Equal Opportunity in Education Statement
Cumberland University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, creed, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, age, disability or veteran status or any other classification protected by Federal, or State constitutional or statutory law in provision of education opportunities or employment opportunities and benefits, pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as codified in 42 U.S.C. 2000D; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Pub. L. 92-318: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Pub. L. 101-336; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (Pub. L. 90-202) (ADEA); and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, 42 USC 6101, et. seq. This policy extends to employment by and admission to the University as well as the terms and conditions of matriculation. Inquiries or complaints involving alleged unlawful or prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, sex, creed, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, age, disability or veteran status or any other classification protected by Federal, or State constitutional or statutory law must be in writing and directed to Joe Gray, Designated University Coordinator, Vice President for IT, Campus Services and Infrastructure, Memorial Hall #110, Cumberland University, 1 Cumberland Square, Lebanon, TN 37087, 615-547-1255 (with a copy to the Disability Coordinator if the complaint involves accommodation for a disability). In the event that the conduct involves the Designated University Coordinator for any matter involving prohibited discrimination under this policy, the inquiry or complaint must be in writing and directed to the University's General Counsel Chuck Cagle, Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C., 424 Church Street, Suite 2500, Nashville, TN 37219, 615-259-1366. Inquiries or complaints to the University’s General Counsel shall involve an initial complaint against the listed individuals and not an appeal of one of their decisions. The University's General Counsel does not hear appeals of any decision involving unlawful or prohibited discrimination.
In support of the University’s commitment to equal opportunity in educational services on the basis of race, sex, creed, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, age, disability or veteran status or any other classification protected by Federal, or State constitutional or statutory law, the following procedures exist to promptly investigate and respond to complaints that this policy has been violated. Any individual who wishes to complain about discrimination in educational opportunities or employment opportunities and benefits should follow the steps outlined below:
Step 1 - An individual with a complaint should contact the Designated University Coordinator, Joe Gray, or Chuck Cagle (for a complaint against the aforementioned individual that does not involve an appeal) and obtain a complaint form by which the specifics of the individual’s complaint can be recorded and action initiated within seven business days of its receipt. Complaint Forms can be obtained at www.cumberland.edu/complaint or www.cumberland.edu/comment.
Step 2 - The Designated University Coordinator will investigate, collect data, interview witnesses and/or develop a response to the complaint, as appropriate, within 21 business days of Step One.
Step 3 - Following the investigation of the complaint, the Designated University Coordinator will speak with the individual in person or via telephone (in lieu of a more traditional face-to-face meeting) to discuss the outcome of the investigation and the response of the University to the complaint within 21 business days of Step Two.
Step 4 - A report of the Investigation, its outcome and recommendations will be forwarded to the Designated University Coordinator at the conclusion of the investigation within 21 business days of Step Three.
Step 5 - If the individual is dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation, an appeal may be made to the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs by the individual within 10 business days of the outcome of Step Four. In the event of an appeal, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will review the complaint, the results of the investigation, the report, and recommendations of the Designated University Coordinator and consult with the complaining individual in an attempt to resolve any remaining concerns within 21 business days of receipt of the appeal. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs represents the final appeal.