Title IX seeks to foster safe and respectful University environments that protect students, faculty, and staff from incidents of sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment.
Title IX is part of the Education Amendments of 1972 and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. This law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship abuse, stalking, and bullying on the basis of sex or gender orientation or expression. Title IX applies to public and private educational institutions receiving federal funds, which includes Robert Morris University.
The University is currently revising its policy to adopt all necessary elements of these new Title IX Regulations, which became effective August 14, 2020. Please take notice that any and all Title IX-related allegations of sexual harassment reported after August 14, 2020, will be analyzed, processed, and addressed in light of these new regulations. Until RMU's revised policy has been officially adopted, it shall be the University's policy to comply with the processes and procedures set forth in these Regulations. The new regulations can be found here.
Who is covered by Title IX?
Title IX applies to all participants of educational programs and activities, including students, employees, and third parties, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
When and where does Title IX apply?
Title IX applies to incidents of gender and/or sex-based discrimination, up to and including sexual misconduct and assault that occur on campus and off campus as they related to RMU's programs or activities. It also applies to off-campus programs such as study abroad, service learning, etc.
What does Title IX require of RMU?
Under Title IX, the University is required to provide a prompt, thorough and equitable investigation of any report of sex and/or gender-based discrimination, including sexual misconduct and relationship violence. Title IX ensures that both parties in a reported incident have equal opportunity to be heard and participate in the grievance process.
What does Title IX mean for me?
Title IX means that you are protected against sex discrimination in your in education, employment, and programming at the University. RMU will uphold the law and respond by protecting the victim(s) and community, and will conduct prompt and thorough investigations.
Who assists with Title IX Procedure?
The Title IX Office works to ensure that Robert Morris University is in compliance with Title IX, and serves as a resource for those whose Title IX rights have been violated. The Title IX Office is available to assist students who may have experienced a Title IX related incident, including sex and/or gender-based discrimination, sexual misconduct, dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking or gender-based bullying.
Lisa H. Hernandez, Esq.
Title IX Coordinator
Office: Business Building 125
Phone: (412) 397-5968
The Title IX Office responds to allegations by:
- Investigating what happened
- Taking appropriate steps to resolve the matter, doing its best to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and remedy the effects even if no formal complaint has been made or when a person making a complaint does not wish to further participate in the investigation process
- Taking interim measures, including academic and living accommodations during the investigation to prevent further harassment
How do I report a Title IX violation?
You may anonymously complete a Title IX Incident Report Form.
Concerns may also be voiced to the Title IX Coordinator, who can assist in the following areas:
- Access to medical treatment
- Investigating the Title IX violation
- Reporting incidents to law enforcement
- Reporting incidents to Student Conduct and/or Human Resources
- Offering victim support resources
- Title IX education and training
Additional Reporting Information
- The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 includes additional requirements about how universities must respond to and address certain acts of violence, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Additional information on VAWA is available here.
- The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights enforces Title IX. Additional information is available here.
Robert Morris University complies with Title IX and VAWA, and is committed to providing an educational and employment environment that is free of all forms of sex and/or gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct.