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Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states:

“No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Pittsburg State University (PSU) is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex. PSU provides many resources to students, faculty and staff to address concerns relating to discrimination on the basis of sex, including all forms of sexual misconduct.

The University is committed to responding promptly and effectively when it learns of any form of possible discrimination based on sex. The University responds to reports of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct, as part of its efforts to stop the harassment, prevent its recurrence and address its effects. Complaints will be addressed following the University’s Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities or discrimination complaint procedures.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Pittsburg State University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, or disabilities. The following person has been designated to address inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Director of Institutional Equity/Title IX Coordinator, 218 Russ Hall, 1701 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 66762-7528, 620-235-4189, equity@pittstate.edu.

Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator is the designated University official with primary responsibility for coordinating the University’s compliance with Title IX. This includes providing leadership for Title IX activities; providing consultation, education and training; and helping to ensure the University responds appropriately, effectively and equitably to Title IX issues.

Cindy Johnson, Director of Institutional Equity, is the Title IX Coordinator. Questions regarding Title IX, as well as concerns and complaints of non-compliance, may be directed to her at cynthia.johnson@pittstate.edu or 620-235-4185. The Office o f Institutional Equity is located in Russ Hall 218. Questions and concerns regarding student sexual misconduct also may be directed to designated University resource offices.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

The Deputy Title IX Coordinator assists the Title IX Coordinator in addressing student complaints of sexual harassment -- including sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct -- against other University students.

Dr. Jason Kegler, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, is the Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Questions regarding student sexual misconduct may be directed to him at ckegler@pittstate.edu or 620-235-4231. The Student Life Office is located in Russ Hall 221.

Office for Civil Rights

If you do not wish to contact the Title IX Coordinator or other designated University resource offices with your questions or concerns regarding sex discrimination at PSU, you may contact the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) with the U.S. Department of Education. Kansas’ regional OCR office is located in Kansas City and is available to provide assistance:

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
One Petticoat Lane
1010 Walnut St., Suite 320
Kansas City, MO 64106
OCR.KansasCity@ed.gov
Telephone: 816-268-0550
Fax: 816-268-0599

Reporting a Complaint

Against Student: An individual can elect to pursue a formal complaint against another student with the Title IX Coordinator or other designated University resource office. A formal complaint will be reviewed by the Title IX Coordinator. If the Title IX Coordinator determines that a hearing is appropriate after review of the complaint and an investigative report, a formal hearing will be scheduled before the PSU Disciplinary Hearing Committee http://www.pittstate.edu/office/student-rights/disciplinary-process/hearing-procedure-for-sexual-misconduct.dot. Every effort will be made to convene a hearing as soon as practicable following the conclusion of the investigation. If a formal hearing takes place, the hearing procedures set forth in the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities will apply. A copy of the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities can be viewed at http://www.pittstate.edu/audiences/current-students/policies/rights-and-responsibilities/.

Against Employee: An individual student can elect to pursue a complaint against a Department or a PSU employee with the Title IX Coordinator. The procedures can be found at

http://www.pittstate.edu/office/eoaa/grievance-procedures/grievance-procedures-for-students.dot.

Review of Complaint

The University’s Title IX Coordinator, or designee, will investigate allegations of sexual misconduct (often concurrently with law enforcement and/or student discipline) to determine what occurred and will inform and obtain consent from the victim before beginning the investigation. If the victim requests confidentiality or asks that the complaint not be pursued, the University will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the complaint consistent with the request for confidentiality or request not to pursue an investigation.

Retaliation

The University will not tolerate retaliation in any form against anyone raising a concern of sexual misconduct in good faith as a complainant or participating as a witness, an investigator or in any other capacity. Retaliation is typically a significant adverse action taken against an individual because the individual participated in an internal complaint process. University policy and state and federal law prohibit retaliation against an individual for reporting discrimination, sexual violence or harassment, or for participating in an investigation. Retaliation is a serious violation that can subject the offender to sanctions independent of the merits of the allegation. Allegations of or questions about retaliation should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or to any one of the designated University resource offices.

Use of Alcohol/Drugs

While PSU does not condone underage drinking or violation of other PSU policies, PSU recognizes that sometimes students are reluctant to report an incident of sexual misconduct because of a concern that they will be charged with a policy violation, such as underage alcohol consumption. The safety and well-being of students is PSU’s primary concern and to encourage reporting of sexual misconduct. Any other policy violations will be addressed separately from a sexual misconduct allegation.