Title IX Coordinator Achieves Milestone

By Kelleigh Frye

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Jessica Telligman, new Title IX Coordinator Photo by: Lauren Werner

   Jessica Telligman was hired as the new Title IX Coordinator over the summer. Already, Telligman has made history by implementing a medical amnesty policy that started at the opening of fall semester.

  The Medical Amnesty Initiative defines medical amnesty as “ Medical Amnesty, also known as the 911 Lifeline and 911 Good Samaritan Law in some states, is a statewide law which grants intoxicated minors a limited legal immunity when they seek help for themselves or another individual who is in need of immediate medical attention.” More information can be found at http://www.medicalamnesty.org.

     Her previous experience makes Telligman an asset to Salem in her position because she already has a foundation of being required to have an understanding and comprehension of laws, policies, and procedures.

    “I earned my law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2004. Prior to my job at Salem, I was a practicing attorney and magistrate judge,” she says.

    Salem College’s Title IX policy states, “Title IX and its implementing regulations prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Salem College and its students receive federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.”  

    When asked what she hopes to accomplish while at Salem, Telligman states, “My main goal is to get to know the community and its policies.” Also, since coming to Salem, “I am proud that one of my initial goals has already been accomplished! When I arrived on campus, Salem did not have a medical amnesty policy, and I was successful in getting that in place in time for the fall semester.”  

    To become familiar with Telligman’s position as well as how she can help serve students, she says, “I spend a lot of time revising and updating policies such as Salem’s sexual misconduct policy.” She adds, “I also spend a significant amount of time getting acquainted with Salem, and have lunch in the Refectory nearly every day to meet students and fellow employees. I need to be a familiar face on campus and someone students can trust to speak with in good times and bad.”

    The entire policy is linked to the Title IX webpage at http://www.salem.edu/about/title-ix.html. If in need of assistance, Jessica Telligman is located in the Office of the President and is available Monday through Friday at 8 p.m. until 5 p.m., or she can be reached via e-mail at jessica.telligman@salem.edu.

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