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.

TO MAKE A REPORT TO THE UNIVERSITY:

Contact Lexi Morrison, Title IX Coordinator and Diversity Administrator, at titleix@uarts.edu or 215-717-6362, or use the online reporting form.

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 agreements

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.

CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCES:

The following resources are confidential, and will not share information with the University’s Title IX Coordinator:

  • Counseling Center
    215-717-6630
    Gershman Hall, Room 307
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    Open M-F 9-5pm by appointment
    Walk-in hours M-F 11-1pm
  • Health Services
    215-717-6230
    Gershman Hall, Room 306
    Open M-F 9-5pm

EXTERNAL RESOURCES:

  • 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. 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.