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Who is the Title IX Coordinator?


The Office of Equity Assurance is charged with monitoring the University's compliance with federal, state, and institutional policy guidelines that promote a non-discriminatory or harassment-free environment. This includes investigating complaints of discrimination or harassment, making policy recommendations, advising units about hiring process, offering mandated training within the University community, ensuring educational and/or workplace support services for persons with disabilities, and monitoring compliance with the University's own affirmative action initiatives.

West Virginia University's Title IX Coordinator is: James Goins Jr.
Title IX Coordinator and
Director of Equity Assurance
Phone: (304) 293-5600

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Obligations under Title IX

Once a school knows or reasonably should know of possible sexual violence, it must take immediate and appropriate action to investigate. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has declared a 60 calendar day time-frame in which an institution must complete an investigation.

If sexual violence has occurred, prompt and immediate steps to end the sexual violence, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects MUST be taken.

    The institution must also
  • Take steps to protect the Complainant as necessary, including interim steps taken prior to the final outcome of the investigation.
  • Provide a grievance procedure for students to file complaints of sex discrimination, including complaints of sexual violence.
  • Equal opportunity for both parties to present witnesses and other evidence.

The institution's grievance procedures must use the preponderance of evidence standard to resolve complaints. This standard of evidence is like saying “50% + a feather”. The institution must also notify both parties of the outcome of the complaint and appeal rights. The Complainant and Accused both have equal rights to notification, and each are informed of their appeal rights and action of the other person.

Seeking help?

If you are fearful for yourself or another person in your current environment or situation call 911 immediately.

Find an emergency contact

West Virginia University Campus Police: 304-293-3136.


An interactive bystander intervention training program that teaches students to realistically and effectively intervene in high-risk situations.

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File a complaint

File a complaint regarding discrimination, harassment, sexual & domestic misconduct (including sexual assault), stalking, or retaliation.

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Prevention Programs

Learn more about sexual assault and power-based personal violence prevention programs offered at West Virginia University.

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WVU Peer Advocates

Get involved and make a difference

West Virginia University signed onto the national It’s On Us campaign in 2015 to continue violence prevention efforts and reinforce Mountaineers’ rights under Title IX.

Under the It’s On Us campaign, the University coordinates the WVU Peer Advocate program. Through this initiative, expertly trained students work to end sexual assault and power-based personal violence on campus through immediate crisis intervention and prevention awareness events.

Any student is welcome and encouraged to become a WVU Peer Advocate and can become involved by contacting a Title IX Education Specialist.

  • To RECOGNIZE that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
  • To IDENTIFY situations in which sexual assault may occur.
  • To INTERVENE in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
  • To CREATE an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
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