Title IX and Sexual Assault

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

Title IX serves to better protect students, faculty, and staff from incidents of sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment including sexual violence, sexual exploitation, relationship violence, and stalking.

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Linda Knox (Hammond Campus) and Laura Odom (Westville Campus) are the Title IX Coordinators at Purdue Northwest and are responsible for ensuring compliance with Title IX, including overseeing all complaints of sex discrimination (including sexual violence, sexual exploitation, relationship violence, and stalking) and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints.

If you experienced sexual assault, relationship violence,sexual exploitation, or stalking, please contact a Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator immediately.  They can provide help and support.

Laura Odom

Associate Director, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


(219) 785-5545

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Linda Knox

Director Equity and Diversity


(219) 989-3169

Mandatory Reporters

While the University encourages all campus community members to  report incidents of harassment or discrimination, if you are designated by the University as a Mandatory Reporter, you are required to report any Title IX violations to the Title IX Coordinator on your campus  immediately.  Whether you personally observe  the incident or it has been reported to you by another party, you must report any incidents of sexual harassment (including sexual violence, sexual exploitation, relationship violence, and stalking) to your Title IX Coordinator.

Additionally, Mandatory Reporters are required to complete on-line training annually. Please contact Melissa Ramos, Compliance Monitoring Coordinator for questions regarding your training.

Access the Training Materials