THE AUSTIN COLLEGE POLICY FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT AND HARASSMENT
This policy, dated August 14, 2020, supersedes any policies previously adopted and/or published in College handbooks, in the operational guide, or on the website.
Congress passed the Higher Education Amendments in 1972, and included within them was Title IX, which states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…” Since 1972, several other federal and Texas state laws have been adopted to offer further protection to those in higher education (i.e., students, employees, and third parties) from discrimination and harassment based on a person’s sex or gender. Austin College is committed to establishing an environment free of such discrimination and prohibits such acts.
Hence, Austin College (the College) will respond to complaints, reports, allegations, and information about sex- and gender-based discrimination of which the College is aware. These responses are intended to stop prohibited conduct, prevent its recurrence, and address any lingering impact on both participants and the campus community.
Any retaliation against, or intimidation of those involved in a misconduct incident, be it those bringing a complaint, those accused, or those participating in the resolution process, is prohibited and will not be tolerated by the College.
Austin College supports persons involved in this process through available support services. The College encourages students who wish to receive confidential support services regarding sex- and gender-based discrimination to seek assistance from the Title IX Coordinator, staff in counseling services or health services, the office of the College chaplain, the Grayson County Crisis Center, or to seek other medical attention. Additionally, employees needing support services may seek assistance from the Human Resource Department or the Employee Assistance Program.
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
|Student Life Duty Number
|Title IX Coordinator
|Sherman Police - 911|
|Grayson Crisis Center