Title IX

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…” 20 U.S.C. § 1681

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. If only one of an educational institution’s programs or activities receives federal funding, all of the programs within the institution must comply with Title IX and its implementing regulations. Accordingly, Kuyper College prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all of its programs and activities, including academics, employment, co-curricular, and other extracurricular activities. This prohibition includes gender-based harassment, sexual violence and other sexual harassment.

Compliance with Title IX is a community-wide responsibility. The information here provides an overview of the College’s policy, who you may contact with questions about Title IX and how you can report sexual harassment and discrimination.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the College’s Title IX Coordinator, Curt Essenburg, at (616) 988-3654 or cessenburg@kuyper.edu, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. Telephone: 800.421.3481 or Email: ocr@ed.gov.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Click here to see the Kuyper College Policy on Sexual Harassment.

Title IX Coordinator: 

The College’s Title IX Coordinator, Curt Essenburg, can be reached by email at cessenburg@kuyper.edu. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that Kuyper establishes and follows a prompt, thorough, and equitable process for addressing allegations of sexual misconduct and discrimination or differential treatment based on sex. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for providing leadership and centralized support for compliance with all requirements under Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 (Title IX), the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and other federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to sex discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence. The Title IX Coordinator serves as the College resource on Title IX requirements and compliance and provides consultation as needed. The Title IX Coordinator is also responsible for creating and implementing complaint and investigation procedures, as well as training programs related to Title IX compliance. See the Complaint Investigation and Adjudication Process section of the Policy on Sexual Misconduct for the Title IX Coordinator’s specific duties related to complaints of sexual misconduct.