What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 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 purpose of Title IX is to end discrimination on the basis of sex in education and applies to all programs and activities that receive federal funding.
Title IX encompasses many forms of sex-based discrimination, including, but not limited to addressing sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment), sexual violence (including sexual assault and domestic/dating/intimate partner violence), and stalking.
Title IX requires institutions of higher education to employ a Title IX Coordinator tasked with ensuring compliance and coordinating the investigative process. In addition, schools are required to have a published complaint resolution process that explains to a student, employee or third-party how to report an allegation of harassment or discrimination, list campus and community-based support resources for the parties involved in the investigation process, offer interim and protective measures for the parties involved in the investigation process, and explain possible disciplinary procedures.
Who is the University’s Title IX Coordinator?
What is the Role of the Title IX Coordinator?
The Title IX Coordinator is the individual designated by the University to coordinate the University’s compliance with Title IX, including overseeing all sex discrimination complaints and identifying and addressing any patterns or systematic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator is also responsible for:
- determining whether the complaint allegations are prohibited sexual misconduct, sexual assault, sexual violence, or stalking;
- appointing an IOA investigator to conduct a formal investigation;
- ensuring reports and complaints are handled properly in a prompt and timely manner;
- informing students, employees, and witnesses of their rights during a formal investigation and what campus and community support resources are available to them;
- confirming that all parties have been notified of the IOA’s conclusion and the right to, and procedures for, an appeal, if applicable;
- maintaining information and documentation related to the investigation in a secure manner, consistent with the University's obligations to disclose information as required by law.
What Should I Do If I Have Experienced Sexual Misconduct and/or Sexual Violence?
Below are the recommended steps and support resources that are available to help you.
STEP 1-Seek Medical Attention
If you have experienced sexual misconduct and/or sexual violence, the IOA strongly encourages you to seek medical treatment. If you have been sexually assaulted, seek medical treatment and a SANE forensic exam.
A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a registered nurse who has received specialized training in forensic evidence collection and medical care of sexual assault victims. Along with the forensic exam, the SANE will provide medical care such as preventive medication for common sexually transmitted infections, disperse emergency contraception, as well as treat and document injuries.
Before going to the hospital it is important to preserve evidence when possible. Evidence can be preserved by not showering/bathing, laundering your clothing or eating/drinking/brushing your teeth.
University of Kansas and Lawrence Community
Lawrence Memorial Hospital Emergency Room (24/7)
325 Maine Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Watkins Health Services
1200 Schwegler Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045
University of Kansas Edwards Campus & Overland Park/Johnson County Community
Overland Park Regional Hospital (24/7)
10500 Quivira Road
Overland Park, KS 66215
Shawnee Mission Medical Center
9100 West 74th Street
Shawnee Mission, KS 66204
St. Luke's South (24/7)
12300 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66062
St. Joseph Medical Center (24/7)
1000 Carondelet Drive
Kansas City, MO 64114
STEP 2 - Contact an Advocate
Those who have experienced sexual misconduct and/or sexual violence can benefit from the assistance of a trained advocate who can assist them in the aftermath of the incident. The following are entities that specialize in providing free-of-charge confidential services:
University of Kansas & Lawrence
University of Kansas CARE Coordinator
The Sexual Trauma and Abuse CARE Center (24/7)
Willow Domestic Violence Center (24/7)
University of Kansas Edwards Campus & Overland Park/Johnson County
Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)
24-Hour Crisis Line in Kansas
24-Hour Crisis Line in Missouri
STEP 3 - File a Complaint with IOA
The IOA recognizes that a student desiring to file an IOA complaint and witnesses who are asked to participate in an IOA investigation may be hesitant to engage in the investigation process for fear of being held responsible for violations of the University’s Alcohol and Drug Policy. To eliminate this concern, a student who files a complaint with the IOA or witnesses who participate in an IOA investigation will not be subjected to discipline under the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities for personal consumption of alcohol and/or drugs.
Anyone who believes they experienced sexual misconduct and/or sexual violence (such as sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or intimate partner violence), or stalking may file an administrative complaint with the IOA.
To initiate the filing of a complaint with the IOA. A complaint form may be completed and submitted online; printed, completed, and mailed to the IOA; or you may file a complaint in person at the IOA office.
You should include the following information, to the extent known and available:
- Your name and contact information (address, telephone, e-mail);
- Name of person(s) directly responsible for the alleged sexual misconduct, sexual violence, or stalking;
- Date(s), time(s), and place(s) of the alleged behavior(s);
- A copy of any documents or other tangible items pertaining to the alleged behavior(s), including emails, text messages, social media communication, etc.;
- Names and contact information for any witnessesof the alleged behavior(s);
- Any other relevant information.
Upon receiving a complaint, the IOA will acknowledge receipt of the complaint and will request and will request a meetig with you to inform you of your rights and support resources associated with the complaint investigation process.
Confidentiality & Anonymity
All information shared with the IOA is treated with discretion and tact. Nevertheless, certain information provided to the IOA may need to be disclosed to other University officials. Those who participate in an IOA investigation are only provided with sufficient information to allow them to respond fairly and appropriately to the complaint allegations.
You are welcome and encouraged to participate in the IOA investigation to your desired level of comfort. Participation in the IOA investigation process is voluntary. you may also change your mind and decline to participate in the IOA investigation once the investigation process has started.
It is important to note, however, that your decision not to participate in the IOA investigation process may limit the University's ability to respond to the incident.
Interim and Protective Measures
The IOA is able to offer or impose a variety of interim measures to assist you and prevent you from harm.
These support services are available regardless of whether you choose to file a criminal or IOA complaint and regardless of whether you choose to participate in a criminal or IOA investigation.
Examples of interim measures include, but are not limited to, contact restrictions placed on the responding party, academic accommodations, alternative housing placement, alternative work schedules.locations, course schedule changes, legal assistance, student financial aid assistance, health and mental health support, visa and immigration assistance, and course withdrawal/load reductions.
The University of Kansas prohibits prohibits retaliations against those who file an IOA complaint and witnesses who participate in an investigation. If you believe you experiencing retaliation in any form, please let our office know as soon as possible. The IOA will respond promptly to all allegations of retaliation.
STEP 4 - File a Criminal Complaint
The IOA complaint investigation process is independent of any other complaint resolution process. You have the right to file a criminal complaint with the appropriate law enforcement authorities. You may pursue these options in addition to or instead of filing a complaint with the IOA. The IOA can assist you in making a report to law enforcement.
University of Kansas & Lawrence
University of Kansas Public Safety Office (24/7) 785-864-5900 or 911
Lawrence Police Department (24/7) 785-832-7509 or 911
Douglas County Sheriff's Department (24/7) 785-841-0007 or 911
University of Kansas Edwards Campus & Overland Park/Johnson County
Overland Park Police Department (24/7) 913-895-6300 or 911
Johnson County Sheriff's Office (24/7) 913-782-0720 or 911
STEP 5 - Seek Additional Resources of Support
The University of Kansas and the Lawrence community offer a variety of confidential and non-confidential support resources available to those who have experienced sexual misconduct and sexual violence.
Confidential Counseling Resources
KU Psychological Clinic 785-864-4121
Counseling & Psychological Services 785-864-2277
Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center 785-843-9192
Non-confidential Support Resources
Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity 785-864-3552
Department of Student Housing 785-864-4560
Legal Services for Students 785-864-5665
Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs 785-864-4060
Online Support Resources
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network https://www.rainn.org/index.php
National Sexual Violence Resource Center http://www.nsvrc.org/
It Happened to Alexa Foundation http://ithappenedtoalexa.org/
Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence http://www.kcsdv.org
LGBTQ Online Resources
Pandora’s Project http://www.pandys.org/lgbtsurvivors.html
Survivor Project http://www.survivorproject.org/
GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project http://www.glbtqdvp.org/
Kansas City Anti-Violence Project http://www.kcavp.org
Online Resources for Men
Male Survivor http://www.malesurvivor.org/index.php
One in Six https://1in6.org/