What is Title IX? (Title Nine)
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions, requiring that everyone receive fair and equitable treatment in all areas of education.
What does Title IX cover?
Relationship violence, retaliation, stalking, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.
I’ve just experienced a form of sexual misconduct or gender based violence. What should I do?
Tell someone on campus, seek safety from the Public Safety Office (click here to call) or local Selinsgrove police (click here to call), get medical help from the campus Health Center or Evangelical Hospital SANE program and complete the online Title IX Reporting Form.
How do I file a Title IX complaint?
Complete the online Title IX report form or tell someone who will do it for you.
Report to any employee as they are all responsible employees who know how to report.
All online reports are sent to the Title IX Coordinator and the Deputy Coordinator who will follow up immediately with the persons named in the report.
For staff or faculty concerns, please report directly to:
Grace Lowry, senior director of human resources
Selinsgrove Hall - First Floor
What happens after the university Title IX Coordinator receives a report?
All of those named in the report will be contacted to ask any clarifying questions and the share more about the university process. Title IX violations are processed through the university conduct committee as detailed in the Student Handbook. Under Title IX, universities are required to promptly investigate and respond to allegations of sexual misconduct. We will make all reasonable efforts to protect the confidentiality of all parties involved during this process.
What is Susquehanna’s policy on sexual misconduct and gender based violence?
Susquehanna University prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct and gender-based violence. Please read our policy.
Does Title IX apply mostly to athletics?
Athletics is one of the key areas addressed under Title IX, but the law applies to every aspect of education.
How is a Title IX investigation different from a criminal investigation?
Title IX investigations determine whether an individual has violated university policy, and if so, what disciplinary actions and remedial measures are appropriate. Colleges and universities are required to use the “preponderance of the evidence” standard (where more than 50 percent of evidence supports the finding) to determine whether there has been a violation.
Police investigation and criminal prosecution of sexual misconduct crimes determine whether an individual violated criminal law. Defendants in criminal matters are entitled to due process rights, such as the right to a jury trial. Most trials in criminal matters use the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard of proof.
Does Susquehanna automatically report all sexual misconduct and gender based violence cases to the police?
No, Title IX reports are not automatically reported to the police. We are not required by law to report complaints of sexual misconduct to law enforcement. If you wish to file a report to the local Selinsgrove Police Department, university officials will assist you in this process.
Whom should I contact if I have questions about Title IX?
The primary people to contact are the Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Deputy Coordinator and the Human Resource Office. The university MySU Title IX page has additional information, and all employees have annual training so are able to answer some questions as well.