaint and an internal University complaint.
Additional information about the Title IX investigation process, your rights, and available resources is available below:
• Notice of Rights and Resources for Students and Employees who Report Sexual Misconduct
• Notice of Rights and Resources for Students and Employees Accused of Sexual Misconduct