Title IX

Messiah College is committed to maintaining an environment conducive to learning for all students and a professional workplace for its employees; as such we take active measures against all discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and sexual harassment, including violence and any type of sexual misconduct.

If it happens, we need to know about it!

Any student who believes he or she has been the victim of discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment, including any type of sexual violence or sexual misconduct is urged to report the matter and go to the following website to obtain information about various support services (both confidential and official):

Student Harassment Policy and Procedure

Students who witness or learn of another person becoming the victim of discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment, including any type of sexual violence or sexual misconduct are urged to report the matter.   The following members of the College community have been specifically trained on Title IX and Clery regulations:

Title IX Coordinator
Amanda Coffey
Vice President for
Human Resources & Compliance
Old Main 2nd Floor
acoffey@messiah.edu
717-796-5300

Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Cindy Burger
Director of Safety
Greenbriar Cottage
cburger@messiah.edu
717-691-6005

Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Doug Wood
Associate Dean of Students
Eisenhower 205
dwood@messiah.edu
717-796-5239

Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Amy Weaver
Associate Director of Athletics
Sollenberger Sports Center 144
aweaver@messiah.edu
717-796-1800 x.2160

In order to receive information and/or notice on matters concerning your case, you must provide a valid address and telephone number to the Dean of Students and/or Department of Safety.  You must promptly advise them of any change of address or telephone number.  This is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian for victims under the age of 18.  The information supplied is for confidential purposes only and it will not be released for any reason without your written consent.

Inquiries may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinators identified above or to the Office for Civil Rights, United States, Department of Education.  To find the office that serves your area, call 800-421-3481.

If you believe that you are a victim of crime at Messiah College, know that you have the following rights:

  • To receive basic information about services designed to assist you.
  • To be accompanied at all hearings by a person of your choice.
  • To recover your losses- to the extent possible- through restitution, and the return of property that was seized as evidence when it is no longer needed.
  • To seek counseling and medical attention at the Engle Center.
  • To report the crime to the Department of Safety or the public law enforcement agency.

If you believe that you are a victim of sexual assault or rape at Messiah College, you also have the following rights:

  • In specific cases, to be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding held.
  • To have the option of changing your academic and living situations if so requested and if the changes are reasonably available.
  • To seek or have sought for you, medical attention through the Engle Center or, in cases of emergency, at the nearest hospital emergency room as soon as possible.

Campus Resources

  • Resource Coordination, General Questions, and Concerns:
    Dean of Students – Kristin Hansen-Kieffer, x3760
  • Campus Safety and Security:
    Department of Safety – x6005 (24 Hour Dispatch); Emergencies, x6565
  • Safety & Police Reporting Info:
    Cindy Burger, Director of Safety & Dispatch Services, x7272
  • Counseling and Emotional Support Services:
    Engle Center – Philip Lawlis, Director of Counseling & Health Services, x5357
  • Health Services:
    Engle Center – Judith Groop, Coordinator of Health Services & Nurse, x6035
    • Off-Campus Resources

      Police Information:

      • Upper Allen Twp. Police (Cumberland County): 911 
        Carroll Twp. Police (York County): 717-766-0249


      Medical Treatment:

      • Harrisburg Hospital: 717-221-6250
      • Carlisle Regional Medical Center: 249-1212

        (Harrisburg & Carlisle have trained professional staff who specifically handle sexual assaults.)

      • Holy Spirit Hospital: 717-763-2100

      Sexual Assault: Counseling, Advocacy and Services for Adult and Child Sexual Victims. Rape Crisis - HOTLINE: 1-800-727-2877 or 717-258-4324

      *A PDF version of the Title IX card is available here.
      *Special thanks to Gettysburg College for allowing us to adapt language from their materials.