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 financial assistance.”Title IX, along with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and the Violence Against Women Act, require institutions that receive federal financial aid to follow guidelines to address, report, and help prevent acts of harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct.
Salem University’s Commitment
Consistent with Title IX Salem University is committed to providing a safe learning, living, and working environment that is free from any type of discrimination. The University is committed to responding promptly and appropriately to reports of gender-based harassment or misconduct, and providing support to those who may have been impacted by such incidents.
Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a kind of sex discrimination and is prohibited by Title IX and by Salem University.
Salem University cares about the safety of our students, our staff, our faculty, and our community. The University has created and adopted our University Title IX Policy, which directs the process for any complaint related to Title IX and provides the University clear direction to address complaints of discrimination.
Retaliation is Strictly Prohibited
Retaliation against any individual exercising a legal right, such as filing a complaint in good faith or providing information during an investigation, is expressly prohibited, will not be tolerated, and will result in disciplinary action, regardless of the disposition of the underlying complaint. Reports of retaliation can be made in the same manner as those for Title IX.
All University employees are responsible employees and are required to forward any report of a violation to the Title IX Coordinator as soon as possible. Salem University has designated key members of its staff to serve as caretakers of Title IX related issues.
Title IX Coordinator – The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring compliance with Title IX, training and distribution of educational material related to Title IX, receive complaints regarding Title IX offenses, and overseeing the complaint procedures.
Salem University has designated Ms. Hilary Leon, JD, as the Title IX Coordinator.
Hilary Leon, JD, Title IX Coordinator
Title IX Investigator – The Title IX Investigator is responsible for investigating complaints and/or referring the investigation to other entities. The investigator is also responsible for overseeing interim measures and/or protective orders and presenting the evidence collected to the Judicial Committee for review.
Salem University has designated Joseph Shaver, Director of Campus Safety and Security as the Title IX Investigator.
Joseph Shaver, Director of Campus Safety and Security, Title IX Investigator
The University encourages anyone who thinks they have been subjected to a Title IX violation related to any education program or activity to immediately report the incident. Contact our Title IX Coordinator, Hilary Leon, with any questions.