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Title IX Background
Title IX at Butler University

About Title IX

It is the policy of Butler University to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, based on sex in the University’s educational programs and activities.

Butler University desires to have an educational and working environment free from discrimination. Students, staff, administrators, and faculty are entitled to a working environment and educational environment free of discrimination. This includes, but is not limited to sexual harassment, sexual assault and sex discrimination. Discrimination of any kind is not acceptable behavior at Butler; it is inconsistent with the commitment to excellence that characterizes Butler University’s activities. The Policy on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Domestic Violence specifically covers all civil rights matters for all faculty, students and staff when a complaint is brought to the attention of the University. The University adheres to all federal, state and local civil rights laws banning discrimination in private institutions of higher education. 

Any member of the campus community, guest, or visitor who believes there is a violation of the Policy on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Domestic Violence should contact the Title IX Coordinator, Title IX Deputy Coordinators, Vice President for Student Affairs, or University Police. 

All initial contacts will be treated with the maximum possible privacy. Specific information on any complaints received by any party will be reported to the Title IX Coordinator. Subject to the University’s obligation to redress violations, every effort will be made to maintain the privacy of those initiating a report. In all cases, the University will give consideration to the complainant with respect to how the complaint is pursued, but reserves the right, when necessary to protect the campus community, investigate, and pursue a resolution. 

Please read the full policy for additional details regarding the University’s obligations to prevent and address claims of sexual assault, discrimination and harassment. 

Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator is the designated university official with primary responsibility for coordinating the university’s compliance with Title IX. This includes providing leadership for Title IX activities; providing consultation, education and training; and helping to ensure the university responds appropriately, effectively and equitably to Title IX issues. You can contact the Title IX Coordinator at titleix@butler.edu.

Title IX Compliance
  • The Title IX Coordinator oversees the prompt investigation of complaints alleging sexual harassment; reviews findings as to whether sexual harassment occurred; reviews proposed remedies (including interim measures) necessary to address the sexual harassment, eliminate any hostile environment, and prevent its reoccurrence; and ensures the University’s compliance with Title IX.
  • The Title IX Coordinator meets and communicates regularly with the designated Deputy Title IX Coordinators in Student Affairs and Human Resources, to ensure the prompt, fair, and impartial resolution of complaints. The Title IX Coordinator retains oversight of any delegated responsibilities and ensures there are no conflicts of interest with regard to the Deputy Coordinators’ primary job duties.
  • The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for the development, scheduling, and implementation of regular events hosted by or supported by the University leadership on campus to raise awareness in the campus community about all forms of sex discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual assault) and the University’s policies and procedures regarding such matters, so as to reinforce to the University community the importance of this issue to the University administration.
  • The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for providing information to students and employees regarding their Title IX rights and responsibilities, including information about the resources available on and off campus, the formal and informal complaint processes, the availability of interim measures, and the ability to file a complaint with local law enforcement and complaint with the University simultaneously.
  • The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for the development, scheduling, and implementation of necessary periodic Title IX training for the University community, including students and employees.
  • The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for periodic review and assessment of the University’s Title IX policies and procedures, to ensure that they are clear and consolidated to the maximum extent possible to provide an efficient resource for students, faculty, and staff.
  • The Title IX Coordinator has been designated for complaints involving students as respondents. The Title IX Coordinator or designee investigates and adjudicates allegations of sexual misconduct against student respondents, provides appropriate accommodations to victims, and ensures the disciplinary process meets Title IX requirements for all parties.
  • The Human Resource Department has a designated Deputy Title IX Coordinator for complaints involving employees as respondents. The Human Resource Deputy Title IX Coordinator, or designee, investigates and adjudicates allegations of sexual misconduct against employee respondents, provides appropriate accommodations to victims, and ensures the employee grievance process meets Title IX requirements for all parties.