Policy Name:  Title IX

Policy Number: STU-7028

Effective:  Legacy

Revised: 2020/08

Title IX

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits any person in the United States from being discriminated against on the basis of sex in seeking access to any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. The U.S. Department of Education, which enforces Title IX, has long defined the meaning of Title IX’s prohibition on sex discrimination broadly to include various forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence that interfere with a student’s ability to equally access our educational programs and opportunities.

University Title IX Coordinator

Marianne Price, MS serves as the Title IX Coordinator for Holy Family University. The Title IX Coordinator oversees implementation of the University’s Sexual Harassment and Nondiscrimination Policy, and has the primary responsibility for coordinating Holy Family University’s efforts related to the intake, investigation, resolution, and implementation of supportive measures to stop, remediate, and prevent discrimination, harassment, and retaliation prohibited under this policy.

The Title IX Coordinator acts with independence and authority free from bias and conflicts of interest. The Title IX Coordinator oversees all resolutions under this policy and these procedures. The members of the Title IX Team are vetted and trained to ensure they are not biased for or against any party in a specific case, or for or against Complainants and/or Respondents, generally.

To raise any concern involving bias or conflict of interest by the Title IX Coordinator, or to report misconduct or discrimination committed by the Title IX Coordinator, contact the Vice President for Student Affairs. Concerns of bias or a potential conflict of interest by any other Title IX Team member, or reports of misconduct or discrimination by a Title IX Team member, should be raised with the Title IX Coordinator.

Contact Information

Complaints or notice of alleged policy violations, or inquiries about or concerns regarding this policy and procedures, may be made internally to:

Marianne Price
Dean of Students & Title IX Coordinator
Campus Center Room 208,
Philadelphia Main Campus
9801 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114
mprice@holyfamily.edu | titleix@holyfamily.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Nondiscrimination Coordinator

The Deputy Title IX Coordinator supports the coordination and implementation of the University’s compliance efforts for the Sexual Harassment and Nondiscrimination Policy, and provides assistance to the Title IX Coordinator for intake meetings, initial assessment, oversight of investigations, and training and prevention efforts. The Deputy Title IX Coordinator also serves as a Title IX & Civil Rights Investigator.

April "An" Jackson, MSRC
Director of Equity & Inclusion / Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Campus Center Room 205,
Philadelphia Main Campus
9801 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114

Title IX & Civil Rights Investigators

Under direction of the Title IX Coordinator, Title IX & Civil Rights Investigators investigate complaints filed by students and employees involving civil rights and discrimination issues, as well as sex-based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, sexual exploitation, dating violence or domestic violence and retaliation. Investigators complete in-depth and ongoing training, and assist the University in ensuring a timely response and resolution of complaints. The University retains the right to utilize external Investigators when it deems necessary.

Officials with Authority

Holy Family University has identified select administrators as Officials with Authority (OWAs). These individuals have the authority to address and correct harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation, and are required to report any instance of sexual harassment and discrimination. In addition to the Title IX Team members listed above, Officials with Authority may also accept notice or complaints on behalf of the University. A full list of OWAs can be found in the Sexual Harassment & Nondiscrimination Policy.

  • Dean of Students & Title IX Coordinator
  • Director of Equity & Inclusion / Deputy Title IX Coordinator
  • Athletics Director
  • Associate Vice President for Human Resources
  • Associate Vice President for Student Life
  • Dean, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Dean, School of Professional Students
  • Dean, School of Nursing & Health Professions
  • Vice President for University Advancement
  • Vice President for Mission & Diversity
  • Vice President for Information Technology
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Vice President for Finance and Administration
  • Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Chief of Staff
  • University President

Mandated Reporters

Holy Family University has also classified all employees as Mandated Reporters of any knowledge they have that a member of the community is experiencing harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation.

Confidential Reporting

Holy Family University encourages all members of the community to report any incident of sexual misconduct as promptly as possible so that the University can respond effectively. The University recognizes, however, that not every person will choose to make a formal report with the University or with local law enforcement.

When consulting campus resources, community members should be aware of confidentiality and mandatory reporting in order to make informed choices. On campus, some resources can offer confidentiality, sharing options and advice without any obligation to tell anyone unless the Complainant wants them to do so. Other resources are expressly required to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.

For those 18 or older who are not yet prepared to make a report or pursue a complaint under this Policy, the University provides confidential professional and pastoral counseling. Complainants may use these resources to talk to someone about an incident of sexual misconduct in a confidential manner whether or not they decide to make an official report, or to participate in the University complaint resolution process or the criminal justice system. Conferring with these resources will not trigger an investigation by the University or law enforcement.

Licensed mental health counselors, medical providers, and pastoral counselors are examples of University employees who may offer confidentiality. Only those University employees designated as outlined below can offer legally protected confidentiality.

Confidential professional and pastoral counselors can:

  • Explain the reporting and resolution
  • Provide support while the University or criminal processes are ongoing and/or
  • Explain options for obtaining additional support from the University and off-campus
  • Arrange for medical care and accompany complainants, or arrange for someone to accompany complainants to seek such
  • Should the Complainant decide to file a complaint with the University or law enforcement, these individuals will direct the Complainant to the appropriate individuals to do

Professional counselors who provide mental-health counseling to members of the school community (and including those who act in that role under the supervision of a licensed counselor) are not required to report any information about an incident to the Title IX Coordinator without a Complainant's permission.

Professional counselors and confidential resources:

Director of Counseling Services
Philadelphia Main Campus,
Campus Center Rooms 202 & 204

Staff Counselor
Philadelphia Main Campus,
Campus Center Rooms 202 & 204

A Pastoral Counselor is an employee of an institution, who is associated with a religious order or denomination, recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling, and who is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor. A Pastoral Counselor who provides pastoral counseling to members of the school community are not required to report any information about an incident to the Title IX Coordinator without a Complainant's permission.

Pastoral counselor and confidential resource:

Reverend James MacNew, OSFS
Director of Campus Ministry
Philadelphia Main Campus,
Campus Center, Room 224

A Complainant can seek assistance and support from individuals who work or volunteer in the Campus Health Services. While these individuals must report that an incident occurred to the Title IX Coordinator, they are not required to reveal any personally identifying information about an incident to the University.

Following is contact information for these non-professional counselors and advocates:

Julia Hummer
Director of Health Services
Stevenson Lane Residence Hall, Office 113D