Sexual Harassment

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

CWRU understands Title IX to do the following:

  • Title IX requires schools to ensure that all students have equal access to education regardless of gender, sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Title IX prohibits sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, relationship violence and stalking.
  • Title IX requires that schools prevent and eliminate sexual harassment.
  • Title IX mandates that schools use a fair and respectful process when sexual misconduct is alleged.

CWRU complies with Title IX, in part through work of the Office for Equity which supports students and others in the campus community who are experiencing or have experienced sexual harassment, sexual violence or other forms of sex and gender discrimination. 

Students, faculty and staff experiencing or who have previously experienced sexual harassment, sexual violence or other gender discrimination (including discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, transgender status, and other sex and gender-based identities, and pregnancy and parenting status) can seek support from the Office for Equity. This support includes access to resources, advocacy, academic accommodations, changes in living arrangements, No Contact Directives, as well as learning about processes for making a complaint of sexual harassment against another person or initiating an investigation and resolution process, among other kinds of support. The Office for Equity can be reached by calling, emailing or visiting the Office for Equity, or completing the form here

The Title IX Coordinator is:

Rachel E. Lutner
Senior Associate Vice President for Equity
2120 Cornell rd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
direct office 216-368-3066; evenings and weekends urgent matters (312) 504-1786 (call or text)

Persons experiencing sexual harassment or sexual violence may also share their experience with the Office of Civil Rights, United States Department of Education, Individuals experiencing harassment or discrimination also always have the right to file a formal grievance with the government authorities:

Cleveland Office
Office of Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education
1350 Euclid Avenue, Suite 325
Cleveland, OH 44115-1812
Telephone: (216) 522-4970
Fax: (216)522.2573

Office of Civil Rights
400 Maryland Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Customer Service Hotline: 1-800-421-3481
Fax: (202) 453-6012