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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for Respondents

How will I be notified if I have been accused of sexual misconduct?
What information will I have access to if I am accused of sexual misconduct?
What resources are available to me if I have been accused of sexual misconduct?

Counseling Services is a free resource on campus for students. There office is located in Main Hall, Lower Level. You can contact them directly at and by phone number is 205-665-6245.

Will my parents be notified about my alleged sexual misconduct incident?

The university does not contact parents of students involved in sexual misconduct incidents. However, the university will be able to share the details of your case with your permission and if you complete a FERPA release for your parent or guardian. We encourage students to tell their parents or guardians about these type of incidents.

What if other students start to harass or treat me differently because I have been accused of alleged sexual misconduct?

Retaliation is strictly prohibited and we take allegations of retaliation against anyone seriously. Please document and share any instances of retaliation with the Title IX investigators so the appropriate measures can take place.

What do I need to do to prepare for a Title IX investigation?

If you plan on bringing a support person, please complete the FERPA form online. Bring any evidence that will be beneficial for the investigators to see. This includes text messages, pictures, videos, social media messages, and any other information that you deem important. Bring a list of witnesses if you have any.

Who is involved in a Title IX investigation?

There will likely be two Title IX investigators gathering information about the incident. The complainant, respondent, and necessary witnesses will also participate in the investigation.

What does a meeting with the Title IX Coordinators look like?
What happens if I withdraw from the university during a Title IX investigation?

If you withdraw from the university, the investigation will be suspended. The university is no longer able to compel you to disciplinary action because you are no longer a student. However, a hold will be placed on the students account after they withdraw from the university. Once you become a student again, the investigation will pick up where it left off.

How long does a Title IX investigation take?
Do I have the right to appeal the decision of a Title IX investigation?

Yes. If you disagree with the outcome of the Title IX investigation, you will have five (5) days to appeal the decision to the Vice-President for Enrollment & Student Affairs.