Title IX

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.  It reads:

"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 of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)

Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Who to Contact

Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX for students, faculty, and staff may be referred to the College's Title IX Coordinator, Laura Northup, titleIX@doane.edu 402-826-6773

Lets About Sexual Assault and Title IX

  1. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in education programs that receive federal funding.

  2. Sexual harassment, including sexual assault, is a type of sex discrimination.

  3. Sexual assault is a physical sexual act done against a person's will.  Including when a person is incapable of giving consent due to drug or alcohol use.

  4. One in five women and one in thirty-three men are victims of completed or attempted sexual assault while in college.

  5. If Doane University knows about sexual harassment, including sexual assault, Title IX requires Doane to take immediate action.

  6. Schools are required to publish grievance procedures for those who complain of sex discrimination, including sexual assault.

  7. If you file a complaint, regardless of where the assault occurred, your complaint must be processed.

  8. Title IX investigations are different from law enforcement investigations.  Even if you file a police report, Doane University is independently required to investigate the assault.

Initial Reporting of Incidents

All incidents should be reported immediately to one of the following offices:
  • Title IX, (402)826-6773.

  • Safety Office, (402)826-8669.

  • Student Affairs Office, (402)826-8111.

  • Office of Human Resources, (402)826-6773.

Staff in these offices will treat each case with sensitivity and confidentiality.  In order for staff to respond effectively to an incident, it should be reported as soon as possible.

Doane University's Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault

For a complete review of Doane University's policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault, follow this link to the Student Handbook:  Doane University Student Handbook, Article V


Sexual Assault:  Engaging in any sexual contact other than intercourse with another person without that person's consent or cognizance.

Rape:  Sexual intercourse (oral, anal, or vaginal) with another person without that person's consent or cognizance.  Rape may be accomplished by forcing or coercing the victim to have sexual intercourse against his or her will, including the use of threat of physical force, or any behavior that is designed to intimidate and induce fear in the victim.  Rape can also occur when a victim is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, is undergoing physical or emotional trauma, or is incapable of denying or giving consent (for example, when a victim is in an unconscious or semi-conscious state).

Acquaintance Rape or Date Rape:  Rape committed against an acquaintance, friend, or date under any of the conditions described above.  The victim's consent to socialize or date does not constitute consent to sexual intercourse.  Acquaintance rape or date rape is still rape.

Domestic violence:  Includes asserted violent misdemeanor and felony offenses committed by the victim's current or former spouse, current or former co-habitant, person similarly situated under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law.

Dating violence:  Violence by a person who has been in a romantic or intimate relationship with the victim.  Whether there was such relationship will be gauged by its length, type, and frequency of interaction.

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

Report It!

Every report of Sexual and/or Relationship Misconduct will be taken seriously and action will be taken as appropriate.

Remember, you are not alone!

The following offices can provide you with the assistance and support you need:

Free Apps

Circle of 6 App


Helpful Links

Hope Crisis Center

Campus Sexual Violation Elimination Act

Not Alone - Together Against Sexual Assault