Navigating Title IX
Commitment to Addressing Sex Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct, and Sexual Violence
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. Key to this value are efforts to nurture an environment of civility and mutual respect and to foster a culture of reporting concerns so that the University can respond promptly and equitably whenever an incident occurs. All employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs also have the right to be free from unlawful harassment and retaliation.
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.
What is 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. Sylvia Gray (931.598.1420, Woods Lab 138, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). Dr. Gray 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; and Benefits and Leaves.
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
OCR E-mail: OCR@ed.gov
OCR Website: http://www.ed.gov/ocr
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 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.