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Title IX at Columbus State University

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination, including pregnancy-related discrimination and sexual harassment/sexual violence, in all activities and programs of educational institutions receiving federal funds, which includes Columbus State University. It provides that:

"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 applies to all University services and academic programs both on and off campus including, but not limited to:

  • Admissions
  • Financial aid
  • Class assignments & course offerings
  • Academic advising & instruction
  • Evaluation & grading
  • Discipline
  • Athletics
  • Housing
  • Health and counseling services
  • Recreational, residential life & extracurricular services and programs
  • Employment of faculty, staff and graduate assistants, including the recruitment, consideration and selection processes.

All University community members must comply with Title IX, including, without limitation: students, faculty, staff, university administrators, coaches, counselors and visitors.

Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for monitoring and overseeing Title IX compliance at the University, to include coordination of training, education, communications, and administration of grievance procedures for faculty, staff, students and other members of the University community.
Title IX inquiries or complaints should be directed to:

Lauren Jones McKown, J.D.
Title IX Coordinator
Schuster 110
Columbus, GA 31907
(706) 507-8757
jones_lauren3@columbusstate.edu

Dr. Aaron Reese
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Campus Recreation Center 234
Columbus, GA 31907
(706) 507-8730 or (706) 507-8652
reese_aaron@columbusstate.edu

Shanita L. Pettaway, J.D., Ph.D.
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Richards Hall 206
Columbus, GA 31907
(706) 507-8904
pettaway_shanita@columbusstate.edu

U.S. Department of Education
Office of Civil Rights
(800) 421-3481
ocr@ed.gov

or,

Region IV – Atlanta
Office of Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center, Suite 16T70
61 Forsyth Street, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303-8909
(800) 368-1019 (ph)
(800) 537-7697 (TDD)
(404) 562-7881 (local)

Filing a Title IX Complaint

Columbus State University students, faculty, staff, or third parties may file formal, written complaints of sexual or gender-based harassment against CSU students, staff, and faculty members by completing the onlineTitle IX Complaint Form, or by delivering the complaint in person to the Title IX Coordinator.

An OCR complaint form is also available online.

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