What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex under any education program or activity receiving federal financial aid.  Sexual assault and sexual harassment are both forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

Toccoa Falls College is committed to providing an environment of learning, living, and working that fulfills the human spirit and promotes a healthy environment for its students and employees.  Sexual misconduct includes but is not limited to, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, domestic violence and sexual exploitation committed by Toccoa Falls students, staff or faculty will not be condoned.  This applies to a variety of campus environments that include academic, athletic, residential and other College sponsored programs.  If you believe you or others have been sexually harassed, assaulted or subjected to sexual misconduct by a TFC student or employee, it is highly encouraged to seek assistance.  We want to help.  The content located here is intended to help and provide support for both the complainant and the accused.  Our first priority is our campus community and while also being in full compliance with directives provided by the United States Department of Education (DOE) and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

When Should I Contact the Title IX Coordinator?

Any student or TFC employee, or applicant who has concerns about sex discrimination or sexual misconduct should proactively seek the help of the Title IX Coordinator.

Use the following guidelines to help determine if seeking assistance is necessary.

  • You desire to understand what measures or options exist if an encounter of sex discrimination or sexual misconduct has occurred (sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking and domestic violence). 
  • Unsure how to proceed if you have been directly or indirectly involved in a situation involving any of the above situations. 
  • Become aware of an incident that could necessitate a College inquiry/investigation. 
  • You seek to bring calm or decreased intensity to a situation that has reached a level you didn’t anticipate and feel administrative intervention could help.
  • Have questions about TFC’s policy or procedures involving incidents of sexual misconduct.

Title IX Links

Get Help! 
We want anyone needing assistance to be able to find the resources and support they need. Staying informed of definitions, processes, and options help create empowerment.  We want to help and support your desire to be empowered.


File a Report
Acting on an incident is courageous and honorable.  It helps a community be more safe and accountable.  After reflecting on your next steps and getting additional information, filing a report of an incident that possibly violates Title IX policy will be handled with all sensitivity and care.


Campus Policy and Confidentiality
Our campus has a zero tolerance policy on issues and incidents that violate Title IX.  We are committed to our campus community to engage in ethical and safe behaviors.  This policy explains our position on inequity and issues of sexual misconduct as well as confidentiality.


Education & Training
Helping our community learn and grow to be a responsive, caring, and respectful community is our goal.  Efforts are provided throughout the year to educate and reinforce our commitment to a just and caring community.


Help a Friend/Coworker
Getting involved to help another is important.  It demonstrates a commitment to relationships and a safe community.  Being an effective bystander potentially saves someone's life.  Included here are tips and suggestions to help be a supportive member of the community.


Knowledge is power.  This resource listing includes a variety of campus and local community resources to keep our campus informed and supported.



Title IX Coordinator:

Dr. Ken Gassiot
Title IX Coordinator
Vice President for Student Affairs
706.886.6831 ext. 5326


Title ix deputy Coordinator:

Mary Kaye Ritchey
Dupty Title IX Coordinator
Human Resources Director
706.886.6831 ext. 5238