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 of the Arts is committed to fostering an educational and working environment free from all forms of sex discrimination. The University’s Sex- and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy defines prohibited conduct and outlines procedures for responding to incidents of sex- and gender-based misconduct. This Policy applies to staff, students, faculty, campus guests and community members.

The Title IX Resource Page provides information for those in need of emergency and ongoing support and assistance, as well as for those who wish to learn more about the University’s response to incidents of prohibited conduct.

Download Sex- and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy (PDF)



Law Enforcement Assistance:

  • In an emergency, call 911.
  • Contact UArts Public Safety: 215-717-6666

You may also make a report directly to a UArts Public Safety officer. Public Safety officers are stationed in University buildings 24 hours per day. When a PSO receives a report of sex- or gender-based misconduct, he or she will notify the Professional on Duty (POD) staff member, who is trained to inform reporting parties of the options and resources available. 

Medical Assistance On-Campus:

  • Student Health Services can provide confidential medical services to UArts students, such as evaluation and treatment of minor injuries, pregnancy tests, and HIV and STD testing.
    Location: Gershman Hall, Room 306 
    Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Phone: 215-717-6230
    Website: www.uarts.edu/students/health-services

Medical Assistance Off-Campus:

  • The Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center (PSARC) is designated to provide forensic rape examinations to victims of sexual assault. It is recommended that individuals who wish to pursue legal action receive this examination, which includes a collection of evidence. It is recommended that an individual who receives a forensic examination not shower, bathe, douche, brush their teeth, tidy up, or otherwise discard or conceal any evidence. You do not need to file a police report to receive services at PSARC, but PSARC is located within the same building as the Philadelphia Police Department Sexual Victims Unit to help al might be used to apprehend the perpetrator. During this examination, you can receive treatment for injuries and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as emergency contraception. You are not responsible for payment of the medications or medical forensic examination.
    Location: 300 E. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124
    Phone: 215-800-1589


The following resources maintain confidentiality, and any information disclosed to a confidential resource will not be reported to the University’s Title IX Coordinator and will not initiate any University response under the Sex- and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy.


(Please visit the Counseling Center & Health Center's websites for information on services offered during COVID-19.)

  • Student Counseling Center
    Location: Gershman Hall, Room 205
    Walk-in Hours: Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Phone: 215-717-6630
  • Student Health Services
    Location: Gershman Hall, Room 306
    Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Phone: 215-717-6230
    Website: www.uarts.edu/students/health-services
  • Employee Assistance Program
    All UArts employees are entitled to use the confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided through Guardian and Integrated Behavioral Health. Through EAP, employees can access confidential counseling services via telephone, and can receive referrals for in-person counseling.
    Phone: 1-800-386-7055


  • Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence (WOAR)
    24-Hour Hotline: 215-985-3333
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline
    24-Hour Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
  • The Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline
    24-Hour Hotline: 1-866-723-3014
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    24-Hour Hotline: 1-800-799-7233


We encourage those who have been impacted by criminal misconduct to contact law enforcement. To file a criminal complaint directly with the Philadelphia Police Department, call 911 for an emergency, and 311 for a non-emergency. The University can assist you in filing a criminal complaint.

Note: Definitions from University policy regarding prohibited conduct may differ from those used by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania criminal definitions of sexual offenses can be viewed here. The Pennsylvania Protection From Abuse statute can be viewed here


The Title IX Coordinator oversees the University's response to reports that involve possible sex discrimination to monitor outcomes, identify and address any patterns, and assess effects on the campus climate, so the University can address issues that affect the wider school community. The University's Title IX Coordinator can be reached by telephone at 215-717-6362, or by email at titleix@uarts.edu

The following individuals are Officials with Authority who may also receive inquiries about or concerns regarding the Sex- and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy:

AVP for Human Resources: cschaefer@uarts.edu; 215-717-6366

AVP for Student Services: spyle@uarts.edu; 215-717-6627

Anonymous reports can be filed through EthicsPoint by clicking here: www.uarts.ethicspoint.com.

Note:  "Anonymous" and "confidential" are not synonymous in this context. Anonymous reports are those that are done without identifying the reporting party, but still trigger a University response. Confidential reports are those that do not trigger a University response. Please see above for confidential reporting options. 

Please see the Sex- and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy for more information about making a report to the University or to an external agency.


With the exception of the confidential resources listed above, all University employees are considered mandatory reporters of sex- and gender-based misconduct. To learn more about mandatory reporting responsibilities, please review this employee reporting guide.


If you or someone you know is accused of sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence, stalking, retaliation, or harassment (which means you or the other person is a "Respondent" under University Policy), it is natural to feel confused, afraid, or overwhelmed. In responding to allegations under the Sex- and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy, UArts is committed to providing a process that is fair, transparent, and sensitive to all of the parties involved. The below options for ongoing assistance and support are available to Respondents as well as Complainants.



We encourage all individuals who are impacted by sexual misconduct, including Complainants, Respondents, reporting parties, witnesses, friends and family members, to seek support. The below options are available for ongoing assistance to those who may need it:


  • Student Counseling Center
    Services at the Student Counseling Center are available to all UArts students, free of cost. Counseling provides a safe, confidential place to talk and discuss varying issues in a private and confidential setting. Therapists in the Counseling Center are trained to assist victims of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.
    Location: Gershman Hall, 205
    Walk in Hours: M-F 11-1pm (by appointment, 9-5pm)
    Phone: 215-717-6630
  • Employee Assistance Program
    All UArts employees are entitled to use the confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided through Guardian and Integrated Behavioral Health. Through EAP, employees can access counseling services via telephone and in-person.
    Phone: 1-800-386-7055


  • Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence (WOAR)
    WOAR provides free and confidential individual and group counseling to children and adults who have experienced sexual violence: this includes sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape/date rape, and incest.
    Location: One Penn Center, 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19103
    24-Hour Hotline: 215-985-3333
  • Women Against Abuse
    Women Against Abuse provides a number of services to victims of abuse, including 24-hour emergency safe havens, legal advocacy and representation, long-term housing and supportive services, and more.
    Location: 100 South Broad Street, Suite 1341, Philadelphia, PA 19110
    Phone: 215-386-1280

Academic, Housing, and Employment Accommodations:

  • The Title IX Coordinator can facilitate reasonable accommodations for those who may have been impacted by sexual misconduct, including Respondents. Accommodations include academic, housing, or employment modifications, transportation services, No Contact Directives, and other measures intended to ensure the safety of individuals and the campus community. Please see the Sex- and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy (above) for more information about available accommodations or contact the Title IX Coordinator at titleix@uarts.edu.


The University has a responsibility not only to address reports of sex- and gender-based misconduct but to educate students, faculty and staff 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 titleix@uarts.edu. 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.
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month & Domestic Violence Awareness Month
    UArts participates in the national Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign every April and the national Domestic Violence Awareness Month every October. 


On May 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued a Final Rule under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The full text of the Final Rule and its extensive Preamble are available here. The Final Rule requires that schools make public the materials used to train the individuals who implement its sexual harassment policies and procedures. UArts is a member institution of the SUNY Student Conduct Institute (SCI). The Title IX Coordinator, AVP for Human Resources, AVP for Student Affairs, appeal officers, investigators, and hearing officers receive training through the SCI. To view the SCI training materials, please click here. For questions, please contact titleix@uarts.edu. 

Institutional Member of the Student Conduct Institute, The State University of New York