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Title IX

Evangel University cares deeply for and is committed to the safety and well-being of each of our students. As members of the community, students agree to live within certain spiritual and behavioral expectations, as identified in the Community Covenant. As a University, we work to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all students. One important part of this commitment is a comprehensive Title IX Policy and Procedures. If you feel you have been subjected to sexual misconduct or discrimination, you should seek assistance as soon as possible. Report an incident of sexual misconduct by contacting a member of the Title IX office (listed below), the Counseling Center, and/or Public Safety.

Title IX Resolution Procedure
Title IX Policy
Sexual Harassment Defined

A “Sexual Harassment violation” is an umbrella term that includes unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is committed without Consent, including Quid Pro Quo Sex-Based Harassment, Hostile Environment Sex-Based Harassment, Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking, and any form of Retaliation. 

Consent Defined

Consent to sexual activity is knowing and voluntary. Consent to sexual activity requires of all involved persons a conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. Each person engaged in the sexual activity must have met the legal age of consent. It is the responsibility of each person to ensure they have the consent of all others engaged in the sexual activity. Consent must be obtained at the time of the specific activity and can be withdrawn at any time. Consent, lack of consent, or withdrawal of consent may be communicated by words or non-verbal acts. 

Reporting Sexual Misconduct on Campus

Evangel encourages all individuals to seek the support of on-and off-campus resources, regardless of when or where an incident occurs. These resources can provide guidance on reporting options and information about available resources. 

At Evangel, there are two ways to address concerns about possible Policy violation: through Confidential Resources and Non-Confidential Reporting Options. 

Confidential Resources. The following Evangel resources can provide counseling, information, and support in a confidential setting (“Confidential Resources”). These Confidential Resources will not share information about a report of a possible Policy violation without the individual’s express written permission unless there is a continuing threat of serious harm to the Complainant to others or there is a legal obligation to reveal such information (e.g., suspected abuse or neglect of a minor). These Confidential Resources can also help an individual make a Report to the University. 

Reporting to a Confidential Resource is not filing or making a Formal Complaint or providing Actual Notice of a possible Policy violation. There should be no expectation that any action will be taken if a person uses a Confidential Resource. University action against an individual for a possible Policy violation requires affirmative action by a Complainant by signing and submitting a Formal Complaint to the Title IX Office or the rare situation in which the Title IX Coordinator determines to file a Formal Complaint. 

Non-Confidential Reporting Resources. Individuals are encouraged to make a non-confidential report of a possible Policy violation. Making a non-confidential report of a possible Policy violation means that the Title IX Coordinator will contact the Complainant to offer resources and support and identify the appropriate action to respond to the report as outlined in this Policy. Only a report to the Title IX Coordinator or the Title IX Deputies will trigger the University’s obligation to respond to an allegation of a Policy violation. 

The Title IX Office oversees the investigation and resolution of all allegations of Policy violations covered by this Policy. To make a non-confidential report of a Policy violation or to discuss any aspect of this Policy, individuals are encouraged to contact: 

Title IX Coordinator: Rev. Mark Entzminger, Vice President for Student Development, Office: Student Union, Suite 106, 1111 N. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65802, Phone: (417) 865-2815, ext. 7997, entzmingerm@p-l-ove.net. 

Title IX Deputy Coordinator (for employees): Robert Bartels, Director of Human Resources, Office: Riggs Hall, 309, Phone: (417) 865-2815, ext. 7311, bartelsr@p-l-ove.net 

Title IX Deputy Coordinators (for students): Cantrell Student Union 106 

  1. Gina Rentschler, Director of Student Programming, (417) 865-2815, ext. 7317, rentschlerg@p-l-ove.net 
  2. Steve Gause, Dean of Students, (417) 865-2815, ext. 7409, gauses@p-l-ove.net 

Two coordinators oversee gender equity in athletics and disability accommodations: 

Athletic Compliance Coordinator: Scott Metcalf, Assistant Athletic Director, Office: Ashcroft Center, Phone: (417) 865-2815, ext. 7409, metcalfs@p-l-ove.net 

Section 504 Compliance Coordinator: Stephen Houseknecht, Coordinator for Disability Services, Office: Zimmerman 208, Phone: (417) 865-2815, ext. 8271, houseknechts@p-l-ove.net 

Reporting Sexual Misconduct to Law-Enforcement Agencies

To file a police report for possible criminal conduct, contact Evangel University Public Safety (417-575-8911) who will provide support if desired when contacting the Springfield Police Department (417-864-1810) (non-emergencies) or 911 (emergencies). 

Resources for Victims of Sexual Misconduct

Resources for Students: Evangel’s Counseling Center 417-865-2815 ext. 7222 

Resources for Anyone: 

  1. National Sexual Assault Hotline 800-656-HOPE (4673) 
  2. The Victim Center 417-863-7273 or 417-864-7233 
  3. McGuire Christian Counseling 417-866-7773 
  4. Ozark Counseling Center 417-869-9011 

Contacts

  • Mark Entzminger

    Title IX Coordinator

    Vice President for Student Development, Office: Cantrell Student Union, 106, Phone: (417) 865-2815, ext. 7997, entzmingerm@p-l-ove.net

  • Robert Bartels

    Title IX Deputy Coordinator (for employees)

    Director of Human Resources, Office: Riggs Hall, 309, Phone: (417) 865-2815, ext. 7311, bartelsr@p-l-ove.net 

  • Gina Rentschler

    Title IX Deputy Coordinator (for students)

    Director of Student Programming, Office: Cantrell Student Union 106, (417) 865-2815, ext. 7317, rentschlerg@p-l-ove.net 

  • Steve Gause

    Title IX Deputy Coordinator (for students)

    Dean of Students, Office: Cantrell Student Union 106, (417) 865-2815, ext. 7409, gauses@p-l-ove.net