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ACADEMIC YEAR 2016 - 2017

Prepared by:
Tiffany Cox, JD
Title IX Coordinator

Rhodes College is committed to ensuring a safe learning environment that supports the dignity of
all members of the Rhodes community. This report summarizes the activity of the Title IX Office
during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Definitions of terms used in this report

*for a full list of definitions please see the Rhodes Sex/Gender Discrimination and Sexual
Misconduct Policy Section XX*

Claim- a formal written complaint filed with the Title IX Coordinator or Title IX Coordinator’s
designee alleging any action, policy, procedure, or practice that would be prohibited by Title IX
and indicating that they want the College to take further steps beyond investigation.
Claimant- an individual who has been subjected to an incident of sex/gender discrimination or
sexual misconduct that proceeds to a claim.
Dating Violence- Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a
romantic or intimate nature with the alleged victim.
Non-consensual Sexual Contact- the intentional touching of another person’s intimate parts or
the clothing covering the immediate area of intimate parts if reasonably construed as for the
purpose of sexual arousal or gratification and done without the other person’s affirmative consent.
Non-consensual Sexual Penetration- intercourse, oral, anal, or any other intrusion by any part of
a person’s body or by any object without the person’s affirmative consent.
Rape- the unlawful sexual penetration of a person when any of the following circumstances are
present: accompanied by force or coercion; accomplished without consent and the perpetrator
knows or has reason to know at the time of penetration that the person did not consent; the
perpetrator knows or has reason to know that the person is mentally or physically incapacitated or
helpless; or the act is accomplished by fraud.
Report- any communication that puts a Rhodes Mandatory Reporter on notice of an allegation
that sex/gender discrimination or sexual misconduct occurred or may have occurred.
Reporter- an individual who notifies a Rhodes Mandadory Reporter of an alleged violation of the
Policy. This can be any individual who reports that they are a victim or survivor of sex/gender
discrimination or sexual misconduct; that they have been affected by sex/gender discrimination or
sexual misconduct; or that they have knowledge of sex/gender discrimination and sexual
misconduct happening to someone else.
Sexual Exploitation- a person taking non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for
their own advantage or benefit, or the benefit of anyone other than the one being exploited.
Sexual Harassment- Conduct that is sexual in nature, is unwelcome, and interferes with a Rhodes
College community member’s ability to perform a job, participate in activities, and/or participate
fully in the college’s education programs.
Stalking- Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a
reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others, or to suffer substantial
emotional distress.


Reports With Identifiable Party Information

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Dating Violence Sexual Harassment

Stalking Non-Consensual Sexual Contact
Non-Consensual Sexual Penetration Rape
Sexual Exploitation Non-Jurisdictional

*Title IX office received 33 reports with at least 1 identifiable party.

*All reports were investigated.
*Of the 33 reports received, 3 contained multiple allegations. The allegations received are
reflected in the chart above.
* 13 reports resulted in claims.

Anonymous Reports

Sexual Harassment Non-Consensual Sexual Penetration Non-Jurisdictional

*The Title IX office received 6 anonymous reports containing no identifiable party information.
*All of the anonymous reports are from incidents that occurred on campus.
*Except for the non-jurisdictional report, the parties involved were all identified as Rhodes

Respondent Affiliation in Reports

Student Faculty Staff Not Affiliated Alum

*In 3 of the 33 reports received, the students on the receiving end of allegations of sexual
misconduct were male, 29 were female.
*All individuals on the receiving end of allegations of sexual misconduct were identified as
Rhodes students.
*Two reports contained multiple accused.

Report/Claim Disposition


Resolved by Title IX Coordinator

Inquiry Only

Closed Per Claimant Request

HR Referred

Informal Resolution

No Contact Order Issued


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*Non-Jurisdictional refers to reports that did not involve allegations falling under Title IX. If
applicable, those reports were referred to the appropriate office.
*Resolved by Title IX Coordinator refers to reports in which the Respondent is not affiliated
with Rhodes or withdraws from Rhodes pending the outcome of a Title IX process.
*Inquiry Only refers to reports made by Claimants solely for the purpose of receiving information
or resources. Names of Respondents were withheld by the Claimants in these instances.
*Closed Per Claimant Request refers to reports in which the Claimant requested that the matter
not be pursued or the Claimant refused to participate in the investigation, and the Title IX
Coordinator agreed after determining that the matter did not implicate safety concerns for the
Rhodes community and could be closed.
*HR Referred describes reports/claims in which the respondent is a Rhodes employee.
*Informal Resolution refers to claims involving misconduct of a non-physical nature in which
the parties agree to a non-judicial approach to resolving a potentially hostile working or academic
*No Contact Order Issued refers to reports in which larger safety concerns for the Rhodes
community do not exist and the reporter does not wish to pursue a formal resolution hearing.
However, the reporter requests assistance from Rhodes in limiting the contact between them and
the accused.
*Hearing refers to the adjudication of a claim at the end of an investigation.

Hearing Disposition
Charge Finding Sanction
Non-Consensual Sexual Not Responsible N/A
Dating Violence/Stalking Responsible Probation/Education
Sexual Harassment Responsible Probation/Education
Sexual Exploitation Responsible Probation/Education
Sexual Exploitation Responsible Probation/Education
Dating Violence Responsible Expulsion

*At the end of the 2016-2017 fiscal year six reports/claims were pending resolution. Their
results will be included in the 2017-2018 Year End Report.


Prior to October 2016, Title IX at Rhodes was structured around a Title IX Coordinator who also
had other job duties, the Sexual Misconduct Steering Committee, the Sexual Misconduct
Education Committee, and the Sexual Misconduct and Reporting Team (“SMART”). The Steering
committee was responsible for the overall direction of Title IX at Rhodes and was composed of
interested faculty, staff, and students. The Education committee was responsible for educational
programming and training for the Rhodes community. Finally, the SMART was composed of
faculty and staff who served as advisors, support persons, and hearing board members.

Deputy Coordinators
The Title IX Coordinator position at Rhodes is now dedicated solely to Title IX matters. The Title
IX Coordinator has responsibility for all areas of gender equity for the entire college including
facilitating and monitoring the investigation of cases, conducting hearings, providing training for
faculty, staff, and students, implementing educational programing, and ensuring regular ongoing
communication throughout the college community about Title IX and available services.

Because of the breadth of responsibility for one dedicated person it was necessary to develop a
support system of deputy coordinators who could assist with these responsibilities as necessary.
As a result, four deputy coordinators were selected: Dr. Noelle Chaddock- Associate Dean of
Academic Affairs, former interim Title IX Coordinator Tiffany Ford- Grants and Foundation
Manager, Kait Harris- Head Volleyball Coach and Senior Woman Administrator, and Claire
Shapiro- Director of Human Resources.

Faculty/Staff Advisory Board

In an effort to condense the number of people involved and streamline our Title IX processes the
Faculty/Staff Title IX Advisory Board and the Student Title IX Advisory Board were created. The
Faculty/Staff board is now composed of individuals across the college with responsibilities directly
related to Title IX:

1. Counseling Center 7. Communications

2. Student Conduct 8. Student Affairs
3. Residence Life 9. First Year Students
4. Campus Safety 10. 2 Faculty Representatives
5. Health Services 11. 4 Deputy Coordinators
6. Title IX RSAP (student) 12. LGBTQIAP Working Group

This composition now allows for those individuals with specific knowledge and subject matter
expertise about the departments and units responsible for providing support in Title IX matters to
have input in the decisions made surrounding Title IX at Rhodes.

Student Advisory Board
The Student Board is a completely new entity composed of student representatives from a wide
range of diverse student organizations. The purpose of this board is to lend a broad range of
experience and input in conversations around Title IX, to advise the Title IX Office about the
concerns and needs of our diverse student body, and to put on programs that are relevant to the
student body and to serve as sources of information about policy and process. The organizations
represented on the Student Board are:

1. Culture of Consent 7. Resident Assistants

2. Athletics (1 male; 1 female) 8. Rhodes Student Government
3. Black Student Association 9. National Pan-Hellenic Council
4. Gender and Sexuality Alliance 10. VOICES
5. Interfraternity Conference 11. 2 Unaffiliated Student Vacancies
6. National Panhellenic Conference 12. Diversity/Title IX RSAP


In order to determine what areas of Title IX compliance should be prioritized, meetings and
conversations were held between the Title IX Office and students, faculty, and staff. One of the
areas identified was developing an understanding of our Sex/Gender Discrimination and
Harassment Policy (“the Policy”), specifically for our students. In order to reach the most students
possible in the most efficient way possible training sessions on the policy were first conducted
within Athletics and the Greek system.

Training sessions were designed to ensure that students left with an understanding of affirmative
consent, conduct that constitutes a violation under our policy, how to report violations, and how
investigations and hearings are conducted. Beginning January 2017 the following groups of
students attended policy training workshops:

1. Resident Assistants
2. Bonner Scholars
3. Kappa Delta Sorority
4. Kappa Sigma Fraternity
5. Kappa Alpha Fraternity
6. Chi Omega Sorority
7. Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity
8. Delta Delta Delta Sorority
9. Alpha Omega Pi Sorority
10. Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity
11. Sigma Nu Fraternity
12. Volleyball
13. Men and Women’s Soccer
14. Field Hockey

Additionally, two groups of faculty and staff have been trained since November 2016: 1) Campus
Safety Officers and 2) Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board Officers. The training for Campus
Safety Officers focused on helping officers recognize the types of conduct that fall under Title IX,
reviewing reporting requirements and procedures, and providing them with tips and tools around
confidentiality and interacting with survivors of sexual misconduct. Sexual Misconduct Hearing
Officers received in depth training conducted in conjunction with our counsel from Baker
Donelson, Dan Cohen, on our policy, hearing process, questioning witnesses in hearings,
determining credibility, the preponderance of the evidence standard, and the effects of trauma on


With all of the changes occurring around Title IX it was critical to make sure the campus
community was fully informed of how to access the Title IX Office and what services the office
could provide. To that end we took the following steps:

1. Developed brochures that provide a summary of Title IX at Rhodes along with important
contact information;
2. Created Title IX/VAWA Notification posters that were placed in multiple locations across
campus with our statement of non-discrimination and appropriate contact information for
reporting concerns;
3. Launched a Title IX microsite . This website contains all things
Title IX at Rhodes. Most importantly it contains a link to the online reporting system which
allows anyone wanting to make a Title IX report to do so at the click of a button. The
system also allows for anonymous reporting which is an important consideration for some
4. The Student Title IX Advisory Board created a Facebook page to notify students of Title
IX related events on campus;
5. We observed Sexual Assault Awareness Month and celebrated the 45th Anniversary of Title
IX in April of 2017 with a series of events such as a Food for Thought lunch time
conversation about rape culture, informational tabling in the Rat, a Sexual Assault
Awareness themed door decorating contest, and a concert/information fair.


Hearing Board Training- We currently have ten individuals trained to serve as sexual misconduct
hearing board officers. Ideally, we should have 18 – 21 people to prevent board member fatigue
and to allow for scheduling problems or conflicts of interest. The Title IX office plans to conduct
one hearing board officer training in fall 2017 and one in spring 2018 to bring the numbers up to
adequate levels.

Certified Peer Education Training- In September NASPA, the national organization for student
affairs administrators in higher education, will be on campus to provide their Certified Peer
Educator Training to our Peer Advocates, Resident Assistants, Peer Assistants, and SOS Mentors.
This training will prepare these student leaders to facilitate important and difficult conversations
about student well-being at Rhodes.

Integrating Title IX into FYE- The First Year Experience is a natural program to begin
acclimating students to Rhodes’ expectations of what it means to be a good community member.
Title IX hopes to build a relationship with FYE to integrate key concepts of good communication
skills, consent, and bystander intervention into the curriculum.

Bystander Intervention Campaign- We hope to identify and begin implementing a wide-spread,

organized, and sustained bystander intervention program in the fall.

Policy Review and Amendment- In the fall the current policy will be in effect for one complete
academic year. There are several areas of the policy that need updating due to the restructuring of
the Title IX office.