The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights enforces Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). Title IX states, among other things, "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 defines sexual harassment and requires Harding to follow specific procedures when addressing allegations of sexual harassment.
Harding University’s Title IX Misconduct Policy pdf.
Additional Information and Resources
Title IX Coordinators
Title IX requires the University to authorize at least one employee to coordinate its efforts to comply with Title IX. Harding has designated two Title IX coordinators:
1. The University Title IX Coordinator is responsible for the University's overall compliance with Title IX and coordinates the University's response to formal complaints by students, is the University's contact for student complainants, and is the contact for reports from third parties.
2. The Title IX Coordinator for Employees coordinates the University’s response to formal complaints by employees against other employees and assists with employee respondent cases.
Title IX Coordinators:
University Title IX Coordinator
Assistant Director of Public Safety
915 E. Market Ave.
David B. Burks American Heritage Building, Office 106
Searcy, AR 72149
Title IX Coordinator for Employees
Assistant Director of Human Resources
915 E. Market Ave.
Ezell Building, Office 131
Searcy, AR 72149
Title IX Training Materials
Title IX Training for Coordinators, Investigators, and Hearing Officers
Title IX coordinators, investigators, and hearing officers receive training on the definitions of misconduct under the Title IX Misconduct policy, the scope of Harding’s education program or activity, how to conduct an investigation and grievance process including hearings and appeals, and how to serve impartially, including by avoiding prejudgment of the facts at issue, conflicts of interest, and bias. These individuals receive annual training on the issues related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability.
Investigators receive training on issues of relevance to create an investigation report that fairly summarizes relevant evidence. Hearing officers receive training on issues of relevance of questions and evidence, including when questions and evidence about the complainant's sexual predisposition or prior sexual behavior are not relevant.
Materials used to train Title IX coordinators, investigators, and hearing officers will not rely on sex stereotypes and will promote impartial investigations and adjudications of formal complaints of Title IX misconduct.
Materials used to train Title IX coordinators, investigators, and hearing officers can be found here:
Victims of Sexual Harassment or Misconduct
Annual Security Report
Title IX regulations identify Harding faculty and staff members as Responsible Employees (Except professional counselors acting in their capacity as a counselor). Responsible employees are required to report immediately any information they know about suspected prohibited conduct or potential violations of the Title IX Misconduct Policy to the appropriate Title IX coordinator.
Materials used to train responsible employees can be found here: