Harassment: Sexual & Racial

Sexual harassment and racial harassment have been held to constitute a form of discrimination which is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. Other types of harassment (religious, disabled, or other protected status) are prohibited by applicable law.

Title VI
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the Federal law that protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of their race, color, or national origin in programs that receive Federal financial assistance.

Title IX
Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities that receive or benefit from Federal financial assistance; e.g., in recruiting and admissions, financial aid, athletics, textbooks and curriculum, housing facilities, career counseling, insurance and health care, single sex groups and programs, extracurricular activities, and employment.

Generally, harassment may be defined as verbal or physical conduct by a person or group of persons which interferes with a student's academic performance or causes discomfort in the work setting or classroom. The behavior must be persistent, pervasive, and/or prevalent. More specific definitions of the various forms of harassment may be found in MTSU Policy 1:01:22.

Students who feel that they may be the victim of some form of harassment as a result of the actions of another student should contact Laura Sosh-Lightsy, Title IX Deputy Coordinator and Assistant Dean for Judicial Affairs and Mediation Services to file a complaint. Students who believe they have been harassed or otherwise discriminated against by a University employee should contact Barbara Patton, Title IX Deputy Coordinator and Executive Director for Institutional Equity and Compliance. These matters will be investigated and resolved according to the procedures outlined in MTSU Policy 1:01:22 and TBR guideline P-080.

Additional information is available at http://www.mtsu.edu/titleix/ .


Traffic Citation Appeals
Student traffic citation appeals are heard by the Court of Traffic Appeals. Please visit the Student Government Association web site for full information.

Appeals may be made by visiting the SGA website, and decisions may be reviewed online as well.

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What is mediation?

Mediation is a process in which a neutral third party (mediator) facilitates the discussion and identification of issues between the disputants, the development of alternate solutions, and the negotiation of a mutually satisfying outcome to the dispute.
 "Training Peer Mediators in the College and University Setting: A Trainer's Guide" by Rick Olshak

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