Where is University Compliance located?
We are located on the second floor of Nell Dossett Residence Hall (not Burgin Dossett). Check-in at reception in Room 201.
What is discrimination?
Discrimination may occur by treating individuals less favorably because of their race, color, religion, creed, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age (as applicable), status as a covered veteran, genetic information, or any other category protected by federal or state civil rights law. It may also occur by having a policy or practice that has a disproportionately adverse impact on protected class members.
What is harassment?
Harassment is conduct that is based on a person’s race, color, religion, creed, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age (as applicable), status as a covered veteran, genetic information, or any other category protected by federal or state civil rights law that;
- Adversely affects a term or condition of an individual’s employment, education, participation in an institution’s activities or living environment;
- Has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive or abusive environment of the individual; or
- Is used as a basis for or a factor in decisions that tangibly affect that individual’s employment, education, participation in an institution’s activities or living environment.
- Not every act that might be offensive to an individual or a group will be considered harassment. Whether the alleged conduct constitutes harassment depends upon the record as a whole and the totality of the circumstances, such as the nature of the conduct in the context within which the alleged incident occurs. Harassment does not include verbal expressions or written material that is relevant and appropriately related to course subject matter or curriculum.
Examples of harassment include, but are not limited to:
- Verbal or physical conduct relating to an employee’s national origin, race, surname, skin color or accent;
- Offensive or derogatory jokes based on a protected category, racial or ethnic slurs;
- Pressure for dates or sexual favors;
- Unwelcome comments about a person’s religion or religious garments;
- Offensive graffiti, cartoons or pictures; or
- Offensive remarks about a person’s age.
What is the difference between a report of discrimination or harassment and a formal investigation?
There is a distinction between seeking support, resources, and reporting options and initiating a formal investigation. Students and employees can receive applicable resources and support from the Compliance Officer, and can then decide if they want to proceed with a formal investigation. Please note that in some circumstances, the University may be obligated to proceed with an investigation. If this happens, the reporting party will be notified. If the employee or student who made the report would like to proceed with a formal investigation, the Compliance Officer will assign the investigation to the Assistant Compliance Officers.
What support or resources are offered to students or employees?
Students or employees who have reported a form of discrimination or harassment have the right to request interim measures or reasonable accommodations, including, but not limited to:
- Changes to academic, living, dining, working, or transportation situations;
- Obtaining and enforcing a University-issued No Contact Order;
- Safety Planning;
- On-campus and off-campus referrals and resources; and
- Assistance with accessing and navigating campus and local health and mental health services, and counseling.
What if the Reporting Party requests confidentiality?
The University cannot guarantee confidentiality. If the reporting party wants to report a discriminatory or harassing incident but remain confidential, the University encourages individuals to report such concerns to ETSU’s Counseling Center
Who is ETSU’s Title IX Coordinator?
Garrison Burton, Compliance Officer
Title IX Coordinator
Title IX Coordinator