Title IX - Sex Discrimination, Harassment & Violence

Q:   What is Title IX?

A:    Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any phase of a university's educational or employment programs.  Title IX applies to WSU as a public institution that receives Federal funds.  Academic and employment decisions based upon sex and sex-based misconduct are forms of illegal discrimination prohibited under Title IX, as well as other state and federal laws.  While this law is often thought of as a law that applies only to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than athletics and applies to ALL areas of the University.

Wayne State University (WSU) does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any phase of its educational or employment programs, and does not tolerate sex-based discrimination or misconduct.  WSU's non-discrimination policy applies to all conduct in any academic, educational, extra-curricular, athletic, or other Univeristy program and activity regardless of whether those program and activities occur in WSU facilities, on or off campus.

If the University knows or reasonably should know of possible sex-based discrimination or sex-based misconduct, a thorough, impartial and confidential investigation will promptly be conducted to determine if there has been a violation of University policy.  If it is determined that sex-based discrimination or misconduct has occurred, appropriate discipline will be imposed and the University will take steps to address and stop the misconduct, as well as remedy its effects.

Q:   What are WSU's obligations under Title IX?

A:    Under Title IX, the University has an obligation to respond promptly and effectively to any complaints of sex-based discrimination or sex-based misconduct and must coordinate any investigations that are being conducted within the University.

In those instances where you witness, learn about or become aware of an incident of sex-based misconduct,  your first step is to report it to the WSU police at 313-577-2222; your second step is to report it to WSU's Title IX Coordinator.  

In those instances where you witness, learn about or become aware of sex-based discrimination or misconduct, you should report it to the Title IX Coordinator. 

Q:   Who is WSU's Title IX Coordinator?

 A:   The University's Interim Title IX Coordinator is Linda M. Galante.  She can be reached at 313-577-2268 or df0864@wayne.edu.  If the incident involves non-students (which includes employees - all faculty and staff - and visitors to campus), in addition to notifying the WSU Police, you should also notify Ms. Galante.

The University's Title IX Deputy Coordinator is Dean David Strauss, Dean of Students.  He can be reached at 313-300-1965 (preferred), or 313-577-1010 or ak3096@wayne.edu.  If the incident involves a student, in addition to notifying the WSU Police, you should also notify Dean Strauss.  He will take responsibility for notifying the Title IX Coordinator.

Both the Title IX Coordinator and the Deputy Coordinator have ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the University's Title IX obligations are effectively met.  Both individuals work closely with the WSU Police and other University offices, such as the Office of Housing and Residential Life (OHRL), in making an immediate assessment of the allegations to determine if any interim measures should be taken.

The above reporting protocol is in addition to any other reporting requirements that a university official may have.  For example, for OHRL, this reporting protocol applies in addition to any procedures in place within OHRL and does not change the responsibility of OHRL for investigating all such incidents reported to them pursuant to student housing protocol and procedures.

If you are not sure whether to report an incident, please call either the Interim Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Coordinator for guidance.

If you feel it necessary to share the matter anonymously, you may do so through the Office of Internal Audit.  Their anonymous hotline is 313-577-5138.  You may submit an anonymous tip on their website at: http://internalaudit.wayne.edu/report.php.  The WSU Police also have an anonymous crime tip line, which can be accessed at wsupdis@wayne.edu.

Q:    Who May Submit A Complaint?

A:     Any University student, employee, or third party on any campus, or those acting on another's behalf, such as parents  or guardians, may file a complaint concerning sex-based discrimination or misconduct in the treatment of students, employees or third parties.  A complaint may also concern retaliation for filing a complaint or participating in an investigation.  WSU expects that all complaints will be filed in good faith.  You have the right and can expect that incidents of discrimination and misconduct will be taken seriously by the University when reported formally and that such incidents will be investigated and resolved properly through administrative procedures.

Students:  To file a complaint against a student, contact the Dean of Students/Title IX Deputy Coordinator at (313) 577-1010 or ak3096@wayne.edu.  An incident may also be reported to the Dean of Students at http://doso.wayne.edu/student-care-report.html.

Non-Students:   To file a complaint against non-students (faculty, staff member or third party), contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (313) 577-2280 or eb6450@wayne.edu. The OEO may also receive and address incidents involving students. An incident may also be reported to the OEO at http://oeo.wayne.edu/resources/forms.php.

Q:    What happens within the University after a sex-based discrimination or misconduct incident is reported to the WSU police?

A:    All cases reported to the WSU police will be thoroughly investigated. The first priority of the responding officers shall be to care for the victim. The officers shall assist the victim in obtaining appropriate medical attention, giving due regard to the collection of evidence by medical personnel. Evidence technicians shall be responsible for the collection and preservation of crime scene evidence. Interviews of the victim shall be conducted by same gender officers, if that is the victim’s preference. Officers shall accommodate the victim’s choice of location for lodging a complaint. The identity of the victim shall not be released to the public or the media.

If an arrest is made, a police officer shall be made available to accompany the victim throughout the criminal proceedings, including lineups, preliminary examinations, pre-trial conferences, trials and sentencings.

Where appropriate and reasonably necessary for the ongoing security of a victim who resides in university housing, the Office of Housing and Residential Life will, upon request, provide alternative housing arrangements.

Where appropriate and reasonably necessary for the ongoing security of a victim who is or becomes enrolled in classes at the University, the dean or his/her designee from the school or college in which the student is or becomes enrolled will, upon request, provide alternative academic arrangements when feasible.

Where appropriate and reasonably necessary for the ongoing security of a victim who is a student employee of the University, the Office of Career Services will, upon request, coordinate an effort to locate and place the student in alternative employment.

Where appropriate and reasonably necessary for the ongoing security of a victim who is an employee of the University, the Office of Human Resources will, upon request, coordinate an effort to locate and place the student in alternative employment.

Q:    Can action be taken against a respondent even if the complainant does not wish to proceed criminally?

A:     Yes.  Complainants and/or witnesses may also initiate an administrative complaint by contacting the the Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Deputy Coordinator or the Student Conduct Officer (for students) at (313) 577-1010 or brandy@wayne.edu.  Any of these individuals can assist in filing administrative charges under the Student Code of Conduct or the Wayne State University Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Process. This can and should be done regardless of whether or not criminal charges are being filed.  They are two separate processes.  Both the complainant and the respondent will be afforded their due process rights as established by University policy.

Q:    What About Confidentiality? 

A:     All parties and witnesses are encouraged not to discuss an investigation or hearing with other witnesses or persons.  When confidentiality of a complainant is not maintained, the University's ability to respond and take appropriate disciplinary action may be impeded.  WSU, therefore, requests that confidentiality be maintained through all stages of the investigation and hearing process.

Q:   What training does the University provide on the issues of sex-based discrimination and sex-based misconduct? 

A:    The University has developed an online training module called  Understanding Sexual Harassment And Sexual Assault.  This training module can be accessed at http://www.title9training.wayne.edu/.  While it is geared toward students, this module contains a wealth of information on these topics, the University's policies in this regard and resources which should be helpful to any faculty or staff member as well as students.

In addition, WSU conducts focused training sessions with various faculty, staff and student groups on campus.

Q:    What Is Retaliation and Is It Prohibited?

A:    Retaliation may occur when an adverse action is taken against an individual as a result of filing a complaint or for participating in the investigation of a complaint.  Retaliation is prohibited.  Any person found to have retaliated against another for making a complaint under Title IX, being a witness in a Title IX investigation, or being otherwise involved in the complaint and/or investigative process, will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination or expulsion.  Retaliation should be reported immediately to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 656 W. Kirby Avenue - Suite 4324 F/AB, Detroit, Michigan 48202; (313) 577-2280; http://oeo.wayne.edu/.

Q:    What Are the Sanctions If A Respondent Is Found Responsible For Violating University Policy?

A:    The University reserves the right to impose different sanctions depending on the severity of the offense and/or history of the offender.  Any student found responsible for violating University policy will receive a sanction in accordance with the WSU Student Code of Conduct.  Any non-student found responsible for violation of University policy will receive a sanction in accordance with the Wayne State University Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Process.

Q:   What other resources are available to victims of sexual assault?

A:    Victims also may also be assisted by any of the following resources:

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
552 Student Center Building Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 577-3390 (for students only)

University Health Center - Life Stress Center
outpatient psychology services
4201 St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 48201

University Health Center - Rape Counseling Center
4201 St. Antoine, 6-F Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 833-1660

Employee Assistance Program
resources for employees only

Q:    How can I help reduce the risk of sexual assault occurring to me?

A:    The following suggestions can help reduce the risk of a sexual assault occurring to you:

  • Always trust your instincts.  If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, do not try to be "polite" and stay.  Remove yourself immediately and call the WSU Police at 313-577-2222.
  • When going out to social events, try to go with friends you trust.
  • If you go alone, notify others of where you will be going.
  • If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages, do not drink from open containers of alcohol (e.g. open punch bowls).  Open containers can be easily spiked with other drugs.  Keep an eye on your drink at all times.
  • Be mindful of the amount of drinks you consume.  Alcohol decreases your ability to be fully aware of your environment.
  • Program emergency contacts into your phone.
  • Do not walk home alone.  If you do not have a ride, there are local taxi services you may utilize.
  • For more resources on staying safe go to: www.police.wayne.edu/campus_watch.php.
  • Attend one of the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Courses offered by the WSU Police.  This is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women.  It covers awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance and progresses to the basics of hands-on self defense.  For information contact WSU Police.


Updated November 18, 2015