Title IX Regulations

Title IX Regulations

Title IX Regulations

On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued new regulations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. Similar to all educational institutions receiving federal funding, Rowan was required to amend its current policies to implement these new regulations. As a result, updates to Rowan’s policies related to sexual misconduct were made consistent with these regulations, as well as other applicable laws, including the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. Specifically, the following policies are effective immediately:

  • Title IX Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault – this policy applies to both students and employees. It addresses allegations of sexual misconduct that fall within the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IX regulations. The policy’s jurisdiction is limited in scope to Title IX Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault (as defined in the policy) that meets the following requirements: (1) occurs within the United States, (ii) occurs within the University’s education program or activity; and (iii) at the time of the filing of a formal complaint, the Complainant was participating in, or attempting to participate in, the education program or activity.
  • Student Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy – this policy applies only to students. It addresses allegations of sexual misconduct that do not fall within the definitional or jurisdictional requirements of the Title IX regulations. For example, it will apply to allegations of sexual exploitation; or sexual harassment/sexual assault that does not occur on campus or in an education program or activity.

Complaints of sexual misconduct against employees that are not covered by the Title IX Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault Policy, will be addressed under the Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace and Educational Environment

Rowan University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming educational and working environment free of all forms of sexual misconduct. It is important to know that all conduct of a sexual nature that previously constituted a violation of University policy will continue to constitute a violation of University policy; however, such conduct may now be adjudicated under different grievance procedures. We urge Rowan’s community members to review the full text of the policies.

The Office of Student Equity and Compliance (OSEC) provides information regarding our policies and procedures related to sexual misconduct and other onsite and offsite support services and resources. An individual is encouraged to consult with the University AVP/Title IX Coordinator to report any concerns.

In addition, confidential resources are available to assist in accessing counseling and support services.

The OSEC website contains FAQs on reporting options, resources, medical and legal assistance, information about the policies and a Guide to understanding the role of the Responsible Employee.

Training as mandated by OCR:

In response to 34 CFR Part 106.45(b)(10) of the 2020 Title IX Regulations that mandates the public sharing of materials used to train school and college Title IX team members, Rowan has created a Title IX Schedule of Training containing links to training materials. This document will be updated on a regular basis upon training completion as materials become available.

See also FAQs on the new policy governing sexual harassment and sexual assault located on the OSEC website.

Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights Updates:


On July 20, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released a new resource related to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972: Questions and Answers on the Title IX Regulations on Sexual Harassment (July 2021) and a related Appendix. The Q&A clarifies how OCR interprets schools’ existing obligations under the 2020 amendments to the Department’s Title IX regulations, including the areas in which schools have discretion in their procedures for responding to reports of sexual harassment. The Appendix provides examples of Title IX procedures from a variety of elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools that may be adapted and helpful to schools in implementing the 2020 amendments.

OCR also posted the transcript from the Department’s recent virtual public hearing on Title IX, held from June 7 to June 11, 2021. The hearing provided OCR with the extraordinary opportunity to hear the views of more than 280 students, educators, and other members of the public on a variety of issues related to Title IX.  

See also OCR blog post, which introduces both of these resources and highlights others.


On March 8. 2021, President Biden issued an executive order related to the Title IX Final Rule for steps to be taken by the Secretary of Education in consultation with the Attorney General that would guarantee an educational environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual orientation or gender identity.


On January 14, 2021, OCR issued a Q&A providing guidance and requiring that schools clearly state in their public facing communications (websites, catalogues, materials, promotional materials, recruiting materials, admissions and registrar information, etc.) that membership or participation in such school-sponsored programs and activities is not limited by sex. Thus, for example, OCR requires schools to communicate effectively to their respective communities and the public that school-sponsored clubs and organizations do not limit participation or affiliation based on sex, and are open to all students regardless of sex, despite their name.

Please read the below document carefully.

https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/qa-single-sex-20210114.pdf


This information pertains to all Rowan locations (CMRSU, Stratford, Glassboro, SOM, Camden, and GSBS). 

Please visit our website for future updates.

You are welcome to contact the Title IX Coordinator at:

Monise Princilus,  AVP/Title IX Coordinator
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Office of Student Equity and Compliance
Savitz Hall, Rm 203
856-256-5440
princilus@rowan.edu

You may also share your feedback, suggestions, questions, concerns, and/or other ideas in regard to the Title IX Regulations or other Title IX-related general feedback or concerns by email at TitleIXCoordinator@rowan.edu.