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Title IX

Bethel takes all allegations of sexual misconduct seriously. We will follow up on allegations whether posted on social media or disclosed in formal reporting venues to the best of our ability with the information we receive. Anyone with information about a sexual assault or any form of sexual harassment committed on Bethel College campus or by a Bethel student, faculty or staff, should come forward immediately to campus officials. We are here to be active listeners to victims, to remind them of resources on and off campus, explaining and help in navigating policy and procedures we have in place to address conduct violations, and to assist survivors on their healing journey.   

Bethel College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation, parental or marital status, gender identity, gender expression, medical or genetic information, ethnic or national origins, citizenship status, veteran or military status, or disability. Questions regarding Title IX should be referred to the Title IX coordinator.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and the federal regulations adopted under the act, prohibit sex discrimination in the employment setting. The regulations define sexual harassment in the workplace as a distinct type of employment discrimination on the basis of sex. In 1980, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidelines defining sexual harassment and stipulating that sexual harassment in the workplace is a violation of Title VII.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, in any educational programs and activities of educational institutions that receive federal funding. Bethel College students and employees are covered by Title IX.

Common Title IX Questions

What should I do if I believe I have been subject to sexual harassment, sexual violence or any form of sexual discrimination?
What process will be followed to resolve my complaint?
  1. Contact the Title IX Coordinator or any Bethel College employee. If you have been sexually assaulted or are in physical danger, call #911.
  2. If you decide to file a formal complaint, the Title IX Coordinator will present your complaint to the Title IX Committee, who will determine if an investigation is warranted.
  3. If an investigation is warranted, the accused and witnesses will be interviewed.
  4. Information collected during the investigation will be presented to the Title IX Committee, who will make a determination and recommend actions to the appropriate vice president.
  5. Parties are notified of the Title IX Committee decision.

Also see Section 17 of the Bethel College Student Handbook (PDF).

What are the possible consequences if I am found guilty of a Title IX violation?
  • Warning
  • Reflection Paper and Formal Apology
  • Relocation
  • Disciplinary Probation
  • Suspension
  • Dismissal

Consequences may occur in any order.

Where can I find the full text of the college complaint resolution procedures?

Title IX Coordinator

Jacob Gunden, Director of Human Resources & Compliance Title IX Coordinator
316-284-5248 (office)
316-284-5845 (fax)

Police Department

Randy JordanChief, North Newton Police Department
316-283-3191, or dial 911 if it is an emergency

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.