Gender Matters & Title IX

Gender Matters & Title IX

We are committed to the safety of all our students and employees. Whether you are a resident or attend only one class, it’s important to know your rights on campus. The information on gender-related matters and Title IX is designed to keep you informed, aware, and prepared to act for yourself or someone else. Below are a list of frequently asked questions and answers that may help you get started.


Frequently Asked Questions

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. AUM considers sex discrimination in any form to be a serious offense. Title IX refers to all forms of sex discrimination committed against students, including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and sexual violence by other students, employees, or third parties and gender inequity or unfair treatment based on an individual’s sex/gender.

Title IX covers the following key areas:

-Access to higher education
-Athletics
-Career education
-Education for pregnancy and parenting students
-Employment
-Learning environment
-Math and Science
-Sexual harassment
-Standardized testing

In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal, state, and local laws, Auburn University at Montgomery does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex , sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, disability, or veteran status in employment processes, admission or financial aid programs, or educational programs or activities.

The situations listed below are examples of incidents that should be reported. This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list.

 

-Bullying   
-Criminal Activities 
-Cyber bullying 
-Discrimination 
-Gender Discrimination 
-Gender Inequity
-Harassment
-Sexual Harassment
-Sexual Assault
-Sexual Misconduct
-Stalking
-Rape
-Retaliation
-Relationship Violence
-Threats of Violence

 

Students are encouraged to speak to officials of the institution to make formal reports of incident (i.e. deans, senior staff, or other administrators with supervisory responsibilities, campus security, Title IX Coordinator, and human resources). The University considers these people to be “responsible employees.” Notice to them is official notice to the institution.

If  a student requests that his or her name not be used, all reasonable steps will be taken to respond and investigate consistent with the request, so long as doing so does not prevent the school from responding effectively and preventing the harassment of other students or the complainant. It’s important to note that keeping the student anonymous does limit the University’s ability to respond.

If a student desires that details of an incident be kept confidential, the student should speak with on-campus counselors, campus health service providers or off-campus rape crisis resources who can maintain confidentiality.  Not providing full details regarding an incident does limit the University’s ability to respond. 

AUM also is obligated to provide a “prompt and equitable resolution” of sexual harassment complaints. This includes:

-The same access to information about the process and in the process for both parties.
-The same opportunities to call witnesses and have support persons through the process.
-Decision based on “preponderance of the evidence.”
-The same notification of the outcome of the process.
-The same appeal rights of the outcome.

When harassment occurs, AUM is obligated to stop the harassment, prevent its reoccurrence, and return that student back to a pre-deprivation state. 

 

Before pursuing the formal complaint process, every reasonable effort should be made in some situations to constructively resolve issues with faculty, staff, or administrators, including following procedures for formal appeal.  This effort can be coordinated through the Chief HR Officer and Title IX Coordinator, Jeanine Boddie-LaVan, at 334-244-3639 or jblavan@aum.edu.

If a formal complaint is filed,  a preliminary investigation  will be conducted by the Title IX Coordinator or designees in a manner that is adequate, reliable, and impartial. This preliminary investigation may include taking initial statements, collecting evidence and information, interviewing witnesses, providing support and accommodations, making determinations, delivering final outcomes and providing follow-up. 

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Jeanine Boddie-LaVan, Chief HR Officer & Title IX Coordinator
Office of Human Resources and Affirmative Action
Taylor Center 304
Phone: 334-244-3639
Fax: 334-244-3751
jblavan@aum.edu

Dr. Janice Lyn, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs & Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Sexual Misconduct
Office of the Dean of Students
Taylor Center 163
Phone: 334-244-3028
Fax: 334-244-3619
jlyn@aum.edu

Dr. Chaundra Thompson Assistant Vice Chancellor & Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Office of Accountability and Advocacy
Taylor Center 163
Phone: 334-244-3106
Fax: 334-244-3619
cthomp23@aum.edu

Dr. Glen Ray, Professor & Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty
College of Arts & Sciences - Psychology
Goodwyn Hall 210
Phone: 334-244-3690
Fax: 334-244-3826
gray@aum.edu

Dr. Yulanda Tyre Assistant Vice Chancellor & Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Office of Student Affairs
Taylor Center 163
Phone: 334-244-3430
Fax: 334-244-3619
ytyre@aum.edu

Kenneth Jones, Senior Public Safety Technician &  Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Campus Police
Ida Bell Young Library Tower 918
Phone: 334-244-3487
kjone108@aum.edu

Twyla Williams, HR Officer & Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Office of Human Resources and Affirmative Action
Taylor Center 304
Phone: 334-244-3657
Fax: 334-244-3751
twilli128@aum.edu

If I make a report, what information do I have to provide?

To complete report, the complainant will need to provide:

  • His or her contact information and main role on campus (i.e. faculty, staff or student.)
  • The nature of the complaint will need to be indicated, as well as other persons or departments on campus with whom the matter has been discussed
  • A full description of the complaint, included the name of person(s) believed to have committed the offense
  • The corrective action sought for the complaint
  • A list of witnesses, their contact information and relationship to the complainant

When the form has been completed and signed by the complainant, and then signed by the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy, the complaint has been properly received and noted by the University.

How soon do I have to report something?

Timeliness is key to addressing or resolving any issue. While there is not an identified timeline to make a report, delays in filing a report or reaching out for help can impact the safety and well-being of other on campus or the individual bringing forth the complaint, which is the University's top priority. Additionally, delays can increase the difficulty of the investigation process( i.e. hearing from witnesses) and could lead too preventative adverse impact on the academics of those involved. If you see something, say something. 

 I only heard about something that happened. Do I have to report what I heard?

All members of the AUM community are responsible for contributing to a safe and welcoming environment. The following steps can be taken by anyone to ensure our campus remains as safe as possible.

  • Remember that no one has the right to be violent, even if two people are dating.
  • Be honest and direct whenever possible.
  • Speak up when you hear threatening language.
  • Hold people accountable for their actions.
  • Respectfully challenge comments that are inappropriate because of gender.
  • Recruit help if necessary.
  • Remember to keep yourself safe and if things get out of hand or become too serious, contact campus police.

If I’m involved in an incident will my parents find out?

The University reserves the right to notify parents/guardians of students regarding any health or safety emergency, change in student status, or conduct situation. The University also reserves the right to designate which University official have a need to know about individual complaints pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Additionally, the University community encourages the reporting of sex discrimination violations. Sometimes, complaining parties are hesitant to report to University officials because they fear that they themselves may be charged with policy violations, such as underage drinking at the time of the incident.

It is in the best interest of this community that as many complaining parties as possible choose to report to University officials. To encourage reporting, the University pursues a policy of offering complaining parties of sex discrimination limited immunity from being charged with policy violations related to the particular incident. While violations to policy cannot be completely overlooked, the University will provide educational options rather than sanctions in such cases. 

I think I’m involved in a false complaint. What will happen?

The University will not tolerate intentional false reporting of incidents. Intentional false reports may violate state criminal statues and/or civil defamation laws.

I’m nervous about making a report because I don’t want any negative consequences. Am I protected?

Auburn University at Montgomery strictly prohibits retaliation against any person for using this reporting procedure, or for filing, testifying, assisting, or participating in any investigation or proceeding involving allegations of sex discrimination. Amy person who violates this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination, if he/she is an employee, or dismissal if the person is a student.

Retaliation includes intimidation, threats, harassment and any other adverse action threatened or taken against any complainant or third party because of the complaint or participation in the  investigation  and/or hearing process.

 

Report an Emergency Call Campus Police:  334-244-3178
Report a rape or sexual assault Campus Police:  334-244-3178
Report racial or sexual discrimination or harrassement Human Resources:  334-244-3639
Reach a counselor or a therapist Counseling Services:  334-244-3553
Report a student accident or injury Campus Police:  334-244-3178
Report a campus threat Campus Police:  334-244-3178
Report a crime that occurred on campus Campus Police:  334-244-3178
Report an emergency related to an employee Human Resources:  334-244-3639
Report an emergency related to an international student Global Initiatives:  334-244-3224
Report a student death Accountability & Advocacy:  334-244-3106
Other student incidents or not sure who to call Accountability & Advocacy:  334-244-3106