Title IX refers to Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972, which amended the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and provides: "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". 20 USC 1681.

What do I do if I've been harassed, discriminated against on the basis of my gender or subjected to sexual misconduct?

You should bring your situation to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator or any of the Deputy Coordinators listed below.

How can I file a complaint?

Complaints should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator of the complainant's choice/preference and/or personal comfort level. The complainant may be a student, faculty, staff or visitor on campus.  You can file a complaint by meeting with the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator of your choice or by completing the Complaint Form and submitting it ot the Title IX Coordinator.

Who are Furman University's Title IX Coordinators? What do they do?

The Title IX Coordinator has responsibility for overseeing all Title IX compliance, including complaints of sexual misconduct.  All instances of harassment or sexual misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Coordinator.

Title IX Coordinator

Melissa Nichols Title IX and Section 504/ADA Coordinator

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Rachael Simpson
Assistant Athletic Director/
Compliance and Student-Athlete Development
Jason Cassidy AVP for Student Life / Dean of Students 864.294.2093
Stephanie Boyd
Assistant Dean of Students / Alcohol and Drug Education Coordinator 864.294.2292
Kristen Davis Human Resources Generalist

How can I support a student complainant? 

If a student discloses an incident of sexual misconduct to you, including sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence, or sexual harassment, we encourage you to take the following steps: 

​1. Listen ​2. Refer ​3. Report
  • CONFIRM the student’s safety. If they are not safe, help them create a plan to get to a safe place. 
  • PROVIDE nonjudgmental support. Avoid questions that suggest blame or show doubt. 
  • RESPOND with compassion and sensitivity.
  • REVIEW reporting options with the student (both the right to file a report with law enforcement and the right to file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator). 
  • DIRECT the student to on-campus support resources, such as the counseling center and the Earle Student Health Center. 
  • SHARE off-campus resources.
  • CONTACT the Title IX Coordinator to report the incident. 
  • EXPLAIN to the student that the Title IX Coordinator will contact them to discuss their reporting options and resources.

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