Title IX Compliance at Eastern Michigan
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex under any education program or activity receiving federal financial aid. Sexual assault and sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
Eastern Michigan University is committed to providing a learning, living and working environment free from discrimination. Any gender based discrimination, including sexual misconduct which includes but is not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, relationship violence and sexual exploitation committed by EMU students, staff or faculty will not be tolerated. This applies to academic, education, athletic, residential and other University operated programs. Eastern Michigan University encourages individuals who believe they have been sexually harassed, assaulted or subjected to sexual misconduct by an EMU student or employee to seek assistance.
While compliance with the law is everyone's responsibility at EMU, the person designated to handle inquiries of sex discrimination is Title IX Coordinator, Anika Awai-Williams.
Dear Eastern Michigan University,
Protecting students is critical to the university’s educational mission. Our staff in law enforcement, Title IX, student affairs, and elsewhere work tirelessly every day to try to create a safe and supportive community for students, faculty and staff.
The questions and concerns raised in light of the lawsuit filed against the university are indeed serious. The Title IX Office is undertaking a thorough review of our policies and practices and is committed to knowing if our processes related to the recent cases were appropriately followed. The University has prepared an extensive questions and answers page to provide additional information about the recent lawsuit and the University’s actions. For questions and answers, please visit the EMU Legal Affairs website.
Contacting Eastern Michigan's Title IX Office:
Now that classes and other academic programs are being provided remotely by the university, the Title IX office wanted to take this opportunity to remind members of our community that maintaining an academic program free from sex/gender discrimination remains a high priority for the university. Members of the community should be aware of the following three important points:
- The Title IX office at EMU remains operational and functioning by remotely at this time. Anyone impacted by sex/gender discrimination is encouraged to contact the Title IX office to make a report by emailing the Title IX Coordinator, Anika Awai-Williams at [email protected], or leaving a voice mail at the Title IX Office 734.487.2202 or making an online report.
- The Title IX investigation process will be conducted remotely and remedies provided to assure any sexual harassment, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, retaliation or other sexually discriminatory behaviors are addressed promptly.
- Eastern Michigan University's Sexual Misconduct and Sex-Based Discrimination Policy [PDF] on sexual misconduct applies to behaviors that occur in-person between or to members of the university community, but also, but also applies to online and virtual misconduct. Any behavior that is prohibited by policy is also likely prohibited in cyber-forms, including cyber-harassment, cyber-bullying that is sex-based and cyber-stalking. Members of the community are expected to maintain a tone of civility and respect in online classes just as they would if they were in class physically.
- EMU faculty and staff members who are responsible reporters are reminded that reporting of alleged sexual misconduct is mandated and expected when they become aware of incidents or allegations involving members of the campus community, regardless of how they learn of the potential misconduct, whether in person, in writing, or online.