There are several ways to speak with someone, report an incident, or seek additional information, support, and resources. Different people on campus have different reporting responsibilities and different abilities to maintain confidentiality. The following list provides reporting options as well as how confidentiality applies to each entity.
Title IX Coordinator: Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Austin College’s Title IX Coordinator is the designated agent of the College with primary responsibility for coordinating College Title IX compliance efforts. The Title IX Coordinator’s responsibilities are critical to the development, implementation, and monitoring of meaningful efforts to comply with Title IX legislation, regulation, and case law. The Title IX Coordinator oversees monitoring of College policy in relation to Title IX law developments and is also responsible for implementation of grievance procedures, including notification, investigation and disposition of complaints; provision of educational materials and training for the campus community; conducting and/or coordinating investigations of complaints received pursuant to Title IX; ensuring a fair and neutral process for all parties; and monitoring all other aspects of the College’s Title IX compliance, including identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems.
Individuals with questions or concerns about Title IX, and/or those who wish to file a complaint of non-compliance or incidence of sexual misconduct (regardless of whether the complaint is against a student, staff, faculty, visitor, or otherwise), may contact the College’s Title IX Coordinator, Tim Millerick.
Title IX Coordinator
Timothy P. Millerick
Vice President for Student Affairs
Wright Campus Center 251
900 N. Grand Ave., STE 61595
Sherman, TX 75090
Telephone: 903.813.2428 (press1)
Privileged Communication: Professional, licensed counselors and pastoral counselors are not required to report any information concerning an incident without the complainant’s permission.
Confidential Disclosures: Non-professional counselors or advocates will report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator; however, they are not required to report personally identifiable information about the reporter/complainant. Reporter/complainant needs to understand that not providing identity information may prohibit the College from conducting an investigation and pursuing disciplinary action.
Each academic year, the non-professional counselors or advocates will be identified from among the faculty and staff on campus who have been prepared for such roles.
Responsible Employees: A “responsible employee” is a College employee who has the authority to redress sexual violence, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has the authority or duty. All College employees and volunteers (defined as individuals having signed such forms in the current academic year) are considered responsible employees and have an obligation to report any knowledge of a sexual misconduct incident to the Title IX Coordinator(s). A report to responsible employees constitutes a formal report to the College and generally obligates the College to investigate the incident and to take appropriate steps to address the situation. These employees cannot guarantee confidentiality due to Austin College’s responsibility to provide a safe campus environment. Reports made to Campus Police will also be reported to the Title IX Coordinator. Austin College follows proper confidential protocol as it pertains to reporting obligations under the Clery Act.
Examples of Responsible Employees: Faculty, administrative staff, coaches, campus police, area coordinators, Communication/Inquiry student leaders, faculty mentors, and resident assistants.
Questions regarding Title IX may also be referred to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
Office for Civil Rights – Dallas Office
U.S. Department of Education
1999 Bryan Street, Suite 1620
Dallas, TX 75201
FAX: 214.661.9687; TTD: 877.521.2172