Title IX Policy and Sexual Misconduct


We understand that this is a challenging time for everyone. If you are struggling, the counseling office is available to serve students via secure Zoom video conference for the remainder of the summer semester. To schedule an appointment, contact the Counseling Services at 423-236-2782 (Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET), or log on to: https://www.southern.edu/administration/student-success/counseling/

At Southern Adventist University, we strive to continue providing a safe, nurturing learning community of faith for students, faculty, and staff, even in these unprecedented circumstances. While our class structure has temporarily moved to distance learning, the expectations of Southern's Code of Conduct and Sexual Misconduct policies still apply. Title IX states: “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.”

Southern's Title IX services continue to be available at titleix@southern.edu. If you would like to make a report, you can do online so at southern.edu/titleix, in person with Campus Safety (officers continue to operate on campus 24/7), or by calling 423-236-2813 to speak with the Title IX Coordinator, Dennis Negron. Open cases will continue with investigations, and newly reported information will be received and processed accordingly.
The Title IX team is committed to our students, employees, and the campus community through this time.
Thank you,
The Title IX Team


In compliance with Title IX of the U.S. Higher Education Amendments (1972), Southern does not discriminate on the basis of gender. In addition to gender equity in sports, Title IX prohibits sex-based discrimination in education. It addresses gender-based discrimination and sexual violence (whether student to student, student to employee, or employee to employee). Sexual violence includes attempted or completed rape or sexual assault, as well as sexual harassment, stalking, voyeurism, exhibitionism, verbal or physical sexuality-based threats or abuse, and intimate partner violence. 



1)  Appointment of Title IX Coordinator 

            Title IX Coordinator
            Dennis Negron, Vice President of Student Development

2)  Offer clear communication across campus about our policies related to sexual misconduct (see related policies below).  

3)  Provide adequate and appropriate training to students and employees on sexual violence prevention, awareness, and how individuals should proceed if they experience or encounter a situation involving sexual misconduct.

     RAD Classes (www.southern.edu/rad)

 4)  Ensure that prompt and equitable grievance procedures for responding to reports of sexual discrimination are followed.  

Related Policies: