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Updates and Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)


The Office of Title IX is Open and Available to Assist.

You can reach us by telephone call, or we can set up a meeting via Zoom.

We are here to help.

With the current transition of all courses moving online due to COVID-19, we know many of you may feel more disconnected. University resources and supports are available and listed here.

While our office is open and ready to help remotely, there are also additional federal and state resources available. You are not alone.

National Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Available to callers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide services in more than 170 languages. Hotline advocates answer questions, provide safety planning and information as well as directly connect callers to domestic violence resources available in their local calling area. All calls to the hotline are confidential and anonymous 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN): The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.HOPE (4673)

Victims Connect Resource Center: A referral helpline where crime victims can learn about their rights and options confidentially and compassionately. A program of the National Center for Victims of Crime.

  • A traditional telephone-based helpline: 855-4-VICTIM (855-484-2846)
  • An innovative online chat:
  • Web-based information and service referrals:

Tennessee Resources

Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence: As a statewide organization, the Coalition provides the following. To request services call 800-298-9018.

  • Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Domestic violence and sexual assault programs
  • Community groups and organizations
  • Criminal justice agencies
  • Allied professionals (medical, legal, mental health, etc.)
  • Individuals seeking information and resources
  • Immigrant victims of domestic violence, stalking or trafficking


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A Letter from Title IX: Your Rights, Options, and Resources

Ashley Blamey, Title IX coordinator for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.As the Title IX Coordinator, I want to make sure you are aware of your rights and reporting options. In situations where we learn of concerns, our office offers resources, support, and reporting options. The Office of Title IX is here to help.

It is always the choice of the individual student to participate. However, I would not be fulfilling my role if I did not encourage any student who has experienced safety concerns to report to UTPD and participate in the university’s investigative process. The Office of Title IX can help facilitate those connections and provide support and interim measures. You are not alone.

If you have additional information on a concern or know someone who does, we want to know. Our office number is 865-974-9600 and UTPD’s number is 865-974-3114 / 911. Information on our process and other resources can be found at including the full Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, Stalking, and Retaliation.

Please encourage people to call 911 with any immediate safety concerns.

Thank you for your action and willingness to work with us.

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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, the university 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.