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Campus & Community Collaborations

Title IX Prevention Team
  • Composed of more than 30 members across the campus and greater Knoxville community
  • Includes student, faculty, and staff representation from UT Athletics, University Housing, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life, the Office of Multicultural Student Life, and numerous other campus departments, as well as the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee and the Knoxville Family Justice Center
  • Establishes a long-term commitment to prevention across the campus community through primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention Ÿ
  • Ensures that campus-wide prevention (student, faculty, and staff) is aligned with evidence-based research and the patterns and trends of the UT community
  • Provides oversight and support in the development of annual prevention plans for student life, intercollegiate athletics, and faculty and staff


Culture of Respect Leadership Team
  • Composed of nine team members
  • Provides leadership for the university’s two-year commitment to the Culture of Respect Collective, which focuses on expanding cross-campus collaboration to assess, make meaningful programmatic and policy changes as needed, and reassess progress as related to the six pillars:
    • Survivor support with options on reporting
    • Clear polices on misconduct, investigations, adjudications, and sanctions
    • Multi-tiered education for the entire campus
    • Public disclosure of statistics
    • School-wide mobilization with student groups and leaders
    • Ongoing self-assessment


Title IX Response Team
  • Addresses individual reports of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking
  • Ensures consistency across case responses
  • Provides oversight of supportive measures, investigations, and individual case resolutions
  • University of Tennessee Action Collaborative Members (currently more than 15) include faculty representatives appointed by the dean of each college to serve a three-year term; staff from the Office of Title IX, Human Resources, the Office of Equity and Diversity, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Ombuds Services; and representatives of Faculty Senate, Graduate Student Senate, and Undergraduate Senate
  • Guides the university in addressing the underlying issues that allow sexual harassment to exist and persist in the academic environment
  • Works to implement the following recommendations through prevention, response, remediation, and evaluation:
    • Create diverse, inclusive, and respectful environments
    • Move beyond legal compliance to address culture and climate
    • Improve transparency and accountability
    • Diffuse the hierarchical and dependent relationship between students and faculty
    • Provide support for those who have experienced sexual harassment