Carnegie Mellon University

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a U.S. civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education. Civil rights laws are designed to create access for groups who have previously been marginalized and excluded from participation in the U.S.  

People commonly use the term “Title IX” to encompass the statute (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq.), implementing Regulations by the Department of Education (34 CFR part 106, released in 1975 and amended in 2020), Department of Education guidance documents, as well as related laws such as The Clery Act (20 U.S.C. § 1092(f)) and the Violence Against Women Act (42 U.S.C. sections 13701).

 At its core, Title IX requires schools to:

  • Prohibit sex-based discrimination and harassment (including sexual misconduct);
  • Take measures to prevent sex-based discrimination and harassment (including sexual misconduct);
  • Effectively respond to discrimination, harassment and misconduct of which it is aware, which includes:
    • Stop it;
    • Prevent it from reoccurring; and
    • Remedy its effects.

What is Sex-Based Discrimination?

Sex-based discrimination means being treated worse in your education or employment on the basis of:

  • biological sex;
  • gender identity or expression; and/or
  • sexual orientation.

Sexual misconduct is an extreme form of sex-based discrimination, which includes:

  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Dating and Domestic Violence
  • Stalking

What does the Title IX Office do?

The Title IX Office is responsible for coordinating the University’s efforts to prevent and effectively respond to sex-based discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct, which includes:

  • Offering training and education to all members of the campus community, including first responders (University Police; University Health Services; CaPS and Student Affairs Staff)
  • Maintaining a website and other resources to help people understand their rights, options, and the University’s policies
  • Receiving and recording all reports of sex-based discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct with a centralized, trauma-informed approach
  • Offering support and assistance to community members impacted by or accused of sex-based discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct
  • Counseling complainants about their options for resolution both at the University and in the community
  • Investigating reports when a complainant chooses to pursue formal resolution
  • Implementing mutually agreed upon alternative resolution of complaints where appropriate
  • Consulting with and advising community members about gender equity and Title IX compliance
  • Monitoring, assessing, and responding to patterns and threats to the CMU community, including emergency response and risk assessment, often in conjunction with University Police and Student Affairs
  • Maintaining important relationships with campus and community partners, including other colleges and universities, law enforcement, and local non-profits
  • Staying informed about emerging best practices and changes to the law

Resources 

The Office of Title IX Initiatives is dedicated to providing support, information, resources and avenues for resolution to community members affected by sexual misconduct. The Office of Title IX Initiatives can connect parties impacted by sexual misconduct to a variety of resources and make referrals for assistance, both on campus and in the community, including but not limited to: counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal advocacy, visa and immigration assistance, student and financial aid, and other available services.  Information about many of the available resources is provided below, including summaries of services and contact information. The CMU Cares folder is a guide to helping students, offering a variety of student support resources available on campus.

Hazing Prevention and Response

CMU works to prevent hazing through its anti-hazing policy and hazing prevention resources and programming. Learn more about hazing, ways to report and prevention efforts on the University's website.

Office of Title IX Initiatives

Provides information and support; explains options for investigation and resolution; negotiates and implements interim measures including no contact agreements, academic accommodations, residential accommodations, employment accommodations, safety measures; provides educational and training programs, and other prevention programs.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS)

Provides free counseling for students, confidential reporting, referrals to community mental health providers, and a 24-hour crisis hotline. In Title IX cases where both the reporting party and respondent are seeking counseling at CaPS, the University will work to assure that the same counselor is not treating both students, and also is sensitive in scheduling appointments to avoid contact between the reporting party and respondent.

University Health Services

Provides general health and wellness services, confidential reporting, STI testing, pregnancy testing, birth control, and emergency contraception. Map

University Police Department

Provides emergency response and law enforcement functions including investigation and arrest; provides security and escort to local hospitals; assists with legal options.

Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion

Offers resources for an inclusive and transformative experience for all students. The Center supports and connects historically underrepresented students and those who are first in their family to attend college in a setting where students' differences and talents are appreciated and reinforced. Offers students support through academic and cultural programming as well as advising and mentoring.

Student Legal Consultation

Graduate Student Assembly and the Undergraduate Student Senate are co-partners of new pilot program offering all Carnegie Mellon undergraduate and graduate students free 20-minute legal consultations on campus. 

 

Hazing Prevention and Reporting

Anyone, from inside or outside of the CMU community, with a concern that hazing might be occurring is urged, and encouraged, to report it. There are many ways you can report hazing at CMU. You can share it with someone you trust, like your housefellow, RA or CA or a faculty member. You can also make a direct report or report anonymously through the Ethics Reporting Hotline.

Center for Victims

Helps survivors of sexual violence and dating and domestic violence by providing counseling, resources, support, emergency housing, medical advocacy and legal advocacy, and a 24 hour crisis hotline.  Offers confidential reporting.

Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI)

Offers services and support to combat online abuses that threaten civil rights and civil liberties. The CCRI 24/7 Crisis Helpline provides information, guidance related to image documentation and removal, referrals to attorneys, and emotional support to victims of nonconsensual pornography, recorded sexual assault and sextortion.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Confidential limited mental health counseling and referrals to other resources, available free of cost to employees and their household members. 

PERSAD CENTER

Human service organization whose mission is to improve the well-being of LGBTQ & HIV/AIDS communities. Provides outreach, prevention, counseling, training and advocacy services.

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape

Helps survivors of sexual violence by providing counseling, resources, support, medical advocacy and legal advocacy, and a 24 hour crisis hotline. Offers confidential reporting.

resolve Crisis Center

A 24-hour, 365-day crisis service that can be used by all residents of Allegheny County. Services include crisis counseling and support, referrals and intervention services for adults, teens, and their loved ones.

  • Contact: 24-hour Help 1-888-796-8226 | Walk-In Center @ 333 N. Braddock Ave, Pgh, PA 15208
  • For Info & non-urgent matters: resolve@upmc.edu | (412) 864-5004

UPMC Magee Hospital & UPMC Mercy Hospital

Local hospitals that provide sexual assault medical examinations and medical care.

If this is an emergency, call 911 | www.upmc.com

  • Magee Location: 300 Halket St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Oakland Neighborhood) (Map)
  • Mercy Location: 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Oakland Neighborhood) (Map)

 

Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh

Helps survivors of dating and domestic violence (including male survivors) by providing counseling, resources, support, emergency housing, medical advocacy and legal advocacy, and a 24 hour crisis hotline. Offers confidential reporting.

On Campus

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Provides free counseling for students, confidential reporting, referrals to community mental health providers, and a 24-hour crisis hotline.

University Health Services

Provides general health and wellness services, confidential reporting, STI testing, pregnancy testing, birth control, and emergency contraception. Coordinates university prevention initiatives including online and in person educational programs through Health Promotions.

Off Campus

Center for Victims

Helps survivors of sexual violence and dating and domestic violence by providing counseling, resources, support, emergency housing, medical advocacy and legal advocacy, and a 24 hour crisis hotline.  Offers confidential reporting.

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape

Helps survivors of sexual violence by providing counseling, resources, support, medical advocacy and legal advocacy, and a 24 hour crisis hotline. Offers confidential reporting.

UPMC Magee Hospital & UPMC Mercy Hospital

Local hospitals that provide sexual assault medical examinations and medical care.

If this is an emergency, call 911 | www.upmc.com

  • Magee Location: 300 Halket St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Oakland Neighborhood) (Map)
  • Mercy Location: 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Oakland Neighborhood) (Map)

Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh

Helps survivors of dating and domestic violence (including male survivors) by providing counseling, resources, support, emergency housing, medical advocacy and legal advocacy, and a 24 hour crisis hotline. Offers confidential reporting.