Title IX

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Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads:

"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."
--Legal Citation: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)

Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence.

While it is often thought of as a law that applies only to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than Athletics and applies to all programs at the University of South Alabama. While compliance with the law is everyone's responsibility at USA, listed here are the staff members who have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance.

USA Title IX Coordinators

Title IX Coordinator
Duties and Responsibilities: The Title IX Coordinator oversees monitoring of University policy in relation to Title IX law developments; implementation of grievance procedures, including notification, investigation, and disposition of complaints; provision of educational materials and training for the campus community; conducting and/or coordinating investigations of complaints received pursuant to Title IX; ensuring a fair and neutral process for all parties; and monitoring all other aspects of the University's Title IX compliance related to sexual misconduct. 

Dr. Krista Harrell
Associate Dean of Students
Student Center, Room 116
Mobile, AL 36688
(251) 460-6452


Title IX Deputy Coordinators*

Duties and Responsibilities: Deputy Coordinators are responsible for Title IX training, education, and administration of the grievance procedure for all complaints against individuals in their respective areas. Coordinators will also be responsible for facilitating the referral of complaints with the appropriate office.

For students (except College of Medicine students):
Dr. Michael Mitchell, Vice President and Dean of Students 
Student Center, Room 245
(251) 460-6172

For College of Medicine students:
Dr. Kelly P. Roveda, Assistant Professor of Pathology
Department of Pathology, USAMC
(251) 471-7790

For Academic Affairs Faculty:
Dr. Charles Guest, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
AD 300
(251) 460-6261

For College of Nursing students:
Dr. Heather R. Hall, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
HAHN 3068
(251) 445-9483

For Staff, Administrators, Coaches, Resident Physicians, Patients, Visitors, and Post Docs:
Paula Buerger, Manager EEO
TRP Building III Suite 2200
(251) 460-6641

Gender Equity in Athletics
Jinni Frisbey, Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator
Football Fieldhouse
(251) 445-9551


Additional Resources

Sexual Misconduct
To file a complaint of sexual misconduct, you may contact one of the offices above, or you may also contact:

USA Police Department
University of South Alabama Police Department
290 Stadium Blvd.
Beta Gamma Commons
Mobile, Alabama 36688-0001
Phone: (251)460-6312

Patrol Office
Phone: (251) 460-6312 24Hrs
Tips Line: (251) 460-6667


Victim’s Advocate Program (Confidential Resource)

The Victim’s Advocate Program is an important part of the University’s efforts to provide support for student assault victims. The VAP enhances a victim’s recovery and assists in returning them back to their pre-crisis state by serving as a linkage to University and community resources. The VAP provides emotional support and assistance concerning counseling, alternate housing assignments, academic alternatives, medical treatment, disciplinary process and court proceedings. The advocates are University personnel who are formally trained by the Mobile Rape Crisis Center and agree to assist students in their time of need.

Victim’s Advocate Program                                                                                                                                                         During business hours, call the Student Health Center (251) 460-7151 or  (251) 341-9884 (after-hours). 

*In the event a conflict of interest arises with any of the above named coordinators, the subject case will be managed by that coordinator’s supervisor.