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Title IX

The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or creed, national or ethnic origin, or disability in its programs, activities, hiring or the admission of students.

It is the policy of the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations, which prohibit discrimination based on sex in the College’s programs and activities.

ACOM’s Compliance Division oversees the institution’s compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. ACOM administration, faculty, staff, campus security, and other support services to ensure that policies and programs foster a campus community free of illegal gender discrimination and from all forms of violence, including sexual misconduct (examples of which can include acts of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.)

Title IX Policies and Procedures

ACOM is committed to maintaining study and work environments that are free from discriminatory harassment based on age, race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion or creed, national or ethnic origin, or disability. Sexual or other discriminatory harassment of its students is strictly prohibited, whether by non-employees (such as contractors or vendors), other students, or by its employees, and ACOM will take immediate and appropriate action to address behavior that violates this policy. Likewise, students are strictly prohibited from engaging in harassing behavior directed at ACOM’s employees, its visitors, vendors and contractors. All students and employees must comply with this policy and take appropriate measures to create an atmosphere free of harassment and discrimination. Appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including, suspension, expulsion, termination from employment or being banned from ACOM properties, will be taken against individuals who violate this policy.

It is the policy of the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations, which prohibit discrimination based on sex in the College’s programs and activities. Title IX and its implementing regulations also prohibit retaliation for asserting claims of sex discrimination. ACOM has designated a Title IX Coordinator to coordinate its compliance with Title IX and to receive inquiries regarding Title IX, including complaints of sex discrimination, sex-based harassment or sexual misconduct. The Title IX Coordinator may be contacted as follows:

Ashley Nelson
Title IX Coordinator
445 Health Sciences Blvd.
Dothan, AL 36303
(334) 305-1009

It is the responsibility of the Title IX coordinator to coordinate dissemination of information and education and training programs to: (1) assist members of the College community in understanding that sex discrimination and sexual harassment are prohibited by the policy; (2) ensure that investigators and adjudicators are trained to respond to and investigate complaints of sex discrimination and sexual harassment; (3) ensure that employees and students are aware of the procedures for reporting and addressing complaints of sex discrimination and sexual harassment; and (4) to implement the Complaint Resolution Procedures or to designate appropriate persons for implementing the Complaint Resolution Procedures.

Administrators, Deans, Department Chairs, and Other Managers

It is the responsibility of administrators, deans, department chairs and other managers (i.e., those that formally supervise other employees) to:

  • Inform employees under their direction or supervision of this policy
  • Work with the Title IX Coordinator to implement education and training programs for employees and students
  • Implement any corrective actions that are imposed as a result of findings of a violation of this policy

All Employees

It is the responsibility of all employees to review this policy and comply with it.


It is the responsibility of all students to review this policy and comply with it.

The College

When the College is aware that a member of the College community may have been subjected to or affected by conduct that violates this policy, the College will take prompt action, including a review of the matter and, if necessary, an investigation and appropriate steps to address the sex discrimination or sexual harassment. The College will act in accordance with its Complaint Resolution Procedures.

Sexual harassment is defined as conduct on the basis of sex that is one or more of the following:

  • unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the school’s education program or activity
  • an employee of the school conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the school on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct; or
  • sexual assault, as defined in the Clery Act, or dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined in the Violence Against Women Act.

Regardless of the form it takes, sexual harassment is prohibited at ACOM.

Guide for Sexual Assault Victims

Evidence of a sexual assault and the attackers identity may be left on the victim’s body.  Therefore, do not wash in any way until you have been examined.  Victims of sexual assault should go in for the exam as quickly as possible because the evidence deteriorates quickly and may be important should you choose to press criminal charges.  The Southeast Health Emergency Department has a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program.

Consent is knowing, voluntary, and clear permission by word or action to engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity or contact.

Silence or the absence of resistance alone is not consent.

A person can withdraw consent at any time during sexual activity.

Consent to some sexual contact (such as kissing or fondling) cannot be presumed to be consent for other sexual activity (intercourse).

A current or previous dating relationship is not sufficient to constitute consent.

Consent must be “knowing”.  A person cannot consent if he or she is unable to understand what is happening or is disoriented, helpless, asleep, or unconscious for any reason, including due to voluntary or involuntary use of alcohol or other drugs.

Sexual Misconduct is any non-consensual behavior of a sexual nature that is committed by force, intimidation, or is otherwise unwelcome that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive so as to limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from a ACOM program or activity.


Retaliation against anyone who reports sexual misconduct is strictly prohibited . Anyone responsible for retaliation, including the accused party or someone affiliated with the accused, will be subject to disciplinary action by ACOM.

  • Get to a safe place
  • Seek immediate medical attention
  • Preserve physical evidence
  • Talk to someone you trust
  • Seek counseling
  • Report the incident

ACOM Campus Security
(334) 944-4044

ACOM Title IX Coordinator
(334) 305-1009

Dothan Police Department
(334) 615-3000

House of Ruth 24-Hour Hotline
(800) 650-6522

National Domestic Violence Hotline

(800) 799-7233

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

(800) 656-4673

Title IX Anonymous Reporting

ACOM has established a confidential portal through which individuals can share information anonymously.  The information submitted will be received by the Title IX Coordinator but the reporter will not be identified.  ACOM will investigate anonymous claims to the best of our ability on the basis of information received.

Submit an Anonymous Title IX Complaint

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Below is a list of required financial forms for ACOM’s SGA-sanctioned clubs, interest groups and organizations.

Pre-Approval Form

Travel Fund Application

Organization Checking Accounts Policy

Organization Budget Template

Media requests or questions? Contact an ACOM media representative.

ACOM’s Office of the Registrar provides forms related to student information that may be useful to current and prospective students. If you have a question about a form or do not see the form you need, please contact the Registrar at (334) 699-2266 or at

Replacement Diploma Form
Change of Name and Contact Information Request
Release for Letter of Recommendation
Request for Release of Information
Absence Notification and Approval Form
Club Officer Certification Form

Below is a list of other forms for ACOM’s SGA-sanctioned clubs, interest groups and organizations.

Student Service Activity or Event Form

Apparel and Item Approval Form

Official Organization Information Form

ACOM Media Release Form

Guest Speaker Form


Password Change/Reset
Email and OneDrive

Teaching and Learning

Event Request Form

Office of Information Systems Policies

Access Controls Security Policy
ACOM User ID Policy
Data Classification and Security Policy
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy
Electronic Mail Policy
Information Security Plan
Information Technology Usage Policy
Internet and WWW Page Policy
IT Security Incident Reporting and Response Policy
Backup and Retention Policy
Media Sanitization and Disposal Policy
Operations and Management Security Policy
Physical and Environmental Security Policy
Security for Information, Computing, and Network Preferences
System Development and Maintenance Security Policy
Wireless Local Area Network Policy
Official Electronic Correspondence with Faculty, Staff, and Students
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File Sharing Policy
ACOM Printing Policy
ACOM Security Camera Policy

Submit a Problem or Question

The OIS Service Desk is available to help you with technology-related questions or problems. You can call, email, or just drop by.

Contact Information

Chat Online

Password Change/Reset

(334) 699-2266 ext. 4141

Hours of Operation

Monday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Thursday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Our Goal

The goal of the OIS Service Desk is to provide ACOM faculty, staff, and students with an effective primary point of contact for ACOM recommended software and computing resources. The OIS Service Desk will resolve the issue or distribute the call to the appropriate staff, technology group, or appropriate resource in order to best meet the needs of the client.
myACOM MyACOM: for students, faculty and staff to collaborate.
SeaMed SEAMed: Learning management site. View course material.
PaperCut PaperCut: Virtual printing management site add money to account and web print.
Email Email: Web access to your email and OneDrive.
DNA Citrix Desktop DNA Citrix Desktop: Access all network resources from any device.
iTunes U iTunes University: Public website.
SimulationIQ Simulation IQ: Clinical simulation portal.
SeaMed ACOM Self Service: Student portal used to pay fees and tuition.


Self Help Links

Password Reset
Office 365 & Email
myACOM Sharepoint site
Power Campus Self-Service
PaperCut Printing

Forms & Templates


Summer Research Opportunities


Principal Investigator (or Co-PI) and Project Director (or Co-PD)
Human Subjects Policy
Biosafety Policy
Limited Submission Policy
Lobbying Activity
Ethical Policies for Conducting Research

Forms & Applications

Faculty/Student Routing and Grant Acquisition Form
IBC Incident Report Form
IBC Modification Form
IBC Application


Budget Proposal Template
Clinical Vignette Informed Consent Template
Project Biosafety Manual Template


Research Proposal/Research Protocol Guide
IRB for Human Subjects Use Submission Procedure
Decision Tree for IRB Submission
De-Identification Guide
Significant Sample Size Guide
Biosafety Manual

Applications & Checklists

Exempt Application Checklist
Expedited Application Checklist
Full Review Application

Key Personnel

Nicole Mitchell, MA, MLIS
Chair of ACOM Institutional Review Board
Associate Professor of Library and Information Sciences

Katelyn Flynn
Faculty Research Compliance & Grants/Projects Manager

Research Committee

The goal of ACOM’s Research Committee is to establish a premier research institute and maintain a comprehensive research program founded in bench, clinical, medical education, and translational research including community outreach programs that engage osteopathic students in research interests and opportunities.


Christina Kennedy, PhD
Chair of ACOM Research Committee
Associate Professor of Physiology

James D. Foster, PhD
Associate Dean of Anatomical Sciences, Molecular Medicine, Research & Graduate Studies

Audrey Vasauskas, PhD
Associate Professor of Physiology

Kim Schoeffel, DO
Professor of Pediatrics

Ronda Carter, MD
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Krissy Travers
Coordinator of Willed Body Program and Anatomy & Research Labs

Katelyn Flynn
Faculty Research Compliance & Grants/Projects Manager


Grant Basics Presentation
Budget FAQs


Sample Timeline
Budget Proposal Template


CITI Program
CITI Registration Instructions

Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest Policy
What are conflicts?

Register for an Admissions Tour!

Register for a Prospective Student Open House!

Other Forms and Acknowledgments


Time Sheet (Single Student)

Time Sheet (Group)

SME Acknowledgment