Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads:

"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."
--Legal Citation: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)

Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence.

While it is often thought of as a law that applies only to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than Athletics and applies to all programs at the University of South Alabama. While compliance with the law is everyone's responsibility at USA, listed here are the staff members who have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance.

USA Title IX Coordinators

Title IX Coordinator
Duties and Responsibilities: The Title IX Coordinator oversees monitoring of University policy in relation to Title IX law developments; implementation of grievance procedures, including notification, investigation, and disposition of complaints; provision of educational materials and training for the campus community; conducting and/or coordinating investigations of complaints received pursuant to Title IX; ensuring a fair and neutral process for all parties; and monitoring all other aspects of the University's Title IX compliance related to sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Dr. Krista Harrell
Associate Dean of Students
Student Center, Room 116
Mobile, AL 36688


Title IX Deputy Coordinators*

Duties and Responsibilities: Deputy Coordinators are responsible for Title IX training, education, and administration of the grievance procedure for all complaints against individuals in their respective areas. Coordinators will also be responsible for facilitating the referral of complaints with the appropriate office.

For students (except College of Medicine students):
Dr. Michael Mitchell, Vice President and Dean of Students 
Student Center, Room 245

For College of Medicine students:
Dr. Kelly P. Roveda, Assistant Professor of Pathology
Department of Pathology, USAMC

For Academic Affairs Faculty:
Dr. Charles Guest, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
AD 300

For College of Nursing students:
Dr. Heather R. Hall, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
HAHN 3068

For College of Medicine Faculty:
Dr. Sam Strada, Dean of College of Medicine
MSB 2015

For Staff, Administrators, Coaches, Resident Physicians, Patients, Visitors, and Post Docs:
Paula Buerger, Manager EEO
TRP Building III Suite 2200

Gender Equity in Athletics
Jinni Frisbey, Assistant Athletic Director
Mitchell Center 1209


Additional Resources

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence
To file a complaint of sexual harassment or sexual violence, one may contact one of the offices above, or also contact:

USA Police Department
University of South Alabama Police Department
290 Stadium Blvd.
Beta Gamma Commons
Mobile, Alabama 36688-0001
Phone: (251)460-6312

Patrol Office
Phone: (251) 460-6312 24Hrs
On Campus Emergency: 511
Tips Line: (251) 460-6667

Violence Prevention Alliance

The VPA is a volunteer-based committee that promotes efforts to prevent the victimization of USA students, faculty, staff and community members. The mission of the Violence Prevention Alliance is to create and sustain a collaborative, comprehensive community effort in reducing and eliminating violence and sexual victimization and harassment. The VPA identifies appropriate interventions aimed at reducing violence, provides educational programs that address sexual and intimate partner violence and provides a coordinated campus response and support to victims of violence.

VPA Email: vpa@southalabama.edu

Victim’s Advocate Program

The Victim’s Advocate Program is an important part of the University’s efforts to provide support for student assault victims. The VAP enhances a victim’s recovery and assists in returning them back to their pre-crisis state by serving as a linkage to University and community resources. The VAP provides emotional support and assistance concerning counseling, alternate housing assignments, academic alternatives, medical treatment, disciplinary process and court proceedings. The advocates are University personnel who are formally trained by the Mobile Rape Crisis Center and agree to assist students in their time of need.

Victim’s Advocate Program Coordinator
FeAunte’ Preyear
(251) 460-6353

Answering Service 251-341-9884 or Student Health Center 251-460-7151


*In the event a conflict of interest arises with any of the above named coordinators, the subject case will be managed by that coordinator’s supervisor.