What Is Title IX?

Title IX is part of the Education Amendments of 1972 and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. This federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Title IX applies to all participants of such programs, including students, parents and faculty/staff members.

Title IX helps to foster safe and respectful University environments that better protect students, faculty and staff from incidents of sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual violence, relationship violence and abuse. In addition to knowing who Purdue's Title IX Coordinator is, you should also review additional information about why Title IX is important and protects all University community members.

What Does Title IX Require?

The University is obligated to provide a prompt, thorough and equitable investigation of any report of sex-based discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence. This obligation remains even in the absence of a formal complaint.

Title IX ensures that both parties in a reported event have equal opportunity to be heard and participate in a grievance process.

Who Is the Title IX Coordinator?

As Purdue University's Title IX Coordinator for the West Lafayette campus, Christina A. Wright, Interim Director, Office of Institutional Equity, is responsible for coordinating the University's compliance with Title IX, including overseeing all complaints of sex discrimination and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. Questions or concerns may be directed as follows:

Christina A. Wright
Office of Institutional Equity
Ernest C. Young Hall, 10th Floor
155 S. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
765-494-7255 (office); 765-496-1295 (fax)

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Barbara J. Frazee
Executive Director of University Residences
University Residences
Smalley Center, Room 102
1225 Third Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907 
765-494-1001 (office); 765-494-0718 (fax)

Lee D. Morrison
Associate Director of Student Advocacy
University Residences
Windsor Halls - Wood Hall, Room 149
205 North Russell Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Katherine L. Sermersheim
Dean of Students
Office of the Dean of Students
Schleman Hall, Room 294
475 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907
765-494-1257 (office); 765-496-1109 (fax)

Amy E. Boyle
Senior Director
Human Resources
Kurz Purdue Technology Center
Purdue University
Office of the Vice President for Human Resources
1281 Win Hentschel Blvd., Suite 1100
West Lafayette, IN 47906-4182
765-494-7408 (office)

Catherine Jean Wright-Eger
Leadership Advisor
Purdue Athletic Department/John R. Wooden Leadership Institute
Drew and Brittany Brees Academic Learning Center, Room 216
1000 N. John R. Wooden Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907
765-494-1294 (office); 765-496-1280 (fax)

Office for Civil Rights

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is the division of the federal government charged with enforcing compliance with Title IX. Information regarding OCR can be found at www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html.
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