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The Spelman College Title IX & Compliance Team

Spelman Title IX Officer Nicole Johnson Title IX and Compliance Director
Nicole Johnson
Milligan Building, Room 2305
njohns74@spelman.edu

404-270-5060

The Title IX and Compliance Director’s responsibilities include, but may not limited to, overseeing all Title IX and Campus SaVE reports and complaints, including complaints involving gender and sex discrimination in all educational programs and activities sponsored by the College; identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of reports and complaints; reviewing the quality, content and documentation of all Title IX training and education programs; documenting the distribution and delivery of all prevention and awareness campaigns (literature, brochures, etc.); reviewing all policies and procedures pertaining to sex discrimination and sexual misconduct to ensure consistency and compliance; and receiving inquiries concerning Title IX and Campus SaVE and its implementing regulation.

 

Kristin Couch
Assistant Director for Prevention & Response
Kristin Couch
Milligan Building, Room 2305
kcouch1@spelman.edu
404-270-5123

The Assistant Director for Prevention and Response assists the Title IX & Compliance Director in the development of a coordinated community response to sex discrimination. Specifically supporting students by initiating and directing advocacy and case management following a report or incident of sexual and or gender based discrimination. Additionally, the Assistant Director is responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing educational outreach on topics for students, staff, faculty and other groups.

Spelman Title IX Outreach Coordinator Iesha Reona Blankumsee Outreach and Education Coordinator
Iesha “Reona” Blankumsee
Milligan Building, Room 2305
iesha.blankumsee@spelman.edu
404-270-4005

The Outreach and Education Coordinator assists with the development, delivery, tracking and evaluation of educational programming and outreach initiatives to classes, residence halls, student organizations, and campus employees regarding power based violence prevention, intervention and compliance issues. Additionally, the Outreach and Education Coordinator oversees all marketing, branding, and communications materials, including print, newsletter, web materials and outreach to the community via social media. Lastly, the Outreach and Education Coordinator serves as a back-up to the Assistant Director and provides case management for student respondents.

 

Deputy Title IX Deputy Coordinators

Deputy Title IX Coordinators assist the Title IX & Compliance Director in overseeing the intake and response to Title IX and Campus SaVE reports of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct. The Dean of Students, Director of Human Resources and the Provost/VP of Academic Affairs are responsible for overseeing the Student Code of Conduct, Employee Handbook and Faculty Handbook, respectively. Each Deputy Title IX Coordinator will partner with the Title IX & Compliance office to design and/or distribute educational programs about Title IX and Campus SaVE and assist in other aspects of implementing compliance.

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students: Bonnie Taylor
Manley Center | 404-270-5133 | bonnie.taylor@spelman.edu

Director of Human Resources: Bernadette Cohen
Rockefeller Hall 301 | 404-270-5091 | bcohen@spelman.edu

Provost/Vice President Academic Affairs: Sharon Davies, J.D.
Rockefeller Hall 106B l 404-270-5031 | sldavies@spelman.edu


Mandated Reporter

Most Spelman College employees (faculty, staff and administrators) are expected to report actual or suspected discrimination or harassment to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator immediately, though there are some limited exceptions.

Additionally, some student employees, including Resident Assistants and Building Monitors, are required to report incidents to the Title IX Coordinators while acting in their employment capacity.

Failure of a Mandated Reporter to report an incident or incidents of sex or gender harassment or discrimination of which they become aware is a violation of college policy and can be subject to disciplinary action for failure to comply with college policies.


Confidential Employees

Counseling Center - Student Health Services - Religious Life

Campus mental-health counselors, pastoral counselors, social workers, psychologists, student health services employees, or any other person with a professional license requiring confidentiality [and functioning in a role related to such licensing], or who is supervised by such a person, are not required to report incidents of sexual violence to the school, without the student’s consent, in a way that identifies the student. This exemption is intended to ensure that these individuals can provide appropriate counseling services without an obligation to report crimes they may learn about after information has been disclosed.

Confidential employees should inform students of their right to file a report with the Title IX Coordinator and/or campus and local law enforcement. To the extent possible within their role, Confidential Employees will assist members of the campus community to connect with other available on-campus or community resources.

In addition to the confidential employees on campus, the College has partnered with Magellan to provide comprehensive services for its Employee Assistance Program. Employees are encouraged to call 1-800-523-5668 or 1-800-882-7610 (TTY) to contact a confidential EAP counselor.

  • Counseling |  404-270-5293*
  • Student Health Services |  404-270-5249*
  • Religious Life | 404-270-5729*

* Indicates Confidential


Campus Law Enforcement

Campus Law Enforcement officials are responsible for the intake and investigation of criminal complaints. While criminal investigation is initiated at the discretion of law enforcement authorities, a Title IX investigation is not discretionary; a school has a duty under Title IX to resolve complaints promptly and equitably and to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment, free from sexual harassment and sexual violence, for all students. 

Law Enforcement should inform students of their right to file a Title IX complaint with the school and a separate complaint with campus or local law enforcement. Additionally, law enforcement officials should be equipped with information about resources for counseling, medical, and academic support. Officials also notify the Title IX and Compliance office to ensure parties are aware of all rights and responsibilities, including protections against retaliation, and that school officials will not only take steps to prevent retaliation but also take strong responsive action if it occurs.

Public Safety 404-525-6401