Kathryn (Katie) Overberg is the University's Title IX Coordinator. Katie coordinates the University's response to concerns of:
If you have experienced sexual or interpersonal misconduct, please know that there are people here who can support you and provide you with resources to help you make informed choices. On this site, you will find resources and answers to questions you might have, as well as a complete overview of options for reporting any incidents of misconduct.
A quick look at Resources and Reporting for Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct.
September 2018: Some media sources report that the U.S. Department of Education is working on changes to its regulations under Title IX. The Department of Education has not released the official proposed Title IX regulations yet. Once they are released, there will be a public comment period and then the Department will work to finalize the regulations – there is no timeline or deadline for the final rules. Drake will review any new regulations to determine whether changes in university policy or procedure are necessary. Regardless, Drake will remain focused on prevention, support, and appropriate and equitable response to complaints.
September 2017: Please read Drake's FAQ on Updated Title IX Guidance for information regarding the Department of Education's current enforcement of Title IX. Drake will continue to follow applicable law and best practices in providing students with a safe educational environment and in treating all students fairly and respectfully. Specifically, Drake will continue its policies and programs to prevent both sexual and interpersonal misconduct, provide outreach when it learns of possible misconduct, and respond appropriately and equitably to complaints of misconduct. If you have questions, please contact Title IX Coordinator, Katie Overberg.
Drake recognizes the problem of sexual and interpersonal misconduct in our society and continues to take steps to listen to concerns, educate the campus community, and treat reports of sexual and interpersonal misconduct seriously and equitably. Define the Line. Respect the Line. emphasizes that while everybody has the right to determine their own line when it comes to sexual behavior, there is one clear line at Drake: sexual or interpersonal misconduct is not tolerated, accepted, or ignored. Think, talk, learn, listen, and act in a way that respects this line—we are all part of Drake.
There are four principles behind Define the Line. Respect the Line. and the culture we strive to create at Drake:
Prevention: Education and discussion are crucial to establishing and enforcing our social norms and what we as a community expect at Drake. We must continue to talk about respect and consent.
Communication: More communication is better, both between sexual partners and also in our community, so that people feel comfortable discussing sexuality or sexual violence without fear or judgment.
Intervention: We have people of outstanding character at Drake. When something does not look right, we should be empowered to trust that intuition and intervene to ensure everyone is comfortable and safe with the situation.
Support: If you or someone you know experiences sexual or interpersonal misconduct, Drake has staff, resources, and procedures in place that can provide support.
If you are having difficulty accessing or navigating this website, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.