Title IX and Related Compliance: Safety and Equity at Houghton University

The mission of Houghton University is to prepare each student to become a Christian scholar-servant, competent and willing to follow God’s calling on his/her life.  In order to fulfill its mission, Houghton University is committed to providing safety and equity in all its programs and facilities.  Houghton University is committed to providing a learning environment that is free from sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual and relationship violence and stalking.

The Title IX Office provides education to prevent sexual harassment and provides a thorough investigation and equitable response to allegations of harassment.  The University response is guided by applicable United States and New York State laws, including Title IX of the U.S. Department of Education, Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Laws of 1964, New York State Article 129-B and New York State anti-harassment workplace law.  See the Student Guide and Employee Handbooks for more information.

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (amending the Higher Education Act of 1965) is a federal gender equity law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal funding. Sexual discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and all forms of relationship violence and nonconsensual sexual misconduct, are prohibited under this law.

Title IX states

“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 assistance. . . .” (20 U.S.C. section 1681)

The Title IX Coordinator is the person designated by Houghton University to oversee Title IX and related compliance efforts.

If you believe you or someone else that is part of the Houghton University community has been impacted by sexual harassment or if you have questions about Title IX, please contact the Houghton University Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Natasha Davis, Office 321 Library, (585) 567-9454, natasha.davis@houghton.edu

Anyone who becomes aware of a violation of Houghton University policies related to sexual harassment may also notify the Title IX Coordinator by completing the report form below.

The Title IX Coordinator is committed to ensuring that all those negatively impacted by sexual harassment receive supportive services and that investigations of allegations are handled in a way that is respectful and equitable for all involved.  For more information about sources of support see the Houghton University Students’ Bill of Rights.