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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.

Texas State University Policies Related to Title IX

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Who is the Title IX Coordinator?

Ameerah McBride is the Title IX coordinator for Texas State University. Ameerah also serves as Chief Diversity Officer and 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 Title IX coordinator, Ameerah’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

Contact Information

601 University Drive

J. C. Kellam 164

San Marcos, TX 78666

Email:  TitleIX@txstate.edu

Phone: 512.245.2539

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.

5. Investigation

Staff will collect evidence and interviews from the involved parties, including witnesses, and prepare a written report of all documented evidence.

Findings:

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.

Additional Resources

Definitions of useful terms related to Title IX

Information about determining consent

Information about the Title IX Collaborative at Texas State

Sexual Misconduct

You can file a report for someone else, anonymously, or using a pseudonym.

Texas State University System Sexual Misconduct Policy

Sexual Misconduct Policy

If you need to make a report, please contact Ameerah McBride, Title IX Coordinator at 512.245.2539.