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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 forms 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 employee policies 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 in which sexual respect and wellness are central.

Sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence - as defined within our University policy and handbook - are a violation of University policy and, depending upon the conduct involved, may be a violation of state criminal law. The University is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that values and protects the rights of all members of our community. Furthermore, DePauw University honors our obligations under Title IX, a federal law enacted in 1972, which protects students who participate in education programs or activities from discrimination based on sex, including issues of sexual harassment and sexual violence. The goal of Title IX is to ensure equal opportunity and gender equity for all members of the DePauw community.

These commitments are reflected in the Sexual Misconduct and Interpersonal Violence Policy, located in the DePauw Student Handbook.  The policy and process for investigation and adjudication are designed to (1) Provide a fair, educationally valid process to address alleged sexual misconduct, resulting in prompt decisions that hold students accountable for their actions; (2) Establish and protect the rights of members of the DePauw community; (3) Promote the development of individual and group integrity; and (4) Enforce the non-academic rules and regulations of the University.

The University takes seriously its responsibility to educate the campus community on issues of harassment and sexual misconduct. Please refer to the Prevention and Education page for additional information.

As members of the DePauw community, we share responsibility for creating an open and welcoming learning environment. If you wish to get involved with helping DePauw address issues of sexual harassment and misconduct, please contact any of the committee members listed in the callout. 

TITLE IX

Title IX is a federal law, enacted in 1972, which protects students who participate in education programs or activities from discrimination based on sex. In its early history in American colleges, Title IX was used to create athletic opportunities and gender equity for women and men involved in sports.

In 2011 the Department of Education instructed all educational institutions receiving federal financial aid that Title IX enforcement would also include issues of sexual harassment and sexual violence. 

The goal of Title IX is to ensure equal opportunity and gender equity for all members of the DePauw community.

Our Obligations

In compliance with Title IX, DePauw University has: 

  • a policy of nondiscrimination
  • a designated Title IX Coordinator--Renee Madison, Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity and Compliance
  • adopted and published a grievance policy and process for providing for prompt and equitable resolution of student and employee sex discrimination complaints

Title IX complaints can be filed with the DePauw University Title IX coordinator, Renee Madison, in person in the Office of the President, by phone at 765-658-4914 or via email.

It is the institution's obligation to swiftly respond to any Title IX complaint by conducting an investigation and taking appropriate remedial action such as referring the case to the appropriate adjudication body.

Title IX complaints can also be filed with Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.