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Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
Implementing Regulations at:
20 U.S.C § 1681 & 34 C.F.R. Part 106
Title IX is part of the Education Amendments of 1972 and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. This law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship abuse, stalking, and bullying on the basis of sex or gender orientation or expression. Title IX applies to public and private educational institutions receiving federal funds, which includes Robert Morris University.
Title IX seeks to foster safe and respectful University environments that protect students, faculty, and staff from incidents of sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment.
Robert Morris University's Policy on Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence is consistent with the federal law in prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation or age in its programs and activities. Furthermore, Robert Morris University provides equal access to all students, employees, and other RMU stakeholders.
Title IX applies to all participants of educational programs and activities, including students, employees, and third parties, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
When does Title IX apply to?
When and where does Title IX apply?
Title IX applies to incidents of gender-based discrimination or sexual misconduct that occur on campus and off campus as they related to RMU's programs or activities. It also applies to off-campus programs such as study abroad, service learning, etc.
What does Title IX require of RMU?
Under Title IX, the University is required to provide a prompt, thorough and equitable investigation of any report of gender-based discrimination, including sexual misconduct and relationship violence. Title IX ensures that both parties in a reported incident have equal opportunity to be heard and participate in the grievance process.
What does Title IX mean for me?
Title IX means that you are protected against sex discrimination in your education and programs here at Robert Morris University. RMU will uphold the law and respond by protecting the victim(s) and community, and will conduct prompt and thorough investigations.
Who assists with Title IX Procedure?
The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity (ODIE) works to ensure that Robert Morris University is in compliance with Title IX, and serves as a resource for those whose Title IX rights have been violated. ODIE is available to assist students who may have experienced a Title IX related incident, including gender discrimination, sexual misconduct, dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking or gender-based bullying.
Title IX Coordinator
Yasmin Purohit, Ph.D.
Office: Business Building 125
Phone: (412) 397-5472
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Office: Business Building 125A
Phone: (412) 397-5968
ODIE responds to allegations by:
How do I report a Title IX violation?
- Investigating what happened
- Taking appropriate steps to resolve the matter, doing its best to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and remedy the effects even if no formal complaint has been made or when a person making a complaint does not wish to further participate in the investigation process
- Taking interim measures, including academic and living accommodations during the investigation to prevent further harassment
- You may anonymously complete a Title IX Incident Report Form
- Concerns may also be voiced to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator, who can assist in the following areas
- Access to medical treatment
- Investigating the Title IX violation
- Reporting incidents to law enforcement
- Reporting incidents to Student Conduct and/or Human Resources
- Offering victim support resources
- Title IX education and training
Additional Reporting Information
- The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 includes additional requirements about how universities must respond to and address certain acts of violence, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Additional information on VAWA is available here.
- The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights enforces Title IX. Additional information is available here.
Robert Morris University complies with Title IX and VAWA, and is committed to providing an educational and employment environment that is free of all forms of gender discrimination and sexual misconduct.