No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

As an equal opportunity educational institution and employer, the University of Pennsylvania is committed to providing learning, living and working environments that are free from discrimination on the basis of sex for students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors.  Penn’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence and Stalking Policy, with additional guidance for students, faculty and staff, policies are among those that support the University's commitment to inclusive excellence.

Sam Starks, Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, serves as the University's Title IX Coordinator.  His contact information is as follows:

Sam Starks, Title IX Coordinator and Executive Director
Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity Programs
3451 Walnut Street
Franklin Building
4th Floor, Room 421
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205
T: 215.898.6993
F: 215.746.7088

As the University’s Title IX Coordinator, he is available to provide information and advice regarding the Title IX for students, faculty, staff and campus visitors.  In addition, he will be available to respond to complaints and concerns relative to Penn’s compliance with its own sex discrimination policy and federal, state or local regulations. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices.

The following campus resource offices also are available to assist members of the Penn community and visitors to the campus and provide information regarding options for support and counseling as well as options for where to file a grievance or complaint.

Rights of Complainants and Respondents

Persons who make a complaint and those who are responding to complaints have the following rights:

  • The option to notify law enforcement;
  • The option to have another member of the University community present during interviews that are part of a University-initiated investigation;
  • To be notified of counseling and support services available;
  • To be notified of options to change academic, living, or work arrangements.

Policy Against Retaliation

University policy expressly prohibits retaliation against faculty, staff, or students who in good faith make reports of violations of this policy. In addition, knowingly and intentionally making a false report of a violation of this policy is prohibited. Members of the Penn community who take adverse action against someone who reports a violation of this policy, intimidates, threatens or otherwise engages in retaliation is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of their employment or expulsion from the University.


Conversations with the Title IX Coordinator are kept as confidential as possible, but information about incidents of sexual misconduct must be shared with relevant administrators if the University needs to take action for reasons of community safety.  In all cases, the wishes of the person initiating the conversation are given full consideration.

Related Penn Policies

White House Campaign “It’s On Us”

“It’s On Us” is a critical step forward in the Administration’s multipronged approach to combat sexual assault that includes improved enforcement of federal laws and practical help for schools. This campaign will complement efforts schools should be undertaking to hold perpetrators accountable and assist students who have experienced sexual assault.

Penn Violence Prevention (Students)