No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
20 U.S.C. 1681
What is Title IX?
Title IX is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities and provides protections from retaliation. All public and private schools receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. The United States Department of Education (ED), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for enforcing Title IX.
Title IX at Penn State
Penn State is committed to fostering an environment free from sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct. The Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response ensures compliance with Title IX. Behaviors including sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, as well as retaliation for reporting any of these acts, violate Title IX and are not tolerated. See definitions of these behaviors here.
The University is also committed to providing support to those who may have been impacted by incidents of sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct and may provide various resources and support services to individuals who have experienced one of these incidents. The Penn State Title IX Website provides information on what to do if you or someone you know may have been impacted by any of these behaviors.
Questions and Contacts
Members of the University community who believe that Title IX has been violated should discuss their concerns with and/or file a complaint with the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Penn State College of Medicine, or the University’s Title IX Coordinator. See Title IX contacts below.
Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response
Kim Lantz Yoder, JD
Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Penn State College of Medicine
Faculty Equity Officer
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033-0850
Phone: 717-531-0003, ext. 283353
24-Hour Penn State Hotline
This number is available for people from all Penn State campuses to receive information and support.
See Penn State’s Title IX Report Response page for a comprehensive overview of how the University responds when it becomes aware of an incident that may violate Title IX.
Retaliation, as defined in University Policy AD67, is also prohibited by this policy, as well as by state and federal law. Retaliation is prohibited against anyone who files a complaint and/or participates in an investigation involving alleged Title IX violations. Retaliation constitutes a separate violation and may result in discipline or sanctions independent of the outcome of a complaint. Please report any retaliation to the College of Medicine Deputy Title IX Coordinator, the Office of Student Conduct or the University’s Title IX Coordinator.
To file a complaint outside of the University, contact:
Office for Civil Rights, Philadelphia Office
100 Penn Square East, Suite 515
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323