Title IX and Student Safety at Liberty University

Student safety is a matter that is taken seriously at Liberty University.  The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended, FERPA, is strictly enforced on our campus.  We ensure that the student’s right to privacy is observed through a personal identification number process in which the student chooses what information to make available and to whom.  Additionally, these permissions are held in an electronic format through our primary system database to provide every department the necessary tools and knowledge to protect our students. 

The Clery Act of 1990 was put into law after the tragic murder of Jeanne Clery at Lehigh University.  This law requires all institutions who participate in the Title IV aid program to release specific crime security and statistics.  Liberty University is not only compliant with the Clery Act; we go above and beyond to provide security to our students.  The University provides access to our Campus Crime Statistics 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is also disseminated in an annual email notification to all prospective students, new students, current students, faculty, and staff.  We have the Liberty University Police Department (LUPD) that works in conjunction with the Lynchburg Police Department.  LUPD provides chaperone services, completes security checks and rounds of campus buildings and residence halls, checks areas that a potential assailant would hide such as large shrubs and tree lines and much more.  Additional lighting and lighting upgrades were also made on campus to ensure students had necessary vision when natural light is insufficient on campus. Liberty University also protects staff and faculty by providing badge only access to many areas.  This practice protects employees from external threats, but also provides a safe environment for sensitive information.  Finally, Title IX compliance and promotion of a safe educational environment free of hostility is paramount at Liberty University. 

Any gender discrimination which includes but is not limited to sexual violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic/dating violence, or stalking is never acceptable in any environment, including the educational setting.  The Division of Student Affairs can connect you with the following resources to any sexual harassment/assault complainant to ensure his or her safety and wellbeing: victim advocacy, housing assistance, academic support, counseling, disability services, health and mental health services, legal assistance, and the right to report a crime to campus and/or local law enforcement via the Title IX Office and/or LUPD.

Liberty University Non-Discrimination Statement

Liberty University does not engage in unlawful discrimination or harassment because of race, color, ancestry, religion, age, sex, national origin, pregnancy or childbirth, disability or military veteran status in its educational programs and activities. Liberty University maintains its Christian character and reserves its right to discriminate on the basis of religion to the extent that applicable law respects its right to act in furtherance of its religious objectives. The following persons have been designated to coordinate Liberty University's compliance with certain anti-discrimination laws: Coordinator of LU Online Disability Academic Support at (434) 592-5417 or luoodas@liberty.edu; Director of Disability Academic Support (Residential) at (434) 582-2159 or odas@liberty.edu; Title IX Coordinator at (434) 592-4999 or TitleIX@liberty.edu

Mark Hyde (Title IX/Sex)
Interim Director of Title IX
Green Hall 1880
(434) 592-4999

Russell Monroe (Title IX/Sex—Graduate & Online Students)
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
(434) 592-6488

David Miller (Title IX/Sex—School of Law Students)
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
(434) 592-3396

Dr. Linda Mintle (Title IX/Sex—School of Osteopathic Medicine Students)
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
(434) 592-7345

Steve Foster (Title IX/Sex & Disability—Employment)
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
(434) 592-7330

Erin Hagen (Title IX—Athletics)
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
(434) 592-4951

Denny McHaney (Disability—Resident Students)
(434) 582-2159

Edwina Berryman (Disability—Online Students)

US Department of Education
Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Customer Service Hotline #: (800) 421-3481
Fax: (202) 453-6012
TDD#: (877) 521-2172

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