What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance.
Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination and is therefore prohibited under Title IX. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when this conduct is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or educational performance, or creates an intimidating or hostile work or educational environment.
Texas A&M University is committed to providing an environment of academic study and employment free from harassment or discrimination to all segments of its community; its faculty, staff, students, guests and vendors; and will promptly address all complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, and related retaliation in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. (See Notice of Nondiscrimination and Abuse)
Jennifer M. Smith is designated as Texas A&M University’s Title IX Coordinator. She is responsible for providing oversight, leadership, and coordination for TAMU's Title IX compliance efforts regarding discrimination based on sex, sexual harassment (sexual violence), and related retaliation and for supporting a safe and respectful academic, working, and living environment.
If you believe you or someone has been subjected to (1) sexual harassment by a University faculty or staff member, student, or TAMU visitor; or (2) any other form of sex-based discrimination under Title IX, report such misconduct or file a formal complaint with the Title IX Coordinator or official contacts listed below:
|Complaints against students, contact:||Complaints against faculty, contact:||Complaints against staff or third party, contact:||Any complaint can be reported to the Title IX Coordinator:|
Dr. Blanca Lupiani
Wanda S. Boyd
Jennifer M. Smith
For those who would like to report confidentially, a student can contact a counselor in the Student Counseling Service at 979-845-4427. A staff or faculty member can contact a counselor in the Employee Assistance Program at 979-845-3711.
Inquiries or complaints about discrimination may also be directed to the United States Equal Opportunity Commission ( 800-669-4000) or the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (214-661-9600).
Reporting Criminal Incidents
If you are victim of sexual assault or sexual violence, or know someone who has been a victim of a sexual assault or sexual violence, you should contact one of the offices above, depending on who the complaint is against (faculty/staff, visitor or student) and you should immediately contact the Texas A&M University Police Department at 979-845-2345.
When a crime is reported, both a Title IX investigation and criminal investigation will occur.
Applicable Rules and SAPs
|Student Rules||Faculty Rules||Staff Rules|
|Student Rule 47, Investigation and Resolution of Complaints Against Texas A&M Students for Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Related Retaliation (SSDDSR)
|University SAP 08.01.01.M1.02, Investigation and Resolution of Complaints Against Faculty Members for Illegal Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, or Related Retaliation Charges
|University SAP 08.01.01.M1.01, Investigation and Resolution of Complaints Against Non-Faculty Employees and Unrelated Third Parties for Illegal Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, or Related Retaliation Charges
|Student Rule 7.1.10, Absences Related to Pregnancy
|University Rule 08.01.01.M1, Civil Rights Compliance
|University Rule 08.01.01.M1, Civil Rights Compliance
|Student Rule 10.6, Grading Related to Pregnancy
Applicable System Regulation
System Regulation 08.01.01 - Civil Rights Compliance http://policies.tamus.edu/08-01-01.pdf
What happens when I file a Title IX Complaint?
There is an administrative process to address complaints of discrimination based on sex, to protect victims, and to prevent reoccurrence. The details of the complaint are discussed between the victim or the reporting party and an initial interviewer. A course of action will ensue based on the information gathered during the interview.
Every victim, witness, or third party has the right to present his or her complaint and the right to an impartial investigation of that complaint. Further, individuals have the right to present witnesses and other evidence. The alleged victim and the alleged perpetrator, as well as any witnesses identified will be interviewed.
A decision will be rendered on whether the complaint is or is not substantiated and what disciplinary action will be taken, if any. Both parties will be notified of action taken which affects the victim. While the finding cannot be appealed, any resulting disciplinary action can be appealed.
Counseling and other resources are available and will be offered to both the alleged victim and alleged perpetrator. In addition to your right to file a Title IX complaint, you have the right to file a complaint with local law enforcement if you believe a crime has occurred.
Related Laws and Guidance
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; 20 U.S.C., sections 1681-1688, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, Dear Colleague Letter April 4, 2011, Dear Colleague Letter June 25, 2013, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2013, and the Not Alone Report.