What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that provides that:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
Essentially, Title IX is about reducing and removing barriers to the educational experience based on sex and gender discrimination. Title IX includes equity in sports and educational programs as well as comprehensive sexual misconduct policies.
In accordance with Title IX, Macalester College does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in its educational, extracurricular, athletic, or other programs or in the context of admissions or employment. The College prohibits all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual violence, and differential treatment.Online Anonymous Report Form
Message From the Title IX Coordinator & Director of Equity
As Macalester College's Title IX Coordinator & Director of Equity, my responsibilities include leading efforts of the College to ensure compliance with statutes and federal regulations as it relates to Title IX, civil rights, equal employment opportunities, and affirmative action laws; overseeing College-wide training and prevention programs for faculty, staff, and students related to Title IX, protected class discrimination, and harassment; and work collaboratively and proactively with campus partners to ensure that the campus climate and environment, both in and out of the classroom, is an inclusive, equitable, safe, and welcoming living, learning, and working environment.
An important part of my role as the Title IX Coordinator for the campus is to oversee the centralized review, investigation, and resolution of sexual misconduct reports and ensure compliance with federal guidelines and College policies. Sexual misconduct includes sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, dating/intimate partner violence, and stalking. My role also includes coordinating sexual violence prevention efforts on campus and providing ongoing training and education for the campus community about Title IX and the College's sexual misconduct policy.
Creating effective sexual violence prevention strategies and responding to sexual misconduct on campus are community issues, and I welcome the opportunity to work with all of you in the Macalester community to address these issues together.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the College’s sexual misconduct policy, sexual violence prevention strategies, and/or resources for support, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-696-6258.
-Karla Benson Rutten, Title IX Coordinator & Director of Equity
Sexual Violence Prevention Working Group
Created in January 2016, this working group of students, staff, and faculty assists the Title IX Coordinator & Director of Equity in an annual review of the sexual misconduct policy and assists with campus planning and projects related to sexual violence prevention education efforts at Macalester.
Working Group Members
- Karla Benson Rutten, Title IX Coordinator & Director of Equity
- Laura Linder-Scholer, Sexual Violence Prevention Program Coordinator
- Marian Aden, RHD, Assistant Director of Residential Life
- Amanda-Rae Barboza Barela, Associate Director of Residential Life
- Lisa Broek, Associate Director of Health Promotion, Health & Wellness Center
- Suveer Daswani ’18, MCSG Student Organizations Committee Member
- Isa Escalona '18, Sexy Educator - Health Promotion Team
- Spencer Fugate ’18, Trans* Identity Collective Facilitator
- Rachel Ladd '17, MCSG Civic Engagement Officer
- Shannon Mahedy ’17, ‘Consent Is Mac’ Coordinator, HWC
- Carrigan Miller '19, Athletics Representative, Mac Weekly Staff Writer
- Marshall Mullenbach, Assistant Football Coach, Athletics
- Danielle Rutledge '18, DML Program Assistant
- Liz Schneider-Bateman, Health & Wellness Center
- Millicent Varley ’18, DML Program Assistant
- Caroline Vellenga-Buban ’17, FIA*STARSA