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Title IX

At Lenoir-Rhyne University, we are committed to providing an equal opportunity environment, promoting nondiscrimination and acceptance of diversity. It is our goal to protect everyone in our campus community, including students, faculty, staff as well as visitors, from any form of sexual discrimination, harassment, misconduct or violence.

Title IX Coordinator

Dawn Floyd

Dawn Floyd

Coordinator, Compliance and Title IX


Dawn Barker Floyd joined Lenoir-Rhyne University as Director of Compliance/Title IX Coordinator in January 2016. She is responsible the development and review of policies and procedures and educational programs to optimize the institution’s compliance with Title IX and other pertinent laws and regulations.

Prior to joining the staff of LRU, Floyd served for two years as the first full-time Title IX Coordinator for UNC Charlotte. She has an extensive background in private law practice which includes a six year position as a senior litigator with Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick, LLP in Charlotte. Additionally, she practiced law in New York City at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Floyd also has experience in higher education. She began her career working in residence life at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and later as assistant director of student life at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

Floyd is a graduate of Appalachian State University, where she received her BA in political science with a minor in business and MA in higher education administration. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the City University of New York Law School.

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Michael Dempsey

Dean and Director of the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, Deputy Coordinator of Title IX

Robyn Marren

Director, Finance and Administration, Deputy Coordinator, Title IX

Compliance & Title IX at LRU

What is Title IX? Why is it important to me?

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et. seq. (commonly referred to as “Title IX”), prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex or gender in any of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s (LRU or the “University”) programs or activities including, but not limited to, athletics, admissions, housing, and all aspects of employment. Because LRU receives federal financial assistance, the University is required under Title IX to operate in manner that doesn’t discriminate against women or men on the basis of their sex or gender. Sex discrimination includes harassment based on sex or gender, sexual assault, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, or non-conformity with gender stereotypes.

Lenoir-Rhyne University is committed to providing an environment for learning, working and living that promotes equal opportunity, inclusion, and non-discrimination for all of its community members including faculty, staff, students, contractors, and visitors.

Lenoir-Rhyne is also committed to educating our community members about the awareness and prevention of all forms of sex-and gender-based discrimination.

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

What is the Clery Act and the Campus SaVE Act? Why is it important to me?

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f), as amended by the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE), part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, S. 47, 113th Cong. (2013), requires, among other things, that Lenoir-Rhyne report annually various crime statistics, including sex assaults that occur on or around our campuses. Campus SaVE also requires Lenoir-Rhyne to issue timely warnings and other emergency notifications to our community as necessary, provide prevention and awareness programming to the University community regarding sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, and adopt policies with certain procedural requirements that, in part, ensure the rights of both the accuser and the accused in incidents of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, regardless of whether the incident occurred on- or off-campus.

What is LR's policy on sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking?

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Sexual Misconduct policy applies to faculty, staff and students and prohibits the following behaviors:

  • Sexual Assault and Rape
  • Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Stalking
  • Intimate Partner Abuse - Dating Violence and Domestic Violence

How do I contact the Title IX Coordinator?

For questions and complaints involving discrimination on the basis of sex or gender including but not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual orientation or gender identity, you should contact the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator:

Dawn Floyd
Director of Compliance/Title IX Coordinator
Lenoir-Rhyne University Box #7137
Cromer Center 206(A)
Hickory, NC 28603
(828) 328-7040
Dawn.Floyd@lr.eduorTitleIXCoordinator@lr.edu

Michael M. Dempsey, Ed.D.
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Dean and Director
Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville
Lenoir-Rhyne University
36 Montford Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 407-4269
Michael.Dempsey@lr.edu

Robyn Marren
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Director of Finance and Administration
Lenoir-Rhyne University
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia
4201 N. Main St.
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 461-3277
Robyn.Marren@lr.edu

The University’s Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the University’s response to all reports of sex- and gender-based discrimination and also responsible for ensuring that Lenoir-Rhyne in complying with all aspects of Title IX and Campus SaVE, including in our policies and procedures, reporting obligations, education and awareness programming, training, investigations, and all other compliance matters.

Support, Resources, and Reporting Options

If you believe you have been the victim of sex- or gender-based discrimination, or know someone that you believe has been a victim, we encourage you to reach out for support and assistance, and to report the incident.

We are here to help. It is important that victims/survivors of sexual misconduct are aware of on- and off-campus resources available to them, their options for reporting the incident to campus officials and law enforcement, grievance procedures, and other information that will help them after experiencing any form of sexual misconduct. All of this information has been assembled into a Victim/Survivor Resources Guide.

Talking with Confidential Resources

Lenoir-Rhyne offers confidential counseling and support. If you believe you have been the victim of sexual misconduct or discrimination, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence or stalking, and would like your information to remain confidential, you may speak with any of the Confidential Resources listed below:

Counseling

  • Jenny Smith, University Counselor, 828.328.7252, Jenny.Smith@lr.edu (Hickory and Columbia)

Pastoral

Reporting an Incident to the University

If you believe you have been the victim of sex- or gender-based discrimination, or know someone that you believe has been a victim, you may report this information on-line or by contacting one of the individuals listed below:

  • Complete an online grievance form
  • Contact the Title IX Coordinator
    Dawn.Floyd@lr.edu or TitleIXCoordinator@lr.edu; (828) 328-7040; Cromer 206
  • Contact the Deputy Title IX Coordinator in Asheville
    Michael.Dempsey@lr.edu or (828) 407-4269
  • Contact the Deputy Title IX Coordinator in Columbia
    Robyn.Marren@lr.edu or (803) 461-3277
  • Contact a member of the Sexual Misconduct Response Team
    Dr. Katie Fisher - Dean of Students (828) 328-7246 or Katie.Fisher@lr.edu
    Mr. Peter Kendall – Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance, (828) 328-7100 or Peter.Kendall@lr.edu
    Dr. Amy Wood – Assistant Provost and Dean Graduate and Adult Programs, (828) 328-7728 or Amy.Wood@lr.edu
    The Reverend Jenn Casey – Director of Enrollment Management – Columbia (803) 461-3297
    Mr. Rick Nichols – Director of Human Resources (828) 328-7387 or Rick.Nichols@lr.edu
    Mr. Norris Yoder – Director of Safety and Security (828) 328-7450 or Norris.Yoder@lr.edu
  • Contact a faculty or staff member

Important Note for Students: If you are a student and you report an incident of sexual misconduct to any faculty or staff member other than Confidential Resources listed above (University Counselors and Pastors), the faculty or staff member must report your information to the Title IX Coordinator.

What are Responsible Employees?

All LRU faculty and staff are Responsible Employees under Title IX for purposes of reporting sexual misconduct involving our students. Responsible employees include full-time, part-time, adjunct, and any other individuals employed by LRU. Responsible employees also include individuals employed by an agent of LRU and working regularly on one of LRU’s campuses (i.e., contractors).

As a Responsible Employee, you must immediately share any information you learn regarding an incident of sex-or gender-based misconduct involving a student with the Title IX Coordinator, a Deputy Coordinator or a member of the SMRT. If you make a report to a Deputy Coordinator or a member of the SMRT team, you have satisfied your obligations because the Deputies and members of SMRT will reports the incident immediately to the Title IX Coordinator. You may also complete a Sexual Misconduct Grievance Form, which is available above.

If I report an incident to the University, will the information be kept confidential?

An individual asserting an incident of Sexual Misconduct may request to remain anonymous and/or that a grievance not be pursued against the alleged perpetrator. Upon such request, the University will take reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the incident consistent with the individual’s’ request, but the University cannot ensure confidentiality or anonymity in every instance. Similarly, if a complainant insists that his or her name or other identifiable information not be disclosed to the alleged perpetrator, the complainant should be aware that the University’s ability to respond may be limited. In appropriate circumstances, LRU reserves the right to pursue the Sexual Misconduct Grievance process without the cooperation or participation of the victim (for example, in situations where the alleged perpetrator is believed to be a potential threat to the University community). In such cases, LRU’s highest priority will be to maintain a safe and discrimination-free environment for all members of the University Community, but it will take reasonable measures to maintain the victim’s confidentiality where reasonably possible. Moreover, in all publicly-available record keeping required by law, the University will not to publish any personally identifying information about the victim, to the extent permitted by law.

If I report sexual misconduct, what type of remedial assistance or protective measures can the Lenoir-Rhyne provide?

The University aims to assist those involved with alleged Sexual Misconduct in any way reasonably possible. Therefore, in connection with alleged Sexual Misconduct, an individual may contact the Title IX Coordinator or any member of the LRU SMRT to request assistance in the following forms: (1) an escort between classes; (2) separating the complainant and alleged perpetrator from classes; (3) work re-assignment, relocation, or leave of absence; (4) moving the complainant or alleged perpetrator to a different residence hall; (5) counseling services; (6) medical services; (7) academic support services, such as tutoring; (8) re-taking or withdrawing from a class without penalty; (9) entering a “no contact” order; and (10) other reasonable requests for assistance. These options may be requested at any time before, during or after a Sexual Misconduct Grievance proceeding has commenced. Such requests will be reviewed by the Title IX Coordinator and the LRU SMRT on a case-by-case basis, and all reasonable requests will be granted. The University will work with victims to ensure appropriate protective measures are in place before, during and after a Sexual Misconduct Grievance proceeding has commenced.

What is amnesty and why is it important?

All members of the University community are encouraged to report incidents of Sexual Misconduct, even though they may feel their own use of alcohol or other drugs may have been a factor or may expose them to disciplinary action. Because of the seriousness of Sexual Misconduct, the University does not want any such circumstances to inhibit the reporting of Sexual Misconduct. In order to encourage reporting, the University will not charge complainants, respondents, or witnesses of Sexual Misconduct for violations of the University drug or alcohol policies.

Am I protected from retaliation if I report an incident of sex- or gender-based misconduct?

Retaliation resulting from the report of an incident of Sexual Misconduct will not be tolerated by the University, and the University will not only take steps to prevent retaliation but also take strong responsive action if it occurs, whether or not any Sexual Misconduct Grievance proceedings are pending. If the complainant or the respondent feels that s/he has been the subject of retaliation, s/he should contact the Title IX Coordinator or a member of the LRU SMRT, identified above.

Discrimination questions and complaints can also be directed to:
U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
(800) 421-3481 or ocr@ed.gov