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Whitworth University strives to ensure an educational environment conducive to equity and fairness for all students and employees. Our mission -- to provide our students with an education of mind and heart, equipping them to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity -- denotes a commitment to equality that we wholeheartedly embrace.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the gender of students and employees of educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance. It 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 subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance..."
20 U.S.C. § 1681
Our willing compliance with this law is managed by Rhosetta Rhodes, Title IX coordinator and chief of staff. The Title IX coordinator may be reached at 509.777.4238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The reporting process for Title IX violations is as follows:
If you are a student who believes you have been subjected to (1) sexual harassment by university faculty or staff; or (2) any other form of gender discrimination under Title IX, you may report such misconduct or file a formal complaint with the Title IX coordinator in the human resource services office. The entire complaint procedure can be found at www.whitworth.edu/studenthandbook.
If you are a student who believes you have been or are the victim of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct, by another university student, you may report such conduct or file a complaint under Title IX with the associate dean of students. Complaints of student sexual misconduct are also addressed in the Student Handbook, which may be found at www.whitworth.edu/studenthandbook.
If you are an employee who believes you have been subjected to discrimination under Title IX, including sexual harassment, or who wishes to file a complaint under Title IX, you may do so with the Title IX coordinator in the human resource services office. The entire complaint procedure can be found at www.whitworth.edu/humanresources/employeehandbooks/pdf/employeehandbook.pdf.
Federal and state laws prohibit the taking of retaliatory measures against any individual who files a complaint in good faith.
Rhosetta Rhodes, Title IX Coordinator, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students