Statement of Policy
Wartburg College is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment free from all forms of sexual misconduct including, but not limited to, sex-based harassment, non-consensual sex acts, non-consensual sexual touching,and sexual exploitation. Wartburg College considers sex discrimination in all forms to be a serious offense and it will not be tolerated. The college is dedicated to preventing all forms of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct and educating all students, faculty and staff regarding such discrimination and misconduct. Any conduct in violation of this policy will be treated using procedures described in this policy. Wartburg College encourages persons who have experienced any form of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct to report the incident promptly, to seek all available assistance, and where appropriate, to report the incident to local law enforcement. It is a violation of this policy for any student, and member of the staff or faculty, or any administrator to retaliate against another person for exercising his/her rights under this policy.

Members of the Wartburg College community, as well as guests and visitors have the right to protection from sexual discrimination and misconduct. All members of the Wartburg College community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. The Wartburg College Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures for All Faculty, Students, Employees and Third Parties has been established to reaffirm these principles and to provide guidelines in reporting and recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. The policy is designed to promote compliance with campus, state and federal regulations; to allow for appropriate reporting, investigation, and sanctioning of behavior that is inconsistent with Wartburg College policies; and to educate all members of the College community about the implications and consequences of this inappropriate behavior.

Notice of Non-Discrimination
Wartburg College complies with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments Acts of 1972, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1975, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Iowa Civil Rights Act. Wartburg College has developed policies and procedures that prohibit sex and other forms of illegal discrimination in all forms. It is required to comply with these laws. Questions about Title IX may be directed to Wartburg College’s Title IX Coordinator or the US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.

The following are considered non-confidential resources and are available to help:
  • Campus Security, Saemann Student Center 156, 319-352-8372, Director: Ryan Wegner
  • Title IX Coordinator: Karen Thalacker, Luther Hall 334, 319-352-8225, karen.thalacker@wartburg.edu
  • Vice President for Student Life: Dr. Jim Bies, Saemann Student Center 145, 319-352-8443
  • Director of International Student Services: Zafril Amin, zafrul.amin@wartburg.edu
  • Director of Multicultural Student Services: Krystal Madlock, krystal.madlock@wartburg.edu
Confidential resources can be located at Counselling Services, the campus pastors, and the Noah Health Clinic.
  • Campus Security, Saemann Student Center 156, 319-352-8372, Director: Dean Cockerham
  • Title IX Coordinator: Karen Thalacker, Luther Hall 334, 319-352-8225, karen.thalacker@wartburg.edu
  • Vice President for Student Life: Greg Kneser, Saemann Student Center 145, 319-352-8443
  • Director of Human Resources: Jamie Hollaway, Luther Hall 203, 319-352-8521

The Formal Grievance Process relies on a pool of administrators and staff to carry out the process. Members of the pool are trained and can serve in a variety of roles. At its discretion, Wartburg College may also appoint or designate members of the pool who are not employees of Wartburg College when the need arises.

  • Ryan Wegner, Saemann Student Center 156, 319-352-8372
  • Karen Thalacker, Luther Hall 334, 319-352-8225
  • Jamie Hollaway, Luther Hall 203, 319-352-8521
  • Lindsey Leonard, Saemann Student Center 145, 319-352-8526
  • Kristin Teig-Torres, Saemann Student Center 145, 319-352-8709
  • Chantel Sisk, Business Office, 319-352- 8411
  • Keith Strand, Physical Plant, 319-352-8749
  • Michael Bechtel, Science Center, 319-352-8380

Riverview Center
Riverview Center is not affiliated with Wartburg College. It is a nonprofit agency committed to providing services to individuals affected by sexual assault in Iowa, and for individuals affected by sexual and domestic violence in Illinois. They provide services day or night, 365 days a year. The Crisis Hotline is a confidential way for survivors to contact Riverview Center for help. The crisis hotline is 888-557-0310. Click here to visit ttps://riverviewcenter.org/.

Wartburg College utilizes a combination of in person and online training. Online training has been provided by EverFi and ATIXA. This page will be supplemented.

Title IX Coordinator

Karen Thalacker

Title IX Coordinator

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Jamie Hollaway

Executive Director for Human Resources & Payroll


Dean Cockerham

Director of Campus Security & Safety

Greg Kneser

Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

Michael Bechtel

Associate Professor of Science Education

Lindsey Leonard

Associate Dean of Community Life

Zak Montgomery

Professor of Spanish

Lee Nelson

Professor of Music / Zahn Chair in Choral Conducting

Kristin Teig Torres

Director of Student Leadership, Service, and Engagement

Additional Team Members:

Tiffany Pins
Head Women’s Soccer Coach
100 Wartburg Blvd.
Waverly, IA 50677
(319) 352-8731

Keith Strand
Cleaning Supervisor
100 Wartburg Blvd.
Waverly, IA 50677
(319) 352-8749