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Sexual Respect

DePauw University is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that values and protects the rights of all members of our community.

To this end, the University takes seriously any reports of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and any other form of interpersonal violence, including stalking, domestic violence, and dating violence. This commitment is reflected in the Sexual Misconduct and Interpersonal Violence Policy, located in the DePauw Student Handbook, and in the Employee Title IX Policy in the Employee Guide as well. As a community, we seek to keep all students, faculty, and staff informed of the resources available to them to help educate, prevent, report, and respond to incidents of sexual misconduct while promoting the expectation of our community that sexual respect and wellness are central.

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Title IX Coordinator: Juli Smith

The Title IX coordinator oversees compliance and the implementation of the sexual misconduct and Title IX policies for the University. In this role, they coordinate reports, supportive measures, the disciplinary process, and all training or information sessions that relate to the Title IX or sexual misconduct policy.

The Role of Title IX:

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law which prohibits discrimination based on sex in any education program or activities that receive federal funding.  In its early history in American colleges and universities, Title IX was used to create equity in academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular programs such as athletics. Subsequent court cases and regulatory interpretations have recognized that sexual harassment and sexual violence are also forms of sex-based discrimination prohibited by Title IX.