Title IX Resources
WHAT IS TITLE IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities at institutions that receive Federal financial assistance, such as the University of the Arts. Acts of sexual harassment and sexual violence are forms of sex-based discrimination, and are prohibited by Title IX.
The University’s “Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment, and other Forms of Harassment” policy addresses Title IX-related conduct, and applies to staff, students, faculty, campus guests and community members. View this Policy here.
HOW DO I REPORT AN INCIDENT OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT?
IN AN EMERGENCY:
If you or someone you know is in need of immediate medical or police assistance, please call 911 for the Philadelphia Police Department.
Note: Definitions from University policy regarding prohibited conduct may differ from those used by the state of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania criminal definitions of sexual offenses can be viewed here. Pennsylvania laws related to interpersonal violence and stalking can be viewed here: http://www.pcadv.org/Public-Policy/Laws-And-Regulations/.
TO MAKE A REPORT TO THE UNIVERSITY:
The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators (Dean of Graduate and International Studies, James Savoie; Director of Student Life, Sara Kupferer; and Christine Schaefer, Associate Vice President for Human Resources), can provide information on various options and resources available, such as:
- Filing a complaint with the University
- Filing a criminal complaint with the Philadelphia Police Department
- Filing for a Protection From Abuse (PFA) Order with the Philadelphia Family Court
- Academic, housing, employment modifications
- Counseling services
- Medical services and forensic examination
- No contact directives
With the exception of the resources listed below, all administrators, faculty members and supervisors at the University are mandatory reporters, and must report all incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. For more information on reporting obligations for faculty and staff, please see our Sexual Misconduct Disclosure Guide.
The following resources are confidential, and will not share information with the University’s Title IX Coordinator:
- Counseling Center
Gershman Hall, Room 307
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Open M-F 9-5pm by appointment
Walk-in hours M-F 11-1pm
- Health Services
Gershman Hall, Room 306
Open M-F 9-5pm
- Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR)
24-Hour Hotline: 215-985-3333
- Women Against Abuse
24-Hour Hotline: 1-866-723-3014
- Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN)
24-Hour Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
PREVENTION AND EDUCATION:
The University has a responsibility not only to address reports of sexual misconduct but to educate students, faculty and staff on issues surrounding sexual violence and intimate partner violence, in order to prevent such acts from occurring.
- Training for UArts community members: Faculty, staff, and student leaders are trained on an annual basis through our online portal and through in-person sessions with the Title IX Coordinator. To request a training, please contact email@example.com. Educational programs can be tailored to an individual’s or a group’s specific needs.
- UArts One Love: The UArts chapter of the One Love Foundation addresses education and prevention of relationship abuse, in honor Yeardley Love. The student-led group accomplishes this through national campaigns and thoughtful programming that encourages students to think critically about media representations of relationships and their own perceptions of healthy relationships. UArts One Love also hosts Escalation Workshops, a film based workshop educating the community about relationship violence and empowering them to work for change. UArts One Love encourages students to be trained as facilitators so they can host these workshops themselves. For more information about UArts One Love and to view upcoming events and programming, visit https://www.facebook.com/1loveuarts/. To learn more about the national One Love Foundation, visit http://www.joinonelove.org/.
- It’s On Us Campaign: In September of 2016, the University of the Arts joined institutions across the country for the It's On Us campaign, which focuses on sexual assault awareness and prevention on college campuses. It's On Us advocates for a cultural shift surrounding sexual assault, by identifying what sexual is and situations in which it is beneficial to step in and prevent sexual assault from happening.