Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Nondiscrimination Policy
Columbia Southern University (CSU) affirms its commitment to promote the goals of fairness and equity in all aspects of the educational enterprise. All policies below are subject to CSU’s resolution process as detailed below. When the responding party is a member of the CSU community, the resolution process is applicable regardless of the status of the reporting party who may be a member or non-member of the campus community, including students, student organizations, faculty, administrators, staff, guests, visitors, vendors, etc.
The Title IX Coordinator oversees implementation of CSU’s policy on equal opportunity, harassment, and nondiscrimination. The Title IX Coordinator acts with independence and authority free of conflicts of interest. To raise any concern involving a conflict of interest by the Title IX Coordinator, contact the Chief of Staff (CoS) at ChiefofStaff@columbiasouthern.edu. To raise concerns regarding a potential conflict of interest with any other administrator involved in the resolution process, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.
Inquiries about and reports regarding this policy and procedure may be made internally to:
Title IX Coordinator
Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation
21982 University Lane
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Phone: (251) 981-3771 ext. 1352
Inquiries may be made externally to:
Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Customer Service Hotline: (800) 421-3481
Facsimile: (202) 453-6012
TDD: (877) 521-2172
United States Department of Education
Office of Civil Rights, Region IV
61 Forsyth St., Southwest, Suite 19T70
Atlanta, GA 30303-8927
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Reports of discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation should be made using one of the following options:
- If the discrimination or harassment occurs on campus, campus security should be contacted immediately at 251-981-3771 Ext. 1114.
- If the discrimination or harassment occurs at a CSU sanctioned event, the event coordinator or law enforcement should be contacted immediately.
- If the discrimination or harassment occurs in the classroom (including virtual classroom), the Title IX Coordinator should be contacted immediately.
In situations where sexual violence has occurred, it is strongly recommended that the victim seek immediate medical attention.
Please review the full Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Nondiscrimination Policy (pdf).
CSU’s Title IX training includes internal and external training. The Title IX Coordinator and decision-makers are trained on the various aspects of the University’s policies and procedures. Additionally, all staff and faculty complete annual harassment and discrimination prevention training. The Title IX Coordinator has received the following training:
- ATIXA Title IX Coordinator and Administrator Training Level One Course (2018)
- ATIXA Pressures, Politics, Sanctions, Minors & MOUs: Title IX Coordinator and Administrator Level Two Training & Certification Course (2019)
- ATIXA Compliance & Case Management: Title IX Coordinator and Administrator Training & Certification Level Three Course (2020)