Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities.

"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." - 20 U.S.C. § 1681 & C.F.R. Part 106

Sexual misconduct constitutes sexual discrimination and is prohibited by Title IX.

Sexual misconduct is any sexual act which violates the criminal laws of the State of Arkansas or laws of the United States including but not limited to sexual assault (non-consensual sexual contact or intercourse), domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation.

The Title IX Coordinator oversees the University's compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The Title IX Coordinator works with University administration, departments, students, faculty, staff, campus police, and other support services to ensure that University policies and programs foster a campus community free of illegal gender discrimination and sexual violence. 

Amy Pennington
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator
Doc Bryan Student Services Center, Suite 233
1605 Coliseum Drive
Russellville AR 72801
(479) 968-0407

On January 22, 2014, President Barack Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The first report prepared by this task force addressed the need for all universities to conduct campus climate surveys in an effort to learn what the barriers are to reporting.

"We know from decades of research that victims rarely report sexual assault to law enforcement. Many victims do not even access formal services, like crisis centers. Thus, official statistics under represent the extent of the problem on any one campus. Further, campus response, intervention, and prevention efforts will be more successful if they are tailored to the needs of each campus community. Understanding other climate issues, such as students knowledge about reporting policies and resources for victims, their attitudes about prevention, and their perceptions about how their community is addressing the problem of sexual violence, are critical pieces of information for improving campus responses." -excerpt from Not Alone.gov.

Arkansas Tech initiated our first Campus Climate Survey in the Spring of 2014. A link to a copy of this report may be found here: Campus Climate Survey, Spring 2014.



 Please contact Amy Pennington, Title IX Coordinator, by email at apennington@atu.edu or by phone at 479-968-0407, if you have questions about an incident you have witnessed and/or been a victim of or for more information on how to report an act of gender discrimination or sexual misconduct (including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation).

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 * For incidents of abuse/neglect of minors, Arkansas law requires reporting of abuse or neglect to the Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-482-5964) established by the Department of Human Services. University employees and volunteers must also report such instances to the Department of Public Safety at (479) 968-0222.



Jerry Cares

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