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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." 

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Prohibition of sexual discrimination, harassment and violence

Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. In complying with Title IX, Fayetteville State University prohibits discrimination in its programs and activities on the basis of sex.  Additionally, the University prohibits and will not tolerate sex discrimination as it pertains to sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, including but not limited to sexual violence or assaults (as defined below).

Pursuant to Title IX, the University has designated the following individual as Chief Title IX Coordinator:

Ms. Denise Brown-Hart (Chief Title IX Coordinator)
Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
Barber Building, Lower Level, Room 16
(910) 672-1679

Division Of Academic Affairs
For issues involving academic programs, academically related support services (e.g. financial aid), and non-employment related discrimination issues based upon sex.

Dr. Marsha McLean (Deputy Title IX Coordinator)
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Barber Building, Room 223
(910) 672-2217

Division of Student Affairs
For issues involving alleged acts of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment committed by students and for issues related to non-academic matters involving students (e.g. housing).

Ms. Victoria Ratliff
Spaulding Infirmary, Room 155
(910) 672-1222

Ms. Tara Melvin (Alternate)
University Residence Supervisor 
New Residence Hall, Suite 107
(910) 672-2107

Office of Human Resources
For issues involving employment related discrimination issues based upon sex.

Ms. Theresa (Terri) Tibbs (Deputy Title IX Coordinator)
Manager of Employee Relations Barber Building, Lower Level, Room 13
(910) 672-1445

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
For issues involving the compliance as related to intercollegiate athletics.

Dr. LaWanda Miller (Deputy Title IX Coordinator)
Assistant Athletic Director
Barber Building, Room 208-A

Sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and sexual violence defined

Sexual Harassment

The University is committed to taking effective action to prevent and correct sexual harassment by or against members of the University community.  Sexual harassment is defined as follows:

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

  • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic or student status, or  
  • submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment, academic or other institutional decisions affecting such individual, or 
  • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance, academic activities or student experience, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, academic or student life environment.

Students who believe they have been the victims of sexual harassment and/or who wish to file a complaint regarding an issue of sexual harassment should consult the University's Sexual Harassment policy at  Such complaints shall be reviewed, investigated and resolved in accordance with that policy.

Sexual Misconduct

The University is committed to fostering a safe campus environment where sexual misconduct is unacceptable and is not tolerated.  Sexual misconduct is defined as any act of a sexual nature perpetrated against an individual without effective consent or when an individual is unable to freely give consent.  Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Attempted or completed intercourse or penetration (anal, oral or vaginal);
  • Sexual touching (including disrobing or exposure);
  • Sexual exploitation;
  • Sexual violence (as described below); or
  • Sexual intimidation.

Allegations of sexual misconduct made by a student against a student should be reported to

Ms. Victoria Ratliff (Deputy Title IX Coordinator)
Spaulding Infirmary
Room 155
(910) 672-1222

Ms. Tara Melvin (Alternate)
New Residence Hall
Room 107
(910) 672-2107

Sexual Violence

Sexual violence constitutes criminal behavior and prohibited sexual harassment discrimination.  Examples of sexual violence may include but are not limited to:

  • Rape
  • Attempted rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual battery
  • Sexual coercion
  • Unwanted touching of a sexual nature, not involving intercourse
  • Acquaintance rape
  • Sexual acts where a victim is incapable of giving consent due to the victim's use of drugs or alcohol
  • Sexual acts where a victim is incapable of giving consent due to the victim's age, intellectual ability or disability
  • Other non-consensual or forced sexual acts or threats whether or not intercourse occurs

To report acts of sexual violence contact FSU Police at (910) 672-1911 or the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator as described above.


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