Sexual Misconduct Policy & Approach
The University of the South stands firmly for the principle that its employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs have a right to be free from discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran/reserve/national guard status, pregnancy and childbirth, and genetic information, and free from sexual misconduct in its educational programs and activities and with regard to employment. The University is committed to sustaining a community in which the dignity of every individual is respected.
The following pages comprise the institution's expectations and response. For your convenience, you may also download a copy of the policy information here (Sexual Misconduct Policy.)
The University's commitment to addressing sexual assault
(Information includes: commitment statement, scope, policy definitions)
How is sexual misconduct defined?
(Information includes: policy definitions)
What to do after a sexual assault?
(Information includes: how to support someone, the importance of medical attention, options for support)
How to report an incident?
(Information includes: anonymous reports, identifiable reports, important notices about reporting)
How to intervene?
(Information includes: bystander intervention strategies)
How does a student request interim support?
(Information includes: who to contact to receiving on-going support, what type of support is available)
How does a student file a report?
(Information includes: Options available to a student needing to file a grievance.)
How are reports resolved?
(Information includes: Process options for resolving a grievance)
What are the range of sanctions taken to resolve a report?
(Information includes the broad range of safety measures, penalties, and educational interventions)
Who's involved in the University's sexual misconduct efforts?
(Information includes: the titles and roles of University employees involved in the process)
What training does the University offer?
(Information includes: employees, students, those involved in the University's response)
What awareness and prevention does the University offer?
(Information includes: campus-wide events, information resources, bystander intervention)
Statement of Nondiscrimination
Sexual misconduct is a form of sex discrimination and thus a violation of Title IX and other laws.
The University of the South does not discriminate in employment, the admission of students, or in the administration of any of its educational policies, programs, or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran/reserve/ national guard status, or religion (except in the School of Theology’s Master of Divinity program, where preference is given to individuals of the Episcopal faith and except for those employment positions where religious affiliation is a necessary qualification). The University of the South complies with the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the I.R.S. Anti-Bias Regulation, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Title IX Coordinator, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37383-1000, 931.598.1172, is the person responsible for coordinating the University’s effort to comply with these laws.
The University is also committed to free expression. Speech not specifically directed against individuals in a harassing way may be protected by traditional safeguards of free speech, even though the comments may cause considerable discomfort or concern to others in the community.
In addition to contacting the Title IX Coordinator, who is the compliance coordinator, persons with inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 may contact the Regional Civil Rights Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region IV, 61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 19T70, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.
Updated: August 11, 2018