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Title IX Information

Vanderbilt University is committed to equal opportunity and to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all members of the University community, guests, and visitors.  The University’s policies, programs, and activities are designed to foster courtesy and respect.  The University prohibits and seeks to eliminate all forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, and intimate partner violence, which includes dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.  Under federal law, Vanderbilt has a duty to take steps to prevent and redress sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence.  Such conduct is contrary to Vanderbilt’s values, represents socially irresponsible behavior, and is not tolerated.  This policy addresses Vanderbilt’s obligations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”), and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (“VAWA”). 

In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990,the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Executive Order 11246, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 as amended by the Jobs for Veterans Act, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, as amended, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, Vanderbilt University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service, covered veterans status, or genetic information in its administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic or other university-administered programs; or employment. In addition, the university does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their gender expression consistent with the university’s nondiscrimination policy.

This policy outlines the procedures that apply to allegations of sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, and intimate partner violence involving students, as defined in the Jurisdiction section of Chapter 3 of the Student Handbook.  It is applicable to all members of the Vanderbilt community, including student organizations, with respect to conduct that occurs on campus and conduct that occurs off campus, including conduct in connection with University programs or activities or that otherwise interferes with or limits the ability of a member of the community to participate in or to receive benefits, services, or opportunities from the University’s programs or activities, regardless of whether the victim is an affiliate of the University.  Complaints and reports of sexual misconduct or intimate partner violence will be addressed utilizing the procedures outlined in the version of this policy in effect as of the date of the notice of investigation; however, the “Offenses and Definitions” section of the policy in effect as of the date of the alleged incident will be used.  Complaints and reports of conduct spanning more than one year will be addressed using the “Offenses and Definitions” section in the version of the policy in effect at the time of the most recent alleged incident. 

The policy sets forth the specific types of conduct that are prohibited, as well as the resources and support services available to those in the Vanderbilt community who have been impacted by such conduct.  Vanderbilt encourages everyone affected by sexual misconduct or intimate partner violence, and everyone who suspects or witnesses such conduct, to report it and to seek help and support from available resources.  The University will take prompt and effective action to address allegations of sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence, and it will resolve complaints and reports in a timely and fair manner.

Questions about the policy and its applicability to any alleged conduct may be directed to Vanderbilt’s Title IX Coordinator, who oversees compliance with applicable non-discrimination policies, including this policy:

Stephanie A. Roth 
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Title IX and EEO
Title IX Coordinator

110 21st Avenue South, Suite 975, Nashville, TN 37203

Reporting an Incident

[1] Sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, and intimate-partner violence are broad terms designed to capture a spectrum of behavior.