Explore below to learn more about Southwest Baptist University including quick facts about our campus, academics, financial aid, enrollment, community involvement and athletics, and information about key standards, such as Title IX compliance and the Clery Act.
Southwest Baptist University is committed to helping students and employees engage life with positive affirmation through a Christ-centered perspective creating a healthy, well-informed community that continues to function in a safe environment.
The University expects behavior from all members of the University family that demonstrates the highest standard of respect for people and property and that exemplifies the Christian commitment to loving one another. Certain behaviors, such as sexual harassment and sexual violence, are not acceptable according to this moral and ethical standard and are deemed as discrimination on the basis of sex; thus, prohibited by federal law (Title IX).
SBU prohibits all forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, rape, acquaintance rape, and stalking. SBU takes all allegations of sexual harassment and sexual violence seriously, initiating investigations and informing complainants of their rights, options and available resources under Title IX. We remain serious about our commitment to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students and employees, particularly victims of sexual harassment and sexual violence.
SBU has a dedicated Title IX committee comprised of one coordinator and five deputy coordinators to assure Title IX compliance and care for individuals who may have been victims of discrimination under Title IX.
The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for: 1) overseeing education and training about discrimination and harassment to the university community; 2) overseeing the schools response to Title IX reports and complaints; 3) identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems revealed by such reports and complaints.
Deputy Coordinators are primarily responsible for investigating sexual harassment or sexual violence complaints. The Deputy Coordinators may designate other appropriately trained individuals to receive and investigate reports and complaints as is appropriate.
You may contact any Title IX committee member if you have questions or concerns related to Title IX.
Title IX Coordinator:
Gina Payne, Director of Human Resources, Sells Administrative Center, (417) 328-1512, gpayne@SBUniv.edu
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students:
Dr. Robert Harris, Vice President for Student Development, Goodson Student Union, (417) 328-1827, rharris@SBUniv.edu
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Staff:
Ashley Dinwiddie, Executive Coordinator, Sells Administrative Center, (417) 328-1500, adinwiddie@SBUniv.edu
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty:
Dr. Allison Langford, Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning, Sells Administrative Center, (417) 328-1601, alangford@SBUniv.edu
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics:
Gina Whitehead, Associate Director of Athletics, Meyer Wellness and Sports Center, (417) 328-1793, gwhitehead@SBUniv.edu
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Safety and Security:
Mark Grabowski, Director of Safety and Security, Hammons Center, (417) 328-1556, mgrawbowski@SBUniv.edu
Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents of students, employees, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with Southwest Baptist University are hereby notified that this institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or marital status in employment, admission, access to, or treatment in, its programs and activities, except to the extent permitted by religious exemptions recognized by law.
Any person having inquiries concerning Southwest Baptist University’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, section 504, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 is directed to the Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator, 1600 University Avenue, Bolivar, MO, 65613, (417) 328-1512.
Any student having inquiries concerning Southwest Baptist University's compliance with regulations implementing the American with Disabilities Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is directed to the Director of Career Services and External Studies, 1600 University Avenue, Bolivar, MO, 65613, (417) 328-1689.
Any person may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, regarding the institution’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, or the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. More information can be found on The Office of Civil Rights website.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)) is the landmark federal law that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.
SBU complies with the Clery Act by providing: