Title IX and Non-Discrimination

Immaculata University Prohibition Statement

Immaculata University prohibits sexual misconduct, harassment and discrimination against all community members. All who work and learn at Immaculata are partners in the work of ensuring that the community is free from discrimination based on sex or gender, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual misconduct. These behaviors threaten our learning, living, and work environments and will not be tolerated. The University will respond to all reports in an integrated, consistent manner that treats each individual with dignity and respect and will take prompt responsive action to ten the misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.

All members of our community are encompassed in the application of this policy, including students, employees, volunteers, independent contractors, visitors, and any individuals regularly or temporarily employed, studying, living, visiting, conducting business, or having any official capacity at the University.

Immaculata University prohibits the following forms of conduct:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Intimate Partner Violence, including Dating Violence and Domestic Violence
  • Retaliation
  • Stalking
  • Gender-Based Harassment
    • Bullying and Intimidation

This prohibited conduct affects individuals of all genders, gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations, and does not discriminate by racial, social, or economic background.

Some of these prohibited forms of conduct may also be crimes under Pennsylvania law.

Contact Information

Title IX Coordinator
Geri Larsen
Executive Director of Human Resources
14A Villa Maria, 610-647-4400 x3077
glarsen@immaculata.edu or titleixcoordinator@immaculata.edu

The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator/s will assist the complainant in informing him/her of the process by which a complaint will be resolved in a prompt and equitable manner.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Dennis Dougherty
Director of Campus Safety & Protection
Lourdes, 610-647-4400 x3270
ddougherty1@immaculata.edu

Scope of Policy - What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Sex discrimination includes sex-based harassment, discrimination on the basis of sex, and retaliation related to complaints of sex discrimination. Sex-based harassment is unwelcome conduct which includes both sexual harassment, including but not limited to sexual assault, other forms of sexual violence and other sexual misconduct, and gender-based harassment. This applies to academic, educational, athletic, and residential programs.

Any administrator, faculty member, student, staff, or applicant for employment or admission to the University, visitor, or third party who believes that he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of sex (including sexual harassment) or who has experienced an incident of sexual assault, sexual violence, or other sexual misconduct, may file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator(s) as well as the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education.

Immaculata is committed to fostering providing a learning, living and working environment free from gender-based discrimination. Gender-based discrimination, committed by IU students, staff, or faculty will not be tolerated. Gender-based discrimination includes sexual misconduct (a term used to describe a range of behaviors including sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact/sexual assault, non-consensual sexual penetration/rape, and sexual exploitation), intimate partner violence, and stalking. For IU definitions of these terms, view the full policy by clicking the link above.

What is the Campus SaVE Act?

With the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in March of 2013, The Campus Sexual Violence Act (Campus SaVE) was amended as a federal law which requires colleges and universities to compile statistics on the number of incidents of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies, in addition to crimes previously identified and included in the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act).

This means that colleges and universities must report incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking; adopt certain student discipline procedures, such as for notifying purported victims of their rights; and adopt certain institutional policies and practices to address and prevent campus sexual assault, such as providing both awareness and prevention programming, including bystander intervention, to the campus community.

To view Immaculata University’s Sexual Assault, Sexual Harrassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy click the link above.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The University expressly prohibits any form of discrimination and harassment in any decision regarding admissions, employment, or involvement in a University program or activity in accordance with the letter and spirit of federal, state, and local non-discrimination and equal opportunity laws.

Discrimination on the basis prohibited by law, including sex, race, color, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, medical condition, veteran status, disability, citizenship status or any other protected category is prohibited.

Title IX Reporting (How to submit a Title IX Report)

If this is an emergency please contact Campus Safety at 610-647-4400 x555 or 610-854-2451.
Campus Safety & Protection is located in Lourdes Hall, Terrace Level.

How to submit a report:

  • For Students
  • For Employees

Emergency Resources

IU Campus Safety and Protection610-647-4400 ext. 5555 (on campus)
or 610-854-2451
Available 24×7
East Whiteland Police Department610-647-1440 or 911Available 24×7
Crime Victims Center of Chester County610-692-727324 hour hotline
IU Counseling Center Director, Jessica Gilpert610-647-4400 x3502 or x3506
jgilpert@immaculata.edu
Kate Ferlick – Counselor, x3339
Open during academic year
IU Bruder Student Health Center Director, Elise GirardExt. 3500Open during academic year

Paoli Hospital

Forensic Kit examination for any incident(s) of sexual violence, domestic violence, or dating violence by a SANE nurse

484-565-1000Available 24×7

Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator Responsibilities

The Title IX Coordinator oversees the University’s centralized review, investigation, and resolution of reports of sexual misconduct and coordinates the University’s compliance with Title IX. The Title IX Coordinator can be contacted by telephone, email, or in person during regular office hours.

Title IX Coordinator, Geri Larsen, Villa Maria 14J, ext. 3077, glarsen@immaculata.edu

The Title IX Coordinator is:

  • Charged with responding to allegations of sexual misconduct to stop the behavior, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects;
  • Responsible for oversight of the investigation and resolution of all reports of sexual assault and/or sexual harassment;
  • Knowledgeable and trained in relevant state and federal laws and University policy and procedures;
  • Available to advise any individual, including a Reporting Party/Complainant, a respondent, or a third party, about the courses of action available at the University, both informally and formally;
  • Available to provide assistance to any University community member regarding how to respond appropriately to reports of sexual assault and/or harassment;
  • Responsible for oversight of sexual violence prevention education and employee training;
  • Responsible for monitoring full compliance with all requirements and timelines specified in the complaint procedures; and
  • Responsible for compiling annual and semiannual reports.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

The Deputy Title IX Coordinator assists the Title IX Coordinator with various Title IX implementation activities that involve faculty, staff, and students. The Deputy Coordinator receives reports of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct and is a designated Title IX Investigator responsible for investigating complaints of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Dennis Dougherty, Lourdes Hall, 610-647-4400 ext. 5555, ddougherty1@immaculata.edu.

Advisors

The Title IX Coordinator maintains a list of faculty and administrators who are available to assist the Reporting Party/Complainant and the Responding Party/Respondent through the investigation and conduct process.

Advisors, who have all received training on the University’s student and employee conduct procedures, are available to assist an individual throughout the process. They are available only to inform both the Responding Party/Respondent and Reporting Party/Complainant about the process and assist with procedural questions.

The selection of an Advisor is up to each individual, provided that the Advisor is not be directly involved in the investigation (as a complainant, respondent, or witness, for example).

An Advisor may be present only to provide assistance or consultation, and may not speak on behalf of the Reporting Party/Complainant and/or Responding Party/Respondent or otherwise be an active participant in any meeting.

In keeping with the University’s desire to resolve sexual misconduct complaints in a timely manner, the University reserves the right to proceed with any meeting regardless of the availability of the Advisor.

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