Title IX of the Education Amendments

“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 educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

What is Title IX?

The federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational institutions is Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 (amending the Higher Education Act of 1965). This act is codified as Title 20, United States Code, Chapter 38, Sections 1681-1686. The act was also amended by the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 ("Title IX").

The law states that "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. The amendment in 1987 expanded the definition of program or activity to include all the operations of an educational institution, governmental entity or private employer that receives federal funds.

Title IX forbids sex discrimination in all university student services and academic programs including, but not limited to, admissions, financial aid, academic advising, housing, athletics, recreational services, college residential life programs, health services, counseling and psychological services, Registrar's office, classroom assignments, grading and discipline. Title IX also forbids discrimination because of sex in employment and recruitment consideration or selection, whether full time or part time, under any education program or activity operated by an institution receiving or benefiting from federal financial assistance ("recipient").

All questions regarding the Preventing Sexual Harassment and Title IX training programs should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at 724-938-5425.

PennWest California

offers resources for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, harassment and stalking.

You may file a complaint:

Amy E. Salsgiver
Title IX Coordinator

Sheleta Camarda-Webb
Title IX Intake Officer
114 Old Main


Title IX Team

Title IX Coordinator:
Amy Salsgiver

Administrative Hearing Officer:
Sarah Zerfoss
Hannah Kercher
Andrew Matt

Investigators/Intake Officer:
Andrew Matt
Sheleta Camarda-Webb
Matt Shaffer
Jim Pflugh
Amy Salsgiver

Confidential Resources:
Jim McGee
Jennifer Barch
Nancy Skobel
Meredith Karg
Tom Crissman
Mary Wolf
Dale Humes
Lexi Mustin
Maria Day
Darla Elder
Lisa Gatti
Payton Hedderick
Lin Gabriel
Stephanie Sprankle
Brianna Steele
Emma Jackson Harris
Frank Billanti
Stephanie Stern
Dee Donati
Rachel Michaels


Appeals Officer:
Shawn Hoke
Larry Sebek
Jim McGee

Decision Makers/Board Members:
Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson
Kelly Moran-Repinski
Kimberly Crusan
Melaine Lahr
Corey Negley
Helen Hampikian
Hannah Kercher
Lacey Fulton
Doug Knepp
Kevin Debow
Ambreena Siddiq
Hayden Thorpe
Shauna Balog
Becky Barnhart
Kimberly Luckasevic
Gloria Minutello
Jamie Mesar
Sharon Conklin
Ryan Grove
Elisabeth Joyce
Jennifer Mallory
Anne Cleary
Patrick Cleary
Summer Arrigo-Nelson
James Bove
Sheri Boyle
Meaghan Clister
Paul Crawford
Jeanne Fazekas
Craig Fox
Kyle Fredrick
Laura Giachetti
Marnie Hall-Martin
Thomas Hasbrouck
Nathan Knopp
Kristen Louttit
Eron McMillen
Gloria Minutello
Matthew Price
Jennifer Ramsey
Emily Sweitzer
Robert Whyte

Police Chiefs:
Jason Hendershot
Ed McSheffrey
Angela Vincent

Kevin Debow
Kimberly Crusan
Shauna Balog
Becky Barnhart
Kimberly Luckasevic
Gloria Minutello
Jamie Mesar
Michelle Ritzel

Disability Support:
Ron Radaker
John Masella
Sharon Conklin 

Human Resources:
Eric Guiser
Brenda Marquis 

Informal Resolution Facilitator:
Jim Pflugh
Hayden Thorpe