Title IX

What is Title IX | Report Title IX | Title IX FAQ's

NOTE: PIHMA sexual harassment policies continue to apply during remote learning.

Any harassment or discrimination that occurs within a PIHMA program or activity, including all online instruction, is subject to PIHMA’s policies. PIHMA will also respond to concerns in which harassment or discrimination happens outside of College matters where that conduct is so severe as to cause significant harm within the college community or to a community member. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we continue to be available to take in reports and to investigate matters while the campus is operating remotely. We will use remote technology to investigate cases and hold hearings as necessary. We continue to work to hold cases to existing policy timelines.

What is Title IX?

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 educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
-Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

The Title IX Coordinator collaborates with the PIHMA community to stop, prevent, and remedy interpersonal violence and gender-based discrimination through education, culture change, accountability, and empowerment. We offer options and resources to all students affected by these issues and are committed to providing a fair, thorough, and prompt investigation and adjudication process.

If you or someone you know has been potentially exposed to sexual harassment, please see below for information regarding filing a report, or reach out to the Title IX Coordinator, the Academic Dean, or any member of staff.

Click here for more information regarding PIHMA’s policies, procedures and investigation process.

Title IX Coordinator at PIHMA

Marilee Rudin

Report Title IX

Students who have decided that they want to submit a formal report and all faculty and employees who are Responsible Employees reporting incidents of sexual violence and harassment should contact Marilee Rudin, Title IX Coordinator, at mrudin@pihma.edu or (602) 274-1885.

Reports emailed to the Title IX Office should include the following information if known (and don’t worry if you don’t have all of this information as is often the case):

  • Name of Responsible Employee making report
  • Name of impacted party (Complainant)
  • Name of accused party (Respondent)
  • Date and time disclosure made to the Responsible Party
  • Approximate date and time that incident occurred
  • Where incident occurred
  • What happened (or what you think happened if you were asleep or incapacitated)/What was disclosed
  • Whether you are asking for immediate help from the Title IX Office such as:
    • A no contact order
    • Additional Resources
    • Academic accommodations

Title XI FAQ’s

The following are frequently asked questions in regard to Title IX and related policies. The material in these FAQs may be difficult to read and triggering; please take care of yourself and reach out to the Title IX Coordinator if you need assistance. If your question was not answered or if you would like to see additional questions added please contact the Title IX Coordinator at mrudin@pihma.edu or (602) 274-1885.

What conduct is prohibited by Title IX?

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender (sex). Title IX prohibited conduct includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship (dating or domestic) violence and stalking.

What are a College’s obligations when it has notice of a Title IX related incident?

If the College knows or in the exercise of reasonable care should know about student-on-student sexual harassment, including sexual violence, that creates a hostile environment, Title IX law requires PIHMA to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred (subject to confidentiality considerations). If an investigation reveals that sexual harassment, including sexual violence, created a hostile environment, PIHMA must then take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the sexual harassment or sexual violence, prevent its recurrence and, as appropriate, remedy its effects on the victim and PIHMA community.

Who is PIHMA’s Title IX Coordinator?

Marilee Rudin – Title IX Coordinator, Director of Administration

What are the reporting PIHMA staff (e.g., faculty, instructors, Supervisors, Front Desk staff) who work regularly with students?

Notify the Title IX Office promptly. If the student needs emergency assistance call: 911 or 9-911 from a campus phone.

Send an email to mrudin@pihma.edu with as much as the following information as was reported to you (noting you should not investigate):

  • Name of the person who may have experienced Prohibited Sexual Conduct (Complainant)
  • Name of the Responding Party (accused party) (if known)
  • Date of the incident
  • Date the information was shared with you
  • Name of the person to whom the report was made
  • Location of the incident (be as specific as possible)
  • Time of the incident
  • Nature of the conduct (be as specific as possible regarding the allegations: e.g., Complainant awoke to Responding Party touching her breasts without permission.)

Following a report, the Title IX Office will send outreach and offer to meet with the Complainant to assist with immediate safety measures and other necessary and appropriate interim measures (e.g., housing, academic accommodations, etc.).

What if the Complainant requests confidentiality?

If a Complainant requests to remain confidential, PIHMA will give serious consideration to that request. Only in rare circumstances will PIHMA proceed to a Title IX investigation against the wishes of the Complainant. Generally, PIHMA will seek to honor the request of the Complainant not to proceed to a Title IX investigation and to remain confidential and will not proceed to a formal Title IX investigation without the consent of the Complainant. The Title IX Coordinator will consider a number of factors in deciding whether the request can be honored, including the age of the Complainant, whether there is evidence of a pattern of misconduct, the severity of the misconduct, and whether there is a safety risk to the Complainant or the PIHMA community. Should PIHMA, in weighing such factors, determine it must proceed, PIHMA will explain its rationale to the Complainant and make sure that the Complainant is offered a support person throughout the process. The Complainant will not be required to participate in the process as a prerequisite to the PIHMA proceeding.

What safety measures and accommodations are available to a student when they report a Title IX related incident?

The Title IX Coordinator is dedicated to meeting with students seeking information about their options. Upon a report of a Title IX concern, PIHMA will work with the Complainant to put interim measures in place to ensure a safe, hostile free environment for the student. Following an investigation and a determination that conduct prohibited by Title IX occurred, more permanent accommodations and safety measures may be implemented. Accommodations and safety measures (including interim measures) could include:

  • Counseling services
  • Academic accommodations
  • No contact or stayaway letters
  • Limitation on extracurricular activities
  • Removal from the PIHMA community
  • Other appropriate actions as necessary

What is the purpose of the Student Title IX Process?

The purpose of a Title IX investigation pursuant to the PIHMA Student Title IX Investigation and Hearing Process is to determine:

  • Whether or not Prohibited Conduct has occurred;
  • Whether there is an ongoing risk of harm from further Prohibited Conduct and, if so, what steps are necessary to prevent its recurrence;
  • Whether accommodations for the Complainant need to be put in place to redress the effects of Prohibited Conduct;
  • Whether accommodations or safety measures should be put in place to ensure the safety of the PIHMA community;
  • Whether the conduct warrants a Hearing by the Office of Community Standards for discipline; and
  • Whether any changes to policies, practices or training should be considered and implemented.

Where can I learn more about the Student Title IX Process?

You can learn more by contacting the Title IX Coordinator at (602) 274-1885 or mrudin@pihma.edu.

Who can a student contact if they have been accused of Title IX prohibited conduct?

A student who has been accused of Title IX prohibited conduct can contact the Academic Dean and/or the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator can meet with students seeking information about their options.