President Schatzel's Statement on Title IX

September 13, 2017

President Schatzel shared the university's steadfast commitment to preventing sexual assault and misconduct, and to supporting survivors of sexual assault. 

Towson University is committed to preventing sexual assault and sexual misconduct, and to supporting survivors of sexual assault. We will remain steadfast in this commitment as we work to influence and implement any future recommendations that may come from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

Last week, the DOE announced that it intends to pursue reforms to Title IX procedures in cases of sexual assault. We do not know the nature nor timing of these reforms, but we are prepared to offer feedback on Title IX procedures to the DOE’s Office of Civil Rights. In doing so, we will continue to advocate for measures that improve—not diminish—safety and fairness on our campus and on campuses across the country. 

Led by the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity, the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Human Resources, TU provides training and education programs which aim to prevent sexual assault and sexual misconduct from happening. We have established procedures to address all reported incidents of sexual assault or misconduct. And we encourage all members of the campus community to promptly report sexual misconduct to the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity.

As a reminder, services for sexual assault survivors are available through the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity as well as through TU’s Counseling Center.

We will continue to keep the university community informed about this important issue. Thank you for your support. 

Kim Schatzel