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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, of the DePauw Student Handbook and the Employee Title IX Policy in the Employee Guide. As a community, we seek to keep all students, and employees informed of the resources available to them to help educate, prevent, report, and respond to incidents of sexual misconduct while promoting the importance of sexual respect and wellness.

The Role of Title IX:

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) 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.

DePauw University is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory learning, living, and working environment for all members of the University community. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex or gender, or any other protected characteristic. In accordance with the provisions of Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments Act (Title IX), the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in any of its education or employment programs and activities. For more information or to report a potential violation of Title IX, please see depauw.edu/titleix, which includes relevant contact information.

Title IX Administrators:
Dionne Jackson, Ed. D., Title IX Coordinator
Rhyan Smith, JD, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Email: titleixcoordinator@depauw.edu
Phone: 765-658-4155


The Title IX Staff 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.