Resources for Respondents
If you would like an overview of the Title IX process, including interim measures that are available to you, please contact us at 412-648-7860. If you have been issued a No Contact Order, or Notice of Investigation, we encourage you to not contact the other party, but instead connect with our office to discuss the notification and next steps in the process.
Information for Responsible Employees
A “responsible employee” is a Pitt employee who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other sexual misconduct, or who a community member could reasonably believe has this duty. When a survivor tells a responsible employee about an incident of sexual violence, the survivor has the right to expect the University to take prompt and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably. Generally, all Pitt employees are responsible employees unless their job requires professional confidentiality, as in the case of mental health counselors, physicians, nurses, and clergy.
Faculty members can add a statement to their syllabus about sexual misconduct, reporting and Title IX. The Title IX Office and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (GSWS) have developed a syllabus statement that can be used by any faculty member at Pitt.
University and Community Resources
The University of Pittsburgh offers both University and Community Resources to students, staff, and faculty who have experienced sexual- or gender-based violence, sexual harassment, or discrimination, domestic violence, dating violence, harassment, and/or stalking.
Pregnant and Parenting Students
Title IX prohibits discrimination against a student based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions. Title IX regulations also prohibit a school from applying any rule related to a student’s parental, family, or marital status that treats students differently based on their sex. Find resources for pregnant and parenting students.
Office of Civil Rights, Title IX, and the Clery Act
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) provides institutions of higher education with guidance for complying with Title IX. As a result, the University has a responsibility to follow OCR guidelines.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a Federal law, was historically associated with actual or perceived gender-based disparities in athletic programs.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires all colleges and universities that receive federal funding to share information about crime on campus. This information is published by the University of Pittsburgh annually in "For Safety's Sake."
The University is committed to ensuring that all members of the LGBTQIA+ community feel safe, respected, and valued on campus. All students and staff and faculty members are encouraged to be familiar with University and community resources. If you have questions about supporting a community member or if you would like additional information regarding resources or training, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 412-648-7860 or visit the Student Affairs LGBTQIA+ Resources web page.
AAU Campus Climate Survey
In 2015, the University of Pittsburgh participated in the Campus Climate Survey, conducted by the Association of American Universities (AAU). Pitt was one of 27 member institutions that participated. The results of this survey are another tool to identify those areas in which we can and should do better.
Messages from the Title IX Office
The Title IX Office and other University staff periodically provide statements about community issues related to Title IX.