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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
titleix@southalabama.edu 

Title IX Deputy Coordinators*

The University has also designated the following individuals as Deputy Title IX Coordinators. Deputy Title IX Coordinators are available to receive inquiries regarding Title IX, including complaints of sexual misconduct, when the Title IX Coordinator is unavailable, if a person is more comfortable engaging with one of the Deputies, or if the Title IX Coordinator has a conflict of interest. The names and contact information for the Deputy Title IX Coordinators are as follows:

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students

Dr. Michael Mitchell
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Student Center, Room 245
(251) 460-6172
mmitchell@southalabama.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Academic Affairs

Dr. Charles Guest
Senior Vice Provost
Administration Building, Room 300
(251) 460-6261
cguest@southalabama.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics

Jinni Frisbey
Senior Associate Athletic Director/Student Enrichment/Senior Woman Administrator
Football Fieldhouse, Room 153
(251) 445-9511
jfrisbey@southalabama.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Administrators, Non-Faculty Employees, Contractors, and Third-Parties/Others

Paula Buerger, Manager EEO
TRP Building III, Suite 2200
(251) 460-6641
pbuerger@southalabama.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for College of Medicine Faculty and USA Health Faculty & Staff Physicians

Dr. Mary Townsley, Senior Associate Dean
College of Medicine
CSAB, Room 170
(251) 460-6815
mtownsley@southalabama.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the College of Medicine Students

Dr. Franklin Trimm,  Assistant Vice President for Medical Affairs and Diversity & Inclusion
College of Medicine
(251) 341-4073
rftrimm@southalabama.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the College of Nursing

Dr. Rebecca J. Graves, Assistant Professor
Director of Special Projects and Evaluation
Health Sciences Building 4083
(251) 445-9437
rgraves@southalabama.edu

A person may also file a complaint of sexual misconduct with the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights regarding an alleged violation of Title IX by visiting www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html or by calling 1-800-421-3481.