Title IX at The University of Akron

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities. Title IX provides: “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.”

Sexual harassment (which includes sexual violence and assault) is a form of sex discrimination and therefore a violation of Title IX. Specific behaviors that are prohibited by Title IX include, but are not limited to, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of non-consensual sexual activity; stalking; and relationship violence that is gender-based. Title IX also prohibits discrimination of pregnant and parenting students. Many behaviors that violate Title IX also constitute crimes. Title IX provides for the equitable treatment of all individuals at the University, including in admissions, grading of student coursework, and in athletics.


Title IX Leadership at The University of Akron

To ensure compliance with Title IX and other federal and state civil rights laws, the University has a designated University Title IX Coordinator. The coordinator is charged with monitoring compliance with Title IX and ensuring that reports of sex discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence are investigated and addressed by the University.

Any student, faculty or staff member with questions or concerns about the applicable University policies or who believes that he or she has been the victim of sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence is encouraged to contact The University of Akron's Title IX Coordinator.

Services and support for branch campuses are integrated. Students attending classes at branch campuses including The Wayne College and the Medina County University Center are provided the same support and resources as all University of Akron students and are welcome to seek services at whichever location is most convenient.

THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
Jolene Lane
Title IX Coordinator
CDO/VP Inclusion & Equity
Buchtel Hall 209
330-972-7522
jolenealane@uakron.edu

STUDENTS
Michael Strong
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for students
Dean of Students
Student Union 152
330-972-6593
mstrong@uakron.edu

EMPLOYEES
Michelle Smith
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for employees
Director, Labor and Employment Relations
Administrative Services Building 125C
330-972-5146
msmith5@uakron.edu

WAYNE COLLEGE
Gordon Holly
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Wayne College
Assistant Dean of Student Success
Building E242
330-972-8900
gholly@uakron.edu

ATHLETES
Mary Lu Gribschaw
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for athletes
Sr. Associate Athletics Director/SWA
JAR 183
330-972-7080
marylu@uakron.edu


Explanation of university prohibition

The University of Akron does not tolerate sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence of any kind. The prohibition is explained in great detail in the University of Akron Gender-Based Misconduct Protocols.

View Gender-Based Misconduct Protocols for STUDENTS (pdf)

View Gender-Based Misconduct Protocols for EMPLOYEES (pdf)

List of local resources for victims (pdf)


HELP CENTERS

RAPE CRISIS CENTER

Call: 330-434-7273

Confidential
Available 24/7

COUNSELING & TESTING CENTER

Call: 330-972-7082

Confidential
Mon-Fri: 8 to 4:30 p.m.