Apr 12, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Title IX & Non-Discrimination Statement


Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of Pennsylvania Western University that there shall be equal opportunity in all of its educational programs, services, and benefits, and there shall be no discrimination with regard to a student’s or prospective student’s gender, gender identity, race or color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, religion or creed, genetic information, affectional or sexual orientation, veteran status, or other classifications that are protected under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other pertinent state and federal laws and regulations. Direct inquiries to the Executive Director of Equity and Title IX and Title IX Coordinator, 423 Becht Hall 16214-1232; email asalsgiver@pennwest.edu or phone 814-393-2109. Inquiries may also be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education, 330 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20201.

Title IX Information

Pennsylvania Western University is committed to creating an environment free of sexual harassment for all members of its University community. Sexual harassment encompasses all forms of sexual misconduct: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence, and any sexual activity conducted without consent. Accordingly, Pennsylvania Western University will not tolerate any form of sexual harassment and provides this policy to ensure its employees, students, and other members of the University community are not subjected to sexual harassment in any form. The University offers many resources for addressing complaints of sex discrimination. Amy Salsgiver, Executive Director of Equity and Title IX, serves as the University’s Title IX Coordinator. Inquiries, concerns or complaints of faculty, staff and students regarding sex discrimination or sexual misconduct should be directed to Ms. Salsgiver’s attention at asalsgiver@pennwest.edu or 814-393-2109.

Information regarding the reporting of sexual violence and the resources that are available to victims of sexual violence is set forth at Title IX | PennWest

Students may also visit the Code of Conduct, under Student Resources,  to review options and for more information related to addressing of reported violations of Title IX at : Title IX | PennWest

Faculty Reporting Requirements Under Title IX

Pennsylvania Western University and its faculty are committed to assuring a safe and productive educational environment for all students. In order to meet this commitment and to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and guidance from the Office for Civil Rights, the University requires faculty members to report incidents of sexual violence shared by students to the University’s Title IX Coordinator. The only exceptions to the faculty member’s reporting obligation are when incidents of sexual violence are communicated by a student during a classroom discussion, in a writing assignment for a class or, as part of a University-approved research project and it is germane to the coursework. Faculty members are obligated to report sexual violence or any other abuse of a student who was, or is, a child (a person under 18 years of age) when the abuse allegedly occurred to the person designated in the University protection of minor’s policy.

Information regarding the reporting of sexual violence and the resources that are available to victims of sexual violence is set forth at Title IX | PennWest. For Title IX reporting and compliance please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Pennsylvania Western University of Pennsylvania, 423 Becht Hall, asalsgiver@pennwest.edu or 814-393-2109. A complaint form is available online.