Title IX Coordinator – Shorter University

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Shorter University Title IX Coordinator Description of Responsibilities:

Shorter University affirms a commitment to Christian values and works to provide a campus community environment free from harassment. Shorter also is committed to recognizing, upholding, and enforcing the laws of the United States and the State of Georgia. Violation of those laws shall not be condoned on the campus or at any activity held off campus by any constituency. It is the policy of Shorter University, in keeping with the efforts to establish an environment in which the dignity and worth of all members of the institutional community are respected, that sexual harassment of students and employees at Shorter University is unacceptable conduct and will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment may involve the behavior of a person of either sex against a person of the opposite or same sex, when that behavior falls within the definition outlined below. Shorter University‘s sexual harassment policy applies equally to all individuals classified as a student, faculty, or staff member. Any reported incident of possible sexual harassment or assault will be investigated promptly.

Harassment violates federal and state laws, including, but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits harassment in the workplace, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits harassment of students as a form of discrimination that denies or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the College’s programs. Inquiries about Shorter‘s sexual harassment policy should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students (Fitton Student Union, room 237, 706-233-7231).

Title IX Coordinator is the designated agent of the University with primary responsibility for coordinating University Title IX compliance efforts. The Title IX coordinator’s responsibilities are crucial to the development, implementation, and monitoring of meaningful efforts to comply with Title IX legislation. Further, the coordinator oversees the University’s harassment policy in relation to Title IX law. The coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing the grievance procedures recommended by Title IX legislation. Those procedures include notification and investigation of complaints; providing educational materials and training for the Shorter community; coordinating investigations of complaints; safeguarding a fair and neutral process for all parties; and monitoring all other aspects of the University’s Title IX compliance.

Adoption of procedures to provide prompt and equitable resolution of complaints is a critical function of the Title IX Coordinator. The Coordinator can assist persons alleging sexual harassment or discrimination in filing their grievance(s) and/or oversee the step-by-step procedure to be sure that appropriate time frames are met, or such persons may work directly with the university officer who directly handles sexual harassment and discrimination cases.

In carrying out this responsibility, the Coordinator may work in concert with other university officials. If the Title IX Coordinator does not conduct the investigation of complaints, the Coordinator should receive information about any grievances filed related to Title IX compliance. This procedure allows the institution to identify any patterns or repeat offenders that may be missed otherwise. The Coordinator should also receive sufficient information throughout the process so that the Coordinator can provide necessary guidance or information to ensure that the institution carries out its responsibilities under Title IX.

Title IX Coordinator:

Ken Whitlow
VP of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Shorter University
315 Shorter Avenue

Title IX and Sexual Violence Investigators:

Anthony Chatmon
 Director of Residence Life & Student Conduct
Shorter University
315 Shorter Avenue

Helpful Links

Mandatory University Reporting Policy
Campus Wide Incident Form