Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Laura F. Salazar, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Mae Suramek, M.A.

Third Advisor

Beth Crachiolo, Ph.D.


This paper seeks to examine Berea College’s current policies and programs as they relate to Title IX and sexual violence. The aims of the first half of this paper are to: 1.) describe the scope of sexual violence on the campuses of institutes of higher education (IHE), with a focus on Berea College’s campus in relation to its mission, and to 2.) detail the best practices in policy, training, and programming to achieve the highest level of Title IX compliance in accordance with federal and professional recommendations. The second half of this paper will seek to 3.) identify the strengths and weakness of Berea College’s current policies, programs, and governance structure and provide policy, programming, and adjudication recommendations based on those structures that are currently in place, 4.) identify the potential cost, both human and financial, in pursuing a more comprehensive level of Title IX compliance, 5.) identify the benefits of utilizing the recommendations provided herein, or similar recommendations, to improve campus climate, and 6.) to conclude with identification of further areas of study for evaluating the success of programming and policies related to Title IX.