Ellis Beardsley ‘17

Major: Biochemistry and Pre-Health
Hometown:Warren, PA

The community aspect of Mount Union is what sets it apart from other schools; here at Mount Union everybody wants to succeed and see others do the same.

Know Your IX - Title IX

The University of Mount Union is committed to creating an environment free of harassment and sexual misconduct as well as complying with all requirements as set forth by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). Discrimination on the basis of sex or gender will not be tolerated by any of the University’s education programs or activities. This includes, but is not limited to sexual harassment; sexual violence; sex or gender-based bullying; hazing; stalking; relationship violence (including domestic violence and dating violence); as well as failure to provide equal opportunity in admissions, activities, employment or athletics. Sex and gender violations will be addressed by Title IX complaint protocols which are jointly coordinated by the offices of human resources and student affairs.

The University Title IX Co-Coordinators will be informed of, and oversee, all complaints of discrimination. Questions or concerns regarding the University’s procedures and Title IX may be directed to any one of the following resources:

Michelle Gaffney, associate dean of students & Title IX co-coordinator
Hoover Price Campus Center, Office of Student Affairs
Phone: (330) 823-2496
Email: gaffnemi@mountunion.edu

Pamela Newbold, director of human resources and staff development & Title IX co-coordinator
Beeghly Hall, Office of Human Resources
Phone: (330) 829-6560
Email: newbolph@mountunion.edu

Additional Title IX Investigators include:

  • Andrew Boothe, manager of payroll and compensation analysis
  • Laura Good, assistant director of human resources
  • Liz Johnson, director of the Mount Union Fund
  • Dan MacDuffie, head golf coach and instructor of HPSB
  • Sara Sherer, director of residence life
  • Sonia Wehrlin, athletic trainer and instructor of HPSB

Inquiries may be made externally to:

Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington DC 20202-1100

Customer Service Hotline: (800) 421-3481
Fax: (202) 453-6012
TDD: (877) 521-2172
Email: OCR@ed.gov

Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr

The University will make a good faith effort to successfully complete the grievance process for complaints of sex discrimination over a period of 60 days or less. The complaining party will receive periodic status updates on the progress of the complaint and any subsequent appeals.

During the investigation and/or grievance process for complaints of sex discrimination, the University may take a number of interim actions in order to ensure the preservation of the educational experience and the overall environment of the party bringing the complaint. These actions may include, but are not limited to imposing a no contact order on the responding party; residence hall room change for one or more involved parties; changes in academic schedules or assignments for one or both parties, and interim suspension for the responding party.

For more information with regard to University of Mount Union’s non-discrimination statement, policies pertaining to acts of intolerance, harassment and sexual misconduct, procedures for filing a grievance, as well as the Student Code of Conduct, and the university’s disciplinary process, you may refer to the Student Handbook.

Additionally, it is important for members of our campus community to understand that sexual misconduct occurs on a continuum. If permission has not been given or the individual does not want to engage in the sexual activity or is tricked, coerced or pressured into the behavior, it is sexual misconduct. It is also sexual misconduct when sexual behavior occurs when a person is unable to give consent due to being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

Finally, when a situation involving sexual misconduct has occurred, there are many decisions a person must make both immediately following and during her/his recovery from such a personal violation. University of Mount Union provides services that can assist the student with this process; the Sexual Misconduct Responder Program is designed for this purpose. More information about the Sexual Misconduct Responder Program and list of current responders can be found here.

Other Title IX Documents

Other Title IX Links

 

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