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Title IX

“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.”

—Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Tiffin University is committed to providing a campus community in which education, working, and living reflect a safe environment free from gender-based discrimination and/or sexual harassment/misconduct.

In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and other federal, state, and local civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities which receive federal financial assistance, Tiffin University has developed the policies and procedures which prohibit discrimination, sexual harassment/misconduct, and retaliation on the basis of sex. The guidelines are intended to define expectations and to establish an instrument for determining when policies have been violated.

In accordance with the Title IX regulations, Tiffin University has designated a Title IX and 504 Officer. The Civil Rights Investigation Team is assigned by the Title IX Coordinator or designee to conduct investigations and handle formal resolutions of appropriate grievance.

Any member of the University community who believes they have been a victim of gender-based discrimination and/or sexual harassment/sexual misconduct by any member of the University community may file a complaint with the Office for Equity, Access, &

Opportunity through one of the following:

  • In-Person at the Office for Equity, Access, & Opportunity located in Friedley Hall (during regular business hours),
  • Via Email to the Title IX & 504 Coordinator, Jacob Simon, at simonja@tiffin.edu
  • Via email to the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Kelsey Kuzma, at kuzmak@tiffin.edu, or
  • Via Online Report Form below

Report an Incident 

A victim of gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment/sexual misconduct has a right to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights Commission. This office is charged with investigating allegations of employment and education related discrimination and harassment. In most cases involving sexual harassment, the complainant must first report the harassment to the University before filing a charge with the Commission.

Any person may file a complaint with:

Office of Civil Rights
One Government Center
Room 936, Jackson & Erie Streets
Toledo, Ohio 43604
419.245.2900

All employees of Tiffin University (including student employees), with the exception of those who are designated as Confidential Resources (see ‘On-Campus Confidential Resources’ tab), are Mandated Reporters and must promptly share with the Title IX Coordinator all known details of a report made to them in the course of their employment.

Failure of a Mandated Reporter to report an incident of discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation, of which they become aware, is a violation of University policy and can be subject to disciplinary action for failure to comply. 

For questions regarding mandated reporting responsibilities, please contact the Title IX & 504 Coordinator, Jacob Simon, at simonja@tiffin.edu.

Decision-Making Model for Mandated Reporters

Any Complainant who experiences an alleged policy violation but is unsure if they want to report through TU’s Equity Resolution/Title IX Process, may still receive supportive measures and learn more about reporting options by scheduling a confidential supportive measures meeting with TU’s Victim’s Advocate.* 

Request a Confidential Supportive Measures Meeting

*Those individuals who are designated as mandated reporters are still required to follow their mandatory reporting obligations and must promptly share with the Title IX Coordinator all known details of a report made to them in the course of their employment. For more information please visit Tiffin University’s policy & procedures on Mandated Reporting.  

If a Complainant would like the details of an incident to be kept confidential, they may seek support services by contacting one of the following on-campus confidential resources:

Victim’s Advocate: advocacy@tiffin.edu 

Nurse Practitioner: healthcenter@tiffin.edu 

Mental Health Counselors: counseling@tiffin.edu

All of the above-listed individuals will maintain confidentiality when acting under the scope of their licensure, professional ethics, and/or professional credentials, except in extreme cases of immediacy of threat or danger or abuse of a minor/elder/individual with a disability, or when required to disclose by law or court order. 

In fostering our commitment to providing a trauma-informed approach to Civil Rights investigations, the Office for Equity, Access, & Opportunity has created a Soft Interview Room. This room creates a safe and comfortable environment for members of our TU Family to feel physically and emotionally safe when participating in our Civil Rights investigation process.

four grey chairs with pillows in a small room

four grey chairs with pillows in a small room

 

 

 

 

 

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