Title IX: Midwestern Seminary & Spurgeon College

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College exist for the church by biblically educating God-called men and women to be and make disciples of Jesus Christ. With that vision in mind, it is vitally important for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College to promote righteous living in all areas of life, including in the area of human sexuality. MBTS bases its understanding on human sexuality on biblical principles outlined throughout the Old and New Testament along with the history of Christian church thought, teaching, and practice and by the understanding that human sexuality is a gift from God.

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or status as a protected veteran. The Seminary’s nondiscrimination policy applies to all phases of its employment process, its admission and financial aid programs, and to all other aspects of its educational programs and activities. Further, this policy applies to sexual violence and sexual harassment (forms of sex discrimination) occurring both within and outside of the Seminary context if the conduct negatively affects the individual’s educational or work experience or the overall campus environment. As a protected religious organization, Midwestern Seminary does consider religious faith, practice, and character to be relevant criteria in many educational or employment decisions. Retaliation directed to any person who pursues a discrimination complaint or grievance, participates in a discrimination investigation, or otherwise opposes unlawful discrimination is prohibited.

MBTS has a high moral commitment to the worth and dignity of all individuals. Members of the MBTS community, guests, and visitors have the right to be free from all forms of sexual misconduct. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. MBTS’ Title IX Policy is meant to promote a safe living and learning environment for all members of the campus community in accordance with MBTS’s Scriptural beliefs about human sexuality and in compliance with state and federal laws including, but not limited to, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act.

Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator oversees all compliance with MBTS’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Title IX. If a student or employee has a concern or issue, they can notify the Title IX Coordinator directly by using the contact information below:

Dr. John Mark Yeats

Dean of Students and Student Success

Title IX Coordinator

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College
5001 N. Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64118
jmyeats@mbts.edu – 816-414-3826

Title IX Report and Concerns

Should you wish to notify the Title IX Coordinator of a concern or to file a formal complaint, you can do so HERE.

Helpful documents:

Title IX Policy and Procedures Manual

Graduate Catalog and Student Handbook

Undergraduate Catalog and Student Handbook

Training Materials:

Midwestern is committed to training leaders and those involved in adjudicating Title IX issues. The Title IX Coordinator is a member of the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) and holds certifications from ATIXA. The materials produced by ATIXA used in the training of Coordinators, Deputy Coordinators, Investigators, Hearings Officers, RAs, or other Student Life staff is found below.