Title IX Explained

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) defines and ensures gender equity in education. The law prohibits all forms of sex or gender-based discrimination in any education program or activity that receives federal funding.

Some key issue areas in which institutions have Title IX obligations are: recruitment, admissions, and counseling; financial assistance; athletics; sex- or gender-based harassment; treatment of pregnant and parenting students; discipline; single-sex education; and employment. Also, an institution may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX. For an institution to retaliate in any way is considered a violation of Title IX.

Title IX applies to all UNC Asheville educational programs or activities, including sponsored off-campus programs.

Title IX specifically states:

“No person in the United States, shall on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights ensures compliance with Title IX.

UNC Asheville designates the Title IX Coordinator, Heather L. Lindkvist, to coordinate the University’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX.

If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, dating or domestic violence or stalking, please reach out to the Title IX Office for guidance and support.

Contact Information

Heather L. Lindkvist
Title IX Coordinator and Clery Act Coordinator

Title IX Office
112 Highsmith Student Union
One University Heights, CPO 1285
Asheville, NC 28804

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for educating the campus community through primary prevention and ongoing prevention programs, presentations and campaigns to keep UNCA students, staff and faculty educated, informed and safe. The Title IX Coordinator ensures that reports are addressed through University procedures and policies, and that the incident is resolved in a timely, fair and impartial manner. Reports are investigated based on the policies and procedures of the university where the safety and security of all faculty, staff, students, and guests, along with compliance with all applicable laws, is of the utmost importance.

For additional information, view the 2021 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.


Title IX Advisors

Advisors serve to support the student through the process and act as the party’s representative in a live hearing to ask questions to the opposing party. Advisors can also be of the student’s own choosing and advisors can be attorneys retained on behalf of the student at the student’s own expense to serve in this role. Advisors are required to complete the necessary information and submit these items to the Title IX Coordinator prior to any scheduled meeting or appointment with the student.  Upon receipt of the necessary information, the Title IX Coordinator will meet with the advisors to ensure that they understand their role and responsibilities in the process.

The Title IX Coordinator can assign a non-attorney advisor to any student involved in the Title IX Process who is need of this assistance. The non-attorney advisors will serve to help the student navigate the process, help with remedies and resources that the student may need while navigating the process, and serve as the student representative for asking questions of the other party in a live hearing.

FERPA Release | Attorney Involvement

Reporting Sexual Misconduct

If you wish to report sexual misconduct to the Title IX Office, University Police, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department, The Office of Civil Rights, or another organization:




Inquiries or complaints concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the UNC Asheville’s Title IX Coordinator and/or to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights:

Title IX Coordinator and Clery Act Coordinator

Heather L. Lindkvist

Title IX Office
112 Highsmith Student Union
One University Heights, CPO 1285
Asheville, NC 28804

Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education, District of Columbia Office
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20202-1475

Phone: 202.453.6020 | Fax: 202.453.6021 | TDD: 800-537-7697
Email: OCR.DC@ed.gov
Web: www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/


In addition to the Title IX Coordinator, inquiries involving employees may also be referred to:

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Charlotte District Office
129 West Trade Street, Suite 400
Charlotte, NC 28202

Phone: 800.669.4000 | Fax: 704.954.6410 | TTY: 800.669.6820 | ALS Video Phone: 844.234.5122
Web: www.eeoc.org

North Carolina Civil Rights Division

1711 New Hope Church Road
Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone | 984.236.1850 | Fax: 984.236.1946
Web | https://www.oah.nc.gov/civil-rights-division/employment-discrimination