Title IX

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." 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 assault.

Reporting

To report sexual discrimination, harassment, or assault to the College, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX Coordinator

Sarah Catherine Richardson

Director of Student Life 
Student Life House 
420 W. Madison Street 
Pulaski, TN 38478 
931-424-4073 
scrichardson@martinmethodist.edu

Duties and Responsibilities: Monitoring and oversight of overall implementation of Title IX Compliance at Martin Methodist, including coordination of training, education, communications, and administration of grievance procedures for faculty, staff, students and other members of the MMC community.

Title IX Policy

To download a copy of the College’s Title IX Policy, please click here.

Anonymous Complaints

To submit a complaint regarding sexual discrimination, harassment, or misconduct, please click here.

Advisors

While any person can serve as an Advisor to a Complainant or Respondent in the Title IX process, Martin Methodist has trained Advisors who are familiar with our procedures and policy. To view a catalog of Advisors, please click here.

 

If You Experience Sexual Violence

Immediately go to a safe place. This may be a friend's room, MMC Campus Security, the Pulaski police department, the hospital, or another place where you feel safe and are safe from harm.

Call someone to be with you. Call a friend, a family member, or someone else you can trust to be with you. You can call MMC Campus Security at 931-309-7502. You may also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline (https://www.rainn.org/) at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), or the National Domestic Violence Hotline (https://www.thehotline.org/help/) at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

In cases of assault or rape, preserve physical evidence when possible. Do not shower, bathe, douche, or otherwise clean yourself. If possible, do not urinate. Do not eat, drink liquids, smoke, or brush your teeth if oral contact took place. If you must change your clothes, save all clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault. If you have changed your clothes, place the clothing in a paper bag (plastic may destroy important evidence). Do not disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred.

Get medical attention. Physical safety and medical attention are of primary importance. You could be physically injured, become pregnant, or have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease. Medical attention is available Southern Tennessee Regional Health System in Pulaski (1265 East College Street, Pulaski, TN 38478 - 931-363-7531). If done promptly, a medical examination can obtain important evidence should you decide to prosecute.

Write down as much as you can remember about the assailant and the assault.

Seek emotional support. Whether or not you report the assault or prosecute, a trained counselor can help you with the emotional trauma of an assault. Confidential emergency and follow-up counseling are available through MMC Counseling Services (931-424-7338), the College Chaplain (931-363-9825), and through national hotlines: National Sexual Assault Hotline [1-800-656-HOPE (4673)], or the National Domestic Violence Hotline [1-800-799-SAFE (7233)].

 

Institutional Trainings

Title IX Personnel Trainings

As per the U.S. Department of Education Title IX Final Rule (2020) and the Martin Methodist College Title IX Policy (Sections III.P.1.h; VII.G; IX.A.3.b), all personnel involved in Title IX procedures at Martin Methodist College have been properly trained. Following is a combination of actual materials and lists of proprietary training materials. Proprietary training materials which the College does not have the right to publish will be indicated with P and are detailed below.

Trainings

Martin Methodist College Title IX Decision Maker Training

Offered August 19, 2020

Martin Methodist College Title IX Council Training (4 parts)

                Offered July 28, 2020; July 30, 2020; August 4, 2020; August 6, 2020

Martin Methodist College Title IX Advisor Training (3 parts)

                Offered August 24, 2020; August 25, 2020; August 26, 2020; August 27, 2020

Martin Methodist College Title IX Policy Training

                Offered September 9, 2020; October 6, 2020; November 6, 2020; December 8, 2020; December 9, 2020

Institutional Compliance Solutions (ICS) Certified Investigator Training              

Institutional Compliance Solutions (ICS) Certified Adjudicator/Decision Maker Training, Level 1

Institutional Compliance Solutions (ICS) Certified Adjudicator/Decision Maker Training, Level 2

Positions Trained

Title IX Coordinator

Sarah Catherine Richardson

  • ICS Certified Investigator Training                                                  Completed June 24, 2020
  • ICS Certified Adjudicator/Decision Maker Training, L 1 & 2         Completed June 18, 2020
  • NACCOP Webinar Series, select sessionsP                                    Completed April 16, 2020
  • NACUA Title IX Coordinator TrainingP                                        Completed October 31, 2019

 

Decision Makers

Judy Cheatham

  • ICS Certified Adjudicator/Decision Maker Training, L1                   Completed June 12, 2020
  • Martin Methodist College Title IX Decision Maker Training     Completed August 19, 2020

Jamie Hlubb

  • ICS Certified Adjudicator/Decision Maker Training, L1                    Completed June 12, 2020
  • Martin Methodist College Title IX Decision Maker Training    Completed August 19, 2020
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Mark La Branche

  • ICS Certified Adjudicator/Decision Maker Training, L1            Completed August 26, 2020
  • Martin Methodist College Title IX Decision Maker Training    Completed August 19, 2020
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Daniel McMasters

  • ICS Certified Adjudicator/Decision Maker Training, L1            Completed June 12, 2020
  • NACUA Title IX Coordinator TrainingP                                        Completed October 31, 2019
  • Martin Methodist College Title IX Decision Maker Training    Completed August 19, 2020
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Investigator

Josie Brown

  • ICS Certified Investigator Training                                                             Completed June 24, 2020
  • NACCOP Clery & CSA Instructors CourseP                                            Completed March 9, 2020
  • TN Public Safety Network Critical Incident Training in Sex Crimes[1] Completed May 10, 2018 
  • Southern Police Institute Sex Crimes Investigation Training1               Completed May 19, 2017                 
  • TN Criminal Investigator Training1                                                            Completed August 5, 2016
  • TN Law Enforcement Training Academy1                                               Completed August 2014

 

Title IX Council

All members of the Title IX Council participated in Martin Methodist College Title IX Council Training, facilitated by Sarah Catherine Richardson.

 

Brandon Bass                       Completed 8/6/2020

Claire Paul                            Completed 8/6/2020

Robby Shelton                     Completed 8/6/2020

Julie Shelton                         Completed 8/6/2020

Abby Stanton                       Completed 8/6/2020

Allen Stanton                       Completed 8/6/2020

 

Advisors

Training is not required for a person to serve as an advisor for a Title IX investigation at the College. However, the College has trained faculty, staff, and student volunteers on Title IX policies and procedures should a respondent or complainant wish to choose a College-trained advisor. Advisors participated in Martin Methodist College Title IX Advisor Training, facilitated by Sarah Catherine Richardson.

 

Lydia Ball                                             Completed 11/12/2020

Sharon Hill                                            Completed 8/27/2020                       

Skylar Lovvo-Phillips                         Completed 8/27/2020

Edna Luna                                            Completed 8/27/2020

Laura Morefield                                   Completed 8/27/2020

Melissa Ryckman                                 Completed 8/27/2020

Dan Scherr                                            Completed 8/27/2020

Brittany Trevarthen                             Completed 8/27/2020

Sydney Westry                                     Completed 8/27/2020

 

Responsible Employees

Responsible Employees are mandatory reporters, and have completed a two-part training:

Part I: SafeColleges Title IX and Sexual Harassment Prevention for Employees Full Course P         

Part II: Martin Methodist College Title IX Policy Training, facilitated by Sarah Catherine Richardson

Individual completion dates are available upon request.

Faculty Members also received Title IX Changes Training, facilitated by Sarah Catherine Richardson, August 27, 2020

 

Proprietary Training Materials

The following training materials are propriety, and the College does not have the right to publish. However, materials are available for viewing for inspection only in the Title IX office by request, as licensing agreements allow (i.e. some materials may not be available after a certain licensure date).

  • NACUA Title IX Coordinator Training
    • Role of the Title IX Coordinator
    • Title IX and Clery
    • Understanding Sexual Harassment and Violence and Institutional Legal Responsibilities
      • Sexual Violence Statistics
      • Responding to Sexual Violence
      • Episodic Memory Formation
    • Overseeing or Conducting Investigations
      • Confidentiality
      • Whether and When to Begin an Investigation
      • Investigatory Skills
      • Investigation Reports
        • Writing Investigative Reports
    • Review of Institutional Polices: Complaint Handling, Student Codes, FERPA, Other Constituencies, Employers and Notice
    • Training
    • Title IX & Athletics
 
  • Treatment Areas
  • Sources of Funding
  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Scheduling of Games & Practice Times
  • Travel & Per Diem
  • Coaching
  • Academic Services
  • Facilities
  • Medical & Training Services
  • Housing & Dining Services
  • Publicity & Marketing
  • Support Services
  • Recruiting
  • Equal Pay
  • Equal Discipline
    • Course Seminars (Case Studies)
  • NACCOP Webinar Series
    • Campus Security Authorities: Address key concepts and provide attendees overview information regarding Campus Security Authorities. Assist in understanding how to identify your CSAs, as well as managing and training them.
    • Clery Geography: Review Clery Geography definitions and illuminate key concepts and challenges institutions face with accurately identifying addressing geographic requirements.
    • Classifying and Counting Crimes: Provide overview content related to collecting, classifying and counting Clery reportable crimes. Highlight important nuances around the definitions and counting rules
    • Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications: Highlight requirements and distinctions of Timely Warning Notices and Immediate Notifications. Address best practices and procedural development
    • Violence Against Women: Provide an overview of the disclosure and implementation requirements mandated by the Violence Against Women Act, specifically of the educational programs that must be provided to students and employees; the procedures a victim should follow; and the procedures the institution will follow when a VAWA crime is reported, including disciplinary procedures

[1] Trainings were part of Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy or were exclusively for Tennessee law enforcement officers. Materials are unavailable for review through the Office of Title IX.

Martin Methodist College

433 West Madison St.
Pulaski, TN 38478

931.363.9804
1.800.467.1273

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