Student Policies: Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) and the Department of Education’s (Department) implementing regulations prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in federally assisted education programs and activities: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial aid..."  In addition, the Supreme Court, Congress, and federal executive departments and agencies, including the Department, have recognized that sexual harassment can constitute discrimination prohibited by Title IX.  

The Title IX Coordinator at the University of the South is Dr. Nancy Berner, Associate Provost (931.598.1172, Walsh Ellett 104, nberner@sewanee.edu). Dr. Berner is charged with monitoring compliance with these laws and regulations. Questions regarding Title IX, as well as concerns and complaints of non-compliance, may be directed to her.

Title IX applies to a wide array of programs within the University, not just athletics. Other areas covered include: Recruitment, Admissions, Financial Aid and Scholarships; Course Offerings and Access; Counseling; Hiring and Retention of Employees; Benefits and Leaves.

Employees

If you are an employee who believes you have been subjected to discrimination under Title IX, including sexual harassment, or who wishes to file a complaint under Title IX you may do so with Dr. Berner. Such complaints are covered under the University's Discrimination policy and procedures, which may be found at: Procedures.

Students

If you are a student who believes you have been subjected to 1) sexual harassment by University faculty or staff; or 2) any other form of gender discrimination under Title IX, you may report such conduct or file a formal complaint with Dr. Berner. Such complaints are covered under the University's Discrimination policy and procedures, which may be found at: Procedures.

If you are a College student with a complaint of sexual harassment, including sexual misconduct (definitions), against another College student, you may file a report electronically, or in person to any dean of students, or to Dr. Berner. For more information on the Sexual Misconduct Policy for students or procedures regarding this policy, see the website on "support and consent."

Individuals with complaints of this nature also have the right to file a formal complaint with the United States Department of Education, the federal governing body in charge of enforcing Title IX:

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Customer Service Hotline #: (800) 421-3481
Facsimile: (202) 453-6012
TDD#: (877) 521-2172
Email: OCR@ed.gov
Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr

Federal laws prohibit the taking of retaliatory measures against any individual who files a complaint in good faith.

The University of the South’s policy against discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation is consistent with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 34 CFR Part 106, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and 34 CFR 104.7, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008. In addition to contacting the Associate Provost for Planning and Administration, 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.