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A message from Ohio University Executive Director and Title IX Coordinator Sara L. Trower on U.S. Department of Education’s interim guidance on Title IX

Today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights released interim guidance on Title IX and campus sexual misconduct. I write today to affirm Ohio University’s commitment to provide an educational and workplace environment that is free from sexual misconduct and other forms of gender-based discrimination.

Title IX remains the law of the land. We will carefully evaluate the interim guidance to assess what, if any, impacts it has on our sexual misconduct policy and processes. We remain committed to providing a fair and equitable process that respects and supports every person impacted by reports of sexual misconduct. Ohio University has continually worked to ensure that complaints are evaluated by professionally-trained staff and investigations are conducted in accordance with due process. Our practices are consistent with the Department of Education’s 2001 Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance, which the U.S. Department of Education reaffirmed today.

The safety and well-being of our students and colleagues is our top priority. It is the responsibility of each of us to continue to work to achieve a culture of respect.

Sara L. Trower
Executive Director and Title IX Coordinator
University Equity & Civil Rights Compliance