Title IX Information & Reporting

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a Federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities.

  • “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 requires colleges/universities to designate at least one employee to coordinate efforts to comply and carry out the university’s responsibilities under Title IX.

Review the information below. You can also visit the Title IX website for further information. 

Title IX Report an Incident/File a Complaint

At Kent State University, we believe it’s important that individuals are made aware of their rights and all of their options so that they can make decisions for themselves. An individual who has experienced gender/sexual discrimination and harassment is the person best positioned to determine which options will help them feel safe, supported and able to heal. This may include requesting a formal investigation and sometimes it does not.

If you believe you have experienced gender/sexual discrimination and harassment (i.e., gender discrimination, gender/sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking and intimate partner violence), contact any of the following:

The Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS)

Kent State Police Department

  • Phone: Emergency – 911 / Non-emergency 330-672-2212

The Office of Compliance, EOAA

Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinators

  • Tiffany Murray, Director, Gender Equity and Title IX Coordinator: 330-672-7535, or tmurray@kent.edu
  • Melissa Dinsio, Deputy Coordinator: 330-672-0043, or mdinsio1@kent.edu
  • Trent Stratton, Athletic Deputy Coordinator: 330-672-8426, or tstratto@kent.edu

If you have been impacted by or experienced conduct that you believe violates Kent State University’s Administrative policy regarding gender discrimination, gender/sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking and intimate partner violence, you may want to first speak with an advocate about your reporting options. Regardless of whether you are already working with an advocate and/or do not wish to work with one, the following reporting options are available to you.

If you learn about another community member (i.e., student, faculty, staff, or guest) who experienced some type of gender/sexual discrimination and harassment, please contact the Office of Compliance, EOAA so that our staff may ensure this community member is informed of resources and support options. You may also wish to review the university’s policy.

Responsible Employee Information

Gender Based Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Form (Do not use this form if you are only reporting a Title IX incident. Please call or email EOAA to discuss further.)

Title IX Support Resources

When incidents occur, Kent State University strongly encourages and advises that impacted individuals get help immediately. Kent State University offers campus resources for individuals who have been impacted by gender-sexual discrimination and harassment. These resources are available to ensure that we help protect your health and safety. Also, these resources include confidential support, advocacy support, safety and medical care.

Review the Facilitator's Roster.

Title IX Legislation

Kent State University Policy prohibits unlawful gender-based discrimination, which includes sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking and intimate partner violence. These actions can interfere with an individual’s ability to participate in university academic and non-academic programs, to function in the workplace, and to utilize university programs and services.

  • University Policy
  • Definitions
    • Sexual Harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It includes, but is not limited to: sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
    • Sexual Misconduct is sexual contact with a person without their consent. It includes, but is not limited to: touching or fondling; rape (defined as vaginal, anal, or oral penetration with a body part or object without consent); sexual exploitation (e.g. videotaping sexual acts without consent); or letting someone else watch sexual acts without your partner's consent.
    • Intimate Partner Violence includes violence or intimidation committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.
    • Stalking is defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety, fear for the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress.
    • Retaliatory Harassment occurs when someone complains of, or participates in, an investigation of discrimination (including harassment or misconduct), and because of it they experience verbal or electronic harassment, threats, or other forms of negative treatment.

Sex Discrimination: Overview of the Law.