Policy Related to Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Guidelines

The University of Memphis is a community of scholars founded on mutual respect and is committed to providing a living, learning and working environment that is free from sexual misconduct and harassment. Such behavior can impair or limit the educational and occupational opportunities of members of the University community and have no place in any academic environment. This policy applies to all University of Memphis students. It defines unacceptable behavior, identifies resources for persons who have been the victims of sexual misconduct, and describes the University's prevention and education efforts.

Sexual misconduct in any form is a violation of both state and federal laws and may be prosecuted in the criminal justice system as well as through the University's disciplinary process. Legal definitions may vary from those used by the University of Memphis community as outlined here. Pursuing resolution through the University's prescribed process/procedures does not preclude one from pursuing criminal or civil action now or in the future, and vice versa.

The University of Memphis has identified the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity as its Title IX Coordinator; the Title IX Coordinator's role is to oversee compliance with Title IX regulations [http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/tix_dis.html]. Specifically, the University of Memphis Title IX Coordinator will:

  • Serve as a resource for students wishing to report any acts of sexual violence or sexual harassment, i.e. violations of Title IX.

  • Provide oversight for all Title IX complaints.

  • Review and support the informational initiatives enabling students to fully understand sexual violence and sexual harassment as forms of sexual discrimination and further educate the community about College policy and procedures.

The Office of Institutional Equity is located on the first floor of the Administration Building on the University of Memphis campus. You may view the office website [http://www.memphis.edu/oie] or contact the University's Title IX Coordinator by calling 901.678.2713.