Training Materials and Requests
Review the training materials available for issues surrounding equity and Title IX at Muhlenberg and reach out to our office to request a training session.
Information about changes made to Title IX regulations by the U.S. Department of Education
The Department of Education announced that their plan to release a new Title IX rule on campus sexual assault in May will now be delayed until October 2023. We are monitoring these highly anticipated updates and will revise our policies and procedures as soon as we can.
On August 14, 2020, the final Title IX regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education went into effect. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance.
What is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination at educations institutions. The law 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."
Who is covered by Title IX?
Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX, and every student and employee of the educational institution is protected by and held accountable under Title IX. In compliance with Title IX, Muhlenberg College prohibits sex discrimination that may be committed by a student, employee, or a third party on Muhlenberg's campus, as defined in the College's Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy.
Visit our Incident Reporting website to make a report to the Muhlenberg's Office of Equity and Title IX.
Individuals at the College have the right to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education or with OCR’s Customer Service Team at 1-800-421-3481 if they believe a Title IX violation has occurred. For more information, please visit the federal Office of Civil Rights website on Title IX and Sex Discrimination.
Safety and Resource Information for Victims/Survivors of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking
Note on confidentiality: If a student wishes for the report to remain confidential, they may speak with Counseling Services (484-664-3178), the Student Health Center (484-664-3199), the College Chaplain (484-664-3120) or off-campus rape crisis resource centers such as Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley (610-437-6611). Students may switch from confidential or anonymous reporting to filing a formal complaint at any time.
A victim/survivor may pursue whatever option or combination of options is best for them. Students that wish to have an incident investigated by the College should contact the Title IX Coordinator. Employees should contact the Title IX Coordinator, the Vice President of Human Resources, or the Provost. Those who would like to file a criminal complaint should contact Campus Safety or local police where the assault occurred. The College system and the criminal system work independently from one another.
If a victim/survivor is interested in obtaining an external order of protection (e.g. restraining orders, injunctions, Protection From Abuse orders, or Protection from Sexual Violence or Intimidation orders), the Title IX Coordinator or Campus Safety are available to provide information to students and employees to assist them in obtaining such protective orders. Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley can also provide this service and provide advocacy by accompanying victims to Court and guiding them through the process. If external orders of protection are obtained, please notify Campus Safety or the Title IX Coordinator so that these orders can be observed on campus. The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) also provides options: http://www.pcar.org/search-synonyms/civil-protection-orders.
To learn more, please contact one of the following offices or organizations:
Director of Equity & Title IX Coordinator, 484-664-3562, 8:30 – 5:00 M-F (Students & Employees)
Campus Safety, 484-664-3110, 24/7 (Students & Employees)
Student Health Services*, 484-664-3199, 8:00 – 4:30, M-F (Students)
Counseling Services*, 484-664-3178, 8:30 – 4:30, M-F, on-call 24/7 (Students)
Vice President for Human Resources, 484-664-3166, 8:30 - 5:00 M-F (Employees)
Employee Assistance Program (EAP), 800-395-1616 (Employees)
Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley* (CVCLV), 610-437-6611, 24-hour hotline (Students & Employees)
Turning Point/Domestic Violence Shelter*, 877-438-4957, 24-hour helpline (Students & Employees)
*Note that campus officials may contact on-call staff from other departments when their offices are closed or they are otherwise unable to assist immediately. The caller does not have to provide the dispatcher with information about an incident. The caller should ask to speak with a nurse or counselor on call.
Interim and Supportive Measures
Upon notice of alleged domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking or upon request by a Complainant or Respondent, the College will evaluate whether initial or interim supportive, remedial, responsive and/or protective actions are necessary. Such actions are non-disciplinary, non-punitive, individualized services offered as appropriate, as reasonably available, and without fee or charge to the parties to restore or preserve access to the College’s education program or activity, including measures designed to protect the safety of all parties or the College’s educational environment, and/or deter harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation.
These measures can include but are not limited to:
The College will maintain as private as possible measures implemented, provided confidentiality does not impair the College’s ability to provide the measures, and that it does not infringe upon the rights of a Complainant or Respondent.
The College may take additional prompt remedial and/or disciplinary action with respect to any Community Member or third party upon a finding that they have engaged in harassing or discriminatory behavior under the Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy. Procedures for handling reported incidents are fully described in the Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Procedures for Students, Faculty, or Staff.