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Title IX


Title IX of the federal Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of a person's gender in educational programs or activities operated by recipients of federal funding, such as Kent State.

While it is often thought of as a law that applies only to athletic programs, Title IX is much broader and protects all students, employees, and visitors to campus from gender discrimination. 

Sexual harassment, including sexual misconduct, is a form of gender discrimination and is strictly prohibited by federal and state law, as well as university policy.

Get help: Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS)

As a student, faculty, or staff member at Kent State, you should be aware of the services provided to students through the Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS).

The goal of SRVSS is to educate the university community about sexual assault, to provide anti-violence programming and support services, and to encourage all community members to speak out when witnessing violence. Find out more about SRVSS at

Report gender discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct 

Loretta Shields, Director, Compliance and Benefits, serves as the Title IX Coordinator. Any incident of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct against a student, faculty or staff member should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Coordinator.  The Coordinator/Deputy will help connect the student, staff, or visitor with university and community resources as well as ensure the university takes appropriate steps to end and prevent any harassment.  You can report discrimination, harassment, or misconduct by contacting:

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Human Resources
635 Loop Road - Heer Hall

Note that sexual assaults should also be reported to your local law enforcement agency.  For emergencies, call 911. Otherwise, KSUPD can be reached at 330-672-2212.

Title IX Coordinator

Deputy Coordinator 

(Athletic Gender Equity Issues)

Deputy Coordinator

Deputy Coordinator

Loretta Shields

Compliance and Benefits


Janet Kittell

Sr. Associate Athletic Director


Pamela Fitzgerald

Affirmative Action Coordinator


Julie Di Biasio

Assistant Director
Student Accessibility Services


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