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.

Title IX requires institutions to provide an educational environment free from discrimination based on sex.  Sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence are all forms of sex discrimination. 

Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational environment for all College community members.  It 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 on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, chilbirth, religion, disability, creed or any other protected class.  Discrimination and sexual harassment on any of the bases covered by federal antidiscrimination statutes is unlawful and a violation of Grinnell College policy.

The College, as an educational community, will promptly and equitably respond to reports of sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, and/or intimate partner violence in order to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects on any individual or the community.  Title IX provides educational processes, remedies, and outcomes.  Public law enforcement follows criminal processes, remedies, and outcomes.  While the school will act using the education lens of Title IX, complainants always have the option to avail themselves of and will be fully supported by the college to seek the services of law enforcement.

Grinnell College policy prohibits sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence  against Grinnell College community members of any gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.  This policy also prohibits gender-based harassment that does not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

Title IX Team

Although a report may come in through many sources, the College is committed to ensuring that all reports are referred to the Title IX team.  This team, led by the Title IX Coordinator, assists in the review, investigation, and/or resolution of the report according to the Title IX Review, Investigation and Resolution procedure.  In addition to the coordinators listed below, Title IX team members may also include others as necessary, such as the Director of Campus Safety and Security or the Dean of the College.

Title IX Coordinator

Our Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring compliance with the law and coordinating any investigations of Title-IX-related complaints received—including complaints of sexual harassment and violence—though several other people on campus play related roles. Title IX Deputy Coordinators can also offer assistance in the areas of case management, prevention, policy, and athletics.

Title IX Coordinator:

Angela Voos

Vice President for Strategic Planning and Chief of Staff

Nollen House 104

(641) 269-4999


Deputy Title IX Coordinators:

Deputy Coordinator for Prevention

Jen Jacobsen '95

Wellness Director

F201 Bear Recreation & Athletic Center

(641) 269-3604


Deputy Coordinator for Conduct Process

Sarah Moschenross

Dean of Students 

310-G Joe Rosenfield Center

(641) 269-3714


Deputy Coordinator for Athletics

Jeff Pedersen

Head Football Coach; Assistant Track Coach; Fitness center Director

F131 Bear Recreation & Athletic Center

(641) 269-4848


Deputy Coordinator for Confidential Response And Support

Deanna Shorb

Dean of Religious Life

Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice (CRSSJ)

1233 Park Street

(641) 269-4981


Deputy Coordinator for Case Management

Bailey Thompson  

Nollen House 108

(641) 269-3055


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[at]ed[dot]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.