Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance.

The College of Charleston is committed to promoting and protecting a learning and living environment where civil discourse, respect for the individual and appreciation for the diversity of human experiences are valued as compelling academic interests. The College is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex and provides many resources to students, faculty and staff to address concerns.

Reports of sexual discrimination and/or harassment may be submitted by any person to the Title IX Coordinator, or another of the designated officials below. Reports may be submitted by email, mail, phone, or in person. The Title IX Coordinator is in the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs. 

The following College officials have been designated Title IX Coordinators and are located in the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs:  

  • Kimberly Gertner, the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and Title IX Coordinator is the Title IX Coordinator for the College.  
  • Leya Nelson, the Deputy Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs is the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students.  
  • Steven Bell, the Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance Specialist is the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees. 

Additionally, the following employees have been designated Title IX Coordinators and are located outside of the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs:  

  • Dr. Jeri Cabot, The Dean of Students is a Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students and can be reached at 843-953-5522 or Cabotj@cofc.edu.   
  • Laura Lageman, the Senior Associate Director of Athletics is a Deputy Title IX Coordinator for student athletes and employees within the Athletics Department and can be reached at 843-953-5467 or lagemanl@cofc.edu.  

Together, the team educates students and employees on important topics such as how to identify and report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence and other sexual misconduct, College policies and procedures, and on and off-campus resources.

The materials below provide additional information and resources for members of the campus community.

Coordinators will provide information on all options for complaint resolution.  They will work closely with the Office of Victim Services, the Sexual Misconduct Committee, Office of Public Safety as well as other offices on campus to educate the campus community about Title IX.

The College of Charleston’s Office of Equal Opportunity Programs accepts formal complaints through mail, email, or in person and can be contacted via information found on the "Contact Us" link on the left.