Title IX information on sexual harassment and assault

Title IX is not just about sports! Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads: “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 sexual assault.

Sexual harassment in education is an unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that interferes with a student’s and/or employee’s ability to learn, study, work or participate in school activities. Sexual harassment involves a range of behavior from mild annoyances to sexual assault and rape.

Title IX protects all persons including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students and employees from discrimination, harassment, sexual assault and sexual violence including discrimination, physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex, sex-stereotyping or failure to conform to stereotypical gender norms.

The University of St. Francis (USF) has committed itself, unequivocally, to ensuring a working and learning environment in which the dignity of every individual is respected. USF is committed to providing an environment for employees, students, and campus visitors that is free from illegal harassment based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status. Likewise the University prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in all University activities and programs. Any form of sexual harassment, including sexual assault and sexual violence, is a violation of University policy and the Code of Student Conduct.

At USF, we strive to comply with all applicable legal requirements prohibiting harassment against any member of the USF community. In addition to facing University consequences, those who engage in sexual harassment, sexual assault and/or sexual violence may also be prosecuted criminally.


To File a report, contact USF’s Human Resources Office

Molly Knapczyk, Title IX Officer (815) 740-5076
John Byrnes, Human Resources Director (815) 740-3867