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Frequently Asked Questions

“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.”

Under the requirements of Title IX, schools receiving federal funds have a legal obligation to protect students from gender-based violence and harassment – including sexual assault. In addition to gender-based violence or harassment, Title IX has obligations in recruitment, admissions, and counseling; financial assistance; athletics; treatment of pregnant and parenting students; discipline; single-sex education; and employment.

Your safety  is our first priority. If you have experienced sexual misconduct, we want you to get to safety as quickly as possible and have any medical needs addressed.

You can call 865-522-7273 to reach the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee 24/7. The Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee (SACET) provides free SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examinations), free therapy and support, assistance reporting to law enforcement, and free prophylactic care and STI testing. You do not have to report to the university or law enforcement to get help from SACET.

Visit to review the steps that you may want to consider as you move forward.

Yes. Any student who needs access to support and medical care can talk with a “Confidential Resource” on campus which includes the Student Health Center and Student Counseling Center staff. The staff in those areas can talk through your situation and then assist you in connecting with the Title IX Office if you have needs around academic, housing or other related interim measures. You can also talk with The Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee (SACET) which is a community confidential resource.

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No. The purpose of meeting with the Student Support Coordinator is to receive support, resources, and access to any interim measures you may need to help you move forward. You will not be required to report any information and you will not have to share any information you do not wish to share. The only time you would be asked to answer specific questions would be in reporting to the Office of Conduct & Community Standards or Law Enforcement.

Yes. You can report to either the university, law enforcement, both, or neither. The Title IX Office can assist you with a variety of reporting options depending on where the incident occurred. If a student wishes to report to law enforcement, but not want to pursue the conduct process, that is fine, or a student can report only to the University and not report to law enforcement. There may be some circumstances when the university would move forward with a report without a complainants’ assistance if there is a safety concern or a threat to the campus.

No. The Title IX Office and the Student Support Coordinator are not confidential resources. However, the Student Support Coordinator can connect you to resources that are confidential, such as the Student Counseling Center on campus, the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee, which offers confidential therapy and support, and other confidential resources in the community.

The Title IX Coordinator evaluates requests for limited action and weighs those requests against the university’s obligation to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for the community. The university will consider, for example, if there is a history of the respondent committing prohibited conduct.

However, it is rare that the university would move forward without your participation, and your participation in an investigation is always your choice.

Limited Action means that you (the complainant) have requested that the university does not investigate a report of a Title IX incident (anything falling under the Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, Stalking and Retaliation policy).

If you wish to receive support and resources, but do not wish to have the university investigate, you can request Limited Action. You may also request the university stop an investigation or not pursue disciplinary action against the respondent.  The Title IX Coordinator will evaluate each case to determine if the request for Limited Action will be honored, and you will be notified promptly. The university attempts to honor requests of limited action, but must also consider the safety of the university community.

A Campus Safety Notification will be sent if there is an immediate threat to the safety of others on campus. For example, if you report a very recent assault occurring on campus, then a safety notice will be sent to alert others of a potential threat. The notifications do not include names or exact locations to protect the identity of the reporting student.

The Clery Act is an act that aims to provide transparency regarding campus crime and statistics. The Clery Act requires any college or university that receives federal funding to provide information to the public about campus safety, crime statistics, and events that occur on campus. An Annual Security Report (known as an ASR) is completed every year to inform the public about the safety of our campus.

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The Title IX Office can assist you in reporting to the university. The Office of Conduct & Community Standards addresses reports related to student respondents and the Office of Equity & Diversity addresses reports related to employee respondents.

If you wish to report to the university, the process will be explained to you, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions or identify any concerns you may have before proceeding. We encourage students to ask questions so they feel comfortable with the process.

Details of the process for students (pdf)

Details of the process for employees (pdf)

No. There is no time limit on making a report. However, the ability of the university to provide interim measures, investigate or to address the respondent maybe mitigated by the length between the event and the report to the university.