Sexual Misconduct (Title IX)
What is Title IX?
Title IX protects all Texas State students, faculty, staff and visitors from discrimination on the basis of gender, sex, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation.
“Title IX” refers to part of the federal Education Amendments Act of 1972 that prohibits sexual discrimination in federally funded educational programs or activities, which includes Texas State University. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sexual discrimination. Texas State is committed to providing an environment that is free from all forms of discrimination, including discrimination based on sex. The university’s Title IX coordinator addresses concerns related to sexual discrimination on campus.
Who is the Title IX Coordinator?
Kendra Wesson is the Interim Title IX coordinator for Texas State University. Kendra also serves as the Interim Assistant Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion. She is committed to providing a prompt and equitable response to all reports of sexual discrimination.
As interim Title IX coordinator, Kendra’s job duties include the following:
- Overseeing Title IX compliance
- Ensuring prompt and equitable resolutions
- Establishing a centralized reporting process for all sexual misconduct allegations
- Conducting ongoing and annual climate checks, tracking and monitoring of sexual misconduct allegations on campus
- Coordinating all training, education and prevention efforts
Complaint Process Overview
1. Incident Report Received
All reports to the Office of Equity and Inclusion are forwarded to the Title IX Coordinator.
2. Initial Assessment
The Title IX Coordinator will evaluate the report and decide whether it warrants an investigation.
3. Outreach to Complainant
Staff will contact the reporting person to offer resources, provide the university policy and gather information.
4. Respondent Due Process
Staff will notify the subject of the report that there is an investigation and provide the university policy outlining their rights.
Staff will collect evidence and interviews from the involved parties, including witnesses, and prepare a written report of all documented evidence.
No Violation of Policy
If the investigation finds that, based on the preponderance of evidence, no violation of policy occurred, both parties will be notified.
Violation of Policy
If the investigation finds that, based on the preponderance of evidence, there was a violation of policy, the Office of Equity and Inclusion will notify the appropriate administrator.
Right to appeal
Discrimination Decisions: The person reported may appeal the severity of the sanction.
Sexual Misconduct Decisions: Either party may appeal the finding or the sanction.
You can file a report for someone else, anonymously, or using a pseudonym.