Title IX

Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. This law protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. On May 20, 2020, the Department of Education (ED) unveiled a Final Rule changing how colleges and universities must handle allegations of sexual assault and harassment under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, effective as of August 14, 2020. Under the Final Rule, Title IX regulations recognize that sexual harassment, including sexual assault, is unlawful sex discrimination. The Academy will follow the requirements of the Title IX Final Rule regarding sexual discrimination and harassment, furthermore, sexual discrimination and harassment is prohibited by the Academy.

Title IX Policy

The Academy is committed to maintaining an academic climate in which individuals of the Academy’s community have access to an opportunity to benefit fully from the Institution’s programs and activities. When students experience acts of sexual misconduct, their sense of safety and trust is violated. This can significantly interfere with their lives, including their educational goals.

This policy has been developed to proactively create a campus environment in which incidents of sexual misconduct can be promptly and effectively responded to without further victimization, retaliation, and with possible remediation of its effects.

Sex discrimination harassment, assault, and violence are forms of prohibited discrimination under Title IX. The Academy expressly prohibits the offenses covered under this policy.

USSA Title IX Policy

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Academy accepts students and employees regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability or genetic information.

The Academy does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or any activities it conducts, and it is required by Title IX not to discriminate in such a manner. Any questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the Academy’s Title IX Coordinator or to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Ashley Barnes

Title IX Coordinator

Ashley Barnes
Director of the Office of Registration and Records
Phone: 251.626.3303 x7148
Email: titleIX@ussa.edu
Address: One Academy Drive, Daphne, AL 36526 Office #148

Reporting a Sexual Harassment or Misconduct Grievance

Who may report a grievance?

  • A sexual harassment grievance may be reported by anyone to the Title IX Coordinator or other designated Academy Responsible Party with the authority to take corrective action on the part of the Academy. Reports may be provided via the ussa.edu website, email, telephone, written notice or in person.
  • The Responsible Parties who can receive actual knowledge of a grievance for the Academy are:
    • Title IX Coordinator
    • President & CEO
    • Provost
    • Director of Administration and Finance
    • Human Resources Coordinator
    • Registrar

To report a Grievance, please include your name, phone number, email address. Include all information regarding the alleged incident being reported. Whenever a grievance report is received, the Academy will inform of the options for action.  Please see the Title IX Policy above or in the Academic Catalogs for more information.

Training Materials

The Academy cares about supporting all students, employees, and others who are impacted by sexual misconduct. There are a number of resources available to assist with various needs. Below are Title IX training materials used by the Academy.