Title IX Statement

It is the policy of Shippensburg University to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in any of its educational programs or activities. This policy is in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Prohibited sex discrimination covers sexual harassment including sexual violence. Sexual harassment is conduct that is sexual in nature and is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it adversely affects a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s activities or educational programs or creates a hostile or abusive educational environment. Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment, prohibited by Title IX which includes conduct that is criminal in nature. Acts may include rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual coercion, unwanted touching, dating violence and sexually motivated stalking.

Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to Shippensburg University’s Title IX coordinator or to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

Syllabus Language for Title IX

Shippensburg University and its faculty are committed to assuring a safe and productive educational environment for all students. In order to meet this commitment and to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and guidance from the Office for Civil Rights, the University requires faculty members to report incidents of sexual violence shared by students to the University's Title IX Coordinator.

The only exceptions to faculty members’ reporting obligations are when incidents of sexual violence are communicated by students during classroom discussions, in writing assignments for class, or as part of University-approved research projects.

Faculty members are obligated to report allegations of sexual violence or any other abuse of a student who was, or is, a child (a person under 18 years of age) when the abuse allegedly occurred. Such reporting must be made to the Shippensburg University Police (717-477-1444), the Department of Human Services (DHS) at 800-932-0313, and the University’s Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs (717-477-1308).

Information regarding the reporting of sexual violence and the resources that are available to victims of sexual violence ae set forth at: http://www.ship.edu/No_More/Sexual_Misconduct/Sexual_Misconduct_Information/

Shippensburg University Title IX Coordinator

Cecil E. Howard, JD
Executive Director, Social Equity
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
717-477-1123, extension 3111


Additional University Contacts

Department of Education

Website: Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education
Contact via the Web: Contact the Office for Civil Rights (Education)

E-mail: ocr@ed.gov
Address: 400 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100
Phone Number: (202) 245-6700
Toll-free: (800) 421-3481
TTY: (800) 877-8339

Additional information regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking directed toward students may be found at Ship's No More page. The information includes interim measures available, processes, rights, options and resources.