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Title IX Campus Notification


"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. Title IX applies to all programs and activities available to students at Wittenberg; these include but are not limited to academic programs, admission procedures, financial aid, career services, counseling and health services. 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

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. 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 Title IX Policy can be found here:
Title IX Policy and Procedures Concerning Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence and Stalking Complaints (Title IX Policy)

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 Title IX Policy can also be found in the Faculty Manual, Staff Manual and Student Handbook.

Below are links to the manuals:

Title IX Coordinator

Casey Gill
Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator
809 Woodlawn Ave., Dietrich House
937-327-7801
gillc@wittenberg.edu

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

For Students:
Jessica Hoelting
Director of Student Conduct and Deputy Title IX Coordinator
809 Woodlawn Ave. Dietrich House
937-327-7804
hoeltingj@wittenberg.edu

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.

For Athletics
Sarah Jurewicz
Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator
Head Women's Baskeball Coach
Health and Physical Education and Recreation Center (HPER)
937-327-6457
sjurewicz@wittenberg.edu

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
Recitation Hall
937-327-7517
walterm@wittenberg.edu

Duties: Respond to faculty and staff complaints or concerns regarding sexual harassment and/or misconduct.

Reporting

To file a university complaint regarding sexual assault (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 assault, 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 sex discrimination, 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 Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator (Casey Gill, 937-327-7801or gillc@wittenberg.edu) 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
Email: OCR@ed.gov
Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr

Confidentiality 
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
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.

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.

Health Center: 937-327-7811

University Pastors937-327-7411

Wittenberg Project Woman Campus Advocate

Lindsey Criswell: lcriswell@projectwomanohio.org

Or Call the Project Woman Rape 24-Hour Crisis Line at any time for an advocate to respond to campus.

1-800-634-9893

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.

 

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