Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex/gender in federally-funded programs or activities. The University of West Florida does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender in its educational programs or activities. The university’s policies related to Title IX are the Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Violance, Gender-Based Discrimination and Retaliation policy (P-14.02-02/15) and the Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation (P-13.05-05/15).

In addition, most University employees (both faculty and staff) are considered Responsible University Employees under the Sexual Misconduct and Gender-Based Discrimination Policy. Responsible University Employees are defined as any employee with the authority to address student-on-student sexual misconduct, or any employee who a student may reasonably perceive to have the authority to address student-on-student sexual misconduct.  Responsible University Employees are required to immediately notify the University’s Title IX Coordinator in the event that a student or employee discloses any alleged sexual violence, sexual misconduct, or gender-based discrimination to him or her.

For inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and the federal regulations associated with the law, please contact the Title IX Coordinator (contact information is below). Students or employees who believe they are being discriminated against or harassed on the basis of sex/gender can seek advice and assistance and report incidents or file complaints with any of the following UWF individuals:

Karen Rentz, PHR 
Director of Equal Opportunity and Compliance
Title IX Coordinator 
Building 20E


Brandon Frye, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students
Deputy Title IX Coordinator 
Building 21

Meghan Barter
Associate Athletic Director
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Building 54

Ruth Davison, Ph.D.
Director of Residence Life and Housing 
Deputy Title IX Coordinator 
Building 19 

Additional information about Title IX may be obtained from and Title IX complaints may be filed with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Department of Education. Contact information for OCR is available through: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/index.html or 1-800-421-3481.