What is Title IX?

“Title IX” is short for Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. It is a set of federal regulations that require any school receiving federal funding (including YSU) to ensure that no one is discriminated against or harassed within any of the school’s programs or activities based on their sex. Title IX reads as follows:

“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.”

 

Who addresses Title IX violations?

YSU has appointed a staff member- called the Title IX Coordinator- to make sure that the University complies with Title IX regulations. YSU’s Title IX Coordinator is:  

Molly O'Malley
Title IX Coordinator and Associate Director, Equal Opportunity, Policy Development & Title IX
Tod Hall, Room 301
330-941-4629

maomalley@ysu.edu
titleix@ysu.edu

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Working to educate the campus community about Title IX
  • Reviewing University policy and programs to ensure compliance with Title IX
  • Meeting with students to educate them about their rights and reporting options
  • Undertaking investigations into possible discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct
  • Working with students impacted by discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct to provide accommodations to ensure that they can continue to pursue their education (for example no contact orders between all involved parties, changes in housing assignments for on campus residents, changes in academic schedules, or other supportive measures)
  • Working with campus and community resources to support students and employees affected by discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct.

If you have questions about Title IX, want to learn more about your rights and reporting options, or want to make a report or file a complaint, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Speaking with the Title IX Coordinator

 Anyone who chooses to speak to the Title IX Coordinator will still generally have the option about whether or not they’d like to file a report (with the Title IX Coordinator or with the University police) or pursue any action (University or legal). The only cases wherein the Title IX Coordinator may need to take action without consent of the reporting party/victim is when there is a threat to public or individual safety.

Aiding the Title IX Coordinator are YSU’s Deputy Title IX Coordinators. Collectively the Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators insure YSU’s compliance with Title IX including receiving reports and allegations of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Mark Weir
Director, Equal Opportunity, Policy Development & Title IX
Tod Hall, Room 301
330-941-2216

mweir@ysu.edu
titleix@ysu.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Cynthia A. Kravitz
Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Tod Hall, Room 359
330-941-1529

cakravitz@ysu.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Emily Wollet
Associate Athletic Director
Stambaugh Stadium, Room 1003
330-941-7208

eewollet@ysu.edu

 

How does this apply to me?

Title IX is best known for creating gender equity in school sports when first adopted. However, since 1972 Title IX has expanded significantly to include a responsibility for responding to and adequately addressing complaints about all the following, broadly referred to as “Title IX violations”:

  • Sex or gender discrimination in any University-sponsored program or activity
  • Sexual assault and any other non-consensual sexual touching
  • Stalking
  • Relationship violence, including both dating and domestic violence
  • Sexual harassment

Additionally, we are also required to provide reasonable accommodations for
students experiencing pregnancy, childbirth, abortion, miscarriage, false
pregnancy, and parenting students requiring accommodations to pump and/or
breastfeed."

Definitions for each of these Title IX violations are also available.