Student Safety and Title IX

Resources for student safety:

Student Well-Being and Classroom Safety:  Here is a quick and easy reference guide to services offered by the Dean of Students Office and University resources available to you in case you have a concern (about yourself or another student) or in the unlikely event of an emergency.

TITLE IX Protocol for Students:  Miami University is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe learning, living, and working environment and to creating an environment that promotes responsibility, dignity, and respect in matters of sexual and interpersonal conduct. Sexual assault, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking (Title IX offenses) are strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Any person, regardless of gender, can be a victim/survivor. This Protocol applies to both on-campus and off-campus conduct, academic, educational, co-curricular, athletic, study abroad, and other University programs. Title IX offenses include criminal offenses, such as rape, fondling, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as well as violations of the Code of Student Conduct—Interpersonal Violence (Section 103).

By providing resources for prevention, education, support, investigation, and a fair disciplinary process, Miami University seeks to eliminate all Title IX offenses. The University is dedicated to preventing Title IX offenses by providing:

  • Education and prevention programming informing the community about the risks and myths that contribute to violence, bystander training, and a variety of awareness and prevention programming/education.
  • Assistance and support, including interim support measures and accommodations.
  • Processes for reliable and impartial investigation and adjudication that includes appropriate disciplinary sanctions for those who commit Title IX offenses including suspension and dismissal.
  • When a Title IX offense does occur, the University will take appropriate steps to end the harassment, prevent its recurrence and remedy the discriminatory effect on the reporter (and victim/survivor if different from the reporter) and others, as appropriate.

Miami's Protocol is designed to comply with applicable state and federal laws. Miami University reserves the right to modify or deviate from this Protocol when, in the sole judgment of the University, circumstances warrant, in order to protect the rights of the involved parties or to comply with the law.

This Protocol describes how the University typically responds to reports of Title IX offenses involving students. It also:

  • Provides guidance for students who have been the victim/survivor of a Title IX offense.
  • Outlines the University's student disciplinary response to alleged conduct violations.
  • Identifies the relevant places within the University responsible for the Protocol and programs associated with it.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Sexual Assault

  • Ms. Rebecca Getson serves as the University's Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students and Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (the Deputy Coordinator) for matters related to sexual violence. This includes sexual misconduct, sexual violence and sexual coercion of students. Ms. Getson may be reached at 104 Health Services Center, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056, 513-529-1870 or getsonra@MiamiOH.edu.

    Ms. Getson will help students:
  • Access medical and mental health treatment.
  • Report the offense to the police.
  • Report the offense to the Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity (OEEO) for investigation and/or to the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution (OESCR) for disciplinary action.
  • Access victim/survivor support resources.
  • Assist the victim/survivor in obtaining a University no contact order, a court-issued restraining order, or other lawful order of protection.

Title IX Coordinator

  • The University’s Title IX Coordinator is Ms. Kenya D. Ash, Director of the Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity, Hanna House, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056. Ms. Ash may be reached at 513-529-7157 or ashkd@MiamiOH.edu.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics

  • Ms. Jennifer A. Gilbert, Associate Athletic Director / Senior Woman Administrator / Director of NCAA Compliance is the University’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator for matters related to equality of treatment and opportunity in Intercollegiate Athletics. This includes athletic financial assistance, accommodation of interest and abilities and equity of athletic program benefits. Ms. Gilbert may be reached at Millett Assembly Hall, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056, 513-529-3113 or gilberj2@MiamiOH.edu.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Regional Students

  • Ms. Bennyce Hamilton, Regional Director of Diversity and Multicultural Services, is the University’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator for matters related to regional student sexual violence. This includes sexual misconduct, sexual violence, and sexual coercion of students. Ms. Hamilton also serves as the coordinator for matters relating to regional student domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.  Ms. Hamilton may be reached at 117 Rentschler Hall, 1601 University Boulevard, Hamilton, Ohio 45011, or 144 Johnston Hall, 4200 N. University Boulevard, Middletown, Ohio 45042, 513-785-3283 or hamiltbe@miamioh.edu.

Miami University encourages students who have been the victim/survivor of a Title IX offense to pursue criminal charges against the person or persons they believe to have committed the crime. A criminal charge and a University investigation or disciplinary complaint may be pursued at the same time. Students may request a University investigation and/or file a disciplinary complaint with or without pursuing criminal charges. Victim/survivor support and resources are available regardless of criminal charges, University investigations or University disciplinary action.

Retaliation against any person(s) who reports a crime, brings a disciplinary complaint, pursues legal action, or participates in an investigation or is a witness in any investigation or proceeding is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Students who retaliate will face University disciplinary action.

Emergency Assistance:  Guide to tell you who to call and the numbers to use. 

Medical Leave of Absence:  The information and forms you need for a MEDICAL leave of absence.  This is not for a regular withdrawal from the university.