Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions of higher education. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states:

“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.”

As members of an academic community, students share responsibility with the faculty and administration of Franklin University for creating and maintaining an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and personal growth and respectful of the rights of others. All members of the community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. By a student’s attendance at Franklin University, students are obligated to comply with Franklin University’s regulations and procedures.

Franklin University’s Anti-Discrimination Statement

Franklin University does not discriminate on the basis of age, religion, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, disability, or veteran or military status.  The complete procedures for addressing discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct can be found at www.franklin.edu/antidiscrimination.

Title IX Coordinator
Blake J. Renner, Ed.D.
201 South Grant Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
614-947-6236
TitleIX@franklin.edu

Anonymous reports may be submitted through Lighthouse.

Responsibilities

The Title IX Coordinator is the designated university official with primary responsibility for coordinating the university’s compliance with Title IX. This includes providing leadership for Title IX activities; providing consultation, education and training; and helping to ensure the university responds appropriately, effectively and equitably to Title IX issues.

Updated: August 1, 2016

Franklin University is committed to creating a culture of reporting by encouraging the reporting of Title IX violations or Community Standards violations. Inquiries concerning Title IX for Franklin University may be referred to the Title IX Campus Coordinator directly.

If you are in a life-threatening situation, please call 9-1-1 first before calling campus security.
 

Campus Security

Security officers are generally on duty and available to assist you when Franklin locations are open for classes or routine business. If there is no security officer on duty, the call will go to the location's front desk.

To contact security at the Main Campus location, please call 614-947-6902.

To contact the Director of Safety & Security Services, please call 614-947-6901.

 

Title IX Coordinator
Blake J. Renner, Ed.D.
201 South Grant Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
614-947-6236
TitleIX@franklin.edu

Anonymous reports may be submitted through Lighthouse.

Title IX is a statute included in the Education Amendments of 1972 which prohibits all forms of sexual discrimination and sexual harassment in education. The law applies to all educational programs that receive federal funding, and to all operational aspects of a school's educational system.  To enforce Title IX, the U.S. Department of Education maintains an Office for Civil Rights, which occupies 12 enforcement offices nationwide and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Definitions

Title IX Coordinator
Individual charged with coordinating the University response to reports and complaints of misconduct under this policy; they do not serve as an advocate for either the reporting party or the responding party.

Protected Class
Any protected category under applicable local, state, and federal law, ordinance, or regulation

Reporting Party
The person or entity bringing the allegations that this policy has been violated

Responding Party
The person or entity alleged to have violated this policy

Harassment
Any unwelcome verbal, written, or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent that it creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating, or offensive environment and interferes with, denies, or limits one’s access to or benefits of the employment and/or educational environment.

Non-Consensual Sexual Contact
Any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object by a person upon another person that is without consent and/or by force.

Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse
Any sexual intercourse, however slight, by a person upon another person with any object that is without consent and/or by force.

Sexual Exploitation
Occurs when a person takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual misconduct offenses.

Relationship Violence
Violence between those in an intimate relationship (this includes romantic, dating, or domestic relationships).

Stalking
A course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her, his, or others' safety, or to suffer substantial emotional distress. Franklin University also prohibits cyber stalking which occurs when a person, through a pattern of conduct which includes the use of electronic communication, causes another person physical or mental distress.

Romantic/Sexual Consensual Relationships between People with Unequal Power
There are inherent risks in any romantic or sexual relationship between individuals in unequal positions (e.g., faculty and student, supervisor and employee). The unequal power inherent in such relationships, even if consensual, heightens the vulnerability of the person with less power and heightens the potential for coercion and abuse. In addition, these relationships may be less consensual than perceived by the individual whose position confers power. The relationship also may be viewed in different ways by each of the parties, particularly in retrospect. Furthermore, circumstances may change, and conduct that was previously welcome may become unwelcome. Even when both parties have consented at the outset to a romantic or sexual involvement, this past consent may not remove grounds for a later charge of a violation of applicable sections of this policy. Such relationships can also create a hostile learning and work environment for others.

Retaliation
Any action, statement, or behavior that is designed to punish an individual for filing a report, cooperating with an investigation, seeking guidance regarding a concern or to deter someone from taking such action. Retaliation in any form will not be tolerated by any participant or third-party to a discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct policy violation or suspected violation. Acts of retaliation will be investigated and addressed according to this policy.

Franklin University’s Anti-Discrimination Statement:
Franklin University does not discriminate on the basis of age, religion, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, disability, or veteran or military status.  The complete procedures to address discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct can be found at www.franklin.edu/antidiscrimination.

The Office of Community Standards
Franklin University’s Community Standards are designed to promote the educational mission of the University and to encourage honesty and integrity, respect for others, and respect for the campus community.  The Student Code of Conduct, Student Grievance Process, and the Student Appeals Process can be found in their entirety at the Office of Community Standards website.

Rights of Franklin University Community Members

Franklin University requires that its campus community members uphold and adhere to standards of conduct embodied within a set of core values that include honesty and integrity, respect for others, and respect for the campus community. When incidents occur that are detrimental to upholding these core values and disrupt Franklin University’s community, the University will seek to restore an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and personal growth while upholding the rights of its community members.   Franklin University has a responsibility to protect the rights of all parties involved in any allegation of improper behavior. 

Reporting Parties have the right to:

  • be treated with dignity and respect.
  • have allegations treated seriously.
  • notify or not notify law enforcement and to be assisted by campus authorities in notifying law enforcement.
  • have their cases referred for administrative campus investigation and review.
  • have campus personnel take reasonable and necessary actions to prevent further unwanted contact by the responding party.
  • amnesty for minor student misconduct (such as alcohol or drug violations) that is secondary to the alleged incident.

Both Reporting Parties and Responding Parties have the right to:

  • be treated with respect by University officials.
  • information for on- and off-campus support resources.
  • have grievances reviewed through the procedures outlined in this policy.
  • be accompanied by an advocate or advisor of their choice during the campus investigative and administrative process, though advocates may not address or participate in the process.
  • be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary process related to this policy.
  • be free from retaliatory actions by other members of the community.

Reporting parties will be notified of, and can receive, no contact administrative orders and adjustments to academic or work arrangements, whether or not there is a formal complaint and the circumstance is deemed necessary to prevent further harm.


Additional Resources

  • The Franklin University Advocacy and Resource Guide was created to provide students, faculty and staff with the resources available in the community and serve as a referral for a broad range of issues and problems. These resources serve as a link between the person seeking assistance and an appropriate off-campus resource.
  • The mission of  FIAT (Franklin Intervention Awareness Team) is to serve as the centralized resource and advisory body to address problem behaviors of members of the university community and to work to ensure the health and safety of all members of the University community.

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