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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.

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.

Dean of Students
Manley Center 210 | 404-270-5133

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

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

Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) College Campus Grant 

The OVW Grant is to reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus Program. It was created to help campuses implement coordinated responses to on-campus incidents of violent crime through partnerships with off-campus victim services and local law enforcement agencies. In 2018, Spelman was one of 57 colleges and universities across the nation – and the only institution in Georgia –awarded funds by the Justice Department to address sexual violence on campus.

Spelman’s three-year grant will support a comprehensive campus program that focuses on improving the way that the College identifies and responds to incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The funding will also cover the development of culturally appropriate, linguistically accessible print or electronic materials to address prevention and intervention of sexual violence.

Dorian Johnson OVW Grant Project Coordinator
Dorian Johnson
Milligan Building, Room 2305
dorian.johnson@spelman.edu
404-270-5004

The OVW Grant Project Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the development and implementation of statutory and other program requirements, as well as coordinating and managing all grant-related activities. The Project Coordinator is also responsible for training programs for campus safety and security personnel, incoming students, student conduct staff, and the campus Coordinated Community Response Team.

 

Responsible Employees

A responsible employee is defined as any employee who:

  • Has the authority to take action to redress sexual violence
  • Has been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual violence or any other misconduct by students, faculty or staff to the Title IX coordinator or another appropriate school designee
  • Whom a student could reasonably believe has the aforementioned authority or duty

Failure of a responsible employee 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 Title IX complaint with the school and a separate complaint with campus or local law enforcement. Additionally, confidential employees should be equipped with information about resources for counseling, medical, and academic support. They should also indicate that they are available to assist students in filing such complaints, explain that Title IX includes protections against retaliation, and that school officials will not only take steps to prevent retaliation but also take strong responsive action if it occurs.

  • 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
24-Hour Confidential Response Line 678-873-5884

Title IX Report An Incident REPORT AN INCIDENT

 

Title IX Office
404-270-4005
titleixteam@spelman.edu

24-Hour Confidential
Response Line

678-873-5884

Title IX Contacts

 

Sexual Misconduct Brochures

For Complainants (PDF)
For Respondents (PDF)
Safety Planning (PDF)