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Title IX Sexual Harassment

The University of Tennessee is committed to creating and maintaining a learning, living, and working environment free from all forms of sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and sexual harassment including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. If you are a survivor of sexual misconduct, relationship violence, or stalking, please know that you are not alone. The following further discusses these topics below.

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.” Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX). In compliance, the University’s state required Title IX Plan is produced by the UT Office of Title IX. See link below entitled the “UTSI Policy on Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking”.

The University of Tennessee does not discriminate on the basis of sex in our education programs or activities, including admissions and employment. The University is required by Title IX not to discriminate in such a manner. Any inquiries about the application of Title IX or to make a report should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. Complaints will be addressed following the University’s discrimination complaint policy and procedure. Other questions, concerns or inquiries may also be addressed through the Title IX Coordinator.

Sexual Harassment

The University of Tennessee unequivocally opposes the sexual harassment of any member (faculty, staff, students). Sexual harassment will not be tolerated and will be grounds for disciplinary action. In accordance with federal regulations, 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: 1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment; 2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting that individual; or 3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.  Complaints will be addressed following the University’s discrimination complaint policy and procedure. If you are a student, faculty member, or staff member, and would like to file a formal complaint alleging a violation of the Policy, and/or for resources and options, please contact the UTSI Title IX Coordinator by calling 931-393-7226 or emailing Click to view the University’s HR policy regarding sexual harassment.

Training for UT Employees about Sexual Assault, Harassment and Other Important Topics

Help create and sustain a safe and healthy workplace by completing UT’s online training designed to promote greater awareness and enable action about sexual assault, stalking, intimate partner violence and sexual harassment.

Questions? Contact the UTSI Title IX Coordinator at 931-393-7226 or Toll Free: 1-888-822-8874 – ext. 37226.

Sexual Assault Resources

Other Links

The University of Tennessee Space Institute is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.

Annual Report


For Title IX complaints, options, and resources, contact Patricia Burks-Jelks:
Title IX Coordinator/Equity & Diversity Officer
Patricia Burks-Jelks
(931) 393-7226

Immediate Help on Campus
Students or employees may call the UTSI Title IX coordinator: 931-393-7226

In an Emergency
If you are in immediate danger, call 911
or the Local Police: 931-967-9331 – Franklin County Sheriff’s Department

Community Assistance
Haven of Hope – 800-435-7739

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