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Title IX Information

"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).

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is a recipient of Federal financial assistance for education activities, and in accordance with the provisions of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, all of its education programs and activities are subject to the prohibition of Title IX. Additionally, in compliance with state law, the University develops a Title IX implementation plan annually and submits it to the state Comptroller’s office. This plan reflects the guidelines set forth in the document, “Without Regard to Gender,” produced by the Office of Education Accountability. View the Title IX plan produced for all UT System campuses. 2020 Title IX Training Materials can be found here.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center 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. The University has a Policy on Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking which may be accessed here.

You may make a formal complaint by contacting the Title IX Coordinator at any time by using the contact information below.  

Any inquiries about the application of Title IX or to make a report should be directed to the following:

Michael Alston

Title IX Coordinator
Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity
920 Madison, Suite 825
Memphis, TN 38163
Telephone: 901.448.2112
Fax: 901.448.1120
malston1@uthsc.edu 

Assistant Secretary
Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-1100
Telephone: 1-800-421-3481
FAX: 202-453-6012; TDD: 1-800-877-8339
Email: OCR@ed.gov 

Title IX Coordinators

The University is a recipient of federal financial assistance for education activities, and in accordance with the provisions of Title IX, all of its education programs and activities are subject to the prohibition against Sex Discrimination. The University’s Non-Discrimination Statement prohibits Sex Discrimination in any University education program or activity, including employment and admissions. Title IX applies to all students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, volunteers and visitors at the University and prohibits unequal treatment on the basis of sex including Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Exploitation, which are all types of Sex Discrimination.

Reports or complaints of Sex Discrimination, Prohibited Conduct, or questions about the University’s policies, procedures, resources, or programs concerning any of those issues, may be directed to the University’s Title IX Coordinator or one of the University’s Deputy Title IX Coordinators. The responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator and the Deputy Title IX Coordinators are summarized below and are described in more detail in other sections of this policy. The Title IX Coordinator and the Deputy Title IX Coordinators generally are available Monday – Friday on University business days from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

The term “Title IX Official” in this Policy means the Title IX Coordinator, a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, or one of their designees.

Michael Alston, EdD
Title IX Coordinator
Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Student Rights
Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity
910 Madison, Suite 826
Memphis, TN 38163
901.448.2112 (main) or 901.448.2133 (direct)
901.448.1120 (fax)
malston1@uthsc.edu

In fulfilling those responsibilities, the Title IX Coordinator is assisted by four trained Deputy Title IX Coordinators who also are accessible to members of the University community for consultation and assistance.

  • Cindy Russell, PhD, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty: 901.448.6158; 400 O.W. Hyman Building, Memphis, TN 38163
  • Rebekka Freeman, JD, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Staff: 901.448.5600; 910 Madison, 7th floor, Memphis, TN 38163
  • KacieJo Brown, MA, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students: 901.448.1646; 800 Madison, Suite 301 B, Memphis, TN 38163
  • Connie Childs, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for International Programs: 901.448.8484; 910 Madison, Rm 105, Memphis, TN 38163
  • Steven Youngentob, PhD, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Research: 901.448.1278; 910 Madison, Suite 608, Memphis, TN 38163
  • Joanna Morrow, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Clery Compliance: 901.448.6452; 3 N. Dunlap, Memphis, TN 38163
  • Aaron Haynes, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for GME Administration: 901.448.5364; 920 Madison, Suite 447, Memphis, TN 38163
  • Amy Paganelli, CPA, MBA, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for GME, Knoxville: 865.305.9290; 1924 Alcoa Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920
  • Geoffrey Smallwood, MD, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for GME, Nashville: 615.284.5555; Saint Thomas Health, Nashville, TN 
  • Pamela Scott, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for GME, Chattanooga: 423.778.7442; 960 East Third Street, Suite 104, Chattanooga, TN 37403
Know Your IX

Founded in 2013, Know Your IX  is a national survivor-run, student-driven campaign to end campus sexual violence.  Running on grassroots energy, we educate students across the country about their civil right to education free from sexual violence and harassment while also pushing policy and legislative change on the national level for better federal enforcement of that same right. 

To increase your understanding of Title IX there is a YouTube video KNOW YOUR IX that will enhance your knowledge and understanding of this landmark federal civil rights law.

Last Published: Sep 30, 2021