Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in,                                             or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education                                                     program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."    20 U.S.C. ยง1681



            What is Title IX?

Title IX is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities and provides protections from retaliation.  All public and private schools receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX.  Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.   The United States Department of Education (ED), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for enforcing Title IX.    

Department of Education Dear Colleague Letter, April 4, 2011

In April of 2011 the Department of Education issued a "Dear Colleague" letter (DCL) that expanded the reach of Title IX to cover sexual violence and detailed a school's responsibilities to take immediate and effective steps to respond to sexual violence in accordance with the requirements of Title IX.  In the context of the DCL, sexual violence means physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent.  A number of acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

            Questions and Contacts

Members of the University community who believe that Title IX has been violated should discuss their concerns and/or file a complaint with the University's Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Kenneth Lehrman III, Vice Provost for Affirmative Action
328 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 863-0471; Email: kfl2@psu.edu

The University's Title IX Deputy Coordinators are:

Kim Lantz Yoder, Equity Officer, Office for Diversity,
Penn State College of Medicine, C1747N, 500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033-0850
Phone: (717) 531-0003 ext. 283353; Email: kyoder1@psu.edu

Danny Shaha, Director, Office of Student Conduct
120 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 863-0342; Email: jds49psu.edu

Charmelle Green, Associate Athletic Director, Intercollegiate Athletics,                                                102 Jordan Center, University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-1104; Email: cag30@psu.edu


            Sexual Harassment and Assault Reporting and Education (SHARE)

More information on Title IX and direct links for reporting and can be found on the SHARE website which is intended to provide assistance in obtaining information and identifying resources for anyone who becomes aware of these incidents.

            Unlawful Discriminatory Practices under Title IX

It is unlawful for a recipient of federal funds to discriminate on the basis of sex against students, faculty and staff.  Areas of coverage include but are not limited to:

1. Educational programs or activities, e.g., athletics, vocational and vocational rehabilitation programs, recreation, physical education, student treatment and services, academic counseling and guidance, discipline, classroom assignment, grading;

2. Admission and recruitment, e.g., financial aid, housing;

3. Medical services, including counseling.

            Prohibition against Retaliation

University policy and state and federal law prohibit retaliation against anyone who files a complaint and/or participates in an investigation involving alleged Title IX violations. Retaliation constitutes a separate violation and may result in a sanction independent of the outcome of a complaint.  Please report any retaliation to the College of Medicine Deputy Title IX Coordinator, the Office of Student Conduct or the University's Title IX Coordinator.

To file a complaint outside of the University, contact:

Office for Civil Rights, Philadelphia Office
Wanamaker Building
100 Penn Square East, Suite 515
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323
Phone: (215) 656-8541