Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary strives to provide and promote a safe and welcoming environment for the campus community where misconduct in all forms is prohibited and recognized as unacceptable. Southeastern does not tolerate acts of sexual harassment, interpersonal violence, sexual misconduct, or sex/gender-based discrimination. All members of our community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects Southeastern’s values, personal integrity, and a respect for others.
The goal of campus life at Southeastern is to live, work, serve, and worship together as an educational community centered around the Lord Jesus Christ. Along with the privileges and blessings of membership in such a community come responsibilities. The members of the Southeastern campus community take these responsibilities seriously.
One of these responsibilities is to establish and maintain a safe and healthy social environment for all members of the community that honors the Lord Jesus Christ and God’s vision for human sexuality. God’s vision for sexuality affirms the dignity and purity of all persons. Sexual harassment and assault are behaviors outside of God’s vision for human sexuality that cause pain and suffering. They are also unacceptable behaviors that grieve God’s heart and members of the Southeastern community.
The institution’s Title IX Coordinator oversees implementing and monitoring Title IX compliance with all aspects of the policies (including harassment and/or discrimination on the basis of sex or gender) under the requirements of Title IX. Questions about the policies or the institution’s response should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator.
Anyone wishing to make a report may do so online here, or by reporting the concern to the institution’s Title IX Coordinator.
Title IX Coordinator:
Michael Lawson, D.Min.
Director of Campus Security
Title IX Coordinator
In the event that an incident involves alleged misconduct by the Title IX Coordinator, reports should be made directly to the Director of Human Resources.
Individuals experiencing harassment or discrimination also always have the right to file a formal grievance with government authorities:
OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS (OCR)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
400 MARYLAND AVENUE, SW
WASHINGTON, DC 20202-1475
TELEPHONE: (202) 453-6020
EMAIL: [email protected]
Anonymous reporting is always an option under Title IX. SEBTS will not contact you if you are an anonymous reporter because SEBTS will have no information about who made the report and how to contact them. Although SEBTS encourages anonymous reporting over not reporting, understand that the less information SEBTS has, the more difficult it is for SEBTS to take action in remedying an incident of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment.
Reports that are made anonymously or by third parties may not initiate the formal complaint process. However, Title IX requires SEBTS to investigate all incidents about which SEBTS knows or has reason to know in order to protect the health and safety of the school community. SEBTS may undertake an initial assessment even in cases where the alleged victim and/or complainant choose not to cooperate or participate.As necessary, SEBTS reserves the right to initiate a complaint, to serve as complainant, and to initiate conduct proceedings without a formal complaint by the victim or complainant. Please understand: if the reporter provides limited information anonymously, SEBTS may be limited in its ability to take action.
Anonymous reports may be filed at: SEBTS Anonymous Title IX Reporting.
Title IX Positions and Training
Title IX Coordinator:
- Michael Lawson, D.Min
- [email protected]; (919)761-2103
Title IX Pool:
- Deputy Title IX Coordinators:
- Mark Liederbach; [email protected]; (919)761-2306
- Drew Ham; [email protected]; (919)761-2409
- Dawn Satterwhite; [email protected]; (919)761-2209
- Brandi Wyatt; [email protected]; (919)761-2271
- Jake Hatfield; [email protected]; (919)761-2802
- Missie Branch; [email protected]; (919)761-2302
- David Phillips; [email protected]; (919)761-2370
The Title IX Coordinator at SEBTS is a member of the Association of Title IX Administrators (Atixa). Atixa’s website is https://atixa.org/.
All Title IX personnel at SEBTS are trained using materials purchased and licensed from Atixa. Due to copyright regulations, these materials are not posted here, but they can be reviewed by contacting the Title IX Coordinator’s office.
Additional training is done through the use of videos provided by the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education. These videos are posted on YouTube and can be found here. For specific videos used, please contact the Title IX Coordinator’s office.