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Title IX at Drake University

Tricia McKinney is the University's Interim Title IX Coordinator. Tricia coordinates the University's response to concerns of:

  • Sex-based discrimination (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, and sexual exploitation)
  • Interpersonal misconduct (including domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking)
  • Retaliation against anyone seeking assistance, filing a complaint, or participating in an investigation of sexual or interpersonal misconduct

Contact Tricia at 515-271-2100 or e-mail: or

If you have experienced sexual or interpersonal misconduct, please know that there are people here who can support you and provide you with resources to help you make informed choices.  On this site, you will find resources and answers to questions you might have, as well as a complete overview of options for reporting any incidents of misconduct.

A quick look at Resources and Reporting for Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct.

  • January 31, 2019: The U.S. Department of Education released its Draft Proposed Title IX Regulations in November.  The public comment period closed January 30, 2019. The Department received over 100,000 comments and will now work to review those comments and finalize the regulations – there is no timeline or deadline for the final rules.  Drake will review any new regulations to determine whether changes in university policy or procedure are necessary. Regardless, Drake will remain focused on prevention, support, and appropriate and equitable response to complaints.
  • September 2017: Please read Drake's FAQ on Updated Title IX Guidance for information regarding the 2017 DOE withdrawal of prior Title IX guidance.

If you have questions, please contact Title IX Coordinator, Katie Overberg.


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Drake recognizes the problem of sexual and interpersonal misconduct in our society and continues to take steps to listen to concerns, educate the campus community, and treat reports of sexual and interpersonal misconduct seriously and equitably. Define the Line. Respect the Line. emphasizes that while everybody has the right to determine their own line when it comes to sexual behavior, there is one clear line at Drake: sexual or interpersonal misconduct is not tolerated, accepted, or ignored. Think, talk, learn, listen, and act in a way that respects this line—we are all part of Drake.

There are four principles behind Define the Line. Respect the Line. and the culture we strive to create at Drake: 

Prevention: Education and discussion are crucial to establishing and enforcing our social norms and what we as a community expect at Drake. We must continue to talk about respect and consent.

Communication: More communication is better, both between sexual partners and also in our community, so that people feel comfortable discussing sexuality or sexual violence without fear or judgment.  

Intervention: We have people of outstanding character at Drake. When something does not look right, we should be empowered to trust that intuition and intervene to ensure everyone is comfortable and safe with the situation. 

Support: If you or someone you know experiences sexual or interpersonal misconduct, Drake has staff, resources, and procedures in place that can provide support.


If you are having difficulty accessing or navigating this website, please contact the Title IX Coordinator. 

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Confidential Resources

Quick contacts to reach confidential support

  • VIP student support or advocacy
    515-512-2972 (call or text)
  • Polk County Crisis and Advocacy
  • Professional advocate at the Counseling Center 
        - Wednesdays 3:00-4:30 during fall & spring term