Title IX​, Resources, and Assistance

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sexual harassment, sexual violence, and discrimination on the basis of sex.

Link to Texas A&M University Title IX website

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities at federally funded institutions.  Title IX protects students, faculty, staff, and visitors to our campus from all forms of sex discrimination.

Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination and is prohibited under Title IX. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, and nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when this conduct is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or educational performance, or creates an intimidating or hostile work or educational environment.

Our Commitment to You

Six core values are at the heart of what Texas A&M is all about: loyalty, integrity, excellence, leadership, respect, and selfless service.

These principals define the way members of our community should interact with each other, which means that sex-based discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence) and related retaliation have no place at Texas A&M.

Texas A&M University will promptly address all complaints of sex-based discrimination, harassment, and related retaliation made by or against faculty, staff, students, guests and vendors in accordance with our policies and applicable federal and state laws.

Texas A&M University recognizes the constitutional right of free speech and promotes the open exchange of ideas. These principals stimulate debate, which is essential to a rich learning environment. While members of the University community cannot be compelled to engage only in civil discourse, the search for knowledge and truth is best obtained in an environment that models intellectual inquiry, not bellicose comportment.

How Do I Report a Title IX Incident?

For all reports, please contact:
The Department of Civil Rights and Equity Investigations
Medical Science Library Suite 007
College Station, TX 77843
TAMU Mail Stop 1268
☎ (979) 458-8407
civilrights@tamu.edu

Notice of Nondiscrimination and Abuse Policy

How to report

If you believe you or someone has been subjected to (1) sexual harassment by a University faculty or staff member, student, or TAMU Law visitor; or (2) any other form of sex-based discrimination under Title IX, you may report such misconduct or file a formal complaint with the Title IX Coordinator or official contacts listed below:

Complaints against faculty, contact: Complaints against students, contact: Complaints against staff or third party, contact:
Dr. Blanca Lupiani
Executive Associate Dean of Faculties
Texas A&M University
108 YMCA Building
College Station, TX 77843-1126
TAMU Mail Stop 1126
Email
979.845.4274
Rosalind Jeffers
Asst. Dean of Student Affairs
Texas A&M University
School of Law
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Email
817.212.4020
Viviene Crooks
Asst. Dean, Finance ​& Admin.
Texas A&M University
School of Law
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Email
817.212.4082

The Title IX Coordinator:

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits the University from discriminating on the basis of sex in its educational programs or activities. For reporting incidents or making inquiries regarding discrimination based on sex, you also may contact Jennifer Smith, TAMU Title IX Coordinator, at (979-845-0977 or TitleIX.Coordinator@tamu.edu). The office address is 750 Agronomy Road, Suite 2101, College Station, TX 77843. See the Title IX Website at https://titleix.tamu.edu/.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator:

For reporting incidents, requesting accommodations, or inquiring about discrimination based on disability, you also may contact Peggy Zapalac, TAMU ADA Coordinator at (979-845-8116 or ADA.Coordinator@tamu.edu). The office address is 750 Agronomy Road Suite 2101, College Station, TX 77843. See the ADA Website http://urc.tamu.edu/ada/.

Supervisors:

Employees may also report incidents to their supervisor.

Federal Agencies:

Inquiries or complaints about discrimination also may be directed to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (1- 800-669-4000) or to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (214-661-9600).

Texas A&M System Hotline:

The Risk, Fraud & Misconduct Hotline at 888-501-3850 or https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/media/en/gui/19681/index.html

Your safety and protection

Texas A&M University is committed to training that increases awareness, prevents discrimination including sexual violence (dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking), and promotes safety. 

The Title IX Coordinator or official contact notifies victims of assistance options and can assist victims in requesting changes to academics, living arrangements, transportation, working situations, or protective measures such as no-contact orders. 

Rights, Resources, and Options 

Rights, Resources, and Options for Sexual Harassment:

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when this conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or educational performance, or creates an intimidating, or hostile work or educational environment. Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking often fall under the broader context of Sexual Harassment. One huge misconception regarding sexual assault is that most of the time the perpetrator is a stranger. However, research indicates that approximately 2/3 of sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. Sexual assault is an act of violence, which utilizes power and control over another. Tactics may include force, threats, intimidation, or physical violence. Many victims struggle with identifying whether they have been sexually assaulted due to tactics such as manipulation, restraint, victim blaming, and taking advantage of another’s level of intoxication. An individual who has been victimized by a person they are familiar with may know that they were forced to have sex without their consent or approval, but they may not recognize the fact that it was indeed sexual assault.

A student who has been a victim of sexual harassment (including sexual misconduct or stalking), domestic violence, or dating violence, whether it occurred on or off-campus, has certain resources, rights, and options available. A student who witnesses, is subjected to, or is informed about incidents of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment (including sexual violence), and/or related retaliation also has the right to file a Title IX complaint with the University and receive a prompt and equitable resolution. Even if you choose not to report the incident to the University or to law enforcement, you are encouraged to take steps to preserve evidence. This will ensure that evidence is available if you later decide to proceed with a criminal or university investigation. You are encouraged to go to a hospital and have a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) assess you for physical trauma, sexually-transmitted infections, and pregnancy. A SANE can also collect and preserve evidence of a sexual assault. 

Resources including advocacy, counseling, health and medical services, and legal support are all available at the University. Students may also have access to interim measures (e.g., change in housing, class schedules) that may be needed until the resolution of the complaint. Alleged offenders are afforded equal opportunities for representation and access to information regarding the investigation. The confidentiality issues surrounding complaints of this nature are supported as fully as possible for all parties involved.

For more information, please see: titleix.tamu.edu.

To view the University’s sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking policy, please see: https://rules-saps.tamu.edu/PDFs/08.01.01.M1.pdf.

Complainant Resources, Rights and Options:

A student or an employee who has experienced sexual harassment (including sexual misconduct or stalking), domestic violence, or dating violence, whether it occurred on or off-campus, has certain resources, rights and options available. A complainant is a person who has allegedly experienced sex or gender based discrimination, harassment, or related retaliation.

Additional Resources for Victims:

Respondent Resources, Rights and Options:

A student or an employee who is accused of sexual harassment (including sexual misconduct or stalking), domestic violence, or dating violence, whether it occurred on or off-campus, has certain resources, rights and options available. A respondent is a person who is alleged to have committed sex-based discrimination, harassment, or related retaliation, or to have have acted in complicity with another who has. 

Pregnancy Resources:

Alcohol Abuse & Illicit Drug Use Prevention:

Processes and procedures

These procedures address Title IX complaints:

Rules