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Title IX

Title IX


"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 educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." 

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
20 U.S.C. § 1681


In compliance with the requirements of Title IX, Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary do not discriminate on the basis of sex, and do not tolerate such harassment or discrimination by or against any member of our campus community, including students, faculty, administration, governance, and visitors. Deep respect for others is fundamental to the Moravian College community and underlies our sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and non-discrimination policies.  Institutional policies and resolution processes are outlined in detail in the student, employee, and faculty handbooks.

Harassment and Inappropriate Conduct Policy

Learn more: moravian.edu/handbook/policies

Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome or unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, physical, or visual conduct of a sexual nature, described in detail in the  

Rape and Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Policy

Learn more: moravian.edu/handbook/policies

Sexual Assault: Sexual intercourse (vaginal, oral, or anal) that is perpetrated without consent or by force (including physical violence, coercion, or threat of harm) by a stranger or someone known to the victim.

Intimate Partner Violence: Crimes of domestic or dating violence, including causing or attempting to cause physical or sexual assault or abuse, placing another in reasonable fear of serious bodily injury, restraining another’s liberty or freedom of movement.

Stalking: A course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or the safety of others, or to suffer emotional distress. 

Reporting 

The College is committed to stopping, preventing, and remedying the affects sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.   We strongly encourage all members of our campus community to report incidents of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct and specifically require all faculty and staff members to do so. Incidents involving minors must also be disclosed to state agencies immediately.  Additional information  about campus crime, state laws, and disclosures related to sexual misconduct can be found in Moravian College’s Annual Security Report.

Emergency situations should be reported to: 

Moravian College Police Department
(610) 861-1421 
or local police by calling 911

General Title IX concerns and inquiries:

Leah Naso Breisch
Title IX Coordinator and Compliance Officer
210 Colonial Hall
610.861.1529
TitleIX@moravian.edu 

Concerns specific to gender and equity in athletics:

Mary Beth Spirk
Associate Athletic Director and Deputy Title IX Coordinator
160 Johnston Hall
610.861.1424
spirkm@moravian.edu

Support

The ADVOCATES for Survivors of Sexual Assault are available 24/7 for immediate support by texting or calling (484) 764-9242. Advocates will listen and answer questions, provide information and resources, and even accompany survivors for medical treatment.  All reports are handled in a manner designed to respect the privacy of the individuals involved.  

Confidential campus resources include:
Counseling Center (610) 861-1510
Health Center (610) 861-1567
College Chaplains (610) 861-1583.  

Confidential community resources include:
Crime Victims Council 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline (610) 437-6611
Turning Point 24-hour Domestic Violence Helpline (877) 438-4957

Medical resources include:
Health Center (610) 861-1567
St. Luke’s Hospital Bethlehem* (610) 954-1102
Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg* (484) 884-2522

* SAFE/SANE nurses are available at both hospitals.  These nurses are trained to work specifically with victims to collect and preserve evidence and provide medical attention.  Transportation is available through the Advocates.  It is important, if possible, that victims seek medical attention within 48 hours and do not shower or change clothes.  Evidence can often still be collected up to 5 days after an incident occurs.

Facts

Sexual assault continues to be a concern on college campuses across America.  

Statistics show that:

  • 1 in 5 women experience sexual assault during college
  • 1 in 16 men experience sexual assault during college
  • 80% of victims know their assailant prior to the incident
  • The majority of sexual assaults involve alcohol use by one or both parties
  • The majority of sexual assaults take place in a residence (often the victim’s)
  • 90% of sexual assaults go unreported in college

Key Terms

Consent: Consent shall have been deemed to have been given if the other person assents, through an affirmative statement or action, to the sexual gesture or activity. Consent can not be given by a person who is unable to make a reasonable judgment concerning the nature or harmfulness of the activity because of their intoxication, unconsciousness, mental deficiency or incapacity, or the presence of threat or coercion. 

Amnesty: Because sexual assault is never the fault of the victim, Moravian College offers amnesty for alcohol and drug use during an incident of assault.  This policy is designed so that victims feel comfortable reporting and not fearing consequences for doing so.

Retaliation: Retaliation is taken as a serious concern and subject to immediate disciplinary action.  This includes any intentional adverse action taken by a responding individual or allied third party against an individual who is participating or is perceived to be participating in some way in the Title IX process. 

Resolution Options 

Members of the Moravian College community have a number of options available to address incidents of sexual misconduct.  Survivors are entitled to seek counseling and support resources, academic, housing and workplace accommodations, no contact notices, and other measures to ensure safety, all of which can be facilitated by an Advocate and the Title IX Coordinator.  

Survivors may choose to utilize the College’s resolution process, initiate a criminal process through local police, or both.  In most cases, survivors also retain the option to seek resources, but not to pursue a formal resolution process through either the College or local police.  Certain circumstances involving significant violence or threat to the community may necessitate that the College take action without the full participation of the survivor.