Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. This law protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that:
“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 education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Title IX applies to any institution receiving federal financial assistance from the Department of Education, including state and local educational agencies. Educational programs and activities that receive federal funds from the Department of Education must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. Also, a recipient may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or because a person made charges, testified, or participated in any complaint action under Title IX.
Title IX at Alderson Broaddus University
Consistent with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Alderson Broaddus University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff based on sex in any of its programs or activities, including but not limited to educational programs, employment, and admission. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a kind of sex discrimination and is prohibited by Title IX and by the University. The Policy Prohibiting Title IX Sexual Harassment is the mechanism adopted by the University to address reports of gender discrimination.
Alderson Broaddus also complies with West Virginia laws that protect individuals from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, as well as on the basis of gender identity. Questions or concerns about possible discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity under state law may also be directed to a Title IX Resource Coordinator, or to the University’s Title IX Office.
The University is committed to responding promptly and effectively when it learns of any form of possible discrimination based on sex. The University responds to reports of sexual harassment, including sexual violence, as part of its efforts to stop the harassment and prevent the recurrence of possible sex discrimination. An individual who has questions or concerns regarding possible discrimination based on sex should contact Matthew Sisk, the University’s Title IX Resource Coordinator.
Title IX Team
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Dr. James Dorsey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from West Liberty University and his Juris Doctor degree from West Virginia University. As a licensed attorney, he says he has always had his sights on higher education and is thankful for the opportunity to transition into a new career at AB.
Dorsey began his career at Alderson Broaddus University in 2019.
Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Jennifer Hawkinberry is a graduate of Fairmont State University, where she earned an Associate of Science degree in nursing, a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, and a Master of Education degree. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Liberty University.
Hawkinberry began her career at Alderson Broaddus University in 2019.