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Xavier's Chief Title IX Officer provides an update on Xavier's response to the new Title IX rules issued by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

During this time, it is very important that we practice the promotion of social distancing and rely on the advice of health experts. Thus, Title IX Office employees are working remotely from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. from their homes each business day until further notice. If you need assistance please send an email to Kate Lawson, Chief Title IX Officer at lawsonk1@xavier.edu or leave a voice message at (513) 745-3046. We will be checking our voicemail and email regularly.

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Xavier University Notice of Non-Discrimination

In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Xavier University does not discriminate, exclude from participation in, or deny benefits of its educational programs, admission policies, activities, or employment policies and opportunities on the basis of sex. Questions about Title IX may be submitted to Xavier's Title IX Coordinator Kate Lawson, Gallagher Student Center, RM 332, 513-745-3046, lawsonk1@xavier.edu and/or the Office of Civil Rights, Cleveland Office, U.S. Department of Education, 1350 Euclid Ave., Suite 325, Cleveland, OH 44115, 216-522-4970,OCR.Cleveland@ed.gov.

The Title IX Office leads Xavier's efforts to prevent and address sex discrimination, including all forms of gender-based violence and harassment. Our mission is a safe environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors at Xavier.

Title IX prohibits all forms of sex discrimination (including sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation against individuals reporting sex discrimination) and discrimination, harassment or violence based on a person's sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Title IX protects students, employees, and visitors of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

Title IX protects pregnant and parenting students. More about Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students.

Title IX requires that members of both genders have equal opportunities to participate in sports and receive the benefits of competitive sports. More about Gender Equity.

Title IX requires Xavier to have a prompt, equitable resolution process in place to address sex discrimination complaints, which includes a reliable, impartial, and adequate investigation by Xavier's Title IX Office.

No police report needs to be filed for Xavier to investigate and determine whether a violation of its policies has occurred.

Xavier's policies on sex discrimination can be found in the Xavier Student Handbook (applies when a student is accused of engaging in sex discrimination) and the Harassment Code and Accountability Procedures (HCAP) (applies when an employee is accused of engaging in sex discrimination). These policies describe in detail the Title IX investigation and complaint resolution process for sex discrimination complaints at Xavier. Some forms of sex discrimination may also violate Ohio law. Definitions of these crimes as well as how Ohio law defines consent can be found in Student Handbook Section 1.6.5.

Xavier students have rights under Title IX and Xavier's sex discrimination policies. A full description of these rights is available at Student Handbook Section 3.6.2.

Xavier must respond to sex discrimination complaints under its own policies regardless of whether a student makes a police report and/or whether a criminal investigation is proceeding.

Xavier students have many reporting options, including confidential resources if the student is not yet sure what they want to do. A comprehensive list of confidential and non-confidential resources. A Xavier student has the right to report to the Title IX Office and/or law enforcement (Xavier University Police Department and/or local police department).

Xavier addresses student safety, housing, academic, and other potential regardless of whether the individual engaging in sex discrimination against the student in a Xavier community member and regardless of whether the student files an official report with law enforcement and/or the Title IX Office. Xavier is able to issue a No Contact Notice in cases of sex discrimination. A student may also seek a court-ordered protective order.

On and off-campus mental health counseling, medical, safety, legal assistance, visa and immigration resources are available for Xavier students. A comprehensive list of resources. If a student has experienced any form of sex discrimination, preserving evidence is important. Evidence can include, but is not limited to: photographs of injuries, medical reports, clothes, electronic communications, and social media posts. If a student has been sexually assaulted, they may obtain a forensic Sexual Assault Nurse Exam (SANE) from University of Cincinnati Medical Center. A SANE nurse is trained to collect evidence suitable for use in criminal, civil and administrative hearings. It is best to have a SANE exam as soon as possible and not to bathe, shower, change clothes, use the bathroom, douche, smoke or brush teeth after the assault to best preserve existing evidence. Even if these actions have been taken, a SANE exam can still be performed up to 96 hours (barring special conditions determined case by case by SANE staff) and evidence may be present. Xavier Police is available to transport victims of sexual assault to University Hospital- a police report is not required to access this service. An Advocate from Xavier's Advocate Program can accompany a student to the hospital and in the exam. A SANE exam is free of charge.

Xavier encourages all community members to educate themselves on how to recognize sex discrimination and provides campus-wide education to students, faculty and staff on engaging safely and effectively as a bystander. For more information, click here.

All Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to Xavier's Title IX staff:

  • Chief Title IX Officer: Kate Lawson--(513) 745-3046, lawsonk1@xavier.edu, Gallagher Student Center 332B
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics: Susan Cross Lipnickey-- (513) 745-2855, lipnickeys@xavier.edu, Athletics Department

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights enforces Title IX. Inquiries should be directed to the Office for Civil Rights Cleveland Office.