Georgia State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities and prohibits such discrimination by students, faculty and staff. Nondiscrimination on the basis of sex is mandated by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.), and the corresponding implementation regulations (34 C.F.R. Part 106).
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was the first comprehensive federal law to prohibit sex discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions. Title IX states, in part:
No person…shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in any federally funded education program or activity. Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment and sexual violence, which constitutes sexual discrimination.
Georgia State University uses the term sexual misconduct as a broad term encompassing sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual penetration, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, which are violations of Title IX.
The Student Sexual Misconduct Policy and Standards for Institutional Conduct outlines the policy and procedures for resolving complaints of sexual misconduct against Georgia State University students. This information is available in the Student Code of Conduct.
Title IX Coordinators:
Title IX Coordinators are responsible for overseeing the university’s response to such reports, and identifying as well as addressing any patterns or systemic problems revealed by such reports. This would include ensuring that immediate and appropriate steps are taken to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred. When investigations reveal that reported sexual misconduct creates a hostile environment, the Title IX coordinator is responsible for taking prompt and effective steps which are reasonably calculated to end the sexual misconduct, eliminate the hostile environment, prevent its recurrence and, as appropriate, remedy its effects.
To ensure compliance with Title IX, Georgia State University appointed a Title IX coordinator and two Deputy Title IX coordinators, who are listed below:
Title IX Coordinator: Linda Nelson
- Respond to reports of sexual misconduct by faculty and staff.
- Oversee Title IX complaints and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints, in consultation with the Office of Legal Affairs.
- Conduct Title IX training.
Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Student Affairs: Dr. Michael Sanseviro
- Responsible for Title IX compliance of the Georgia State University Student Code of Conduct.
Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Athletics: Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen
- Title IX compliance of the Georgia State University athletic program (i.e. gender equity in university Athletics).