Title IX Information

About Title IX

Grinnell College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational, extra- and co-curricular, athletic, or other programs, or in the context of employment. Sex discrimination is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a federal law that provides 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.

Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational environment for all College community members. The College is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, or activities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, religion, disability, creed or any other protected class. Discrimination and sexual harassment on any of the bases covered by federal anti-discrimination statutes are unlawful and a violation of Grinnell College policy.

The College, as an educational community, will promptly and equitably respond to reports of sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking in order to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects on any individual or community. Title IX provides an educational process, supportive measures, and outcomes. Public law enforcement follows criminal processes, remedies, and outcomes. While the College will assess and act through the educational lens of Title IX, the parties have the option to avail themselves of and will be fully supported by the college to seek the services of law enforcement.

Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring compliance with the law and coordinating any investigations of formal Title IX-related complaints received—including complaints of sexual harassment and violence. 

Bailey Asberry

Mears Cottage 

Title IX Coordinator Training Materials 2022 (pdf) 

Deputy Title IX Coordinators and Title IX Advisers

Adviser to Title IX
Sarah Brammer-Shlay
Interim Dean of Religious Life, Associate Chaplain and Rabbi 
Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice (CRSSJ)
1233 Park Street

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Campus Safety
Matthew Kriegel
Assistant Director for Campus Safety and Coordinator of Clery Compliance 
Mears Cottage

Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Senior Official for Student Conduct
Ben Newhouse
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Joe Rosenfield Center (JRC) 

Co-Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics
Jani Springer 
Assistant Athletic Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Student Success 
Bear Recreation & Athletic Center

Co-Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics
Carissa Tigges  
Head Athletic Trainer 
Bear Recreation & Athletic Center

Adviser to Title IX
Vrinda Varia
Assistant Chief Diversity Officer for Intercultural Student Life
Joe Rosenfield Center (JRC)  

Federal Information about Title IX

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education. The OCR provides many online resources for helping you understand your rights and responsibilities, including:

  • Know Your Rights – an overview of your rights under federal law.
  • Prevention – resources aimed at prevention of civil rights problems.

The OCR also groups information—such as guidelines, know-your-rights publications, contacts, and other resources—by topics such as:

Inquiries or complaints concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the College’s Title IX Coordinator and/or to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights:

Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
Region V Office
500 W. Madison St., Ste. 1475
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: 312-730-1560
Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov

Iowa Civil Rights Commission
Grimes State Office Building
400 E. 14th Street, Rm 20`
Des Moines, IA 50319-0201
Phone: 515-281-4121 or Toll Free: 1-800-457-4416

About Campus SaVe Act

The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, or Campus SaVE Act, is an amendment to the Clery Act passed through President Obama’s Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The SaVe Act is a compliment to Title IX meant to help higher education institutions better respond to and prevent sexual misconduct. The SaVe Act updates the Clery Act by mandating higher education institutions participating in federal student aid programs to increase transparency and provide "primary prevention and awareness programs" regarding sexual misconduct. More information about Grinnell College’s prevention efforts can be found on the Prevention page.

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