Title IX, Equal Employment Opportunity & Nondiscrimination.


Title IX

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 states,

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities.

Title IX requires the University to respond and take action to address sex-based discrimination and harassment complaints. This includes sexual misconduct complaints related to sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. As such, the University has established education and prevention efforts, as well as policies and processes for responding to complaints.

Title IX Coordinator

The University has designated a Title IX Coordinator and numerous Deputy Title IX Coordinators to coordinate the University’s efforts.

The Title IX team:

  • Frank Merckx, Title IX Coordinator, Vice President of Campus Life & Student Affairs/Dean of Students, Ehinger Center 147, fcmerckx@drew.edu, (973) 408-3390
  • Stephanie Pelham, Senior Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Associate Dean of Student Engagement/Director of Residence Life, Ehinger Center Suite 138, spelham@drew.edu, (973) 408-3961
  • Rev. Dr. Tanya Linn Bennett, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Associate Dean for Vocation & Formation, Seminary Hall 204, tbennett@drew.edu, (973) 408-3718
  • Joshua Phillips, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Coordinator of Student Conduct & Student Success, Ehinger Center 147, jphillips2@drew.edu, (973) 408-3076;
  • Lynn Vogel, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Executive Administrative Assistant, Ehinger Center 147, lvogel@drew.edu, (973) 408-3986
  • Jane Karger, Athletics Department Liaison for Title IX and Head Coach, Women’s Lacrosse, Simon Forum, jkarger@drew.edu, (973) 408-3087
  • Maria Force, AA/EEO Officer, Director of Human Resources, Madison House, mforce@drew.edu, (973) 408-3515 

Reporting Title IX Incidents

Incidents of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct (to include sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking) should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Report an incident via our report form, email titleixofficer@drew.edu, or by contacting fcmerckx@drew.edu.

Responsible Employees

Any information regarding an incident of sexual misconduct that is shared with a Drew employee is required to be reported to the University’s Title IX Coordinator.

Certain individuals within the University community maintain a professional status (e.g. health care providers, chaplain and counselors) which require them to keep information shared with them during their routine work as confidential. As such, any information reported to these individuals relative to incidents of sexual misconduct will not be shared with anyone else and will remain confidential unless there is an imminent threat to health or safety or other legal basis for disclosure (e.g. suspected child abuse) or you provide permission for the information to be shared.

Confidential reporting sites on campus are:
Health Services: (973) 408-3414;
McClintock Center for Counseling: (973) 408-3398;
Chaplain (973) 408-3711

Investigating Title IX Complaints

Complaints of sexual misconduct involving students, faculty or staff will be responded to by the Title IX Coordinator, or designee and can be reached at (973) 408-3391 or in Ehinger Center 147.

Criminal Complaint/Investigation

Any individual who has experienced an incident of sexual misconduct may file a criminal complaint by contacting the Madison Police Department at 973-593-3000 or by calling 911. An individual has the right to proceed simultaneously with a criminal complaint and an internal University complaint.


Bias Response Hotline

Drew Bias and Campus Conduct Hotline:

The Drew University Bias and Campus Conduct Hotline provides members of our community a way to share or report experiences and concerns of bias, discrimination, or harassing behavior that may occur within our community. Experienced staff respond to the hotline and refer reports to Drew’s administrators in the Title IX/EEO/AA Office where staff assesses reports, and then help facilitate responses, which may include referral to another University school or unit, or investigation if warranted according to the University’s Human Rights and Sexual Misconduct Policies.

The Bias Response Line is designed to enable the University to provide an open forum that helps to ensure that our community is equitable and inclusive.