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 August 2020, the Title IX Office revised Goshen College’s Title IX Policy on Sexual Harassment and Assault. Goshen College’s prohibition of all forms of harassment, discrimination, and violence is articulated in its Anti-Harassment & Anti-Violence Statement.
Title IX Office
Goshen College’s Title IX Office ensures that our learning and working environment are 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 various forms sexual harassment or assault defined in this policy 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. Associate Professor of Sociology, 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.
Title IX Advisory Committee
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.