Title IX

Education and Events

In an effort to reduce the risk of gender discrimination, and sexual misconduct such as sexual harassment and sexual violence, including the crimes of rape, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence occurring among students and employees, Michigan Tech utilizes a range of campaigns, strategies, and initiatives to promote awareness, education, risk reduction, and prevention programming and training.

Programs and campaigns offered throughout the year include strong messages regarding not just awareness, but also primary prevention, bystander intervention, and discussions concerning institutional policies on sexual and/or relationship misconduct and sex/gender discrimination. Programs also offer information on risk reduction that strives to empower victims, how to recognize warning signals and how to avoid potential attacks, and do so without victim-blaming approaches.  Examples of training that take place at Michigan Tech are the Master Student-Athlete course for all new student-athletes and the Life@MichiganTech class for all new International students. All first-year students attend an in-person sexual assault prevention training program.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Michigan Tech is planning to host virtual events educate the campus community to prevent sexual violence. With any questions about these events, please contact Kaylee Kapatos at kkapatos@mtu.eduThe following events are available to students, staff and faculty: 

End Rape on Campus and It's On Us Zoom University

For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, End Rape On Campus & It’s On Us have partnered together to bring you Zoom University: A Self-Care Survivor Series, a virtual course collection of webinars, workshops and more for students and survivors throughout Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Join them next week for:

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action on Tuesday, April 7

Help turn social media teal — the color of sexual assault awareness and prevention — on April 7th by sharing a teal selfie using #SAAM. Teal ribbons, t-shirts, nails, hair, makeup, jewelry, ties, and other accessories have been popular items worn in the past. You can also take the It's On Us pledge and share your pledge through social media. Sample post: Today is the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action, and I'm wearing teal to show my support for survivors. #SAAM #IAsk

Dial Help Virtual TEAL Survivor Support Group on Tuesday, April 7

TEAL Survivor Support Group

Dial Help, Inc. is hosting a virtual TEAL Survivor Support Group at 7:00 PM on April 7, 2020 through Zoom. Contact Paige to join at (906)482-9077 or psetter-hallwachs@dialhelp. org. TEAL is a free, safe, and non-judgmental community support group for anyone who experienced sexual violence past or present, including childhood abuse. Funded by the Division of Victim Services.

RAINN Checks for RAINN Day on April 14

RAINN Day is April 14, 2020

 The Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN) is holding their annual RAINN Day on April 14, 2020. On April 14, Dial Help, Inc. and Michigan Tech Title IX are teaming up to host two Zoom meetings:

RAINN Check from 3-4 PM

RAINN Check from 7-8 PM

In these Zoom meetings, we will discuss self care, violence prevention and services available. Each session will hold space for questions from the audience.

Denim Day on Wednesday, April 29

Denim Day

 Michigan Tech Title IX invites you to wear denim with a purpose on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 for International Denim Day to support survivors and educate our community about the forms of sexual violence.
Denim Day was founded after a 1999 Italian Supreme Court decision overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. Enraged by the verdict, within hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into action and protested by wearing jeans on the steps of the Supreme Court. Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles, organized the country’s first Denim Day event in 1999. Please join us in wearing denim proudly on April 29. 

EverFi Online Training

Michigan Tech is a member of the Campus Prevention Network through EverFi. EverFi Training is a required educational program for all Michigan Tech employees and all incoming first-year, transfer and graduate students. For students, the training is assigned during new student orientation and throughout an incoming student's first semester. At the recommendation of the US Department of Education, Michigan Tech requires this online course on anti-harassment, discrimination and retaliation for employees. This course also satisfies the federal requirement for training mandated by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and Title IX. If you would like access to an EverFi training course, please contact Institutional Equity or email ietraining@mtu.edu.

If you are visually impaired, please work through your assigned EverFi course with the Accessibility Mode turned on, along with a screen reader. The courses work together with a screen reader to allow a user to participate in the interactive training and work through the modules completely and successfully. 

Title IX Presentations and Workshops Available

For more information, or to reserve a presentation date, please contact:

Kirsti Arko
Title IX Coordinator
Administration Bldg. 307
E-mail: karko@mtu.edu
Telephone: 487-3310

Kaylee Kapatos
Project Coordinator, Bystander Intervention Education
Sexual Misconduct Prevention Educator
E-mail: kkapatos@mtu.edu
Telephone: 487-3310

Basic Title IX Information for Students

This presentation will provide an overview of the Title IX federal law, important definitions, and a summary of the university Sexual and Relationship Misconduct Policy. In addition, university and OCR reporting options and confidential and private resources will be covered This presentation will provide a lot of key information, with limited group activity. Also available in an online recorded session, with post-presentation quiz.

Basic Title IX Information for Faculty and Staff

This presentation will provide an overview of the Title IX federal law, important definitions, and a summary of the university policies on sexual harassment and discrimination. Requirements of mandated reporters will also clarified to ensure those in the audience are clear on their role. In addition, university and OCR reporting options and confidential and private resources will be covered This presentation will provide a lot of key information, with limited group activity.

Advanced Title IX Information for Faculty and Staff

This presentation provides more in-depth information on the Title IX regulations, and it will not include all of the basic information. Each audience member should have some background on Title IX, university policies, and mandated reporters. This content will provide more in-depth coverage of the regulations and/or the university policies, with the option of including small and large group discussion or activities.

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Bringing in the Bystander

Bringing in the Bystander is a peer-to-peer training program that will be implemented in the Fall of 2019. This training offers a 90 minute or 4.5 hour interactive workshop that allows students to practice their skills in bystander intervention and an opportunity to learn more about the dynamics of sexual and intimate partner violence. Click here to request a workshop.

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One Love Escalation Workshops

The Escalation Workshop is a film-based discussion that opens people’s eyes to the warning signs of relationship abuse. The workshop consists of a film, Escalation, followed by a guided discussion led by a pair of trained facilitators. Student feedback has been excellent and the workshop has been recommended for all students. For more information about One Love, visit joinonelove.org/. To schedule a One Love workshop, please contact:

Laura Putwen
Coordinator of Academic and Community Conduct
Administration Bldg. 309
Email: lcputwen@mtu.edu
Telephone: 487-2951

Bringing Awareness: An Introduction for Supporting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault

This workshop is an opportunity to assist participants with the skills to support male survivors, as well as recognize the barriers survivors face when coming forward. Participants of this workshop also practice the language they would use should a survivor confide in them. This presentation includes a review of both on and off-campus resources, in addition to reporting options.

Recognizing and Addressing Roots of Sexism

This workshop provides the tools for participants to better recognize and address the roots of sexism. During this workshop, students identify sexism they have experienced or observed, review types of toxic masculinity and their role in sexism, practice the language they would use when addressing sexism, and the utilize the skills involved in being an upstander.

Sexual Assault and Violence Education (SAVE) 

The mission of Sexual Assault and Violence Education is to create a safe place for students to plan and host campus ­wide prevention events to educate faculty, staff, and students about sexual assault and intimate partner violence. If you have questions or would like to join SAVE, please visit our Involvement Link or contact Kaylee Kapatos at kkapatos@mtu.edu

Of Interest

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.

Michigan Tech "It's On Us" video

We have updated our "It's On Us" video this academic year. You can read more about the campaign on the "It's On Us" website.

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, click here.

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.



Title IX Events