Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, Stalking, and Retaliation
Our Title IX Commitment
The University of Tennessee is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and non-discriminatory learning, living, and working environment free from sexual misconduct, relationship violence, stalking, and retaliation.
In September 2016, UT President Joe DiPietro appointed a special, independent commission to review and address Title IX compliance across the UT System. The commission released a report of its findings in June 2017. In August 2017, Chancellor Beverly Davenport established the Office of Title IX to provide a comprehensive community approach to the institution’s Title IX responsibility. Under the direction of the Title IX Coordinator, Title IX team members, housed in critical areas across campus, work collaboratively to educate the campus community, prevent incidents, support those in need, and address Title IX-related concerns.
Utilizing the commission’s report, national benchmarking, and current research, the University of Tennessee has identified our Title IX commitment. Grounded in the Center for Disease Control’s Social-Ecological Model, the University’s Title IX commitment emphasizes five key areas:
- Policy: Our foundation is in the policy and procedures we follow.
- Prevention & Education: Our goal is to prevent sexual misconduct, relationship violence, stalking, and retaliation before they happen.
- Support & Interim Measures: Our promise is to provide support and appropriate interim measures to individuals involved in the Title IX process.
- Investigation & Resolution: Our commitments to due process, campus safety, and encouraging reporting guide how we investigate and resolve reports.
- Patterns & Trends: Our responsibility is to use the best available research, evidence-based practice, and our own campus and institute trends in our prevention and response efforts.