Title IX: Sexual Misconduct


What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that 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.”


The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Many people think of Title IX as a program that was created to ensure equity in sports programs for men and women. Today, all educational institutions are required to address gender-based discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment), and violence, including sexual violence, relationship violence (dating and domestic violence), and stalking. OCR identifies these behaviors or actions as “harassment” generally.

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How We Can Help

Equity Programs is responsible for ensuring compliance with the University’s anti-discrimination polices related to race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, genetic information or veteran status and promoting full compliance with all applicable federal, state and local discrimination laws. Equity Programs can assist with:

  • Consultation concerning issues of possible discrimination, harassment or retaliation
  • Investigation of complaints of discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation
  • Consultation or training for search and screening committees
  • Consultation regarding reasonable accommodation for participants with disabilities and for religious accommodations
  • Consultation regarding disability access problems

Title IX is responsible for ensuring compliance with the university’s anti-discrimination policies related to sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and promoting full compliance with all applicable federal, state and local discrimination laws: “Title IX” can assist with:

  • Consultation concerning issues of possible gender based discrimination, harassment, violence or retaliation
  • Investigation of complaints of gender-based discrimination, harassment, or retaliation
  • Investigation of sexual misconduct matters including sexual assault (non-consensual sexual contract)
  • Investigation of relationship violence matters including domestic violence and dating violence
  • Investigation of stalking
  • Training designed for your department that focuses on prevention

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**Know Before You File:

The University takes complaints of prohibited conduct very seriously.  If you are found to have intentionally or maliciously been dishonest, reckless, or frivolous in making these allegations of a violation, you will be subject to disciplinary action.

Policies

It is the policy of Marshall University to maintain a work and educational environment free from all forms of sexual harassment of any employee, applicant for employment, or student. Sexual harassment in any manner or form is expressly prohibited. It is the responsibility of the University to provide educational opportunities to create this free environment and to take immediate and appropriate corrective action when sexual harassment is reported or becomes known. Supervisors at every level are of primary importance in the implementation and enforcement of this rule. Any complaint regarding discrimination or sexual harassment should be made to your immediate supervisor, your department manager, or the Director of Equity Programs. All allegations will be investigated by the Director of Equity Programs.

A complete copy of the Sexual Harassment Policy can be obtained from the Equity Programs office, located in room 206 in Old Main.


MUBOG GA-1 | Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Sexual & Domestic Misconduct, Stalking, and Retaliation (PDF)


MUBOG GA-16 | Student Sexual Misconduct Policy 08/14/12 (PDF)


Training

Marshall University maintains a steadfast commitment to maintaining a healthy work and learning environment free from all forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment. Programs that educate and promote employee awareness and understanding about these issues have a positive, preventative impact, while fostering professionalism that reflects well on the entire institution.

In keeping with our longstanding commitment, arrangements have been made for every employee to participate in an interactive training program called Preventing Sexual Harassment. This program outlines current laws on sexual harassment and uses examples to illustrate words and behaviors that might reasonably be construed as constituting sexual harassment, and therefore must be avoided. While the program primarily focuses on sexual harassment, the principles it teaches apply essentially to all forms of discriminatory harassment that create hostile workplace conditions. These training programs are a part of our ongoing commitment to maintain an environment of civility and mutual respect. This program affirms the University’s dedication to furthering a climate that recognizes and values the worth and potential of every individual.

If you would like to receive sexual harassment training or advanced training on Title IX procedures through the Workplace Answers online training, contact Debra Hart, Title IX Coordinator, at hart70@marshall.edu, by calling 304-696-2597 to make an appointment or by filling out the online form below.

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Resources

Confidential resources are available for members of the University community who have been subject to prohibited conduct. You can download our Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence Resource Card or contact the following:

Marshall University Counseling Center 
1st Floor Prichard Hall, One John Marshall Drive Huntington, WV 25755
Phone: 304-696-3111

Marshall University Women’s Center
143 Prichard Hall, One John Marshall Drive Huntington, WV 25755
Phone: 304-696-3112
Email: wcenter@marshall.edu

CONTACT Rape Crisis Center
P.O. Box 2963
Huntington, WV 25728-2963
Office Phone: 304-523-3447
24-hour crisis hotline: 304-399-1111 (Serving: Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Mason Counties)

REACH Family Counseling Connection
Phone: 304-292-5100
(Serving: Kanawha, Jackson, and Putnam Counties)

Cabell Huntington Hospital
Emergency & Trauma Services / 304-526-2200

St. Mary’s Medical Center
Emergency Services / 304-526-1111

Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) – General
Phone: 304-388-7498
http://www.camc.org/generaler

Coordinators and Reporters

Responsible Employees and Mandatory Reporters

The University encourages anyone who experiences or becomes aware of an incident of Prohibited Conduct involving a student to immediately report the incident to the University through the following reporting options:

  • By contacting the University’s Title IX Coordinator or any Deputy Title IX Coordinator by telephone, email, or in person: Debra Hart, Director/ Title IX Coordinator, Old Main Room 206
  • Pursuant to Title IX, certain University employees, called “Responsible Employees,” are required to report to the Title IX Coordinator all information disclosed to them about an incident of Prohibited Conduct.
  • The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces, among other statutes, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance.  A Complainant may choose to make a report to the OCR at any time by contacting:

Philadelphia Office
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
The Wanamaker Building
100 Penn Square East, Suite 515
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323

Telephone: 215-656-8541
FAX: 215-656-8605; TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov


IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY or FOR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE:

Dial 911 or call the Marshall University Police Department at 304-696-HELP