"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 Educational Amendments of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act
Title IX prohibits gender discrimination in all programs and activities of a university such as Wittenberg. It also requires that universities be proactive in preventing discrimination and in responding to concerns or allegations of discrimination including, but not limited to, harassment and assault. Although Wittenberg’s policies and procedures relating to Title IX are founded on the laws of the United States and of the State of Ohio, they are also guided by the mission and values of the university.
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. This federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance.
Title IX applies to all participants of such programs, including students, parents and faculty/staff members.
A variety of activities are covered under Title IX, including athletic programs, recruitment, admissions, financial aid, and participation in extracurricular programs and activities. For example, Title IX addresses discrimination situations such as unequal treatment of pregnant and parenting students or unequal pay based on gender.
Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (which encompasses sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct). Wittenberg University complies with Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex in education programs and activities, admissions, or employment. It complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and equal opportunity.
Wittenberg's Sexual Misconduct Policy applies to all forms of sex and/or gender-based harassment, discrimination and violence, including sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence.
The Clery Act and Campus SaVE
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f), as amended by the Campus SaVE Act, part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, S. 47, 113th Cong. (2013), requires, among other things, annual reporting of statistics for various criminal offenses, including sex offenses, timely warnings and emergency notifications to the University community, prevention education, and the adoption of sexual assault policies with certain procedural requirements.
- Wittenberg's annual report can be found here: Annual Campus Safety and Security Report
It is the goal of Wittenberg University to provide students, faculty, staff, and guests with an environment free from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking. The university’s Title IX Policy outlines the definition of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual offenses, relationship violence, stalking, reporting procedures, procedures for the resolution, provisions for students who have been subjected to sex offenses, sexual assault prevention and education programs, and resources to victims and survivors of sexual assault.
In order to take prompt and equitable corrective action, the University must be aware of sex discrimination in any form or related retaliation. Therefore, members of the Wittenberg community who believe that they have been victim of such incidents or know someone who may be a victim by a student, faculty, staff, or vendor/supplier are advised to bring the matter to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Coordinators listed below. Additionally, members of the community may contact the Wittenberg Police Division (24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any location) to report such allegations.
The Sexual Misconduct Policy can also be found in the Faculty Manual, Staff Manual and Student Handbook.
Below are links to the manuals:
Title IX Coordinator
Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator
809 Woodlawn Ave., Dietrich House
Duties: Responsible for overseeing all reports of sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, stalking and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during review of such reports. Allegations of sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking may be reported directly to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator may issue no-contact orders. The Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator may arrange other accommodations or interim actions. The Title IX Coordinator can answer questions and provide information concerning the University's policies and procedures, available resources and support services, and external criminal and legal options.
Title IX Deputy Coordinators
- Gwen Owen
Director of Student Conduct and Deputy Title IX Coordinator
809 Woodlawn Ave. Dietrich House
Duties: Serve as an intake officer for students who wish to file a complaint regarding sexual harassment and misconduct; facilitate the assisted resolution process for students who file complaints regarding sexual harassment and misconduct; co-investigate sexual harassment and misconduct complaints involving students, and provide related training and education to the student body.
- Kelly Mahlum
Senior Woman Administrator & Head Women's Basketball Coach
Duties: Respond to complaints or concerns about gender equity in Wittenberg's athletics programs.
For Faculty and Staff
- Mary Beth Walter
Director of Human Resources and Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Duties: Respond to faculty and staff complaints or concerns regarding sexual harassment and/or misconduct.
To file a university complaint regarding sexual misconduct (either an assault in which you are a victim or a witness or, if not directly involved, you have reason to believe such has occurred), please contact the offices or individuals as noted above or complete the Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Reporting Form.
To file a criminal complaint regarding sexual misconduct, contact the Wittenberg Police Division.
- Immediate Emergency: 937-327-6363
- Non-immediate: 937-327-6231
Faculty and staff members - If information regarding an incident of sexual misconduct or relationship violence is shared with you, you are required to complete the Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Reporting Form within 24 hours of receiving the report.
Office of Civil Rights
Questions related to Title IX can be directed to the Vice President for Student Development and Title IX Coordinator (Casey Gill, 937-327-7801 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Office of Civil Rights at:
Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Customer Service Hotline #: (800) 421-3481
Facsimile: (202) 453-6012
TDD#: (877) 521-2172
The Title IX Coordinator will seek to protect the privacy and confidentiality of the individuals involved in any report of alleged sexual misconduct or relationship violence to the extent possible and allowed by law. The Title IX Coordinator cannot guarantee confidentiality, however, and must evaluate any request for confidentiality in the context of the University's responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment.
The following resources and support services offer confidential support:
Counseling Center: 937-327-7811
- Director of Student Counseling, Amanda Jones: email@example.com
Individual confidential counseling is available for all students. A counselor's communication with a student client is confidential. Exceptions may occur when a student presents an immediate risk of harm to self or others.
Health Center: 937-327-7811
University Pastors: 937-327-7411
Project Woman (for individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct or relationship violence): 937-325-3707
- 24-Hour Rape Crisis Line: 1-800-634-9893
Project Woman is a local rape crisis center that provides confidential counseling services, advocacy, emergency shelter, and relocation assistance to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and other serious offenses.
An Advocate is available to help the student consider her/his options, facilitate appropriate intervention, and provide information, support, and referral. The Advocate will accompany the student, if she/he desires, to medical treatment, to meet with university officials, and/or to meet with law enforcement authorities and legal representatives; will stress that academic assistance and other accommodations are available; and will ensure that follow-up contacts are made as appropriate.
The Advocates, by virtue of their other campus responsibilities, have the duty to report Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence to the Department of Public Safety for statistical and/or timely warning purposes in accordance the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C. 1092(f), regardless of whether they are acting as an Advocate when they learn of the Sexual Misconduct or Relationship Violence.