Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.

It reads:

"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." Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)

Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault.


Who to Contact

Simpson College's Title IX Coordinator is Elyse Morris.  She can be contacted at titleix@simpson.edu, at 515-961-1257, or in her office in the Student Development Suite in the 2nd floor of the Kent Campus Center.

Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX for students, faculty, and staff may be referred to the College's Title IX Coordinator.

Department of Education and Office for Civil Rights
Office for Civil Rights,
Chicago Office
U.S. Department of Education
Citigroup Center
500 W. Madison Street,
Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661-4544
Telephone: (312) 730-1560
Facsimile: (312) 730-1576
Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov


Simpson College Code of Conduct related to Sexual Misconduct

Sexual Misconduct:

Is defined as actual or attempted sexual contact with another person without that person's consent- Sexual Assault includes but is not limited to the following.

Intentional and unwelcome touching, coercing, or an attempt to coerce, and forcing;

Involvement in any sexual contact when the victim is unable to consent;

Forcing another individual to touch a person's intimate parts (defined as genital area, groin, inner thigh, buttocks, or breasts);

Sexual intercourse without consent, including acts commonly referred to as "rape".

Non-consensual sexual contact, including but not limited to sexual assault or abuse, rape, acquaintance rape, attempted rape, sodomy or unwelcome sexual advances.  (Please refer to the Sexual and Relationship Misconduct Policy)


Simpson Code of Conduct related to Harassment

Harassment. Physical abuse, threatening comments, or intimidation of any person on college owned or controlled property or at a college sponsored or supervised functions, or conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any member of the College community or any other person or persons. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to stalking, cyber stalking, harassment, and retaliation as a result of complaints or alleged misconduct. (Please refer to the Sexual and Relationship Misconduct Policy)

Related Links

Procedures for Reporting

The Adjudication Process



What Constitutes Sexual and Relationship Misconduct?

Full Sexual and Relationship Misconduct Policy

Annual Security Report

Resources and Apps

Resources & Policies for Faculty, Staff & Students Brochure (print & share)

8 Quick Facts About Sexual Assault and Title IX

Silent Witness Anonymous Online Reporting Form


Report It

Every report of Sexual and/or Relationship Misconduct will be taken seriously and action will be taken as appropriate.

Remember you are not alone!
The following offices can provide you with the assistance and support you need:

  • Counseling Services, 515-961-1332
  • Campus Security, 515-961-1711
  • Associate Dean of Students - Title  IX Coordinator, 515-961-1536
  • Sexual Assault Response Advocates (SARA) 515-330-6392
  • Student Development Office, 515-961-1592
  • College Chaplains’ Office, 515-961-1684 or 515-961-1716
  • Health Services, 515-961-1604
  • Victims Services, 515-286-3535
  • Indianola Police Department, 911
  • Iowa Methodist Hospital, 515-241-6423
  • Iowa Lutheran Hospital, 515-263-5120
  • Mercy Medical Center, 515-247-3121