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I feel like I have been discriminated against/harassed according to the Texas State University System Sexual Misconduct Policy and UPPS 04.04.46. What do I do?

Write down the details - who, when, where, what was said or done, any witnesses, etc. Be as specific as possible. Report discrimination/harassment to the Office of Equity and Access (5-2539) or another University official. A formal complaint form is posted as an attachment to both the Texas State University System Sexual Misconduct Policy and 04.04.46.


Where can I report discrimination or harassment claims by a faculty or staff member if I am a student?

Students who believe they have experienced discrimination, harassment, or retaliation by faculty, staff, or contractors should report their concerns to the Office of Equity and Access.


How would I report a discrimination or harassment claim to the Office of Equity and Access?

A report of suspected discrimination, harassment, or retaliation may be made in person or a complaint form may be turned in to the Office of Equity and Access. All reports will be reviewed by the Office of Equity and Access to determine whether an investigation is warranted.


Where can I find a complaint form?

Complaint forms are located on the Equity and Access website or you can access one by clicking here.


What constitutes as Sexual Harassment?

Any behavior which is sufficiently offensive, severe, or pervasive, that may include:

 a.    intentional and unwelcome touching of a sexual nature;

 b.    explicit or implicit propositions to engage in sexual activity;

 c.    gratuitous comments of a sexual nature such as explicit statements, questions, jokes, anecdotes or remarks of a sexual nature about a person's clothing or body;

 d.    remarks about sexual activities or speculation about sexual experiences;

 e.    exposure to gratuitous sexually suggestive visual displays such as photographs, graffiti, posters, calendars, or other materials;

 f.     deliberate physical interference with or restriction of an individual's movements;

 g.    persistent, unwanted sexual or romantic attention;

 h.    subtle or overt pressure for sexual favors; or

 i.      deliberate, repeated humiliation or intimidation that is sexual in nature.


Sexual Harassment is any unwelcome verbal, non verbal, written, electronic or physical behavior of a sexual nature directed at someone, or against a particular group, because of that person’s or group’s sex, or based on gender stereotypes, severe or pervasive, and where it meets either of the following criteria:

Submission, consent, or rejection of the behavior is believed to carry consequences for the individual’s education, employment, on-campus living environment or participation in a Component affiliated activity.

Examples of this type of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to: 

  • pressuring another to engage in sexual behavior for some educational or employment benefit; or
  • making a real or perceived threat that rejecting sexual behavior will result in a negative tangible employment or academic consequence.

The behavior has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with another’s work or educational performance by creating an intimidating or hostile environment for employment, education, on-campus living or participation in a Component affiliated activity.

Examples of this type of sexual harassment can include, but are not limited to:

  • persistent unwelcome efforts to develop a romantic or sexual relationship;
  • unwelcome commentary about an individual’s body or sexual activities;
  • unwanted sexual attention;
  • repeatedly engaging in sexually-oriented conversations, comments or horseplay, including the use of language or the telling of jokes or anecdotes of a sexual nature in the workplace, office or classroom, even if such conduct is not objected to by those present; or
  • gratuitous use of sexually-oriented materials not directly related to the subject matter of a class, course or meeting even if not objected to by those present.