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 Education Amendments of 1972

Title IX is commonly thought as pertaining to varsity sports. However, the law is actually much broader. Title IX prohibits gender discrimination in all programs and activities of a university such as WSU. It also requires that universities respond promptly and effectively to complaints of all kinds of sexual misconduct and relationship violence. Universities must take immediate action to eliminate the offending conduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. WSU is committed to promptly investigating the circumstances of a complaint to determine what occurred, ensure complainant safety, and provide remedies. Regardless of whether the complainant files a criminal action, WSU will undertake its own investigation of the complaint. Although WSU’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.

It is the goal of WSU to provide students, faculty, staff, and guests with an environment free from sexual discrimination, which includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence and discrimination related to gender non-conformity. In order to take prompt and equitable corrective action, the University must be aware of sexual misconduct, relationship violence, discrimination related to gender non-conformity or related retaliation. Therefore, members of the WSU 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 WSU Police Department (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) to report such allegations.

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. Section 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). Most recently, the term “sex” within Title IX has been interpreted to include gender identity.

WSU complies with Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, including gender identity and gender expression, in education programs and activities, admissions, or employment. It complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and equal opportunity.

The Clery Act and Campus SaVE

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C. Section 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.

The university’s annual report can be found here: http://www.wright.edu/police/crime-and-fire-data

WSU’s Notice of Non-Discrimination

WSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, national ancestry, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military service or veteran status, mental or physical disability, or genetic information in employment, admission, treatment, or access to its programs or activities. WSU adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity/affirmative action statutes and regulations.

University Policies

The university’s policies concerning harassment and discrimination including its policy on sexual misconduct and relationship violence can be found in the Wright Way Policies and the Student Code of Conduct. The policies outline the definition of sexual harassment, sexual offenses, relationship violence, relationships, reporting procedures, procedures for resolution, provisions for students, staff and faculty who have been subjected to sex offenses, sexual assault prevention and education programs, and resources to victims and survivors of sexual assault.

Title IX Coordinator 

Matthew L. Boaz
Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion
Title IX Coordinator
436 Millett Hall 937-775-3207
oei-title9@wright.edu

Duties: Responsible for overseeing all reports of sexual misconduct, relationship violence, discrimination related to gender non-conformity, gender inequity and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during review of such reports. Allegations may be reported directly to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator may arrange no contact orders. The Title IX may also arrange other accommodations. 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

Lindsay Wight
Title IX Investigative & Training Officer
436 Millett Hall
937-775-3207
lindsay.wight@wright.edu

Kristie Rezanka
Assistant Director of the Office of Equity & Inclusion
436 Millett Hall
937-775-3207
kristie.rezanka@wright.edu

Duties: Serve as an intake officer for students, staff and faculty who wish to file a complaint regarding sexual misconduct, relationship violence and discrimination related to gender nonconformity; facilitate the assisted resolution process for those who file complaints; coinvestigate complaints involving students, staff and faculty, and provide related training and education to the WSU community.

For Athletics:

Joylynn Brown Associate Athletic Director, Senior Woman Administrator
Ervin J Nutter Center 356
937-775-2721
joylynn.brown@wright.edu

Duties: Serve as an intake officer for student athletes and athletic department staff who wish to file a complaint regarding sexual misconduct, relationship violence or discrimination related to gender non-conformity; facilitate the assisted resolution process for those who file complaints; and assist in response to complaints or concerns about gender equity in WSU’s athletics programs.

For Lake Campus Incidents:

Sandi Holdheide
Director of Student Affairs
Dwyer Hall 114
7600 Lake Campus Drive
937-775-8359/419-586-0359
sandi.holdheide@wright.edu

Duties: Serve as an intake officer for students, staff and faculty of the WSU Lake Campus who wish to file a complaint regarding sexual misconduct, relationship violence or discrimination related to gender non-conformity; facilitate the assisted resolution process for those who file complaints; co-investigate complaints involving students, staff and faculty, and provide related training and education to the WSU Lake Campus community.

Reporting

To file a university complaint regarding sexual misconduct, relationship violence or discrimination related to gender non-conformity (either an incident 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 Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Coordinator (listed above).

To file a criminal complaint regarding sexual misconduct or relationship violence, contact the WSU Police Department at 937-775-2111.

Faculty and Staff members – if information regarding an incident of sexual misconduct, relationship violence or discrimination/harassment related to gender non-conformity is shared with you, you should report it to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator as soon as possible. Depending on your position at the University, you may want to report the incident to your supervisor first.

Anonymous Reporting: Should you wish to remain anonymous in your report, you can report using the following two methods. Please be advised that anonymity may limit the response of the University. Once you file a report, please check back frequently as we may need additional information from you.

Bias Incident Response Team: Bias related incidents which may not rise to the level of a university policy violation, but still necessitate a university response, are often referred to and resolved by the BIRT. Through voluntary participation in BIRT interventions, it is the intention of WSU to foster a sense of civility and campus community, respect and understanding to support a multicultural and diverse campus environment. It is intended that any bias-response intervention will be educational at its core. The intervention may involve a variety of activities including discussion, mediation, training, counseling and consensus building. To file a BIRT report: https://www.wright.edu/student-affairs/student-resources/bias-related-in...

Confidentiality

The Title IX Coordinator will seek to protect the privacy and confidentiality of the individuals involved in any report of alleged sexual misconduct, relationship violence and harassment or discrimination related to gender non-conformity 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 safe and nondiscriminatory environment. The following resources and support services offer confidential support for anyone involved with a Title IX incident:

  • Counseling and Wellness Services, 053 Student Union, 937-775-3407 
  • WSU Student Health Services, 051 Student Union, 937-775-2552
  • Catholic Campus Ministry, 3650 Colonel Glenn Highway, 937-426-1836
  • Student Legal Services, B015 Student Union, (937) 775-5857
  • Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (800) 227-6007

Other Title IX Protections

Transgender students, staff & faculty: Pursuant to the guidance of the US Department of Education and the US Department of Justice as well as the University’s non-discrimination policy, WSU treats a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for the purpose of Title IX. This means that WSU will not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity. Under Title IX, there is no medical diagnosis or treatment requirement that students must meet as a prerequisite to being treated consistent with their gender identity.

Pregnant students: Pregnancy is specially protected in WSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy as well as Title IX. More information can be found here: http://www.wright.edu/equity-and-inclusion/title-ix-gender-based-violenc...

Educational Programs

At WSU, we have implemented various prevention, awareness, and educational programs and initiatives to address these issues. We have also hired WSU’s Title IX Investigative and Training Officer (Lindsay Wight) and Coordinator of Health Promotion (Destinee Biesemeyer), who started in 2015 to provide training and advocacy for both students and employees. Further, WSU is a member of a consortium of local universities participating in grant-funded programming to address these issues (Healthy Campus Partners) led by WSU employee Tessa Miracle.

Law Room: an online program that provides training to faculty and staff who interact with students to recognize and report sexual misconduct in accordance with the United States Department of Education requirements. While this training is not currently required, it is strongly encouraged. For more information or to register for access to the training module, please email Jennifer.kostic@wright.edu.

Campus Clarity – Think About It: an online sexual misconduct and relationship violence training program that prepares students to confront and prevent serious campus problems. This program delivers Title IX and Campus SaVE Act training with a non-judgmental approach to effectively reach students. While WSU students are not required to take this training, it is strongly encouraged. For more information, or to register for access to the training module, please email oei-title9@wright.edu.

Policy and Procedure Training: an in person training given by Lindsay Wight to help inform the campus community of the University’s policy and procedures related to complaints of sexual misconduct and relationship violence. For more information, or to schedule a training, please email lindsay.wight@wright.edu.

Bystander Intervention Training: an in person training based on the idea that any individual, regardless of sex or gender, can interrupt behaviors to prevent sexual misconduct and relationship violence. As a result, each member of the campus community is invested in creating a safe campus environment for themselves and others. Program participants are instructed on safe options for preventing harm and intervening when a risk of sexual misconduct or relationship violence exists. WSU currently offers two different types of bystander intervention programing, listed below:

Safe Space Training: a comprehensive 3 hour Ally Development training that teaches potential new allies skills on how to serve and support the LGBTQA+ community at WSU. Allies attending the entire 3 hour training will have the option of completing a Safe Space Ally Action Plan and listed on this site as someone who is part of the Safe Space Ally Development Network. Allies completing the Ally Action Plan will be provided with the Safe Space emblem (sticker or magnet) to display inside or outside of their offices and/or bags, computers, etc. For more information or to register for a training, please visit: https://www.wright.edu/student-affairs/culture-and-identity-centers/lgbt...

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