What is Title IX?
As a recipient of federal financial assistance, the University complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations. Title IX is designed to insure that no person is discriminated against on the basis of sex in a program or activity educational setting which receives federal financial assistance. Initially the emphasis of Title IX was on girls' and women's access to athletics; however, Title IX is intended to be enforced much more broadly and prohibits all forms of discrimination based on sex including sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and sexual violence in federally funded programs and activities. Youngstown State University has a responsibility to prevent and address sexual discrimination in its programs and activities and the University takes this responsibility seriously.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states that:
“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.”
Youngstown State University Nondiscrimination Notice
Youngstown State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, age, religion, or veteran/military status in its programs and activities.
Title IX Coordinator Responsibilities
Youngstown State University has appointed a Title IX Coordinator who serves as the designated University official with primary responsibility for coordinating Youngstown State University’s compliance with Title IX. The Title IX Coordinator provides leadership for Title IX activities and insures the prompt and effective investigation of and response to complaints. Additionally, the University has Deputy Coordinators who have specific responsibilities and work with various other staff on campus to insure Title IX compliance. The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators are campus resources for Title IX information including reporting and resolution options.
Please Note: The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators are not confidential sources of reporting and support. While they will address your concerns with sensitivity and will keep your information as private as possible, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.
Retaliation against any individual in the University community either for alleging sexual misconduct or for cooperating in the review or investigation of a compliant is strictly prohibited by University Policy and federal law. Anyone who believes he/ she has been the victim of retaliation should immediately contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Policy Development, the Title IX Coordinator, or the Office of Human Resources. Any person found to have retaliated against another for reporting, participating or cooperating in an investigation will be in violation of University Policy and will be subject to corrective measures independent of the merits of the underlying allegation.