Auburn University - TITLE IX

“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.” - Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Auburn University is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility and mutual respect in an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes all forms of sexual misconduct. Sex discrimination violates an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity. Auburn University prohibits sex discrimination in all its forms, including the crimes of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and stalking.

Additionally, Auburn University is committed to ensuring that those individuals who have been sexually assaulted are afforded the following:

  • Auburn University outlines the sexual misconduct complaint process in the Title IX policy. Students have the right to know the range of sanctions Auburn University can impose on the offender/respondent, which may include temporary suspension, disciplinary probation, loss of privilege, educational sanctions, loss of housing, restitution, no-contact order, suspension or expulsion from the university.

  • Students and employees may file a complaint with university officials by contacting the Title IX Coordinator.

  • Students and employees have the right to a confidential advocate.

  • Upon request, the university will assist students and employees by attempting to limit contact with the reported perpetrator. This may include alternative work, academic or living arrangements, if these options are available and feasible.

  • Students have the right to participate in bystander intervention training.

The University’s Title IX policy is reviewed at least annually. In light of recent changes in Title IX guidance from the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and consistent with our continual efforts to prevent sexual or gender-based discrimination and harassment and to take remedial action when it occurs, we have made some interim changes in our policy. OCR is engaging in formal rule making that will further outline OCR’s expectations. We will likely make further changes in light of those OCR rules and as we continue to evaluate what is the most fair and equitable process for addressing discrimination and harassment based on sex or gender.

The immediate policy changes are:

  1. At a minimum, notice to the responding party of the allegations constituting a potential violation of the school’s sexual misconduct policy, will include sufficient details and sufficient time to prepare a response before any initial interview. Sufficient details include the identities of the parties involved, the specific section of the code of conduct allegedly violated, the precise conduct allegedly constituting the potential violation, and the date and location of the alleged incident. Each party should receive written notice in advance of any interview or hearing with sufficient time to prepare for meaningful participation. In addition to written notice, oral notice should be given again at the beginning of any interview of hearing.

  2. There is no fixed time frame under which the University must complete a Title IX investigation. The University will made a good faith effort to conduct a fair, impartial investigation in a timely manner designed to provide all parties with notice of a resolution.

Last Updated: December 9, 2015