Title IX

What is Title IX?

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

Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX.  In compliance with Title IX, Mercer University prohibits discrimination in employment as well as in all programs and activities on the basis of sex.

Pursuant to Title IX and its regulations (34 C.F.R. Part 106), the Mercer University Title IX Coordinator is the designated university official with primary responsibility for coordinating the university's compliance with Title IX and other federal and state laws and regulations relating to sex-based discrimination.

What are the roles of a Title IX Coordinator?

  1. Provides information and access to resources and support including:
    1. Academic assistance
    2. Housing assistance
    3. Campus safety assistance
    4. No contact and protective orders
    5. Information about adjudication and resolution processes
  2. Creates a safe space to make a report and learn about options including:
    1. Taking no action
    2. Informal resolution
    3. Formal resolution; campus adjudication process
  3. Promotes the creation of policies, procedures, and notifications to ensure university compliance with Title IX.
  4. Oversees implementation of compliance procedures, including investigations and reports of sexual misconduct and relationship violence.
  5. Answers questions and provides guidance about Title IX compliance and university related policies and procedures.
  6. Works to train and educate all members of the Mercer community about sexual misconduct and relationship violence as well as where to report violations
  7. Monitors all other aspects of the university's Title IX compliance.
  8. Oversees campus response to sexual misconduct including policy development, the response/adjudication process, resources & support, and sexual violence prevention/healthy relationships education.

Who is Mercer University's Title IX Coordinator?

Dr. Douglas Pearson, Interim Title IX Coordinator for Students
Student Affairs Connell Student Center
(478) 301-2685
Pearson_dr@mercer.edu
 
Rhonda Lidstone, Interim Title IX Coordinator for Employees
Human Resources, Lofts at Mercer Landing
(478) 301-2005