Title IX Resources

 "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."                                                                           


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex at University of the Arts and other academic institutions.  Discrimination based on sex includes acts of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.  

The University of the Arts is committed to fostering an educational and working environment free of sex-based discrimination through proactive education and training. When the University becomes aware of incidents of discrimination based on sex, the University will stop the reported conduct, prevent its reoccurrence, remedy the effects and hold those responsible accountable.  

The University has a Sex and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy that defines prohibited conduct and sets for a fair and bias-free grievance procedure to address reported incidents of sex discrimination.  

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

UArts is currently searching for its new director of Title IX, equity and compliance. During the search, Sara Pyle, associate vice president for student affairs, and Christine Schaefer, associate vice president for human resources, will serve as co-Title IX coordinators on an interim basis. Messages may still be directed to titleix@uarts.edu, or individuals may contact Sara at spyle@uarts.edu for matters pertaining to students and Christine at cschaefer@uarts.edu for matters pertaining to employees.



If you feel unsafe, are in danger or you are in an emergency situtation, call 911

  • Contact UArts Public Safety (215) 717-6666
  • Contact Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit:  (215)  685-3251, 52, or 53
  • Contact Director for Title IX, Equity and Compliance (215)-717-6362



The Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center provides medical care and forensic examinations to victims of sexual assault in private and personal care setting.  PSARC has specially trained nurses on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week who will perform a rape exam, collect evidence, and provide advice and counseling referrals to victims of rape and sexual violence.

Call 215.425.1625 to reach PSARC’s on-call sexual assault nurse examiner. The general number for PSARC is 215.800.1589.

Victims can also call SVU 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 215.685.3251, 52, or 53 for additional advice and direction.

You do not need to file a police report to receive services from PSARC.  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.

It is recommended that individuals who are considering legal action receive this examination, even if a decision has not been made.  Further, while it may be difficult, please do not shower, bathe, douche, brush their teeth, tidy up, discard clothing or otherwise conceal evidence.   

Location: Philadelphia Safety Collaborative, 300 E. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124
Phone:     (215) 800-1589


  • 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 Director for Title IX, Equity and Compliance oversees the University's response to reports of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.    The University's first response will be to ensure the safety of the person reporting and the campus community, offer supportive measures and educate them on their right to file a Formal Complaint.  The University's Director for Title IX, Equity and Compliance can be reached by telephone at 215-717-6362, or by email at titleix@uarts.edu

The University has a grievance procedure that allows a person to file a complaint.  The grievance procedure is designed to be a fair process that may include informal resolution, investigation, adjudication and sanctions.  The Sex- and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy  can be viewed here.  



With the exception of those individuals who hold positions where confidentiality is protected, 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.


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


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. 

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