The University of the South is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The University of the South. The University is also a member of the American Council on Education, the Association of American Colleges, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Associated Colleges of the South and the Appalachian College Association. Degrees awarded include the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts in English and American Literature, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Master of Arts in Theology, Master of Divinity, Master in Sacred Theology, Master of Theological Studies, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Ministry in Preaching, and various honorary degrees.
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Assistance for Students with Disabilities
The University of the South is committed to fostering respect for the diversity of the University community and the individual rights of each member of our community. In this spirit, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the University seeks to provide disabled students with the reasonable accommodations needed to ensure equal access to the programs and activities of the University. While the University provides a number of services to support the academic work of all its students (including tutoring and study skills programs), additional accommodations can be made specifically for students with learning disabilities, mobility limitations, certified visual and hearing impairments, and other functional limitations as defined by the ADA via Student Accessibility Services (SAS).
SAS seeks to create an environment wherein the nature and degree of access to programs, services, and facilities, and the level of self-determination afforded qualified persons with disabilities are indistinguishable from those which are available to their peers without disabilities. Students with disabilities are afforded access as immediately and unobtrusively as possible at the point of institutional contact and are recognized for their abilities, rather than their disabilities, or stereotypical attributes ascribed to their respective physical or mental impairments.
As an office, SAS provides accommodations, consultation, and advocacy for qualified students with disabilities. Determination of student eligibility to request reasonable accommodations is made by SAS staff. SAS works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create an inclusive educational environment for students with disabilities. SAS values relationships with students and seeks to promote pride in the value of one’s disability-related experience and empowers students to self-advocate by providing them with necessary skills and support. SAS will not seek out students for accommodations and in no case will accommodations be provided retroactively. Students seeking accommodations should contact Student Accessibility Services by phone at (931) 598-1325 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of the South stands firmly for the principle that its employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs have a right to be free from discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy and childbirth, and genetic information, and free from sexual misconduct in its educational programs and activities and with regard to employment. The University is committed to sustaining a community in which the dignity of every individual is respected. Key to this value are efforts to nurture an environment of civility and mutual respect and to foster a culture of reporting concerns so that the University can respond promptly and equitably whenever an incident occurs. All employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs also have the right to be free from harassment and retaliation.
A student who wishes to make a written complaint about any aspect of the program or the University, or report a concern about a person, or report an incident in the School of Letters, should do so by filling out one of the forms below. Reports about the School of Letters will be investigated by the director who will determine, with the advice of the faculty and the School of Letters Committee if needed, what measures, if any, should be taken to address it.
A complaint about the director will be handled by the Dean of the College. Complaints about hateful or biased conduct, sexual misconduct or Title IX reports, and general complaints will be handled by the appropriate University authorities as explained on each form.
Should the institution not be able to resolve the complaint, the person making the report has the right to contact the state of Tennessee and its appropriate agency to determine the course of action.
Complaints related to the application of state laws or rules related to approval to operate or licensure of a particular professional program within a postsecondary institution shall be referred to the appropriate State Board (i.e., State Boards of Health, State Board of Education, and so on) within the Tennessee State Government and shall be reviewed and handled by that licensing board (http://www.tn.gov, and then search for the appropriate division).
Complaints related to state consumer protection laws (e.g., laws related to fraud or false advertising) shall be referred to the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs and shall be reviewed and handled by that Unit (http://www.tn.gov/consumer/).
Allegations regarding noncompliance with accreditation standards, policies, and procedures may be made to SACSCOC, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097. (To access the Commission’s complaint policy, procedures, and the Complaint Form, please see Complaint Policy).
The University of the South complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended (FERPA), which is designed to protect the confidentiality of the records that educational institutions maintain on students and to give students access to their records to assure the accuracy of their contents. Links to the Student Notification of Rights with Respect to Their Education Records and the Education Records and FERPA policy are here:
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) and the Department of Education’s (Department) implementing regulations prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in federally assisted education programs and activities: "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 aid..." In addition, the Supreme Court, Congress, and federal executive departments and agencies, including the Department, have recognized that sexual harassment can constitute discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
The Title IX Coordinator at the University of the South is Dr. Sylvia Gray, TitleIX@sewanee.edu). Dr. Gray is charged with monitoring compliance with these laws and regulations. Questions regarding Title IX, as well as concerns and complaints of non-compliance, may be directed to her.
The Title IX policy of the University may be found here: http://www.sewanee.edu/provost/title-ix/
The University of the South’s policy against discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation is consistent with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 34 CFR Part 106, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and 34 CFR 104.7, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008. In addition to contacting the Provost, who is the compliance coordinator, persons with inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 may contact the Regional Civil Rights Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region IV, 61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 19T70, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.