Sexual Misconduct Policy & Approach

University Commitment

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 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 harassment and retaliation. 

Related Commitments

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. (Source: University's Non-Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Policy available at

Sexual Misconduct Policy

The following pages comprise the institution's expectations and response. For your convenience, you may also download a copy of the policy information here (Title IX and Sex Discrimination 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)

How to support a friend 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) 


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: January 13, 2019