SHU Complaint Procedures: Title IX/Sexual Assault/Discrimination

This incident report is for incidents involving allegations of sex discrimination or retaliation. This include incidents falling until TITLE IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (sexual assault, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, dating or domestic violence and stalking).

Filing this incident report constitutes official notice to the University and may result in the institution to commence an investigation into the information and allegations contained within the report.

This report is NOT confidential.  Submitting this report notifies the following entities within the University:  Title IX Coordinator and Human Resources.

A completed form also may be hand delivered, faxed, emailed, or mailed to the Title IX Coordinator or any of the Title IX task force members listed below.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Title IX is intended to end sexual discrimination in all areas of education. It applies to education programs and athletics.  Title IX and the regulations issued therein prohibit sexual harassment and sexual misconduct and violence. Compliance with the law is overseen by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Specifically, the OCR has focused higher education's attention to the issue of sexual harassment and their obligations to respond efficiently and effectively. Title IX applies to both public and private institutions that participate in federally funded education programs such as Title IV, Federal Financial Assistance. 

Title IX protects University community from all forms of sexual harassment (including sexual violence and sexual abuse), such as sexual harassment carried out be an institution's employees.  Sexual harassment by faculty or staff employees can include unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including but not limited to, sexual activity.

Siena Heights University Title IX coordinator is Cindy Birdwell, Chief, Public Safety, 517-264-7194 or

Siena Heights University Title IX task force members are:

Filing this report DOES NOT constitute filing an official police report with either the University or the City of Adrian Police Department. To file an official police report please contact Siena Heights University Department of Public Safety to assist with the process.

Please fill out as much information as possible at right based on your knowledge of the situation. An asterisk (*) indicates required information.

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