Title IX / VAWA (Sexual Harassment or Violence)

Title IX / VAWA (Sexual Harassment or Violence)

Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) are two of the federal laws that are focused on providing safe, inclusive, and welcoming learning and work environments on campus.

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that states: “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.” Not all harassment or discrimination on the basis of sex is covered by Title IX.

VAWA is an acronym for the Violence Against Women Act, a federal law enacted to improve the criminal justice and community-based responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. VAWA, along with the Campus Save Act and the Jeanne Clery Act, have worked together to improve the safety of college campuses. Under these laws, colleges must educate students, faculty and staff on the prevention of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

If you have experienced sexual misconduct at WVU Parkersburg, you may choose any or all of these reporting options:

Title IX Coordinator
To get support and to learn about your widest range of options, the best place to start is with the WVU at Parkersburg Title IX Coordinator. When you contact the Title IX Coordinator you may request protective measures or academic or workplace adjustments without pursuing law enforcement or institutional investigations. The Title IX Coordinator will respect the privacy of the information you report and will share it only as necessary with those who “need to know” in order to assist in the assessment, investigation and/or resolution of the report.

Interim Title IX Coordinator: Mary Bentz, Executive Director of Human Resources and Compliance
Email address: Mary.Bentz@wvup.edu
Office location: Room 1017, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg 26101
Phone: 304-424-8212

Online Report Form
While reports submitted online will receive prompt attention during regular business hours, this mechanism should not be used for emergencies. For emergency services, call 9-1-1 or go to the Campus Police and Security Office located in Room 1122 on the main campus in Parkersburg. Report Harassment or Discrimination.

Confidential Counseling
STUDENTS: To seek confidential counseling or referral, contact Kurt Klettner, kurt.klettner@wvup.edu, 304-424-8378, located in Room 1019 on the main campus in Parkersburg. Mr. Klettner is the only employee at WVUP who is not required to report personally identifiable information related to sexual misconduct, except under limited circumstances.
EMPLOYEES: Benefits-eligible employees may seek confidential counseling or assistance through the Employee Assistance Program by contacting the (external) Counseling and Wellness Center located at 936 Market Street in Parkersburg at 304-422-7300 (or 800-841-7876) to make an appointment. See Answer Book #IV-24A for additional information.

Law Enforcement
If you choose to pursue a criminal investigation, you may report sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking crimes to campus law enforcement by contacting Lieutenant Al Collins at 304-424-8235 (Office) or 304-834-7364 (Cell) or go to the Campus Police and Security Office located in Room 1122 on the main campus in Parkersburg. A police investigation of criminal activity, if requested, is separate from any administrative investigation of alleged policy violations.

If you are experiencing an emergency or believe you are in danger, call 911 or go to the Campus Police and Security Office.

Anonymous Reports
WVU at Parkersburg will accept anonymous reports; however, the institution may be limited in its ability to address the circumstances reported.

Officials With Authority and Mandatory Reporters
All employees (faculty and staff) of WVU at Parkersburg are designated as Mandatory Reporters. Therefore, if any member of the campus community reports information to an employee about an incident, the employee will be required to promptly report information about sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating or domestic violence and stalking to the Title IX Coordinator. Employees are not required to report their own personal experience as a potential victim, unless they wish to do so. Reporting information to the Title IX Coordinator does not automatically obligate a student victim to pursue or participate in any investigation. (See Policy B-62, Mandatory Reporters.)

Reports or allegations addressed to the following Officials with Authority will put WVU at Parkersburg “on notice” to take appropriate action steps pursuant to this policy:

  • • Dr. Torie Jackson, Ed.D., President
  • • Alice Harris, CPA, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration
  • • Mary Bentz, Executive Director of Human Resources and Compliance

External Reporting Options:
Office of Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
The Wanamaker Building
100 Penn Square East, Suite 515
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323
Telephone: 215-656-8541
FAX: 215-656-8605; TDD: 877-521-2172
Email: OCR_Philadelphia@ed.gov
Website: www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html

The West Virginia Human Rights Commission
1321 Plaza East – Room 108A
Charleston, WV 25301
Telephone: 304-558-2616
Toll Free: 888-676-5546
Facsimile: 304-558-0085
Website: www.wvf.state.wv.us/wvhrc/

For complaints involving employees:
United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
801 Market Street, Suite 1300
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3127
Telephone: 866-408-8075
Fax: 215-440-2606
TTY: 800-669-6820
Website: www.eeoc.gov/

Title IX Coordinator
Mary Bentz, Executive Director of Human Resources & Compliance
West Virginia University at Parkersburg
300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26104
304-424-8212 | Email: Mary.Bentz@wvup.edu


Civil Rights Investigators

In addition to the Title IX Coordinator, the following individuals serve on the WVU at Parkersburg Title IX Team as civil rights investigators:

Nancy Harris April Philbrook Leslie Sims


Hearing Panelists and/or Appeal Officers

In addition to the Title IX team members listed above, the President, the Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, and the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration have received specialized training and may serve as Hearing Panelists and/or Appeal Officers when requested by the Title IX Coordinator.



Date Training Provider Title/Description of Training
6/4-5/2019 ATIXA Certification: Title IX Coordinator/ Administrator, Level 2
9/16-17/2019 ATIXA Certification: Civil Rights Investigator, Level 1
9/16-17/2019 ATIXA Certification: Civil Rights Investigator, Level 3
3/12/2020 Ankura Webinar: Best Practices for Engaging Individuals in Challenging Title IX Investigations
4/22/2020 Ankura Webinar: Navigating Electronic Evidence in Title IX Investigations
5/8/2020 OCR OCR Webinar: Title IX Regulations Addressing Sexual Harassment
5/20/2020 Ankura Webinar: Individual Wishes vs. Risk of Harm: When and How to Proceed Without a Cooperative Complainant
6/17/2020 Ankura Webinar: Conducting Climate Investigations: Challenges and Best Practices
7/7/2020 OCR OCR Webinar on New Title IX Protections Against Sexual Assault
7/7,14,21,28/2020 ATIXA Certification: Hearing Officer/Decision-Maker
7/14-15/2020 ATIXA Certification: 2020 Title IX Regulations Implementation
7/21/2020 Ankura Webinar: Advisors in Title IX Investigations: Legal, Regulatory, and Public Policy Considerations
7/21/2020 OCR OCR Webinar on Due Process Protections under the New Title IX Regulations
7/23/2020 OCR Conducting and Adjudicating Title IX Hearings: An OCR Training Webinar
7/27/2020 OCR OCR Short Webinar on How to Report Sexual Harassment under Title IX
7/28/2020 TrainEd Title IX/VAWA Investigator Training
7/29/2020 OCR The First Amendment and Title IX: An OCR Short Webinar
8/26/20 Dan Schorr LLC Title IX and Civil Rights Webinar Series: Reluctant Witnesses and the New Regs
9/4/2020 SPARC Webinar: Identifying and Responding to Stalking
9/14,21/2020 ATIXA Certification: Title IX Coordinator/Administrator
9/30/2020 Dan Schorr LLC Title IX Hearings: Ten Potential Challenges to Anticipate
10/21/20 ATIXA Webinar: Virtual Hearing Best Practices-Tips from Practitioners
10/28/2020 Dan Schorr LLC Misconduct Complaints: The First 48 Hours
11/23/2020 Dan Schorr LLC Navigating Electronic Evidence in Misconduct Investigations
12/2/2020 TrainEd 10/27/2020 Title IX/VAWA Appeal Officer Training (On Demand Rental)
12/9/2020 ATIXA Webinar: SPOO or Not SPOO [Severe, Pervasive and Objectively Offensive)
1/21/2021 ATIXA Webinar: Gender Identity on College Campuses
3/24/2021 Dan Schorr LLC Investigating New Complaints of Old Misconduct


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