"Perhaps most important, we need to keep saying to anyone out there who has ever been assaulted: you are not alone. We have your back. I’ve got your back."
President Barack Obama, January 22, 2014
Title IX is a federal law that reads:No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Title IX is often best known as “the law that made school sports more equitable for girls and women.”
However, a major form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX is sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence such as rape, sexual battery and sexual coercion (using pressure, force, alcohol or other drugs to have sexual contact with someone against his or her will).
Every college campus is required to have a designated Title IX Coordinator under federal law. This person will coordinate the university’s response to its Title IX obligations, oversee complaints, identify problems, be available to campus community members and law enforcement, and handle Title IX concerns. He/she will also identify patterns that may be of concern down the road so that the university may respond or engage in prevention activities appropriately.
The Cheyney University Title IX Coordinator is:
Sheilah D. Vance, Esq. Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President
She can be reached at President’s Office, 1st Floor, Biddle Hall, email@example.com or 610-399-2430.
Relevant Cheyney University Policies
When Should I contact the Title IX Coordinator?
• If you think you may have encountered sexual misconduct or sex discrimination, and you want to know your options.
• If you become aware of a situation that you feel the university should investigate.
• If you are a campus security authority [Click Here for Campus Security Authority- Definition and Information], and you become aware of an incidence of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence stalking, or other incidents.
• If you have been indirectly affected by a situation and need assistance in how to handle it.
• If you want to know what informal remedies or administrative measures you might be able to use to alleviate or deescalate a difficult situation.
• If you have questions about Cheyney University policies and procedures regarding Title IX.
Click on the links below for important information and resources regarding Title IX.
- Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence (Brochure)
- Title IX- In a Nutshell (Document- For Faculty and Staff)
- Title IX- In a Nutshell (Document- For Students)
- Prevention Resources
- How Sexual Violence Impacts People
- The Public Health Approach to Sexual Violence Prevention
- Preventing Sexual Violence
- Sexual Violence: Risk Factors for Perpetration
- Sexual Violence Definitions
- How Bystanders Can Intervene
- Provide a Distraction
- Sexual Harassment
- Sexual Violence- Definitions
Public Service Announcement on Campus Sexual Assault
Title IX Coordinator
Sheilah Vance, Esq.
Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President
Social Equity Officer/Title IX Coordinator
Office of the President
Biddle Hall, 1st floor
1837 University Circle
PO Box 200
Cheyney, PA 19319-0200