Title IX at Muhlenberg College
Information about proposed changes to Title IX
Muhlenberg College is committed to fostering a campus community free from sexual harassment and sexual and gender violence. As such, the College is closely following the steps being taken by U.S. Department of Education to amend regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The proposed amendments could alter how institutions including Muhlenberg College address sexual harassment and sexual and gender violence. In turn, the College will keep the Muhlenberg community apprised of changes as they become known.
While the rulemaking process is taking place, the College remains steadfast in our approach to ensure that all reports of sexual harassment and sexual and gender violence are addressed promptly, fairly, equitably, and in a trauma-informed manner. The College’s policy and procedures as it pertains to sexual harassment, sexual and gender violence, and all forms of prohibited discrimination and harassment can be found .
Here is a timeline of events and communications related to the proposed changes to Title IX:
- November 29, 2018 – The US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights publishes proposed Title IX rule
- November 30, 2018 – Muhlenberg College’s President John Williams sends a communication to the campus community about the proposed Title IX rule.
- January 24, 2019 – Muhlenberg College’s Office of Equity & Title IX and the student peer educator group, Voices of Strength, present a panel discussion on Title IX and proposed changes to Title IX in Seegers. Here is an article about the event
- January 30, 2019 – Final Comment Letter to Department of Education written on behalf of twenty-four liberal arts colleges including Muhlenberg College is submitted by Pepper Hamilton to the U.S. Department of Education.
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. Title IX's benefits can be found in promoting equity in academic and athletic programs, preventing hostile environments on the basis of sex, prohibiting sexual harassment and sexual violence, protecting from retaliation, and remedying the effects of other gender-based forms of discrimination.
Who is Covered by Title IX?
Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX. If any one of the institution’s programs or activities receives federal funding, all of the programs within the institution must comply with Title IX regulations. In compliance with Title IX, Muhlenberg College prohibits discrimination in employment as well as in all programs and activities on the basis of sex/gender.
It's Not Just About Athletics.
Athletics are not the only component of academic life governed by Title IX. Other areas which fall within the scope of Title IX include:
Recruitment, Admissions, Financial Aid and Scholarships
Course Offerings and Access
Hiring and Retention of Employees
Benefits and Leave
Sexual harassment of students, which includes sexual assault and acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
Individuals at the College also have the right to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education at www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list