Title IX : Title IX Team

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The Spelman College Title IX & Compliance Team

Title IX and Compliance Director: Nicole Johnson, M.S.W.
Milligan Building 2305 | 404-270-5060 | njohns74@spelman.edu

The Title IX and Compliance Director’s responsibilities include, but may not limited to, overseeing all Title IX and Campus SaVE reports and complaints, including complaints involving gender equity in all educational programs and activities sponsored by the college, identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of reports and complaints, reviewing the quality, content and documentation of all Title IX training and education programs, and documenting the distribution and delivery of all prevention and awareness campaigns (literature, brochures, etc.), reviewing all policies and procedures pertaining to sex discrimination and sexual misconduct to ensure consistency and compliance, and receiving inquiries concerning Title IX and Campus SaVE and its implementing regulation.

Assistant Director for Prevention & Response
Milligan Building 2305 | 404-270-5123 | titleixteam@spelman.edu

The Assistant Director for Prevention and Response assists the Title IX & Compliance Director in the development of a coordinated community response to sex discrimination. Specifically supporting students by initiating and directing advocacy and case management following a report or incident of sexual and or gender based discrimination. Additionally, the Assistant Director is responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing educational outreach on topics for students, staff, faculty and other groups.

Title IX and Compliance Assistant/Web Content Specialist: Aisha DeBerry
Milligan Building 2305 | 404-270-4005 | adeberry@spelman.edu

Title IX and Compliance Assistant/Web Content Specialist will serve as a focal point for communication and general support, while maintaining an up-to-date and interactive website to meet the needs of the College community as well as federal standards, procedures and protections.

Deputy Title IX Deputy Coordinators

Dean of Students: Fran’cee Brown-McClure, Ph.D.
Manley Center 210 | 404-270-5133

The Dean of Students assists the Title IX and Compliance Director in overseeing the intake and response to Title IX and Campus SaVE reports of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct received by or about students. The Dean also oversees the Campus Code of Conduct, providing complainants and respondents with information about the Code, the Campus Hearing Board process, and resources. The Dean of Students partners in the design and delivery of educational programs about Title IX and Campus SaVE, raising awareness about sexual misconduct and its prevention. In consultation with the Title IX & Compliance Director, the Dean may assist in other aspects of implementing Title IX and Campus SaVE Act compliance.

Director of Human Resources: Bernadette Cohen
Rockefeller Hall 301 | 404-270-5091

The Director of Human Resources assists the Title IX and Compliance Director in overseeing the collection of and response to Title IX and Campus SaVE reports of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct received by or about staff. The Director also oversees the Employee Handbook, providing complainants and respondents with information about the handbook, the employee relations process, and resources. Additionally, the Director may assist in the design and delivery of educational programs about staff responsibilities related to and raising awareness about Title IX and Campus SaVE.  In consultation with the Title IX & Compliance Director, the Director may assist in other aspects of implementing Title IX and Campus SaVE Act compliance.

Provost/VP Academic Affairs: Sharon Davies, J.D.
Rockefeller Hall 106B l 404-270-5031

The Provost/ Vice President of Academic Affairs assists the Title IX and Compliance Director in overseeing the collection of and response to Title IX reports of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct received by or about faculty.  The Provost/ VP also oversees the Faculty Handbook, providing complainants and respondents with information about the handbook, the faculty grievance process, and resources. The Provost/ VP may assist in the design and delivery of educational programs about faculty responsibilities related to and raising awareness about Title IX and Campus SaVE. In consultation with the Title IX & Compliance Director, Provost/VP may assist in other aspects of implementing Title IX and Campus SaVE act compliance.

Responsible Employees

A responsible employee includes any employee who has the authority to take action to redress sexual violence; who has been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual violence or any other misconduct by students, faculty or staff to the Title IX coordinator or other appropriate school designee; or whom a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty. Failure of a non-confidential employee to report an incident or incidents of sex or gender harassment or discrimination of which they become aware, is a violation of college policy and can be subject to disciplinary action for failure to comply with college policies.  

Confidential (Privileged) Employees

Counseling Center - Health Services - Religious Life
Campus mental-health counselors, pastoral counselors, social workers, psychologists, health center employees, or any other person with a professional license requiring confidentiality [and functioning in a role related to such licensing], or who is supervised by such a person, are not required to report, without the student’s consent, incidents of sexual violence to the school in a way that identifies the student. This exemption is intended to ensure that these individuals can provide appropriate counseling services without an obligation to report crimes they may learn about.

Privileged employees should inform students of their right to file a Title IX complaint with the school and a separate complaint with campus or local law enforcement, as well as, resources for counseling, medical, and academic support, these persons should also indicate that they are available to assist students in filing such complaints. They should also explain that Title IX includes protections against retaliation, and that school officials will not only take steps to prevent retaliation but also take strong responsive action if it occurs.

Campus Law Enforcement
Campus Law Enforcement officials are responsible for the intake and investigation of criminal activities. While criminal investigation is initiated at the discretion of law enforcement authorities, a Title IX investigation is not discretionary; a school has a duty under Title IX to resolve complaints promptly and equitably and to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students, free from sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Law Enforcement should inform students of their right to file a Title IX complaint with the school and a separate complaint with campus or local law enforcement, as well as, resources for counseling, medical, and academic support.  Officials also notify the Title IX and Compliance office to ensure parties are aware of all rights and responsibilities, including protections against retaliation, and that school officials will not only take steps to prevent retaliation but also take strong responsive action if it occurs.

Key Contacts

Title IX Coordinator
404-270-5060
njohns74@spelman.edu

Title IX Office
404-270-4005
titleixteam@spelman.edu

Public Safety
404-525-6401

Counseling *
404-270-5293

Student Health Services *
404-270--5249

Religious Life *
404-270-5728

24-Hour Response Hotline
678-873-5884

*Indicates Confidential

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