Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972 requires that all entities receiving federal funds or financial assistance prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment in their education programs and activities.

Grand Valley State University is required under Title IX to prevent and address sexual discrimination, which is sexual harassment and sexual misconduct including sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking, against students, faculty, and staff whether perpetrated by peers or by employees of the institution.

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Responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator

GVSU's Title IX Coordinator is responsible for monitoring and oversight of the overall implementation of the University's Title IX compliance, including the coordination of training, education, communications, and the administration of grievance procedures for faculty, staff, students, and other members of the University community.

                          Theresa Rowland
              Title IX Coordinator
                          Office:  616-331-9530
                          Fax:  616-331-3684


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"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"

- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 ("Title IX").

Reporting to the Office for Civil Rights

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

Incident Reporting to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is an option for resolution of discrimination. To file a complaint: 

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The OCR National Headquarters:

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100

Phone:  800-421-3481
FAX:  202-453-6012
TDD:  800-877-8339

Email:  OCR@ed.gov

The OCR office for Michigan:

Cleveland Office
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
1350 Euclid Avenue, Suite 325
Cleveland, OH 44115-1812

Phone:  216-522-4970
FAX:  216-522-2573
TDD:  800-877-8339

Email:  OCR.Cleveland@ed.gov

Complaints under Title IX

Grand Valley State University is required under Title IX to prevent and address sexual discrimination, which includes sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual misconduct, against students, faculty, and staff whether perpetrated by peers or by employees of the institution.  The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for investigation sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual assault.  Accordingly, if you have a complaint of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual assault, you should file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator in the Division of Inclusion and Equity office.


Sexual harassment in education is described as any unwanted and unwelcome sexual behavior that significantly interferes with a student's success or access to educational opportunities.  A University student with a complaint alleging sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual assault should report it to the Title IX Coordinator.  Complaints may also be reported to the Grand Valley Police Department, the Women's Center, or the Dean of Students office.  Complaints of sexual misconduct between GVSU students or where the individual allegedly committing the misconduct is a GVSU student are governed by the GVSU Student Code and applicable state and federal law.

Faculty and Staff

A University Faculty/Staff member with a complaint alleging sexual harassment, sexual assault, or sexual discrimination in violation of GVSU's Anti-Harassment Policy should report it to the Title IX Coordinator.

Information and Resources for Pregnant and Parenting Students

Title IX provides for equal educational opportunities for pregnant and parenting students.  It prohibits educational institutions from discriminating against pregnant students based upon their marital status and cannot discriminate against a student because of childbirth, false pregnancy, or recovery from related conditions.

A pregnant student should be granted a leave of absence for as long as it is deemed medically necessary for her to be absent, at the conclusion of her leave, she must be allowed to resume the status she held when the leave began.

For further guidance, see "Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students" brochure.  Although this pamphlet focuses on secondary schools, the legal principles apply to all recipients of federal financial assistance, including postsecondary institutions.

If you have any questions regarding your rights as a pregnant or parenting student, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution.  It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities.  It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the university.

Unlawful acts of discrimination or harassment by members of the campus community are prohibited.  In addition, even if not illegal, acts are prohibited if they harass or discriminate against any university community member(s) through inappropriate limitation of access to, or participation in, educational, employment, athletic, social cultural, or other university activities on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or weight.  Limitations are lawful if they are: directly related to a legitimate university purpose, required by law, lawfully required by a grant or contract between the university and the state or federal government, or addressing domestic partner benefits.