Catalog

Title IX

Statement of Non-Discrimination

In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and all other applicable non-discrimination laws, Southern Virginia University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran’s status in its educational programs and activities, admissions, and with regard to employment. Inquiries may be directed to Deidra Dryden, Title IX Coordinator, One University Hill Drive, Buena Vista, VA 24416, 540-261-8516, or deidra.dryden@svu.edu. Mrs. Dryden is designated by the University to coordinate compliance efforts and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX, Section 504, and other applicable non-discrimination laws.

Title IX Coordinator

To better serve the Southern Virginia University community, the University has designated Deidra Dryden as the campus Title IX coordinator. To make suggestions regarding this effort, or to provide information related to any Title IX concerns, such as complaints regarding sexual harassment, sexual assault, or equal opportunity, please contact her at:

Deidra Dryden
Title IX Campus Coordinator
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416
540-261-8516
deidra.dryden@svu.edu

Reporting Title IX Concerns

Southern Virginia encourages students impacted by sexual misconduct or other Title IX concerns to talk promptly to someone about what happened so that students who have been harmed can get the support they need and the University can respond appropriately. Different employees on campus have different abilities to maintain a student’s confidentiality. Most are required to report all the details of an incident to the Title IX coordinator. A report to these employees constitutes a report to the University and generally obligates the University to investigate the incident and take appropriate steps to address the situation.

Reporting to a Confidential Resource

Professional, licensed counselors, pastoral counselors and licensed health care professionals who provide mental-health counseling to members of the Southern Virginia community are not required to report any information about an alleged incident to the Title IX coordinator without a student’s permission.

In addition to your pastoral counselor or ecclesiastical leader, individuals on campus that can maintain your confidentiality are:

Chad Kelland
Director of Student Support Services
One University Hill Drive
236 Main Hall
540-261-8470
1-540-266-3819 fax
chad.kelland@svu.edu

Stephanie Hardy
Directory of Library Services
One University Hill Drive
Von Canon Library
540-261-4090
1-540-266-3898 fax
stephanie.hardy@svu.edu

Amnesty

To encourage reporting of Title IX violations, anyone who reports sexual misconduct, either as a witness or complainant, will not be subject to disciplinary action by the University for their own personal use of alcohol or drugs at or near the time of the incident.

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Download the Sexual Misconduct Policy.