Sexual Misconduct Reporting
Reports can be submitted electronically or in person. Electronic submissions are sent to the Dean of Students Office and copied to the Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Nancy Berner, Associate Provost (931.598.1172, Walsh Ellett 104).
All submissions are reviewed and investigated.
For immediate attention, call the University's
Sexual Assault Crisis Response Team at 931-636-4887,
available 24 hours a day.
Leave a message. They'll call you back promptly.
Other resources include:
The Chattanooga Rape Crisis Center hotline at 423.755.2700.
All American Taxi service at 1.888.514.TAXI (8294) for a confidenial ride to the center.
Individuals with complaints of this nature also always have the right to file a formal complaint with the United States Department of Education:
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
If you desire that details of the incident be kept confidential, you should speak with University Counseling Service or University Health Services, the University Chaplains, or off-campus rape crisis resources who can maintain confidentiality. Proctors, Assistant Proctors, Resident Chaplains, Area Coordinators, faculty, and other student life staff are obligated to report all incidents of sexual misconduct to the dean of students office and the Title IX Coordinator. All University employees, even the above individuals, must report incidents statistically to comply with federal requirements. This reporting does not require specific names and without names, no detailed investigation can follow.
Other Reporting Options
(These are not confidential)
You are encouraged to speak to officials of the institution to make formal reports of incidents (dorm staff, deans, faculty, other administrators with supervisory responsibilities, police officers, and human resources). The University considers these people to be "responsible employees." Notice to them is official notice to the institution. You have the right and can expect to have incidents of sexual misconduct to be taken seriously by the institution when formally reported, and to have those incidents investigated and properly resolved through administrative procedures. Formal reporting means that only people who need to know will be told, and information will be shared only as necessary with investigators, witnesses, and the accused individual.
Federal Timely Warning Reporting Obligations
Those who report incidents of sexual misconduct should also be aware that college administrators may issue immediate timely warnings for incidents reported to them that are confirmed to pose a substantial threat of bodily harm or danger to members of the campus community. The University will make every effort to ensure that the reporter's name and other identifying information is not disclosed, while still providing enough information for community members to make safety decisions in light of the danger.
University Statement Concerning Discrimination and/or Harassment Click here for the full text of The University of the South's Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation.
The University of the South prohibits discrimination in employment, admission of students, and administration of its education programs or activities on the basis of, among other things, sex or disability. Any student, employee, or applicant for admission or employment may initiate a grievance for sex discrimination, which is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended. Any student or employee may initiate a grievance for disability discrimination which is prohibited by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (section 504), as amended.