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Sexual Misconduct Policy

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions. Educational institutions that receive federal funding must provide equal opportunity to both sexes. The law reads in part:

“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 assistance.”

– Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)

GS/USG Sexual Misconduct Policy

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has issued the Sexual Misconduct Policy, number 6.7, which our institution adheres to. You can also find the Sexual Misconduct Policy in Georgia Southern’s Code of Student Conduct, chapter 9.

Sexual Misconduct Definitions:

Sexual Misconduct

Includes, but is not limited to, such unwanted behavior as dating violence, domestic violence, nonconsensual sexual contact, nonconsensual sexual penetration, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment and stalking.

Domestic Violence

Violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the alleged victim; by a person with whom the alleged victim shares a child in common; by a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner; or by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the alleged victim.

Dating violence

Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the alleged victim. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the totality of the circumstances including, without limitation to: 1) the length of the relationship; 2) the type of relationship; and 3) t he frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse. Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence.

Non-consensual sexual contact

Any physical contact with another person of a sexual nature without the person’s consent. It includes but is not limited to the touching of a person’s intimate parts (for example genitalia, groin, breasts, or buttocks); touching a person with one’s own intimate parts; or forcing a person to touch his or her own or another person’s intimate parts. This provision also including “Fondling” as defined by the Clery Act.

Non-consensual sexual penetration

Any penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth by a penis, object, tongue, finger, or other body part; or contact between the mouth of one person and the genitals or anus of another person. This provision also includes “Rape, Incest, and Statutory Rape” as defined by the Clery Act.

Sexual exploitation

Taking nonconsensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for one’s own advantage or benefit, or for the benefit or advantage of anyone other than the one being exploited.

Examples of sexual exploitation may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Invasion of sexual privacy;
  2. Prostituting another individual;
  3. Nonconsensual photos, video, or audio of sexual activity;
  4. Nonconsensual distribution of photo, video, or audio of sexual activity, even if the sexual activity or capturing of the activity was consensual;
  5. Intentional observation of nonconsenting individuals who are partially undressed, naked, or engaged in sexual acts;
  6. Knowingly transmitting an STD or HIV to another individual through sexual activity;
  7. Intentionally and inappropriately exposing one’s breasts, buttocks, groin or genitals in nonconsensual circumstances; and/or
  8. Sexually based bullying.

Sexual harassment (student on student)

Unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct based on sex (including gender stereotypes), determined by a Reasonable Person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to participate in or to benefit from an institutional education program or activity.

Sexual harassment (other than student on student)

Unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct, based on sex (including gender stereotypes), that may be any of the following:

  1. Implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of employment or status in a course, program, or activity;
  2. A basis for employment or educational decisions; or
  3. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to interfere with one’s work or educational performance creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or learning environment, or interfering with or limiting one’s ability to participate in or to benefit from an institutional program or activity.

The USG also prohibits unwelcome conduct determined by a Reasonable Person to be so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to a USG program or activity in violation of Title IX.

Stalking

Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a Reasonable Person to fear for their safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress.

For the purposes of this definition:

  1. Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with person’s property.
  2. Substantial emotional distress means significant mental suffering or anguish that may but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.

For additional terms and definitions, please see the Sexual Misconduct Policy.

See also our Complainant Information Brochure and Respondent Information Brochure.

Inquiries & Complaints

Inquiries or complaints related to Title IX, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or other forms of sexual misconduct may be directed to the university’s Title IX Coordinator and/or the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

The Title IX Coordinator for Georgia Southern is:

Amber J. Culpepper, J.D.
Statesboro Campus
Rosenwald Building, Room 1066
P.O. Box 8035
Statesboro, GA 30460
912-478-5136
aculpepper@georgiasouthern.edu

Armstrong Campus
Victor Hall, Room 243-244

You can file a report with the Title IX Coordinator through the online complaint form.

While it is everyone’s responsibility at Georgia Southern to comply with Title IX, you can find a list of staff members who have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance.

Anyone can file a complaint with the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

The Office of Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Telephone: 800-421-3481
Facsimile: 202-453-6012 TDD#: 800-877-8339
Email: OCR@ed.gov
http://www.ed.gov/ocr

To learn more, visit:
OCR Complaint Process
OCR Complaint Form
OCR Contact Information

Last updated: 9/30/2021