Title IX at Goshen College
Title IX refers to a 1972 legislative act prohibiting gender-based discrimination in education.
“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.”
Like other civil rights legislation, Title IX informs Goshen College policy and practice, as well as our commitment to providing a safe, equitable, and supportive learning and working environment for members of the Goshen College campus.
In May 2018, Goshen College published a revised Policy on Sexual Assault and Misconduct as well as a more developed prohibition of all forms of harassment, discrimination, and violence in an Anti-Harassment & Anti-Violence Statement (pdf).
Title IX Office
Goshen College’s Title IX office ensures that our learning and working environment is safe from gender and sexual harassment, discrimination, and violence in many forms. Goshen College Associate Academic Dean, Beth Martin Birky, Ph.D., serves as the Title IX Coordinator and the head of Goshen College’s Title IX office. The Title IX Coordinator has the responsibility to oversee policy and procedures and coordinate training and education efforts.
When anyone reports gender and sexual harassment, misconduct, and assault to the Title IX Office, the Title IX Deputy Coordinator works with reporters and respondents to address and remedy situations and to help prevent further harm. Professor of Social Work, Kendra Yoder, Ph.D., receives reports related to students and facilitates an equitable and timely processing of concerns. Dr. Yoder also leads prevention education for students and employees, and coordinates the Prevention Intervention Network (PIN), Goshen College’s bystander education program.
The Title IX office works regularly with an Advisory Committee that includes administrators and faculty engaged in providing resources and support related to gender and sexual misconduct. The Title IX Advisory Committee includes representatives from Human Resources, Student Life, and Athletics.
The Title IX office also coordinates efforts with other important safety, conduct, and anti-discrimination efforts on campus.