Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion

The University of Pittsburgh Office of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion (OAADI) has overall responsibility for providing leadership, resources, coordination, and oversight for the University's voluntary diversity initiatives as well as ensuring equal opportunity and compliance with related governmental requirements. Given the size, complexity, and collegial nature of the University, OAADI does not do this alone. The campus community contributes to the University's commitment to diversity and inclusion, through the work of faculty, staff and students at all levels of the University. 

At Pitt-Bradford, Dr. Tracee Howell, Executive Associate to the President, serves as the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Liaison. For questions or concerns related to any of the policies linked below, please contact her at tlh35@pitt.edu or 814.362.5121. 

Policies and Procedures


Training

Title IX   

 Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX"), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq, is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.  

  • Title IX protects all students regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, immigration status or disability. 
  • Students who report sexual violence can expect the University to take steps to protect and support them, including while a university investigation is pending.  

Title IX was historically associated with actual or perceived gender-based disparities in athletic programs.  However, it is a far broader law covering all aspects of educational and academic-related programming and prohibiting gender discrimination.  Importantly, Title IX prohibits sexual violence and sexual misconduct which may affect the educational or campus environment. 

The law provides that:

No person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

In summary, Title IX prohibits gender-based discrimination in all University of Pittsburgh at Bradford programs and activities, including, but not limited to, recruiting, admissions, financial aid, academic programs, student services, counseling, guidance, advising, grievance procedures, discipline, course/class assignments, grading, recreation, athletics, housing, meal services, and employment.

Examples of Unlawful Practices Under Title IX Relating to Sexual Misconduct

Sexual Harassment – unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature

Sexual Misconduct – rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation, sexual coercion, and any other form of non-consensual sexual activity (including when an individual is not in a condition to give legal consent)

Stalking – repeatedly following, harassing, threatening or intimidating another individual using such methods including, but not limited to, telephone, mail, electronic communication, and social media

Domestic Violence – in addition to physical abuse, also includes emotional, verbal and economic abuse

Dating Violence – in addition to physical abuse, also includes emotional, verbal and economic abuse

Retaliation – adverse academic, social, employment or other actions against anyone reporting a violation or participating in an investigation of any Title IX allegation

In addition to being considered discriminatory, sexual violence is criminal activity.

For More Information or To Report Title IX Violations

Individuals who feel the Title IX statute has been violated have the right to file a complaint or to refuse to file a complaint. Individuals within the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford who wish to learn more about their options may contact the campus Title IX Liaison. Dr. Tracee Howell at 814-362-5121 or tlh35@pitt.edu.

Campus Resource  Can Provide Information and Support?   Confidentiality Level
Counseling Services
814-362-5272 
Yes  Confidential. Not required to report.
Health Services
814-362-5272 
Yes       Mostly Confidential. Required to report general statistics but no identifying information to Title IX Liaison.
Resident Assistants Yes  Information shared on a need-to-know basis in the investigation or student conduct process. Matter is kept as private as practicable.
 Must report information to the Title IX Liaison.
Faculty and Staff
Yes  Information shared on a need-to-know basis in the investigation or student conduct process. Matter is kept as private as practicable.
 Must report information to the Title IX Liaison.
Office of Judicial Affairs
814-362-7630

Yes  Information shared on a need-to-know basis in the investigation or student conduct process. Matter is kept as private as practicable. 
 Must report information to the Title IX Liaison.
Campus Police
814-368-3211
10333 (from a campus phone)

Yes  Information shared on a need-to-know basis in the investigation or student conduct process. Must report to the Title IX Liaison.
 Title IX Liaison
814-362-5121
Yes  Information shared on a need-to-know basis in the investigation or student conduct process. Matter is kept as private as practicable.
 
 The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford urges victims of sexual violence to talk to someone and receive the support and care that they need, and to report any incident of sexual violence so that it can be addressed. The University will strive to maintain confidentiality where lawful. However, you should know that different employees on campus have different abilities to maintain confidentiality. By law, some employees can maintain confidentiality and are not required to report any information about an incident to the Title IX Liaison. However, other “responsible employees” have the duty to report incidents of sexual violence to appropriate University officials, such as the Title IX Liaison. Even these employees, however are permitted to share information on a need-to-know basis or as required by law. For complete information on confidentiality and reporting, see Reporting and Confidentially Disclosing Sexual Violence: Know The Options.

Note: The information on this chart is intended for students who are 18 years and older. Confidentiality rules are more limited for minors.