Chatham University

Title IX at Chatham University

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Under Title IX, sex discrimination includes, but is not limited to, sex and gender-based harassment, sexual violence (rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual coercion), relationship and interpersonal violence, and stalking.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Chatham University's Non-Discrimination Policy is found here.

Chatham's Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct

Chatham University is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe learning, living, and working environment where healthy, respectful, and consensual conduct represents the campus cultural norm. To that end - and in compliance with Title IX, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), and applicable state and federal laws - Chatham prohibits sexual misconduct, including all forms of sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, including relationship and interpersonal violence, and stalking (collectively, "Prohibited Conduct"). Chatham also prohibits retaliation against any individual for reporting conduct prohibited under this Policy or for participating in an investigation of an alleged violation of this Policy. These prohibited forms of conduct undermine the character, purpose and values of the Chatham community and will not be tolerated.

The full text of Chatham's Policy Prohibiting Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Violence, Relationship and Interpersonal Violence, and Stalking is found here.

What does the Policy cover?

The full list of types and definitions of Prohibited Conduct is found here.

Who does the Policy cover?

This Policy applies to Prohibited Conduct committed by Chatham students, faculty, employees, administrators, volunteers, independent contractors, vendors, and visitors.

This Policy also governs Prohibited Conduct directed towards Chatham community members of any sex, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.

Where does the Policy cover?

Chatham has jurisdiction over Title IX-related complaints regarding Prohibited Conduct that occurs (i) on campus; (ii) during an official Chatham program or activity (regardless of location); or (iii) off campus when the conduct creates a hostile environment either on campus or in an official Chatham program or activity. Chatham's jurisdiction does not extend to an alleged perpetrator who is not a member of the Chatham community, but in such instances Chatham will assist a Complainant with identifying and contacting resources, including the Complainant's local law enforcement authorities, and reporting the alleged Prohibited Conduct to another University's Title IX Coordinators, if applicable.

Who implements the Policy at Chatham?

Title IX Coordinator
Sean Coleman: (412) 365-1164 or scoleman1@chatham.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinators
Heather Black: (412) 365-2776 or hblack@chatham.edu
Frank Greco: (412) 365-1680 or greco@chatham.edu
Leonard Trevino: (412) 365-1650 or ltrevino@chatham.edu
Mary Utter: (412) 365-1482 or mutter@chatham.edu

The full list of personnel who implement Title IX at Chatham is found here.

How to report a violation of the Policy

If you have been the victim of Prohibited Conduct, or if you would like to report Prohibited Conduct of which you are aware that does not involve you personally, please contact the following as appropriate:

If you are a Responsible Employee who is required to report incidents of Prohibited Conduct of which you are aware, you must immediately contact the Title IX Coordinator or one of the Deputy Coordinators.

How are alleged violations of the Policy investigated?

The Chatham University Title IX Policy details the process of investigating alleged violations. You can read more about how complaints or reports of prohibited conduct under this policy are investigated here.

How to report a crime


Resources

Resources for victims of conduct prohibited by the Policy can be found here, or by contacting the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinators.


Green Dot

Green Dot is a national bystander program that aims to reduce rates of personal power-based violence. This is any violence where a person uses power to harm another; including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. This programs empowers our community – students, faculty, and staff – to take small actions that can make a big difference in making our campus community safe. Green Dot has been proven to reduce rates and raise awareness of personal power-based violence. Chatham launched Green Dot in Spring 2018 by conducting faculty and staff overview talks and is moving into the launch phase with students in Fall 2018.

It's On Us Week of Action

It's On Us is a national movement to end sexual assault. Each Fall, Chatham raises awareness about collegiate sexual assault through It's On Us Action Week. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to take the pledge and participate in activities to raise awareness.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

A student-led committee plans events each April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual Assault Awareness Month includes lunch and learns, awareness campaigns, documentary screenings, and culminates with a speak out, such as Take Back the Night or the #MeToo Rally, to empower survivors and allies.

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