Statement On Prohibition Of Discrimination
Distributed via campus-wide email January 6, 2020
Texas State University Statement on Prohibition of Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct (Title IX)
The Office of Equity and Inclusion is responsible for ensuring that faculty, staff, and students are aware of the policies and procedures regarding discrimination and sexual misconduct.
"Title IX" refers to part of the 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. Title IX protects all Texas State students, faculty, staff, and visitors from discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation.
During the 2019 Texas legislative session, Senate Bill 212 (SB 212) was passed into state law. This new law requires all employees of Texas universities to report sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking to the Title IX Coordinator. An employee who fails to report an incident may be subject to criminal offense (misdemeanor) and the university is required to terminate their employment. Reports must include all relevant information that is known about the incident. The new reporting obligations and penalties that come from this law will take effect on January 1, 2020.
This notice is to provide general information about recent changes in state law. It is important that all students, faculty, and staff understand the impact of this law and its purpose in helping diminish sexual misconduct on college campuses. For more information, please review Senate Bill 212, talk with your supervisor, or reach out to the Office of Equity and Inclusion.
Kendra Wesson, M.Ed.
Interim Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator