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
In addition to revising its policy and procedures, Goshen College has created a Title IX office, which is responsible for Goshen College’s effort to create a learning and working environment that is safe from gender and sexual harassment, discrimination, and violence in many forms. This includes overseeing policy and procedures, coordinating training and education efforts, and overseeing an equitable and timely process for all reports of gender and sexual harassment, misconduct, and assault.
Goshen College Provost Ken Newbold, Ph.D., serves as the Title IX Coordinator and the head of Goshen College’s new Title IX office. Beth Martin Birky, Ph.D., serves as the Special Assistant to the Provost for Title IX and Deputy Coordinator receiving reports related to students. Deanna Risser, M.B.A., Vice President for Finance, serves as Deputy Coordinator receiving reports related to employees.
The Title IX office works regularly with an Advisory Committee that includes administrators and faculty engaged in providing education, resources, and support related to gender and sexual misconduct. The Title IX Advisory Committee includes Gilberto Perez, Jr., (Dean of Students and Student Life resources); Kendra Yoder (Bystander Education); Regina Shands Stoltzfus (Faculty Advocate), Erica Albertin (Athletics), and Sonia Williams (Human Resources). The Title IX office also coordinates efforts with other important anti-discrimination efforts on campus, including the Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Human Resources, and student conduct.