Belmont University is a Christian community of learning and service. Our community is committed to the dignity and worth of every individual, which is embodied in our Community Commitment to Individual Worth. Sexual misconduct is the antithesis of this Community Commitment. Because of our faith commitment, community values and obligations of federal law under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, members of the Belmont community, guests, and visitors have the right to be free from sexual misconduct and from retaliation for reporting incidents of sexual misconduct. Accordingly, the community rejects and responds assertively to sexual misconduct violations. When violations are found, Belmont will take action calculated to stop the behavior, ameliorate its effects, and/or prevent the behavior from reoccurring. Such action is likely to include, but is not limited to, suspension, expulsion, or dismissal of the person who violated this policy
If you are a victim of violence we are here to support you. Belmont University believes that violence of any kind should not be tolerated. Sexual violence can happen to anyone regardless of factors such as race, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, class or profession. Belmont is dedicated to serving and supporting all victims without discrimination. Belmont does not condone sexual misconduct and hopes to end sexual violence by providing resources to victims and changing the culture.
There are many resources and departments on campus that can help you. The Victim’s Advocate is a primary source serving as a confidential advisor to provide support, assistance, and knowledge of resources, rights, and referrals to victims of crimes such as sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, harassment, and stalking. The Victim’s Advocate may be reached at TitleIX@Belmont.edu
Additionally, individuals may seek confidential, professional assistance in the form of counseling, advocacy and/or support related to their experience or a friend’s experience of sexual misconduct via the following Belmont services:
|Counseling Services||(615) 460-6856|
|Health Services||(615) 460-5506|
|University Ministries Pastoral Care||(615) 460-6419|
Alternatively, any person may report sexual misconduct directly to the Title IX Coordinator.
Behavior that violates the Sexual Misconduct Policy may also constitute illegal criminal acts. The university’s accountability process is separate and different from any criminal process a person may wish to pursue. A person may pursue both simultaneously. The university’s Title IX Coordinator will assist individuals with beginning the process of contacting the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department.
Alternatively, a person may contact the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department directly. The Sex Crimes Section is open from 7:30 AM to 11 PM, Monday through Friday, though detectives are on-call 24 hours a day. To report a crime occurring locally to external authorities, please contact: Nashville Metropolitan Police Department’s Sex Crimes Section at (615) 862-7540.
Additionally, the following is a list of non-Belmont resources who can assist students who have been affected by sexual assault. Belmont University does not have a contractual relationship with any of the resources listed below. They are simply listed as a courtesy to community members. Individuals should determine for themselves whether they feel the agency will meet their needs.
|24-hour Sexual Assault Hotline||(800) 879-1999|
|Crisis Intervention Hotline (crisis counseling)||(615) 244-7444|
|National Domestic Violence Hotline||(800) 799-7233|
|24-hour Suicide Prevention Lifeline||(800) 273-8255|
|Weaver YWCA Domestic Violence Center||(615) 242-1199|
Safe Exam Locations
Nashville Sexual Assault Center (website): 101 French Landing Drive, Nashville, TN 37228
Vanderbilt Medical Center: 1313 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37232
Metro General Hospital: 1818 Albion Street, Nashville, TN 37208