Title IX and University Policies

Title IX requires universities to respond promptly and effectively to complaints of all kinds of sexual misconduct.
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Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. Sex-based discrimination includes all forms of sexual violence or misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. The law covers sex-based discrimination against students, faculty, and staff.

UW-Stout's Responsibilities Under Title IX

Title IX requires universities to respond promptly and effectively to complaints of all kinds of sexual misconduct. Universities must take immediate action to eliminate the offending conduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.

UW-Stout is committed to promptly investigating the circumstances of a complaint to determine what occurred, ensure complainant safety, and provide remedies. Regardless of whether a complainant files a criminal action, UW-Stout will undertake its own investigation of the circumstances of the complaint.

Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator has primary responsibility for coordinating University Title IX compliance efforts, including oversight of implementation and monitoring of the student Sexual Assault Policy, and the employee and student Sexual Harassment Policy and Non-Discrimination Policy; coordination of training and communications; and administration of grievance procedures.

Sandi ScottDean of Students
130 Bowman Hall

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

The Title IX Coordinator has appointed the following Deputy Title IX Coordinators to receive complaints of sexual misconduct against students and employees.

John AchterAssociate Dean of Students
130 Bowman Hall

Nate KirkmanAssistant Dean of Students
130 Bowman Hall

Kristi KrimpelbeinChief Human Resources Officer and Sr. Special Assistant
203 Administration Building

Erin Sullivan, Associate Athletic Director
206 Sports and Fitness Center

Title IX Reporting: What is a "Responsible Employee?"

According to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) – which puts forth guidance for institutions in meeting Title IX obligations, states that any “Responsible Employee” that knows or should know about possible sexual misconduct must report it to the Title IX Coordinator or other school designee (Deputy Title IX Coordinators), so that necessary and appropriate actions can be taken to respond appropriately.

Responsible Employee Examples

At UW-Stout, Responsible Employees include, but are not limited to:

  • All instructors, including full-time professors, adjuncts, lecturers, adjunct instructors, and any others who offer classroom instruction or office hours to students;
  • All advisors
  • All coaches, trainers, and other athletic staff that interact directly with students
  • All student affairs administrators
  • All residential hall staff
  • Employees who work in offices that interface with students
  • All supervisors and university officials.

Title IX Reporting: What is a "Confidential Employee?"

Counselors and health care providers working in the Counseling Center or Student Health Services, and victim advocates working for The Bridge to Hope or similar agency do not have an obligation to report information known to them, and students may speak to them with anonymity if desired.  Confidential Employees may not share personally identifying information with university officials without an individual’s consent.

Clery Report: What is a "Campus Security Authority (CSA)"

“Campus Security Authority” (“CSA”) is a Clery Act-specific term that encompasses four groups of individuals and organizations associated with an institution. The function of a Campus Security Authority is to collect crime information relating to reports of Clery Act crimes that they conclude were made in good faith and immediately report that information to UW-Stout Police. A Campus Security Authority is not responsible for determining whether a crime took place—that is the function of law enforcement.

Campus Security Authority (CSA) Groups
  • A campus police department

  • Any individual or individuals who have responsibility for campus security but who do not constitute a campus police department

  • Any individual or organization specified in an institution’s statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses

  • An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings. An official is defined as any person who has the authority and the duty to take action or respond to particular issues on behalf of the institution

Federal Resources for Responding to College Sexual Violence

As part of a comprehensive federal report on sexual assault on college campuses, the Obama administration released guidelines designed to help colleges and universities combat the issue. Called “Not Alone,” the report also includes a “road map” for victims to file civil rights complaints against institutions that fall short in their responses to reported cases of sexual assault.

Chronicle of Higher Education April 29, 2014 Article

“Not Alone” Report (2014)

Office of Civil Rights FAQs on Title IX and Sexual Violence

Second White House Task Force Report (2017)

White House Task Force on Sexual Assault Website