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Dear Members of the AU Community,

We want to assure our community that although the university has transitioned temporarily to an online environment, the Title IX office remains open remotely and will continue to conduct investigations and provide other services as part of our commitment to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all students and employees.

Under Title IX, American University prohibits sex- or gender-based harassment and discrimination, sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking. This applies to any university context, including online and virtual environments, and prohibited behaviors include cyber-harassment, sex-based cyber-bullying, and cyber-stalking as well as sexual violence, intimate partner violence, retaliation, or other sexually discriminatory behaviors.

Faculty and staff are considered “responsible employees,” and continue to be required under Title IX to promptly report any potential incident of sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, stalking or other assault or harassment involving an AU student. This is true regardless of how knowledge of the potential misconduct is acquired – whether in person, in writing, or online.

Any students impacted by sex/gender discrimination and harassment is encouraged to contact the Title IX office at titleix@american.edu. This resource is for all members of the campus community. If you are unsure which deputy to contact, we recommend you start here.

Additional deputies for faculty and staff are Monica Jackson, Deputy Title IX Program Officer for faculty matters (deanoffaculty@american.edu), and Beth Muha, Deputy Title IX Program Officer for staff matters (employeerelations@american.edu).

Title IX at American University

Under Title IX, American University prohibits sex- or gender-based harassment and discrimination, sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking.

American University is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all students and employees.

American University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual's genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

Under American University's Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy, the university expressly prohibits any form of discriminatory harassment, including dating violence, domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment and stalking, on any Protected Bases.

You can learn more about Title IX, how the complaint and investigation process works at AU, and resources available for students by exploring these pages or reaching out to us at the Title IX office. 

File a Report

If you or someone you know has experienced sex- or gender- based discrimination, sexual violence, dating or domestic violence, or stalking the included reporting options (criminal, campus, and medical) are availble.

File a Report

Find Support

Resources are available on-campus and off-campus for community members covered by Title IX. We encourage you to seek support as needed for your health, safety, and wellbeing - visit the Support Guide for more information.

Support Guide

Investigation Process

Students may file a formal complaint of sex and gender-based harassment directly with the Title IX office. Information regarding the investigation process for complainants and respondents is available here.

Investigation Process

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. Students may request assistance and support measures related to these conditions from the Title IX Office.

Pregnant and Parenting

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about Title IX at American University.

FAQ

Information for Staff and Faculty

Creating a campus environment free of discrimination, harassment, and violence is everyone’s responsibility. Information on how faculty and staff are protected under Title IX and how they can help support students is available here.

Staff & Faculty Info