Title IX: Sexual Misconduct

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Statement of Purpose 

Bryn Athyn College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, 
disability, religion, age, veteran status, marital status, or other characteristics protected by law, in its educational programs and activities, admissions, or employment, as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable laws and College policies. 

Bryn Athyn College, as an educational community, will promptly and equitably respond to all reports of sexual assault and harassment.

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, or simply Title IX, prohibits sex-based discrimination in all programs and activities that receive financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. 

Title IX requires schools to take steps to prevent and remedy two forms of sex-based harassment:  sexual harassment (including sexual violence) and gender-based harassment

  1. Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment. Sexual violence, as Office of Civil Rights uses the term, refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent. A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion.
  2. Title IX also prohibits gender-based harassment, which is unwelcome conduct based on a student’s sex, harassing conduct based on a student’s failure to conform to sex stereotypes.

The Office of Civil Rights further states, sex-based harassment can be carried out by school employees, other students, and third parties. All students can experience sex-based harassment, including male and female students, LGBT students, students with disabilities, and students of different races, national origins, and ages. Title IX protects all students from sex-based harassment, regardless of the sex of the parties, including when they are members of the same sex.

Sex-based harassment creates a hostile environment if the conduct is sufficiently serious that it denies or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the school’s program. When a school knows or reasonably should know of possible sex-based harassment, it must take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred. If an investigation reveals that the harassment created a hostile environment, the school must take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the harassment, eliminate the hostile environment, prevent its recurrence, and, as appropriate, remedy its effects.

To File a Report

You have the option to use the online reporting tool (Online Report Form) or calling the Title IX Coordinator (267-502-6038). Both have the option to maintain anonymity.

If this is a medical emergency, please contact 911 immediately                    

On-Campus Resources

Title IX Coordinator

Adele Douglas
Director of Human Resources

Investigator Joe Metzinger
Director of Public Safety
Members Traci Barney
Deputy Chief of Security and Safety
Marcy Latta
Dean of Faculty
Phillip Zuber
Secretary/General Counsel for Academy of the New Church
Suzanne Nelson
Dean of Students
Director of Athletics
Confidential Counseling

Coleman Glenn & Matthew Genzlinger

College Chaplins

267-502-2605

Confidential Counseling

Center for Health and Wellness

267-502-6077

Other Resources

Laurel House

Victim Services Center of Montgomery County, Inc. 

1-800-642-3150 (24 hour hotline)

http://laurel-house.org/about/our-programs/hotline-2/ 

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24/7 Crisis Hotline - 1-855-634-4673

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Pennsylvania Coalition Incident Report Form 

325 Swede St. Suite 2, Norristown, PA  19404

Hotline:  1-888-772-7227