Title IX

Lee University is committed to prohibiting discrimination based on sex in accordance with federal guidelines. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) and the Department of Education’s 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 Lee University is Brittany Gates, director of student care. She is charged with monitoring compliance with these laws and regulations. Questions regarding Title IX, as well as concerns and complaints of noncompliance, may be directed to her:

Brittany Gates

Brittany Gates
Phone: (423) 473-3817
Office: CEN316-C
Email: bgates@leeuniversity.edu

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; residential facilities; counseling; hiring and retention of employees; and benefits and leaves.

If you are an employee who believes you have been subjected to discrimination under Title IX, including sexual harassment, or who wishes to file a complaint under Title IX, you may do so with Brittany Gates, who will work directly with director of human resources, Amy Ballard, on inquiries related to employees. Such complaints are covered under the university’s discrimination policy and procedures.

If you are a student who believes you have been subjected to 1) sexual harassment by university faculty or staff or 2) any other form of gender discrimination under Title IX, you may report such conduct or file a formal complaint with Brittany Gates. Such complaints are covered under the university’s discrimination policy and procedures.

If you are a college student with a complaint of sexual misconduct related to something that happened to you or another student, you may file a report electronically or in person with Brittany Gates or one of the Title IX deputy coordinators identified in the Title IX Sexual Harassment and Non-Discrimination Policy for students.

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. The Department may be contacted according to the following information:

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
Email: OCR@ed.gov
Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr

Federal laws prohibit the taking of retaliatory measures against any individual who files a complaint in good faith.

If you would like to file a Title IX report, you can do so online or by contacting the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Reports can be filed at any time including during non-business hours to the Title IX Coordinator’s email address or phone number. While you may report anonymously, a decision to remain anonymous may greatly limit Lee University’s ability to stop the alleged conduct, collect evidence, or take action against parties accused of violating our Policies.

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