WHAT IS TITLE IX?
The United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is the federal agency charged with enforcing compliance with Title IX to prevent loss of federal funds. For more information on OCR, please visit their website at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html . OCR requires that educational institutions appoint a Title IX Coordinator to help ensure federal compliance and implementation of policies and procedures that must be communicated to students and employees.
Title IX prohibits discrimination in educational program or activities including athletics; recruitment, admissions, financial aid and scholarships; course offerings and access; counseling; treatment of pregnant or parenting students; employment; and prohibits sex or gender based harassment or misconduct.
Alabama State University’s Title IX Coordinator is Dr. Linwood Whitten. If you need to file a complaint, contact him at (334) 229-4713, Suite C1.64, Hardy Student Center, title9@alasu.
THE UNIVERSITY'S COMMITMENT TO TITLE IX COMPLIANCE
Notice of Nondiscrimination
Alabama State University (ASU) is committed to providing a learning and working environment that is free from discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion, color, physical disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation or age in any of its programs, including admission of students or employment. In matters regarding gender-based misconduct or discrimination, ASU complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities. ASU’s Policy on Gender Equity applies regardless of the complainant’s or respondent’s race, gender, disability, age, marital status, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics. ASU’s Policy on Gender Equity provides guidance for individuals who may be the victim of gender-based misconduct or discrimination.
You may contact the Title IX Coordinator or any of the following on campus resources to report an incident or discuss issues or concerns (for an emergency, always call ASU Campus Police at (334) 229-4400, or 911):
TITLE IX COORDINATOR (to file a complaint)
Dr. Linwood Whitten
Alabama State University
P.O. Box 271
Montgomery, AL 36101-0271
Campus Location: Hardy Student Center, Suite 1.64
Phone: (334) 229-4713
TITLE IX DEPUTIES (Faculty and Staff who can also assist students)
Athletics: Jennifer Williams (334) 229-7636
Performing Arts/Band: Dr. Carly Johnson (334) 229-4340
Student Affairs: Mr. Jeremy Hodge (334) 229-4156
Police Department: Officer Marquez James (334) 229-6727
Residence Life: Ms. Rakesha Hines (334) 229-4357
Faculty: Dr. Janel Bell Hayes (334) 229-4130
Counseling: Ms. Brenda Kennedy (334) 229-4380
Enrollment Management: Dr. Ronda Westry (334) 229-5304
Admissions: Mrs. Reletta McGhee (334) 229-4806
Contact ASU Campus Police: (334) 229-4400 (24 hours call line)
Contact Public Safety immediately if you are injured, in need of emergency assistance, any type of sexual assault has occurred or a potential crime has been committed.
VAWP (24-hour crisis line)
Office of Student Affairs
(334) 229- 4241
J. Garrick Hardy Center, C1.41
Judicial Affairs Officer
Any student who believes that he/she has been subjected to discrimination prohibited by Title IX, or that the University has failed to meet its Title IX obligations, may bring the concern to the attention of the University Title IX Coordinator, who has authority to address the concerns through formal or informal resolution in accordance with ASU’s Gender Based Misconduct Policy.
The Title IX Coordinator will work collaboratively with other University officials charged with responsibilities for student, faculty and staff conduct, discipline and safety.
Although a sexual misconduct report can be filed at any time, we encourage you to report incidents to ASU Campus Police immediately at (334) 229-4400, or by calling 911. Delay can impair the ability to collect forensic evidence, make arrests, or implementation of protective measures.
Regardless of whether you choose to report the incident to the police, you can contact campus resources, such as Violence Against Wo(men) Program (VAWP) or Student Counseling Services for assistance. Additionally, if you wish, the university can implement appropriate interim measures to provide for your safety, as well as the campus community, and to avoid retaliation. Examples of such measures include issuing a “No Contact Order” and/or making temporary accommodations with regard to housing, course schedules, work schedules, transportation and other related matters.
TALK TO SOMEONE
If you choose to speak to someone, there are two types of resources available: confidential and non-confidential.
- Confidential resources: Discussions with the counselors at the Student Counseling Center and the advocates at VAWP are confidential. They are not required to report the incident to the police or university officials unless permitted by you.
- Non-confidential resources: Discussions with professors, academic advisors, resident assistants, coaches, supervisors and all other University employees are not confidential and should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator, officials with a need to know, and or police.
If law enforcement determines that there is an ongoing threat to the campus community, essential information will be released to the extent necessary to protect the community. Your identity will remain confidential.
At ASU, we care about supporting all students who are impacted by sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, stalking, etc. and there are many resources available (on campus and in the community) to assist with various needs related to these issues. If you are concerned about your safety or need medical attention, always call ASU Campus Police at (334) 229-4400, or 911.
VAWP (24-hour crisis line)
ASU Campus Police
ASU Department of Public Safety
1452 Carter Hill Road (across from the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex)
ASU Health Center
Ground floor - Simpson Hall
Public Information Office
John Garrick Hardy Center
Standing Together Against Rape (S.T.A.R)
Family Sunshine Center
Domestic Violence Crisis Line
One Place Justice Center
Montgomery Police Department
Do not contact the alleged victim.
If you have been accused of sexual misconduct and are unsure what to do, contact the Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Linwood Whitten, at (334) 229-4713, title9@alasu.
The Title IX Coordinator can explain the University reporting procedures and the Title IX investigation process. For further information on the disciplinary process, visit the Student Affairs webpage to review the Gender Based Misconduct policy and Student Pilot:
You can also receive counseling assistance on campus from the Counseling Center at (334) 229-4382.
Sexual misconduct is a violation of ASU policy and may also be a criminal offense. The Title IX Coordinator, or designated investigator, will conduct an investigation to determine whether a policy violation has occurred using a preponderance of the evidence standard of proof. This process is separate from a police or criminal investigation.
A student or employee found guilty of sexual misconduct, stalking, dating/domestic violence, etc. will be subject to discipline in accordance with ASU disciplinary procedures and may also be subject to prosecution pursuant to Alabama criminal statutes.
Follow any and all “No Contact Orders” and/or other directives from University officials and the police. Failure to do so could result in disciplinary action, including dismissal.