Non-Discrimination & Title IX

Cairn University complies with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1681, et seq., and subsequent regulations, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status or other protected status in all programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.  The Supreme Court, Department of Education and Office of Civil Rights has confirmed that colleges have an obligation under Title IX to prevent and address harassment against students, regardless of whether the harassment is perpetrated by peers, teachers, or other school officials.

Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, dating and domestic violence, and stalking, is a form of of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.  Cairn University is committed to being a campus free of any form of sexual harassment, intimidation, or exploitation. The University’s Policy regarding sexual harassment is available within the Office of Student Life, or from the Title IX Coordinator.

To ensure compliance with Title IX, the University has designated a Title IX Team led by a Title IX Coordinator. Scott Cawood, senior vice president of student affairs and administration, serves as the Title IX coordinator and is the primary contact person responsible to oversee and provide leadership to the Title IX team who carry out investigations, compliance-related responsibilities, and reporting.

Will my complaint be investigated and taken seriously?

Cairn University desires and is required to take every complaint seriously. When a complaint is reported it will be examined by the Title IX Coordinator to determine if enough details are known to verify the concern. This is done through conversations with those named in the complaint. If it is determined that the concern is credible and a potential discriminatory act has been committed then the case is turned over to internal investigators. A thorough investigation will commence and a final determination will be reached based on a clear and convincing standard of evidence.

Can I talk to someone who can keep my concerns confidential?

Due to the serious nature of these types of complaints and the fact that Cairn is required to investigate any known report, most of the University staff and faculty including coaches, trainers, resident assistants, Resident Directors, Board of Trustee members and administration are considered to be mandatory reporters. This means that if they are aware of discrimination particularly any type of sexual misconduct, whether informed directly or indirectly, they are to make that known immediately.

The staff of the Oasis Counseling Center and the University Health Center Nurse are designated as having the privilege of confidentiality. You can talk to them freely seeking input and help without fear of your situation being told to the Title IX Coordinator. The only exception to that is if the counselor determines that due to an assault happening on or near campus and the fact that the perpetrator might still be a threat the counselor is obligated to contact the Office of Safety and Security and make a report of anonymity which never uses any names but warns of the imminent danger to the community.

What is sexual harassment and sexual assault?

Sexual harassment is unwelcome verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature and can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other conduct of a sexual nature. Conduct is unwelcome if the individual toward whom it is directed did not request or invite it and regarded the conduct as undesirable or offensive. The unwelcome behavior may be based on threats or promises from someone in a position of power or authority, the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation for reporting misconduct.  Under Title IX, Sexual harassment means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:

  • A school employee conditioning educational benefits on participation in unwelcome sexual conduct (quid pro quo); or
  • Unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would determine is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the school’s educational program or activity; or
  • Sexual assault (as defined by the Clery Act), dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined in the Violence against Women Act (VAWA).

Sexual assault is the actual, attempted or threatened unwanted sexual act, whether by an acquaintance or by a stranger, accomplished (1) against a person’s will by means of force (express or implied), violence, duress, menace, fear or fraud, or (2) when a person is incapacitated or unaware of the nature of the act, due to unconsciousness, sleep and/or intoxicating substances.

Should I call campus security or the police if I am a victim or am aware of sexual assault?

The victim has the right to make that determination. Contacting the police will help to ensure a thorough and professional investigation and allow local authorities to enforce the law. Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to make contact with police as soon after the assault as possible and do your best to preserve any physical evidence.

Should you contact the Office of Safety and Security they will also launch a thorough investigation along with the Title IX team. Once they receive a complaint they can assist you in determining if and when to contact the police.

What other resources and support services are available?

The following resources are available:

To make a Title IX complaint:
Cairn University Title IX Coordinator
Scott Cawood, Senior Vice President of Student Affairs
200 Manor Avenue
Langhorne PA 19047-2990

To seek confidential assistance at Cairn:
Oasis Counseling Center
First Floor Smith Admin Building

University Health Center
First floor library annex


Additional off-campus resources:

Choice One

A Woman’s Place

AIDS Hotline

NOVA, Network of Victim Assistance

Report Discrimination or Sexual Harassment

To report an incident of discrimination or sexual harassment, you may anonymously submit a report online, complete and send a printable report form, or contact one of the Title IX coordinators below.

Cairn University Title IX Contacts

Any student, employee, applicant for employment or admission to the University, or campus guest who believes that he or she has been discriminated against and would like to file a complaint on the basis of race, color, sex, or disability in violation of Title IX may file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Coordinator designated below.

Title IX Coordinator:
Scott Cawood
Sr. Vice President of Student Affairs and Administration
Smith Admin 221

Deputy Title IX Coordinator:
Mary Boyer
Sr. Vice President of Human Resources
Manor Hall 228

If you are not satisfied with the University response to a Title IX complaint, you may also contact:

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
400 Maryland Avenue
Washington DC 20201-1100


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