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President M. Duane Nellis

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President M. Duane Nellis issues a statement on Sept. 7 U.S. Department of Education’s Title IX announcement


Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis issued this statement on the Sept. 7 U.S. Department of Education's Title IX announcement.


Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced plans to launch a public comment period to inform new federal regulation of campus sexual assault policies as enforced under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972.

The U.S. Department of Education’s announcement today has not changed the law. We are steadfast in our efforts to provide Title IX’s guarantees of equitable access to educational and fair employment opportunities. This includes the commitment to identify, stop, remediate, and prevent sexual misconduct on our campuses.

Ohio University remains unwavering in its commitment to prevent sexual misconduct on our campuses and to address it fairly when it occurs. All allegations of sexual misconduct are serious, and we will continue to investigate reports thoroughly. Our process seeks to protect the rights of both complainants and respondents and ensure all reports are handled appropriately.

We will monitor the public comment period, and we will advocate for a safe and healthy learning and working environment for all members of our community.

I want to be clear that the work we have accomplished to this end will continue. We all have a responsibility to be leaders and to take care of one another, our students, and our community. By working together, we can create a safe campus environment and stop sexual misconduct on our campus.

Frequently Asked Questions about Secretary Devos’ Statement

Confidential campus resources are available to support survivors:


Survivor Advocacy Program

Lindley Hall 038

Ph: 740-597-SAFE (7223)

Counseling and Psychological Services

Ph: 740-593-1616

Campus Care

Ph: 740-593-1660

Reporting sexual violence to police

If you wish to make a criminal report regarding sexual violence, for incidents occurring on campus, contact: Ohio University Police Department, 911 (emergency) or 740-593-1911, Scott Quad 135 or police@ohio.edu.

For incidents occurring off campus, contact the Athens Police Department, 911 (emergency) or 740-592-3313, 11 N. College St.

Sexual misconduct policies at OHIO

To learn more about Ohio University’s policies addressing sexual misconduct, please visit University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance (ECRC). Reports of sexual misconduct may also be submitted to the University by clicking the “Report Sexual Misconduct” tab on ECRC’s website.