Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, and Relationship Violence: Prevention and Support

On May 6, 2020, the Department of Education released new federal regulations on how college institutions must handle reports of Sexual Harassment. The Department of Education required Luther College to be in compliance with these new federal Title IX regulations by August 14, 2020. The short implementation timeline allowed only limited discussion and feedback from the members of the community and the Task Force. Luther’s new interim Title IX policy does not reflect comments from on and off-campus confidential resources, full faculty governance input, or student feedback. For that reason, throughout the academic year, the Title IX office hopes to hear concerns and questions from our community to reflect its needs. We intend to modify our Title IX policy to reflect those concerns, while still maintaining compliance with the regulations. The Policy will remain ‘interim’ until the voice and narrative of the community is heard by the Title IX office.

For more information, questions or concerns about the Title IX Policy, please contact:

Kasey Nikkel, Title IX Coordinator
Human Resources
Office: Main 30
Phone: (563) 387-1825
Email: [email protected]

Luther College is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment where all members of the community—students, faculty, staff, and visitors—are treated with respect and dignity. Therefore, the college will not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form. Sexual misconduct is not only an act against an individual; it is also an act that affects the entire college community. Acts of sexual harassment, stalking, relationship violence, sexual exploitation, and sexual assault are inconsistent with our educational mission.

Pregnant and parenting students have certain rights under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, this federal legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (including pregnancy and parental status) in educational programs and activities. Title IX specifically prohibits discrimination against a student based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy or recovery from any of these conditions.  Under Title IX, institutions cannot exclude a pregnant or a parenting student from participating in any part of an educational program.