Notice of Student Rights
What is the College District policy concerning sexual misconduct?
The College District forbids employee conduct constituting sexual harassment of students. The College District forbids students from engaging in unwanted and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed toward another student or a College District employee.
What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment of a student by an employee includes any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal (oral or written), physical, or visual conduct of a sexual nature. It also includes such activities as engaging in sexually oriented conversations for purposes of personal sexual gratification, telephoning a student at home or elsewhere to solicit inappropriate social relationships, physical contact that would be reasonably construed as sexual in nature, and enticing or threatening a student to engage in sexual behavior in exchange for grades or other school-related benefit.
Sexual harassment of a student by another student includes unwanted and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, whether by word, gesture, or any other sexual conduct, including requests for sexual favors.
What laws address sexual harassment of students?
Sexual harassment or abuse of students by College District employees may constitute discrimination on the basis of sex and is prohibited by Title IX (the federal law prohibiting gender-based discrimination by schools that receive federal funds).
What will the College District do when it learns of sexual harassment of a student?
When a college administrator receives a report that a student is being sexually harassed or abused, he or she will initiate an investigation and take prompt action to intervene.
What do I do if I have been sexually harassed at college?
A student who has a complaint alleging sexual harassment by other student(s) or sexual harassment by an employee may request a conference with the appropriate administrator or designee, or the College District’s Title IX coordinator. The conference will be scheduled and held as soon as possible but within seven calendar days. The appropriate administrator or Title IX coordinator will coordinate an investigation. Oral complaints should be reduced to writing to assist in the College District’s investigation.
A complaint may also be filed separately with the Office of Civil Rights:
Office of Civil Rights, Region VI
1999 Bryan Street, Suite 2600
Dallas, Texas 75201
Telephone: (214) 880–2459
Fax: (214) 880–3082 TDD: (214) 880–2456
Who is the Title IX coordinator and how do I contact that person?
The Title IX coordinator for the College District is:
Name: Steve Hudman
Position: Dean of Student Services
Address: Student Center, Room 101 Telephone: (936) 633–5293
The Title IX coordinator is a College District employee who has the responsibility to assure College District compliance with the requirements of Title IX. The coordinator will investigate or oversee an investigation of a complaint alleging violations of Title IX. The College District has adopted complaint procedures for handling Title IX complaints, which may be obtained from the appropriate administrator or Title IX coordinator. The student may be accompanied by an advisor throughout the complaint process.
Will my complaint be confidential?
To the greatest extent possible, complaints will be treated in a confidential manner. Limited disclosure may be necessary in order to complete a thorough investigation.
What if I am not satisfied by the College District’s resolution of my complaint?
If the student is not satisfied with the College District’s initial response to the complaint, he or she has seven calendar days to request a conference with the College President or designee, who will schedule and hold a conference. Prior to or at the conference, the student must submit a written complaint that contains: a statement of the complaint; any evidence to support the complaint; the resolution sought; the student’s and/or student’s signature; and the date of the conference with the appropriate administrator.
If the student considers the resolution unsatisfactory, he or she may request that the complaint be heard by the Board of Trustees at its next regular meeting, in accordance with policy BD(LOCAL). The Board will hear the complaint in closed meeting, unless otherwise required by the Texas Open Meetings Act. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Board will decide what action it deems appropriate.