• Purpose

    In compliance with recent changes to the Jeanne Clery Act, specifically the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and the adoption of the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (Campus SaVE) Act, Lee University seeks to provide a safe campus for all of its students and employees, especially women. The university takes seriously reports of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and retaliation related to reports of such conduct. The primary objective is the prevention of these types of incidents. However, when allegations are made, the institution stands ready to support victims and to investigate allegations fairly and quickly.

    To comply with federal regulations, universities must define certain terms and processes to inform their campuses of behavioral expectations. The specific discriminatory and harassment behaviors this policy addresses deal with dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, all of which the university expressly prohibits.

    Policy Statement

    Lee University forbids harassment and discrimination of any kind that relates to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or genetic information. The university strives to encourage a campus atmosphere that is wholesome and accepting. Discriminatory conduct and harassment, as well as sexual misconduct and relationship violence, violates the dignity of individuals, impedes the realization of the university’s educational mission, and will not be tolerated. Those in violation of the harassment and discrimination policies of the university are subject to disciplinary procedures. The university reserves the right to uphold policies based on biblical standards in all areas of campus life.

    Conduct prohibited by this policy may also violate Title IX, Title VII, and other applicable federal and state law. Ann McElrath, director of human resources, is the Title IX coordinator for Lee University. Deputy Title IX coordinators include:

    Matt Brinkman, director of campus safety Tyler Allen, assistant director of campus safety
    Jessica McIntyre, director of internal affairs for athletics Jennifer Dills, service projects coordinator
    Valerie Floyd, housing assignments coordinator Alan McClung, dean of students