Notice of Non-Discrimination & Equal Employment


Lenoir-Rhyne University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, political affiliation, age, marital status, sex/gender including sexual orientation and gender identity, physical or mental disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or veteran status in any university educational programs and/or activities, including admissions.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity extends to all aspects of employment, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, reassignment, demotion, discipline, discharge, performance evaluation, compensation and benefits.

Lenoir-Rhyne is committed to providing an environment that promotes non-discrimination, equal opportunity, and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, contractors, volunteers, and visitors.  

Non-Discrimination Regarding Disability

For questions and/or more information involving discrimination on the basis of physical or mental disability you should contact:

Sherry Proctor
Director of Disability Services/Section 504 & Title III Coordinator
Lenoir-Rhyne University
Cornerstone House
625 7th Ave NE
Hickory, NC 28601
828.328.7296
sherry.proctor@lr.edu

Title IX and Non-Discrimination Regarding Sex/Gender

As a recipient of federal financial assistance for education activities, Lenoir-Rhyne is required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et. seq. and the rule promulgated on May 19, 2020, by the U.S. Department of Education entitled Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance, 85 Fed. Reg. 30,026 (collectively, “Title IX”) to ensure that all of its education programs and activities do not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, including sex, sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation and pregnancy or parenting status. 

Sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking are forms of sex discrimination, which are prohibited under Title IX and by Lenoir-Rhyne. Lenoir-Rhyne also prohibits retaliation against any person participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internal or external to the University.  

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Sex/Gender Non-Discrimination and Anti-Retaliation Policy is available online, and includes how to report or file a formal complaint of sex discrimination, harassment, misconduct, and/or retaliation, how LRU will respond to reports and formal complaints, and LRU’s formal grievance process and procedures.

Any person may report sex discrimination, harassment, misconduct and/or retaliation at any time (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to have experienced the conduct), including during non-business hours, by contacting the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Coordinator in-person, by telephone, email or U.S. mail utilizing the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator below, or by utilizing the reporting function on the university’s Title IX webpage and clicking on “Submit a Report or Complaint.” 

Individuals with questions regarding Title IX, including its application, or who want to make a report of sex discrimination, harassment, misconduct and/or retaliation, should contact the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

Submit a Report or Complaint

Title IX Coordinator

Dawn Floyd
Director of Compliance/Title IX Coordinator
Lenoir-Rhyne University
Cromer Center 206(A)
625 7th Ave NE
Hickory, NC 28601
828.328.7040
dawn.floyd@lr.edu or TitleIXCoordinator@lr.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Brent Driggers
Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Professor
Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Columbia)
LTSS/LRU Center for Graduate Studies Columbia
4201 N. Main St.
Columbia, SC 29203
803.461.3231
brent.driggers@lr.edu

Dr. Michael M. Dempsey
Dean and Director
Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Asheville)
LRU Center for Graduate Studies Asheville
36 Montford Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
828.407.4269
michael.dempsey@lr.edu

Other Non-Discrimination Reporting Options


For questions and complaints involving all forms of discrimination you may contact:

Dr. Katie Fisher
Dean of Student Life
Cromer Center, second floor
828.328.7246
katie.fisher@lr.edu

Angelene Fortune
Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
Lineberger Building, first floor
828.328.7387
angelene.fortune@lr.edu

In addition, individuals may also receive information from or direct discrimination questions to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at U.S. Department of Education, Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building, 400 Maryland Avenue S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202-1100. Telephone: 800.421.3481; Fax: 202.453.6012; TDD: 800.877.8339; Email: ocr@ed.gov.