Title IX

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, commonly referred to as "Title IX," prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination prohibited under Title IX. Sexual harassment may be verbal, non-verbal or physical in nature, such as persistent unwanted sexual advances or requests for sexual favors. Sexual harassment also includes acts of sexual violence.

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U. S. Department of Education (DOE) provides oversight and guidance regarding Title IX. For information regarding Title IX at the federal level , please review OCR's Policy Guidance on sex discrimination online.

Obligations Under Title IX

As an institution receiving federal funding, Appalachian State University's obligations under Title IX include:

  • Designate a Title IX Coordinator– The university must designate at least one employee to coordinate Title IX compliance efforts and responsibilities, including investigations into allegations of discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
    • Appalachian's Title IX Coordinator is Dr. April Baer.
  • Adopt Complaint Procedures– The university must adopt and publish complaint procedures providing for prompt and equitable resolution of student and employee complaints alleging discrimination based on sex.
    • Appalachian's procedures for filing a complaint of harassment based on sex may be found here.
  • Disseminate Non-Discrimination Policy– The university must take specific and ongoing steps to notify applicants, students, and employees that the university does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities that it operates.
    • Appalachian State's ongoing, campus-wide initiative to educate all members of the university community about Title IX includes an annual campaign of email and web announcements, newsletters, newspaper advertisements, and printed posters and fliers. 
    • The following statement appears on print and electronic documents that represent Appalachian State University to the public: 
      • Appalachian State University is committed to providing equal opportunity in education and employment to all applicants, students, and employees. The university does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation. The university actively promotes diversity among students and employees.
  • Self-Evaluation– The university must evaluate current policies and practices and its efforts concerning admission of students, treatment of students, and employment of both academic and non-academic personnel working with the university's education program and activities to ensure that they meet the requirements of Title IX.
    • Appalachian State University's policies and procedures are reviewed and revised on a regular basis to ensure compliance with state and federal law.

For more information or to file a complaint of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment or sexual violence, please contact:

April Paul Baer, Ed.D

Director of Investigations/Title IX Coordinator
123 IG Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
baerap@appstate.edu(link sends e-mail)

For more information about Title IX go to http://www.dol.gov/oasam/regs/statutes/titleix.htm.

Title IX EDC Rack Card 2013 (PDF, 904 KB)

Sexual Assault Prevention

Appalachian's Sexual Assault Prevention site provides resources and emergency information for people who have experienced sexual assault or stalking. 

Interpersonal Violence Council

This taskforce was assembled in order to record data regarding interpersonal violence here at Appalachian State and compare it to nationally collected data on the same topic.

Where to Go for Help

 Phone NumberWebsite
Office of Equity, Diversity & Compliance828-262-2144edc.appstate.edu
Office of the Dean of Students828-262-8284deanofstudents.appstate.edu
Student Conduct Office828-262-2704studentconduct.appstate.edu
University Police828-262-2150police.appstate.edu
For confidential services:
Emergency: 828-262-5035 
Counseling and Psychological Services828-262-3180counseling.appstate.edu
Counseling for Faculty and Staff828-262-4951cfs.appstate.edu
Student Health Services828-262-3100healthservices.appstate.edu

Download printable "Where to Go for Help" chart (DOC, 125 KB)