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Title IX

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West Texas A&M University is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility, and mutual respect in an environment free of sexual misconduct and discrimination.­ Sexual discrimination not only violates an individual's fundamental rights and personal dignity, it is also a violation of federal and state law.­ WTAMU considers sexual discrimination in all its forms to be a serious offense.­ This policy refers to all forms of sex discrimination, including but not limited to:­ sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and sexual violence by employees, students, and third parties.­ This website is a resource on sexual misconduct for students, faculty, staff and visitors who are part of the West Texas A&M University community.

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.­

Title IX also provides for equal educational opportunities for pregnant and parenting students.­ It prohibits educational institutions from discriminating against students based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions.­ It also prohibits schools from applying any rule related to a student's parental, family or marital status that treats students differently based on their sex.

Mission Statement

The mission of WTAMU’s Title IX Compliance Program is to ensure WTAMU fulfills its commitment of creating and maintaining a community in which all persons who participate in University programs and activities can work together in an atmosphere free of all forms of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation, including sexual harassment.

Compliance with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is the method WTAMU uses to ensure this mission is achieved. To ensure compliance with Title IX and other federal and state civil rights laws, WTAMU has developed policies and procedures that prohibit sex discrimination in all its forms.

Reporting Violations

A complainant or witness has many reporting options. An individual may simultaneously pursue a Title IX complaint and a criminal complaint. When initiating a complaint, an individual need not know whether they wish to request any particular course of action, nor how to label what happened. Choosing to make a complaint and deciding how to proceed after making the complaint can be a process that unfolds over time. An online form is also available for reporting violations.

The University recognizes that deciding among these options can be difficult. Complainants and witnesses are encouraged to seek assistance from a confidential resource, such as the Title IX Coordinator before deciding how to proceed. A non-faculty employee, student or third party entity/individual who believes that he or she has been subjected to discrimination, sexual harassment and/or related retaliation should promptly report the incident(s) to her/his supervisor, the Director of Human Resources or his/her designee.

A Faculty member who believes that he or she has been subjected to discrimination, sexual harassment and/or related retaliation should promptly report the incident(s) to her/his department head, dean, or the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.

For individuals wanting to report an incident confidentially, they should speak with our on-campus mental health counselors in the Student Counseling Services, campus health service providers in the Student Medical Services, WTAMU's Employee Assistance Program provider, or off-campus rape crisis resources who can maintain confidentiality.

All WTAMU employees including your supervisor, area coordinators, faculty members, student organization advisors, career services staff, admissions officers, and student activities personnel are required to share information reported to them.­ However, if confidentiality is requested WTAMU will make every effort to respect this request in the context of providing a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all employees, students and visitors.

If you are unsure of someone's duties and ability to maintain your privacy, ask them before you talk to them.­ They will be able to tell you, and help make decisions about who can help you best.

Evaluation of requests for confidentiality pertaining to Title IX

If the complainant requests confidentiality or asks that the complaint not be pursued, the university will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the complaint consistent with the request for confidentiality or request not to pursue an investigation.­ If the complainant insists that his/her name or other identifiable information not be disclosed to the alleged perpetrator, the Title IX Coordinator will inform the complainant that honoring the request may limit its ability to respond fully to the incident, including pursuing disciplinary action against the accused.­ The Title IX Coordinator shall notify the complainant of the information that will be disclosed, to whom it will be disclosed, and why.­ The Title IX Coordinator shall also explain that Title IX includes protections against retaliation, and that university officials will not only take steps to prevent retaliation but also take strong responsive action if it occurs.­ If the complainant still requests that his/her name not be disclosed to the accused or that the recipient not investigate or seek action against the accused, the Title IX Coordinator will need to determine whether or not it can honor such a request while still providing a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all students, including the complainant who reported the harassment.

Pregnant and Parenting Students

A pregnant student should be granted a leave of absence for as long as it is deemed medically necessary for her to be absent.­ Prompt and appropriate communication by the student is necessary to ensure appropriate accommodations are provided. While retroactive requests will be considered, making arrangements in advance is preferred, and requests that are untimely may be denied on that basis.­ At the conclusion of her leave, she must be allowed to resume the academic and extracurricular status she held when the leave began.

For further guidance, see the U.S. Department of Education's "Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students" brochure.­ Although this brochure focuses on secondary schools, the legal principles apply to all recipients of federal financial assistance, including postsecondary institutions.

If you have any questions regarding your rights as a pregnant or parenting student, please contact WTAMU's Title IX Coordinator.

For further guidance, see the U.S. Department of Education's "Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students" brochure.­ Although this brochure focuses on secondary schools, the legal principles apply to all recipients of federal financial assistance, including postsecondary institutions.

If you have any questions regarding your rights as a pregnant or parenting student, please contact WTAMU's Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX Coordinator and Investigators

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding Title IX and other non-discrimination policies:

Primary Coordinator:

Becky Lopez, Title IX Coordinator
Office Location: Killgore Research Center Room 147
Phone: 806-651-3199, 806-676-0556 Fax:­ 806-651-3198
E-mail: blopez@wtamu.edu or TitleIX@wtamu.edu

Supporting Investigators:

Jon Davis, Asst. Vice President for Student Affairs
Office Location:­ Classroom Center 106K
Phone:806-651-2335
E-mail:­ jdavis@wtamu.edu

Lindsey Eggleston, Area Coordinator­­
Office Location: Residential Living 9
Phone:­ 806-651-3007
Email:­ leggleston@wtamu.edu

Chance Haugen, Director of JBK Student Center
Office Location: JBK Student Center 104B
Phone: 806-651-2394
E-mail: chaugen@wtamu.edu

Susan Nix, Associate Professor
Office Location: Old Main 205C
Phone: 806-651-3620
E-mail:­ snix@wtamu.edu

Paul Sweetgall, Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Academic Services
Office Location: Virgil Henson Activity Center 214B
Phone: 806-651-4437
E-mail: psweetgall@wtamu.edu