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What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 reads as follows:

“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….”
20 U.S.C. § 1681 and 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (1972).

These regulations pertain to more than gender equity in athletic programs, although that is also an important component.  Title IX prescribes that any educational institution receiving federal financial assistance must expressly prohibit sexual misconduct, gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and all forms of retaliation stemming from the reporting of alleged or confirmed offenses that fall under the regulations.

Cleary University strives to maintain an inclusive, nondiscriminatory, and safe/secure environment for its students, faculty/staff, and visitors, as reflected in its student, faculty, and employee handbooks, University Catalog, Student Code of Conduct, and Drug & Alcohol Policy.

Who is Cleary’s Title IX Coordinator?

Pursuant to federal regulations, every institution of higher education must appoint a Title IX Coordinator.  A Title IX Coordinator has primary responsibility for monitoring the development and implementation of the organization’s efforts to prevent and address all forms of gender-based discrimination within its operational purview.  Suspected instances of gender-based discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, or associated retaliation should be reported promptly to the coordinator.

Cleary University’s Title IX Coordinator is:

Dawn Markell
Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean

Chrysler Hall, Suite 109
3750 Cleary Drive
Howell, MI  48843

800.686.1883, Ext. 1451


What to do if you are the victim of sexual violence

Victims of sexual violence are encouraged to seek medical attention right away.  Calling 911 right away is usually the most appropriate course of action.  Going to the nearest hospital emergency room as soon as possible is also encouraged.  In addition, Cleary University advocates contacting the LACASA Center, a highly regarded Livingston County organization with specialized resources to immediately assist victims of domestic and/or sexual violence.  The contact information for LACASA is:

LACASA 24/7 Toll-Free Help Line:  866.522.2725 ;
website:  www.lacasacenter.org

Although not mandated to do so, victims are highly encouraged to notify Cleary University’s Title IX Coordinator so that appropriate follow-up action is taken to establish a safe/secure environment for the victim and other university constituents.  Please note that university faculty and staff are required to report a known instance of sexual violence, misconduct, or harassment to the Title IX Coordinator.

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