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Sexual Misconduct (Title IX)

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational programs or activities that receive federal funding, whether they take place in the facilities of a school or at an event sponsored by the school at another location. While perhaps best known for its application to program equity, such as in athletics, Title IX also applies to sexual harassment (including sexual assault), as it has been determined in subsequent legal cases and regulatory interpretations that sexual harassment can prevent students from participating fully and equitably in educational opportunities. Sexual harassment was in fact explicitly recognized as a form of discrimination for purposes of Title IX compliance in 1992. Belmont University is committed to fostering a safe learning environment for members of the university community. As required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the university undertakes to investigate any allegation of sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct encompasses a range of behavior including sexual harassment, sexual violence and any conduct of a sexual nature that is nonconsensual or has the effect of threatening or intimidating the person against whom such conduct is directed.

The university will make reasonable efforts to eliminate and prevent sexual misconduct. The university’s sexual misconduct policy can be found here.

The university has appointed the director of the Office of Human Resources to serve as coordinator of compliance with Title IX issues and questions for staff and faculty. The Associate Dean of Students serves as coordinator of compliance for Title VI and Title IX issues and questions for students.

Inquiries or complaints should be directed to:

Sally McKay, Director of Human Resources
Fidelity Hall, Room 426
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212 

Dr. Becky Spurlock, Associate Dean of Students                       
Beaman Student Life Center, Suite 200                 
1900 Belmont Boulevard                   
Nashville, TN 37212