Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, or denies participation in any federally funded education program or activity. In conjunction with Title IX, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects individuals against sex discrimination (as well as discrimination on the bases of race, color, national origin, and religion) in employment.
Sex discrimination is defined as unequal treatment of individuals based on gender, and has many forms. Sexual violence is a form of sex discrimination, and is defined as any physical sexual act committed upon a person against the person’s will or where/when the person is incapable of giving consent due to use of drugs or alcohol, or for other reasons. Sexual violence includes, but is not limited to sexual assault (non-consensual sexual intercourse and non-consensual sexual contact), dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation.
Director of Affirmative Action
Title VI/Title IX Coordinator
Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
(931) 221 - 7005
Title IX Coordinator & Deputy Title IX Coordinator
In accordance with Title IX guidance and regulations, Austin Peay State University (APSU) has appointed Shelia Bryant, Director of Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action, as Title IX Coordinator.
As the Title IX Coordinator she is charged with the oversight and monitoring of APSU’s compliance efforts. APSU has appointed Greg Singleton, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Austin Peay State University (APSU) does not discriminate against students, employees, or applicants for admission or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or any other legally protected class with respect to all employment, programs and activities sponsored by APSU. Inquiries or complaints regarding the non-discrimination policies, including Title IX complaints can be directed to any of the offices listed on this page.
What Does Title IX Cover?
Title IX prohibits:
*Sexual Misconduct (includes acts of sexual violence)
Why is Title IX Important?
* 1 in 5 women are victims of completed or attempted sexual assault while in college.
* 6.1 percent of males are victims of completed or attempted sexual assault while in college.
Source: 2011 Dear Colleague Letter – Office for Civil Rights (U.S. Department of Education)
How does Title IX affect APSU students?
If a student believes that they have been subjected to or they have been a witness to any of the prohibited behavior outlined above, (coming from a faculty member, staff, or another student), they may file an internal complaint. See APSU Policy 6:004 (Discrimination and Harassment Complaints (other than Complaints of Sexual Violence and Stalking) Complaint Investigation Procedure at APSU 6:004
Your Rights (Under Title IX) as a member of the Austin Peay State University (APSU) Community
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to file a complaint according to APSU’s Sexual Violence and Stalking Policy. You also have the right to request a criminal investigation with law enforcement.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to interim support and reasonable protective measures to help you continue to live and learn at APSU, for instance a housing or academic modification.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to understand that APSU is required to undertake a prompt and thorough investigation of all reports of sexual violence.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to request and obtain a No Contact Order and information about how to request Protection from Abuse Orders.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT not to be discouraged in your use of resources, processes, or support and to report to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator if your rights have been violated.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to be free from retaliation for exercising your rights.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to access on- and off-campus support and health services.
YOU HAVE THESE RIGHTS regardless of your race, color, creed, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation/gender identity, religion, age, disability status, genetic information, and/or veteran status.
Sexual Respect and Title IX
Austin Peay State University (APSU) strives to provide a safe learning and working environment for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Accordingly, sexual discrimination in any form, including (but not limited to) sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and retaliation, is expressly prohibited by APSU.
APSU holds a zero tolerance policy against sexual violence. Sexual violence occurs when sexual acts are forced upon a person against his/her will, or whenever a person is unable to give consent to sexual acts. Sexual violence can be committed by a stranger or by someone you know, whether you are in an intimate or sexual relationship with that person or not. Sexual violence can be committed by men or women, and can occur between people of the same or different sex.
If you have experienced or have witnessed any form of sexual discrimination, including sexual violence, we encourage you to report the incident(s) to the APSU Campus Police, the Title IX Coordinator, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator or the Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer and Investigator. These individuals will assist in addressing the incident and preventing its recurrence.
For confidential help and counseling contact the Sexual Assault Center (S.A.C.) crisis line: 1-800-879-1999, Centerstone:1-888-291-4357, or The Student Counseling Center: 931-221-6162.
Who do I contact for more information?
EEO Compliance Officer and Investigator
601 College Street, Browning Building
Clarksville, TN 37044
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights, Atlanta Office
61 Forsyth Street, Suite 19T10
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Austin Peay State University (APSU) does not discriminate against students, employees, or applicants for admission or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or any other legally protected class with respect to all employment, programs and activities sponsored by APSU.
In order to maintain compliance with Federal Regulations all new employees are required to complete mandatory training on Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault and Discrimination. APSU utlizes the Everfi website for training on Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 . All employees to include graduate teaching assistants are required to complete the two part Haven for Faculty and Staff training.
In order to complete Haven for Faculty and Staff, you will need one EverFi Higher Education Account to access the course from your computer. Instruction for registration can be located at www.apsu.edu/affirmative-action/required-training.
In addition to Title IX Training all employees are required to participate in Title VI Non-Discrimination and Harassment Training found in our D2L Portal. Login information can be located at www.apsu.edu/affirmative-action/required-training.
Send any questions ro concerns about any of the required training to the following personnel.
Steven Grudzinski, Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer and Investigator, (931)221-7160
Sheila Bryant, Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator, (931) 221-7178
Marian Perron, Human Resources Training Specialist, (931) 221-6295