Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, protects individuals from discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. In accordance with Title IX, Northern Arizona University prohibits discrimination based on sex or gender in all its programs or activities. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. NAU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs or activities that it operates, including in admission and employment. NAU is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination based on sex or gender and provides a number of supportive measures that assist students, faculty and staff.
One may direct inquiries concerning the application of Title IX to either or both the Title IX Coordinator or the U.S. Department of Education, Assistant Secretary, Office of Civil Rights.
Title IX Coordinator
The Title IX Coordinator is a campus official invested with independent authority to address and correct discrimination, harassment, and behaviors that constitute sexual misconduct. Elyce C. Morris was appointed as Title IX Coordinator in 2020. In this role, Morris is responsible for NAU’s institutional compliance efforts for Title IX, which includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. Morris reviews and revises policies and procedures to ensure effective and compliant resolution and response for all faculty, staff and students.
She focuses her efforts on ensuring that NAU provides an inclusive and welcoming environment for students, staff and faculty, free from harassment and discrimination based on sex. Individuals across the NAU community interact with Morris as she explains and clarifies university policies and procedures regarding Title IX related discrimination, harassment and retaliation. She collaborates with other NAU offices in addressing complaints and offers a variety of training programs and workshops in the prevention of sexual violence and sexual harassment for students, faculty and staff.
Morris has spent more than 18 years in dispute resolution, grievance management and legal contexts at various academic institutions. Most recently, she joins us after serving as Associate Professor of Law and Director, Mediation Clinic at Faulkner University Jones School of Law. Her Title IX experience spans her career, and she previously served as Associate Vice President of Student Conflict Management and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Bridgepoint Education, responsible for Title IX investigations, policy and education/training.
Morris earned an A.B. in English and in History from The College of William and Mary, a J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and an LL.M. in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.