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Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that states: 

"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."

Saint Leo University Non-Discrimination EEO Statement

Saint Leo University has a strong commitment to principles of equal employment opportunity and equal access to education. Saint Leo University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnic origin, genetic information, sex, gender, national origin, race, religion, or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law in its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid, employment, or other school administered programs.

The policy is enforced by Saint Leo University and by applicable laws such as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992.

Title IX Coordinator:
Dr. Robert J. Sullivan

Title IX Coordinator
Saint Leo University
352-588-8993

Office Location: Benedictine Hall, 3rd Floor Room 321
Email Address: titleixcoordinator@saintleo.edu
Telephone Number: 352-588-8993
Mailing Address: Saint Leo University
Human Resources - ATTN: Title IX Coordinator,
33701 S.R. 52, PO Box 6665,
Saint Leo, FL 33574

The Director of Accessibility Services and The Section 504 Coordinator, Michael Bailey, may be contacted at michael.bailey02@saintleo.edu.

How to File or Report a Title IX Complaint

In an emergency, potential victim(s) of this policy are encouraged to seek assistance from the Title IX Office, campus authorities (Campus Security and Safety Officers or Residence Life staff), Residence Life, or local law enforcement. Additionally, Counseling Services, Campus Ministry and the Saint Leo Health Center offer a confidential environment for potential victim(s) to seek assistance. As a precaution to protect the accuser, or accused, upon notification to campus authorities, the University will issue a No-Contact Order between the individuals/parties involved. Following the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings with the University, in accordance with FERPA guidelines, notification of the hearing’s results will be sent to both the accused and accuser via their Saint Leo University email account. In cases dealing with sexual misconduct, both the accused and the accuser have the right to appeal the outcome and findings of the University conduct hearing by following the appeal process as listed in Article V. Judicial Policies, Section D. Appeals.

File or Report a Title IX Complaint

Non-Confidential On-Campus Resources:

  • Title IX Coordinator: 
    Dr. Robert J. Sullivan

    Title IX Coordinator
    Saint Leo University
    352-588-8993
  • Campus Security & Safety: 352-588-8439
  • Residence Life: 352-588-8268

Confidential On-Campus Resources:

  • Health & Wellness Center: 352-588-8347
  • Campus Ministry: 352-588-8331
  • Counseling Services: 352-588-8199

EDUCATION CENTER AND ON-LINE RESOURCES:

Click here for state-specific resource list

Any individual may report an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct, and the appropriate office will conduct a follow-up investigation. Community members are encouraged to use the Community Report Form.

Please Note: Anonymous reporting of incidents is allowed but discouraged, because it limits the ability of the appropriate office to gather further information and adequately address the issue. Every effort, however, will be made to protect confidentiality, where possible and allowed by law, particularly where a safety concern exists.

Title IX Employee Training

Section 106.45(b) of the 2020 Final Title IX Rules require the sharing of

All materials used to train Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers, and any person who facilitates an informal resolution process. A recipient must make these training materials publicly available on its website, or if the recipient does not maintain a website the recipient must make these materials available upon request for inspection by members of the public.”

HR Governance & Regulatory Manager, Title IX Coordinator: Vanessa O’Connell


HR Investigator: Isaiah Tucker


Associate Vice President of Human Resources: Susan Martin


Human Resources Director: Jennifer Alexander


Senior Human Resources Business Partner: Denise Rivera


Vice President of Student Affairs: Jen Shaw


Director of Residence Life: Tory England


Assistant Director, Residence Life and Student Conduct: Sean Ferguson


Assistant Director, Residence Life: Kimesha Norris

Title IX Policies and Procedures

The Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Policy applies to the reporting, investigating, resolution, and adjudication of complaints that may be classified as Title IX Sexual Harassment

The Decorum Policy for Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Process Hearings outlines proper decorum that all parties shall uphold during the hearing process. View Document >>

Title IX and Athletics

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that states: 

"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."
 

Saint Leo University has a strong commitment to principles of equal employment opportunity and equal access to education. Saint Leo University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnic origin, genetic information, sex, gender, nationality, race, religion, veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law in its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid, employment, or other school administered programs.

The policy is enforced by Saint Leo University and by applicable laws such as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992.

Athletics programs are considered educational programs and activities. There are three basic parts of Title IX as it applies to athletics: 

  1. Participation: Title IX requires that women and men be provided equitable opportunities to participate in sports. Title IX does not require institutions to offer identical sports but an equal opportunity to play;                          
  2. Scholarships: Title IX requires that female and male student-athletes receive athletics scholarship dollars proportional to their participation; and                          
  3. Other benefits: Title IX requires the equal treatment of female and male student-athletes in the provisions of: (a) equipment and supplies; (b) scheduling of games and practice times; (c) travel and daily allowance/per diem; (d) access to tutoring; (e) coaching, (f) locker rooms, practice and competitive facilities; (g) medical and training facilities and services; (h) housing and dining facilities and services; (i) publicity and promotions; (j) support services and (k) recruitment of student-athletes.

In compliance with the NCAA policy, all Athletic Department Employees and student-athletes are trained on Sexual Violence Prevention and University Policy and Procedure Annually.

Who To Contact:

For concerns of gender equity within the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, you may file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator, Vanessa O'Connell. This complaint may be filed via phone, e-mail, in-person, or via mail. Please see below for the Title IX Coordinator’s Contact Information:

Title IX Coordinator:
Dr. Robert J. Sullivan

Title IX Coordinator
Saint Leo University
352-588-8993

Office Location: Benedictine Hall, 3rd Floor Room 321
Email Address: titleixcoordinator@saintleo.edu
Telephone Number: 352-588-8993
Mailing Address: Saint Leo University
Human Resources - ATTN: Title IX Coordinator,
33701 S.R. 52, PO Box 6665,
Saint Leo, FL 33574

If you have questions about gender equity within the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and their programs, you may contact Barbara Wilson or Marcal Lazenby.

Barbara Wilson
Senior Women Administrator
Phone: 352-588-8222
E-mail: barbara.wilson@saintleo.edu
Office: Marion Bowman Activities Center Athletics Office Suite

Marcal Lazenby
Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance
Phone: 352-588-7314
E-mail: marcal.lazenby@saintleo.edu
Office: Marion Bowman Activities Center Athletics Office Suite

Fran Reidy
Vice President and Athletic Director
Phone: 352-588-8246
E-mail: fran.reidy@saintleo.edu
Office: Marion Bowman Activities Center Athletics Office Suite

Title IX Related Statutes

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and gender, including sex discrimination, harassment, and assault.

The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 is a federal law that prohibits “prohibits discrimination on the basis of age in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance. The [Age Discrimination] Act permits federally assisted programs or activities, and recipients of Federal funds, to continue to use age distinctions and factors other than age that meet the requirements of the Act.” See 34 CFR §§110.1. With only a narrow exception for programs or activity receiving Federal financial assistance for employment under the Job Training Partnership Act (29 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.), the Age Discrimination Act does not cover employment. See 34 CFR §110.2.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (the ADA) prohibits discrimination based on disability in public accommodations, including private institutions of higher education.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It provides in relevant part that 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. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual violence. While it is often thought of as a law that applies to athletic programs, Title IX is broader than just athletics.

Sexual and Interpersonal Violence and Response Course

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