Title IX

Title IX

Criswell College’s Commitment

Criswell is committed to maintaining a safe and welcoming campus for all constituents of the College. In line with this commitment, the College does not tolerate sexual harassment in any form. This applies to all members of the College community, including trustees, faculty, staff, students, volunteers, vendors, and visitors. The College has developed a policy, procedures, and resources for addressing instances of sexual harassment, including sexual violence.

What is Sexual Harassment?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities. Sexual harassment is a form of sex-based discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

Sexual harassment includes any actions or words that produce a hostile work or learning environment. Sexual harassment can take different forms, including:

  • Verbal – Sexual innuendos, suggestive comments, jokes of a sexual nature, sexual propositions, threats, etc.
  • Non-verbal – Sexually suggestive objects or pictures, graphic commentaries, suggestive or insulting sounds, leering, whistling, obscene gestures, etc.
  • Physical – Unwanted physical contact, including touching, pinching, brushing the body, and/or coerced sexual intercourse or contact, assault, etc.

Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment which includes conduct that is criminal. There are many types of sexual violence, including but not limited to:

  • Rape
  • Sexual assault or battery
  • Sexual coercion
  • Unwanted touching
  • Dating violence
  • Stalking


We have trained Title IX Coordinators and campus contacts who are available to help you if you experience or witness sexual harassment. Our Title IX Coordinators are responsible for:

  • Overseeing all Title IX complaints and investigations
  • Coordinating training, education, and communication pertaining to Title IX
  • Being available to meet with students and employees to provide support and answer questions

We strongly encourage you to notify us if you experience or witness sexual harassment. Even if you are unsure that what you have experienced or witnessed constitutes sexual harassment, we encourage you to report it. To notify us, please contact the College’s Title IX coordinator or one of the designated campus contacts (listed below) who will put you in contact with our Title IX coordinator.

If you report sexual harassment, we promise you that:

  • We’ll investigate all complaints in a prompt, fair, and impartial manner
  • We’ll take steps to prevent the recurrence of any further harassment
  • We’ll allow all parties involved to present witnesses and evidence
  • We’ll take steps to prevent retaliation against parties involved in an investigation
  • We’ll notify all parties of the outcome of the complaint


Click here to report a Title IX incident


Valeri Knighten:
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
2022 Draft Title IX Regulations Summary Session
August 2022

Title IX Training: Pregnancy and Parenting Update
June 2023
2022 Draft Title IX Regulations Summary Session
August 2022
Husch-Blackwell New to Title IX Training 
May 2022 


Campus Contacts

In the case of an emergency, contact 9-1-1 immediately.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Valeri Knighten
Wallace Library

Additional Campus Contacts

Campus Police
Brad Corder
Chief of Police

Student Services
Luis Juárez
Vice President of Student Affairs & Communications, Dean of Students

Human Resources
Martha Batts
Director of Human Resources

View our Title IX Policy.

Criswell College admits students who are Christians of good character, without regard or reference to race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, disability, or sex (except where regard to sex is required by the College’s religious tenets regarding gender and sexuality) to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of these classifications in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.