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Director of Equal Opportunity & Title IX Coordinator
The Title IX Coordinator monitors UWG’s compliance with Title IX, oversees complaints, and delivers Title IX training.
Claudia Lyerly, Ed.D.
The University Police Department provides traditional law enforcement services, security, and emergency response to the University community 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year.
Health Services provides facilities and services for all students who have paid a health fee for the current term. These services include, but are not limited to, free and confidential assistance for those impacted by sexual assault. Services include medical treatment, forensic exam, medications and advocacy.
UWG Patient Advocates
UWG Patient Advocates are Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) trained in victim, medical, and academic advocacy. In addition to victim services, guidance for treatment of mental health symptoms and for students impacted by illness, injuries, or family emergencies is available at no charge. To learn more about UWG Advocates, please visit their website.
Jill Hendricks, Ed.S., LPC
Corey Hindman, Advocate
Jamie Gaddy, Advocate
UWG Advocate Crisis Line
A UWG Advocate is available 24-hours a day/7-days a week for victims of sexual assault, intimate partner violence and/or stalking.
Provides confidential counseling with licensed therapists.
West Georgia Prevention & Advocacy Resource Center (PARC)
The West Georgia Prevention & Advocacy Resource Center provides direct service to survivors of sexual assault, their families, and their friends. They have a 24-hour hotline available that provides crisis intervention and advocacy.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides phone and chat services are available to anyone who has been affected by relationship abuse, including those who are currently in abusive relationships, those who are working to heal, friends or family of victims and survivors and anyone in the community who has questions about domestic violence.
National Sexual Assault Hotline
When you call 800.656.HOPE (4673), you'll to be routed to a local sexual assault service provider in your area. Trained staff can provide confidential support and connect you to resources in your area.
Rights and Options
- The alleged victim and the respondent have the right to be treated with respect, dignity, and sensitivity throughout the process.
- Students, faculty or staff who are parties to a complaint have a right to a prompt, thorough, equitable and fair review process.
- The alleged victim and the respondent have the right to be informed of campus and community support services such as counseling, health, advocacy, legal assistance and other services.
- The alleged victim and the respondent have a right to select an advisor/advocate of his/her choice and to have that person available for support during the student conduct proceeding. However, the advisor/advocate shall be present solely for support and consultation, and shall not be permitted to speak on behalf of the student.
- Students, faculty or staff who are parties to a complaint have a right to have the complaint reviewed through a process which is administered by persons who receive annual training regarding how to conduct an impartial investigation and review that protects the safety of the alleged victim and assures fairness and due process to the respondent.
- The alleged victim and the respondent have the right to be informed of and receive a copy of the grievance process.
- If a grievance is filed, the alleged victim and respondent have a right to a copy of all available evidence including documents, statements or printed evidence before the hearing.
- The alleged victim and the respondent will have the right to review his/her own statement
and to make written comments regarding what has been recorded. An addendum may be
added to the report prior to sending the file to the Title IX Coordinator for processing.
The alleged victim and respondent have a right to present any relevant evidence on his/her behalf including witnesses, written/electronic statements and documentation. Each party will provide the names and contact information for their witnesses. Reasonable attempts will be made to contact the witnesses.
- The alleged victim and the respondent have the right to receive written or electronic notice of any meeting or hearing they are required to or are eligible to attend.
- The alleged victim and the respondent have the right to ask questions of the Title IX Coordinator and via the decision maker indirectly request responses from other parties and any other witnesses present.
- The alleged victim and the respondent have the right to make an impact statement prior to the hearing panel issuing any sanction(s).
- The alleged victim and respondent have the right to be simultaneously informed in writing of the outcome of the disciplinary proceeding including any sanction(s). Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) does not prohibit the alleged victim from receiving information about the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings including any sanction(s). Faculty or staff found responsible for sexual violence, dating violence, or stalking will be subject to discipline up to and including written reprimand, suspension, demotion or termination.
- A student who reports having been under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time he or she was sexually assaulted may be granted amnesty from University alcohol and drug related sanctions. Generally, the admission of alcohol or drug use will not adversely affect him/her in the University disciplinary proceedings nor will it be voluntarily reported to law enforcement. However, students may be referred to University of West Georgia Counseling Center for a drug and alcohol assessment and education. In cases where repeated violations of the University drug and alcohol policy are at issue, the Title IX Coordinator reserves the right to take judicial action on a case by case basis. The amnesty policy does not provide protection from legal charges which a student may be facing because of his/her involvement with illegal drugs or alcohol.
- The alleged victim and respondent may have the right to appeal a decision.
- The alleged victim, the respondent, and other persons who are in any way involved in the grievance process have a right to be free from retaliation, intimidation, threats and coercion which may be committed by any party, anyone acting on behalf of any party or on behalf of the University.
- The respondent has the right to have unrelated charges and cases investigated separately, but he/she may consent to having the charges aggregated.
- During the investigation and adjudication of the matter, the respondent has a right to remain silent without any adverse inference resulting. However, if the respondent chooses to remain silent, the investigation and adjudication may ultimately still proceed.
- The parties have the right to be informed in advance of any public release of information regarding the incident. Further, the parties have the right not to have any personally identifiable information released to the public without his/her consent.
- The parties have a right to regular updates on the status of the investigation and/or resolution.
- The parties have a right to the preservation of privacy to the extent permissible by law.
- The parties have the right to request recusal of any person involved in the investigation or adjudication of the complaint on the basis of bias.
- The alleged victim has the right to provide evidence by means other than being in the room with the responding party.