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Most American educators are familiar with Title IX as the federal civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Since its passage in 1972, the primary impact of Title IX has been to create greater equity in athletic programming for women and men. In 2011 the Office for Civil Rights issued a "Dear Colleague Letter" indicating a broadened interpretation of Title IX which requires educational institutions that receive federal funding to "respond promptly and effectively to sexual violence against students in accordance with the requirements of Title IX."

Because CSB and SJU are separate institutions with joint Academic programs and requirements but separate athletic programs, our institutional focus in dealing with Title IX has been on gender equity in academic programs and requirements rather than athletics. Now with the expansion of Title IX as well as other federal legislation including Campus SaVE (Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act of 2013) and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013), sexual violence among students has become a highly intensified concern of our institutions. Mary Geller, VP for Student Development and Title IX Coordinator for CSB, and Doug Mullin OSB, VP for Student Development and Title IX Coordinator for SJU, discuss what we have learned about the state and context of sexual violence at CSB/SJU, what is being done about it, and what more we believe still needs to be done.