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

Each college or university receiving Federal financial assistance must designate at least one professional employee as the Title IX Coordinator to oversee compliance efforts and investigate any complaint of sex discrimination.

At Mount Mercy University, the Title IX Coordinator is responsible for monitoring the overall implementation of Title IX for the University.  Major duties include, but are not limited to, monitoring the following areas:

  • Admissions and Recruitment
  • Educational Programs and Activities
    • Housing
    • Comparable facilities
    • Participation in curricular and extra-curricular activities
    • Financial assistance
    • Student employment assistance
    • Health services and student insurance
    • Marital or parental status
    • Athletics and physical education

In addition, each school/university must designate at least one employee to evaluate current policy practices to ensure an institution's compliance with Title IX, coordinate efforts to effectively and efficiently respond to complaints of sex discrimination, including complaints of sexual harassment, and ensure as much as possible that every MMU employee and student has an equal education and employment opportunities.

Mount Mercy University's Title IX Coordinator is Malinda Jensen.


Malinda Jensen
Dean of Students & Title IX Coordinator
240N University Center
mjensen@mtmercy.edu | 319-363-1323, ext. 1630


Deputy Coordinators:

Thomas Doermann
Deputy Coordinator for Faculty & Staff, Director of Human Resources
104D Warde
tdoermann@mtmercy.edu | (319) 363-1323, ext. 1629 

Nick Heintz
Deputy Coordinator for Students, Director of Public Safety
240P University Center
nheintz@mtmercy.edu | (319) 363-1323, ext. 1028

To report a complaint

To report an incident of sexual assault; intimate partner violence; or stalking, you have the following options:
  • Students: can report to the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
  • Faculty & Staff: can report to the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty & Staff
  • Anyonestudent or associate: can report to the Title IX Coordinator
  • Incidents involving criminal activity can be reported to local law enforcement.
    The Title IX Coordinators and/or the Department of Public Safety can assist you with contacting local law enforcement, upon request.

  • You can DECLINE to notify any such authorities.

A school may not wait for the conclusion of a criminal process and will conclude its own investigation within the required Office for Civil Rights Title IX guidance of 60 days as an appropriate time-frame. Mount Mercy University's proceeding and investigation process timeline is included on this page. The result/findings of the proceeding will be communicated to the Complainant, Respondent and appropriate Mount Mercy University Officials.

The Good Book contains Mount Mercy University's policy regarding Title IX, Campus SaVE Act and VAWA.

For further information regarding Title IX, including nondiscrimination complaint policies and procedures at Mount Mercy University, please contact Mount Mercy University’s Title IX Coordinator.

Compliance with the provisions outlined in Title IX, Campus SaVE Act, and VAWA does not constitute a violation of section 444 of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. 1232g), commonly known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

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