Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
Title IX is a federal statue, which was enacted into law on June 23, 1972. Title IX states "no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational programs or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
Pursuant to Title IX, "responsible employees" must report incidents of alleged sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking to Public Safety and the Title IX Coordinator. A "responsible employee" is any employee who:
Has the authority to take action to redress sexual violence;
Has been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual violence or any other misconduct by students to the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate school designee; or
A student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.
Pursuant to the Kutztown University Sexual Harassment Policy, all Kutztown University employees are considered "responsible employees" consistent with the above. Exceptions to the reporting requirement are pastoral counselors and licensed campus professional counselors acting in their capacity as such and certified Heart at KU volunteers while on call. When a university "knows or reasonably should know" sexual violence has occurred, the university must investigate and take immediate action to eliminate sexual violence, prevent the recurrence of sexual violence, and redress the effects of sexual violence.
The Title IX Coordinator will investigate complaints filed against a non-student employee (i.e., faculty or staff) or off-campus vendor. The Dean of Students Office (Student Conduct Services), under the oversight of the Title IX Coordinator, will investigate complaints filed against a student. For contact information and links of interest, please see below.
- Jesus A. Peña, Esq.
Title IX Coordinator
- Jacqueline C. Fox, Esq.
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Office Location: 02 Old Main
Academic Year: Monday-Friday - 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Summer: Monday-Friday - 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
All individuals involved in the Title IX process, including, but not limited to, Investigators, Hearing Panel Members/Chairs, Advisors, Sanctioning Bodies, and Appeals Officers receive Title IX training through the SUNY Student Conduct Institute. You can access more specific information regarding the Title IX training materials below:
Writing an Investigation Report Training - PASSHE Office of Legal Counsel (February 2021)
Links of Interest:
- Request for Appeal Form
- Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Brochure
- Sexual Misconduct Policy
- Student Conduct Website
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (2014, April 29) Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence. Retrieved from