Members of the Ashland University community, guests and visitors have the right to be free from gender discrimination and sexual misconduct including: sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking and intimate partner violence (domestic and dating violence). As a faith based institution, Ashland University is committed to the respect and dignity of each individual. Thus, the University prohibits gender discrimination and sexual misconduct. 

This policy describes prohibited conduct, explains what to do if you wish to make a complaint of gender based discrimination and/or sexual misconduct, sets forth the procedures to be followed for promptly and equitably investigating and resolving such complaints, and identifies available resources.

This policy applies to members of the University community, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, including international and undocumented persons as well as all students, faculty, staff and other employees. It also applies to guests, contractors and other third parties within the University’s control.

This policy applies to conduct on University premises, at University sponsored activities, or at any location when the conduct has an adverse impact on the education or employment of a member of the University community or otherwise threatens the health and/or safety of a member of the University community or adversely affects the interests of the University community.

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. This harassment/discrimination policy defines and prohibits harassment on the basis of federal and state law as interpreted by the courts. If statutory provisions, regulatory guidance, or court interpretations change or conflict with this policy, the university’s policy can be deemed amended as of the time of the decision, ruling or legislative enactment to assure continued compliance.

What is sexual misconduct?

How do I report it?

Reports can be made online at Additionally, you can make a report in person by meeting with one of the Title IX Co-Coordinators; contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne for any incident involving students at and contact Joshua Hughes for any incident involving employees at There is more information availanle on reporting, including information on confidentiality. 

What resources are available?

Notice of Non-Discrimination:

The University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the University complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, Including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. The University expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age genetic information, disability or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of the University employees' ability to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

Title IX Coordinators

Hannah Clayborne, Ph.D.
Vice President, Student Affairs
244 Hawkins-Conard Student Center

Josh Hughes, J.D.
Director, Human Resources and Legal Affairs
106 Founders Hall

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