Title IX/Sexual Violence

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972  is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance (such as UNH). Discrimination on the basis of sex, including any form of gender-based different treatment; sexual harassment, which includes acts that do not involve conduct of a sexual nature such as discriminatory sex stereotyping and sexual violence, which includes sexual assault, unwanted sexual contact, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, relationship abuse, dating violence, and stalking (including cyber-stalking).  Title IX's prohibitions apply to all students, faculty, and staff. 

Title IX regulations require UNH to appoint a Title IX Coordinator to ensure UNH's compliance with Title IX, to publish a notice of nondiscrimination and to adopt and publish grievance procedures that lead to the prompt and equitable resolution of Title IX complaints.  They also require UNH to publish the name and contact information of the designated Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator for the University of New Hampshire (Durham and Manchester campuses) and the University of New Hampshire School of Law (Concord) is:

Donna Marie Sorrentino, M.P.A.
Director & Title IX Coordinator
105 Main St - Thompson Hall 305
Durham, NH 03824-3547
603.862.2930 (voice)
TTY Users 7-1-1
dms@unh.edu

Title IX Coordinator Roles and Responsibilities

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the university is compliant with Title IX.  This includes responding to complaints alleging gender discrimination of any form, engaging in proactive activities including providing training related to Title IX issues and overseeing Title IX investigations.  More specifically, duties include: 

  • Being available to meet with students, staff and faculty who believe sexual violence has occurred.
  • Ensuring that complaints are handled through consistent practices and standards in a prompt and equitable fashion.
  • Overseeing an independent investigation or other response to claims of sexual harassment and sexual violence.
  • Providing assistance to, and working with, the institution’s law enforcement employees on appropriate responses to reports of sexual violence.
  • Reviewing complaints to determine whether they present a potential issue under Title IX and/or to identify and address any patterns or systemic issues. 
  • Putting forth programs to prevent sexual violence matters
  • Maintaining confidential records of all Title IX complaints and University responses.

Grievance Procedures

Any student can experience sexual violence: from elementary to professional school students; male and female students; straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students; part-time and full-time students; students with and without disabilities; and students of different races and national origins.

UNH grievance procedures for complaints of sexual violence against UNH Students are outlined in the Student Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities.  Title IX procedures for compalints invovling employees are oulined in the UNH Discrimination and Discriminatory Harssment Policy.

 

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The University of New Hampshire seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff and students.  We are committed to enhancing and sustaining an educational community that is inclusive and equitable, and cherish these values as being inextricably linked to our core mission.  We are a public institution with a long-standing commitment to equal employment and educational opportunity for all qualified persons.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status.  This applies to admission to, access to, treatment within, or employment in UNH programs, services or activities.