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.

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 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 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 and gender-based harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking against Grinnell College community members.

Although a report may come in from many sources, the College is committed to ensuring that all reports are referred to the Title IX Coordinator.  The Title IX response team assists in the review, investigation, and/or resolution of the report.  In addition to the coordinators listed below, Title IX response team members may also include others as necessary, such as the Director of Campus Safety.

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, confidential support, prevention, and athletics.

Title IX Coordinator:

Bailey Asberry
Nollen House 108
(641) 269-4999
title ix @grinnell.edu 

Deputy Title IX Coordinators and Senior officials:

Deputy Coordinator for Prevention
Jen Jacobsen '95
Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Wellness and Prevention 
F201 Bear Recreation & Athletic Center
(641) 269-3604

Deputy Coordinator and Senior Official for Staff Conduct
Mary Greiner
Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
OGF 0216
(641) 269-4818

Senior Official for Faculty Conduct
Michael Latham
Dean of the College
Nollen House
(641) 269-3100

Deputy Coordinator and Senior Official for Student Conduct 
Ben Newhouse
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

Title IX Advisory Committee 

The Grinnell College Title IX Advisory Committee is comprised of students, staff, faculty, and other relevant community members who work toward achieving our ongoing  goals of Title IX to: promote a culture of healthy relationships and sexual respect; reduce the incidence of sexual misconduct; maintain a trusted reporting and referral environment; respond in a trauma-informed, compassionate, fair, and prompt way to reports of sexual misconduct; communicate effectively with our campus community. 

  • David Arseneault, Jr. '10, Men's Basketball Coach, Assistant Men's Golf Coach 
  • Bailey Asberry, Title IX Coordinator
  • Brenda Bash, Crisis Intervention Services 
  • Jordan Brooks, Assistant Director of Intercultural Affairs
  • Jiaqi Dai '20, Student 
  • Brigittine French, Professor of  Anthropology
  • Mary Greiner, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources and Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Senior Official for Staff Conduct  
  • John Hirschman, Coordinator of Disability Services 
  • Emily Howe '16, Post-Baccalaureate Prevention & Outreach Coordinator
  • Jen Jacobsen '95, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Wellness and Prevention 
  • Leah Johnson '19, Student 
  • Mae Parker, Director of Annual Giving 
  • Jeff Pedersen, Assistant Professor of Physical Education, Head Football Coach, Assistant Track Coach, and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics
  • Deanna Shorb, Dean of Religious Life, Chaplain, and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Confidential Response and Support 
  • James Shropshire, Director of Campus Safety 
  • Alicia Stanley, Director of Off-Campus Study 
  • Kadiata Toumbou '19, Student 
  • Anya Vostinar, Professor of Computer Science 
  • Autumn Wilke, Assistant Dean of Disability Services qAA

If you have questions or concerns to bring to the Title IX Advisory Committee, please contact Bailey Asberry at titleix@grinnell.edu

Poweshiek County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

The Poweshiek County Sexual Assault Response Team is comprised of professionals throughout Poweshiek county who collaborate to provide a consistent, respectful, and supportive response to sexual violence in our community. Members of this team include:

  • Laura Armstrong, Iowa Valley Community College
  • Bailey Asberry, Grinnell College
  • Brenda Bash, Crisis Intervention Services 
  • Heidi Durbin, Grinnell-Newburg Schools
  • Steve Kivi, Poweshiek County Sherrif's Office
  • Heather Lietz, Department of Human Services 
  • Kelly Moore, Crisis Center and Women's Shelter for Intimate Partner Abuse and Stalking
  • Ben Newhouse, Grinnell College
  • Mary Ann Nickle, Iowa Valley Community College
  • Lesa Peters, Grinnell Regional Medical Center 
  • Poweshiek County Attorney's Office 
  • Chief Dennis Reilly, Grinnell Police Department  
  • Doris Rindels, Grinnell Regional Medical Center 
  • Deb Shill, Grinnell College
  • James Shropshire, Grinnell College
  • Janet Stutz, Grinnell-Newburg Schools
If you have questions or concerns to bring to the Poweshiek County SART, please contact Brenda Bash at brendab@stopdvsa.org

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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