Title IX Nondiscrimination

Texas A&M University is:

  • Committed to providing an environment of academic study and employment free from harassment or discrimination to all segments of its community; its faculty, staff, students, guests and vendors; and
  • Will promptly address all complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, and related retaliation in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

Harassment and discrimination, including sexual harassment and discrimination, are illegal under federal and state statutes, including but not limited to, Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, and is prohibited by Texas A&M University.

Title IX affects all areas of Texas A&M University.

How does Title IX address sexual harassment and discrimination?

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance.

Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination and is therefore prohibited under Title IX.  Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute 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.

Title IX Coordinator

Margaret B. Zapalac is designated as Texas A&M University’s Interim Title IX Coordinator.  She is responsible for ensuring TAMU complies with Title IX, including responding to and investigating all complaints of sex discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual violence).

 

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 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: Any complaints can be reported to the Title IX Coordinator:
Dr. Blanca Lupiani
Associate Dean of Faculties
108 YMCA Building
College Station, TX
77843-1126
Mail Stop 1126
Dof@tamu.edu
979.845.4274
Dr. Anne Reber
Dean of Student Life
Cain Hall B 117
College Station, TX
77843-1257
Mail Stop 1257
studentlife@tamu.edu
979.845.3111
Janelle Ramirez
Interim Associate VP for Human Resources
750 Agronomy Rd., Ste. 1201
College Station, TX
77843-1255
Mail Stop 1255
hrpolicy@tamu.edu
979.862.3331
Margaret B. Zapalac
Interim Associate VP for
Risk and Compliance
TitleIX.Coordinator@tamu.edu
979.845-8115 or
979.845.0977

 

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

Reporting criminal incidents

If you are victim of sexual assault or sexual violence, or know someone who has been a victim of a sexual assault or sexual violence, you should contact one of the offices above, depending on who the complaint is against (faculty/staff, visitor or student) and you should immediately contact the Texas A&M University Police Department at 979.845.2345.

When a crime is reported, both a Title IX investigation and criminal investigation may occur simultaneously.

 

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.

Processes and procedures

These procedures address Title IX complaints:
Student rules:

Student Rule 47, Sexual Harassment and Related Retaliation
http://student-rules.tamu.edu/rule47 

Student Rule 7.1.10, Absences Related to Pregnancy
http://student-rules.tamu.edu/rule07

Student Rule 10.5, Grading Related to Pregnancy
http://student-rule.tamu.edu/rule10
Faculty:
University SAP 08.01.01.M1.02, Investigation and Resolution of Complaints Against Faculty Members for Illegal Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, or Related Retaliation Charges
http://rules-saps.tamu.edu/PDFs/08.01.01.M1.02.pdf

University Rule 08.01.01.M1, Civil Rights Compliance
http://rules-saps.tamu.edu/PDFs/08.01.01.M1.pdf


Staff:
 
University SAP 08.01.01.M1.01, Investigation and Resolution of Complaints Against Non-Faculty Employees and Unrelated Third Parties for Illegal Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, or Related Retaliation Charges

http://rules-saps.tamu.edu/PDFs/08.01.01.M1.01.pdf

University Rule 08.01.01.M1, Civil Rights Compliance
http://rules-saps.tamu.edu/PDFs/08.01.01.M1.pdf

On-campus and Off-campus resources for victims of Sexual Violence

Sexual Violence Protocols: http://studentlife.tamu.edu/sas.svp

 

Tell us what you think.  If you have questions or would like to provide feedback, please contact us at TitleIX.Coordinator@tamu.edu