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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.

These behaviors are demeaning and interfere with the rights of others to pursue their education in an atmosphere that is safe and respectful. While this policy obviously addresses overt acts of harassment and assault, any sexual contact without consent and any gender-based violence are strictly prohibited. Examples of violent and unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to:

  • sexual contact while a person is incapacitated
  • sexual exploitation of another person, such as posting sexual pictures on social media
  • coercion for sexual contact
  • stalking
  • threatening or intimidating a person for sexual contact

Incidents which are considered to be a violation of this policy should be reported immediately.

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):

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 Building
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


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 including sexual assault or rape at Messiah College, know that you have these specific rights: Title IX Brochure

Campus Resources

  • 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 – Michelle Lucas, Coordinator of Health Services & Nurse, x6035

College Ministries

  • 717-691-6017

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
  • Holy Spirit Hospital: 717-763-2100

Sexual Assault:

  • Cumberland County Advocacy & Rape Crisis Services:
    • Office: 1-888-727-2877
    • HOTLINE: 717-258-4324 OR 717-258-1143
  • YWCA Rape Crisis & Domestic Violence Services in Harrisburg
    • 1-800-654-1211 OR 717-238-7273
    • Open 24 Hours/7 Days Week

*A PDF version of the Title IX brochure is available here.

*Special thanks to Gettysburg College for allowing us to adapt language from their materials.