Title IX

News and Events

New NSF Policy Regarding Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment Reporting Requirements

Please visit the Research Newsblog website to read about the new policy requirements and FAQs from the NSF. A Michigan Tech website will be created that will provide more information as it is provided.

Project Coordinator, Bystander Intervention Education

Michigan Technological University is partnering with the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence on a five year grant through the Center for Disease Control. The goal of the grant is to implement a campus-based intimate partner violence prevention initiative utilizing bystander intervention.  The position information is found below, and a PDF of the job description is also available.

To apply, please submit resume, cover letter, and references to Laura Putwen at lcputwen@mtu.edu by Nov. 30, 2018.

Position Title:  Projector Coordinator, Bystander Intervention Education
Department:  Michigan Tech Institutional Equity
Supervisor:  Kirsti Arko, Title IX Coordinator
Appointment Type:  12 months; 36 hours a week; Temporary position; Non-exempt; No benefits; Dependent on external grant funding (funding from 2018-2023); Local area remote access position; Regularly work outside common work hours including weekends; Travel required
Hourly Range:  Not less than $33,700/$18.00 per hour
Posting type:  Internal and External

Job Summary

Reporting to Michigan Tech’s Title IX Coordinator, the Project Coordinator will work collaboratively with Michigan Tech staff, faculty, and students, community partners, the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCEDSV), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to implement a campus-based intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention initiative utilizing bystander intervention education.  Coordinator will assist in making adaptations to the curriculum to fit into the rural setting and assess effectiveness in collaboration with the MCEDSV evaluator. The grant period runs from 2018 to 2023.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively to initiative, develop, and implement a work plan, timeline, and evaluation plan for a campus-based bystander program that includes community programming and engagement opportunities and campus/community-wide messaging regarding IPV prevention.
  • Serve as the primary person responsible for implementing the work plan developed and lead the work for Michigan Tech to assist the MCEDSV evaluator in data gathering, analysis, and continuous quality improvement efforts.
  • Oversee the recruitment, expansion, and on-going participation of Community Coordinated Response Team (CCRT) members from both Michigan Tech departments and community-based programs.
  • Facilitate monthly meetings, as well as sub-committee meetings and workgroup meetings, for the community-based project team to design, implement, and evaluate the bystander program and other approved prevention efforts.
  • Develop all necessary materials and publications for plan implementation and manage the approval process for all materials and products created.
  • Manage bi-monthly meetings and monthly project reporting with MCEDSV. Provide all reporting documentation in a timely manner.
  • Maintain records, prepare reports, and maintain budget.
  • Maintain confidentiality in all work related items.
  • Attend trainings at the state and national level to support effective project implementation. Participate in appropriate and relevant web-based training opportunities offered by DELTA Impact national partners/TA providers, CDC, and MCEDSV.
  • Develop, coordinate, and act as an instructor for the bystander intervention program.
  • Select, train and supervise, and mentor student trainers responsible for assisting in delivering the bystander program.
  • Develop and maintain website information and campus and social media awareness campaigns for bystander intervention.
  • Ensure efficacy of program delivery and evaluation data.
  • Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work.
  • Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work and integrate safety practices into daily activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, human services, public administration, social science, psychology or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.

Required Experience

  • Experience in social justice, systems advocacy, and/or social change work with a minimum of 1 year working with issues of Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner, Sexual Assault or a related field.
    Demonstrated experience of working as part of team within a shared leadership structure that includes diverse partners.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Commitment to ending gender-based violence and a demonstrated ability to incorporate a multi-cultural and anti-oppression perspective.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative relations with a diversity of individuals, organizations and other stakeholders.
  • Develop and deliver exceptional programs/trainings to diverse audiences on the prevention and awareness of intimate partner violence including dating, relationship, and domestic violence.
  • Demonstrate cultural competence to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Create adaptive training curricula to best match specific audience needs while maintaining the integrity of the core curriculum.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Provide dynamic presentations with ability to be flexible in content delivery to engage and connect with the audience.
  • Mentor and educate student staff by providing them with skills and knowledge necessary to develop them into campus and community leaders engaged in IPV prevention.
  • Effective judgment in a fast-paced work environment while meeting deadlines.
  • Highly organized, accurate, detail-oriented and able to work independently to provide high-quality support to project partners.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and manage time effectivity.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Excel, web content management, and database systems.
  • Ability to work via remote access and regularly work outside common work hours including weekends.
  • Proof of licenses to legally operate a motor vehicle with an excellent driving record.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to think expansively by combining ideas in a unique way or making connections between disparate ideas and explore different views from multiple perspectives.
  • Knowledge of higher education programs directed at academic and/or personal development.
  • Knowledge of Title IX , the Clery Act, and the Violence Against Women Act, and their practical application to campus environments.
  • Knowledge of the latest in computing for the University environment.
  • Understanding of and the ability to use current online outreach (i.e. social networking sites, blogs, etc.).
  • Knowledge of web page development.
  • Experience developing and using evaluation/assessment data to improve program delivery.
  • Experience in instruction and educational curriculum development.
  • Experience with recognizing trauma symptoms and managing crisis.
  • Experience with crisis management.
  • Experience in building relationships with stakeholders.
  • Experience working via remote access.
  • Previous grant work.

Workplace Environment and Physical Demands

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

Required Training:

  • Anti-Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation training
  • Annual Data Security training
  • Annual Safety Training
  • Bringing in the Bystander: Prevention national training model
  • Annual University Title IX Training

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing  equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.


State of Michigan New Confidential, 24-hour Sexual Assault Hotline

The hotline will "provide crisis support and referrals to survivors and their friends and family".  The launch was announced by Gov. Rick Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder. The hotline number is 1-855-VOICES4 (1-855-864-2374).  For more information, please visit the State of Michigan's "Let's End Campus Sexual Assault" Resources page.

Teal Takeover on Wednesday, September 19

September 19 is the fourth anniversary of It's On Us. Order of Omega is raising awareness for It's On Us and supporting survivors by hosting a TEAL TAKEOVER.  Order of Omega will be handing out teal ribbons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Library. Wear teal that day to show your support.

5th Annual "Ride Against Abuse" on Monday, October 1, 2018 beginning at 6 p.m.

The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter holds this event annually to create an awareness of Domestic Violence. The motorcycle ride will start in Calumet, follow M-26 through Lake Linden, Hancock, and Houghton, and end at the Chutes and Ladders parking lot. Please feel free to participate in the ride or line up along the route to show your support! Please see the event poster for more information, or follow the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home on Facebook for other events and programming opportunities.


Ride Against Abuse poster

Michigan Tech representatives attending the 4th Annual Let's End Sexual Assault Summit

The summit takes place on Monday, September 24 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.  The mission stated on the Let's End Campus Sexual Assault website states,

"Campus sexual assault has been a long standing and often overlooked problem both in Michigan and across the country. Many believe sexual assault won't happen to them, to someone they know or be committed by someone they know. It is common to think sexual assault isn't happening where I am, when in reality it can happen to anyone. The “Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault” initiative brings together university officials, students, law enforcement, stakeholders and legislators for a discussion on how we can inform students, empower survivors and bystanders, and prevent sexual assault on campuses."

Crisis Intervention Training was held on Saturday, June 30

Dial Help was at the Portage Lake District Library and conducted a training to teach how to support someone in crisis.Crisis Intervention Training info image

Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force took place on Thursday, January 25, 2018

The recently re-established Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force (UPHTTF) teamed with the Department of Justice and Michigan State Police to bring Human Trafficking Community Awareness to the UP during Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking occurs anywhere there is vulnerability and hides in plain sight. Faculty, staff, students and community members were invited to an open session from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 25, 2018 in MUB Ballroom B. Read more information in the December 14 Tech Today article or view the Human Trafficking Task Force poster.

Poster for Human Trafficking event

MCEDSV Training and Presentations took place on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCEDSV) came to campus on Wednesday, August 23.  There was an "Open Campus Session" from 4 - 5 p.m. in the MUB Alumni Lounge.  Please view the schedule and agenda for more information about the Title IX Training that they provided.

Crisis Intervention Training took place on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Portage Lake District Library

Please call Dial Help at 906-482-9077 to register.

Crisis Intervention poster

President Trump's administration recently rescinded a "Dear Colleague Letter" that had been issued by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education last year regarding the inclusion of transgender students in schools. Much of the attention on the previous "Dear Colleague Letter" focused on restroom usage, but the document included far-reaching guidance to make sure transgender students are fully included and welcomed at their schools, colleges, and universities.

It is important to know that Michigan Tech’s commitment to creating a safe and respectful environment for all employees and students, regardless of their gender identity or expression, is unwavering.

We have and will continue to work together as a community to create an inclusive and welcoming environment through initiatives including all gender bathrooms, open housing, discussions on inclusion in the classrooms and labs, and the opportunity to implement preferred names in campus systems wherever possible.

FAQ on the Withdrawal of Federal Guidance on Transgender Students

T.E.A.L (To Empower And Liberate) Support Group

This is a group that provides support to Michigan Tech Students who have experienced sexual violence including childhood sexual abuse or sexual assault.  (T.E.A.L Support Group poster)

This group provides support to individuals of recent or past sexual violence in a safe, non-judgmental group.  With the help of group support individuals can find understanding and help by sharing their struggles and triumphs with one another and begin to put their lives back together.

T.E.A.L meets every other Thursday from 6 - 7:30 p.m. on campus. Through discussion, support and education we can help one another. 

If you would like more information or meeting information such as date and location, please contact Melissa Maijala at Dial Help Inc. using one of the following methods:  call 1-800-562-7622, text 906-35(NEEDS), or email mmaijala@dialhelp.org.

Michigan Technological University and "It's On Us" Campaign

Take the Pledge and stand up against sexual violence:  http://www.itsonus.org

Play Michigan Tech's "It's On Us" Video video
Preview image for Michigan Tech's

Michigan Tech's "It's On Us" Video

National Science Foundation Will Not Tolerate Harassment at Grantee Institutions

NASA Administrator Communicates Harassment Policies to Grantees

ItsOnUs Presentation by Reyna Bennett to the Title IX Awareness Committee

Domestic Violence Support Group:  If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, our support group can help.