Title IX 

Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct

Upper Iowa University is committed to promoting, through educational and awareness-raising activities, a campus environment where all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual assault and exploitation, are recognized as wholly unacceptable, and where victims of sexual assault are provided support and avenues of redress as appropriate.

A federal law known as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) prohibits sex discrimination in education programs and activities and in employment in educational institutions.  Title IX states as follows:

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.

Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct such as sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and dating or domestic violence, as described in the University’s Title IX:  Sex/Gender-Based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy.  University policy and Title IX also prohibit retaliation for asserting or otherwise participating in claims of sex discrimination.

If you believe you are a victim of sexual assault, sex discrimination, or any other behaviors prohibited by the University’s Title IX policy, or if you have questions about the policy, contact Human Resources.

Aaron Wedo
Director of Human Resources
Office: Alexander-Dickman Hall
Phone: 563-425-5959


Sexual Assault and Consent

Consent cannot be assumed due to current relationship status, prior relationship status or past sexual relationships between the persons.  You always have the right to say NO!

Consent Defined: voluntary, whole-hearted, enthusiastic, freely and actively given, mutually understandable words or actions to do something sexual or to have something sexual done to you.

Consent may not be given when:

  • Forced (actual or implied)
  • Coerced
  • A minor to an adult
  • Mentally disabled persons cannot give consent to a sexual activity

You cannot give consent if you are high, asleep, too afraid to say no or have been drinking.  If you can’t report how you were given consent: consent was not granted!


You have a choice and rights when coming forward.

You have a choice on how to report:

  • Tell a University faculty or staff member whom you trust (but only the counselors in the Counseling Center on the Fayette campus can keep the report truly confidential)
  • Report anonymously through Lighthouse (more difficult to investigate)
  • File a criminal complaint
  • File both a criminal complaint and a complaint with University faculty or staff

Where to report for Fayette:

  • Title IX Coordinator
  • UIU Office of Student Development
  • Director of UIU Resident Life/ Associate Dean
  • Director of UIU Counseling and Wellness Services