Title IX - Sexual Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault & Violence


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 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.

Texas A&M -San Antonio 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.  (See Notice of Non-Discrimination and Abuse.)  


How do I report Title IX issues?

Janice A. Parten is designated as Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s Title IX Coordinator. She is responsible for providing oversight, leadership, and coordination for Texas A&M-San Antonio’s Title IX compliance efforts regarding discrimination based on sex, sexual harassment (sexual violence), and related retaliation and for supporting a safe and respectful academic, working, and living environment.

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


Contacts

If the alleged offender is a:

STUDENT

FACULTY

STAFF, APPLICANTS
and THIRD PARTY

Then the official contact is:

Ms. JoAnna Benavides-Franke
Dean of Students
Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Madla Bldg., Room 311B
One University Way
San Antonio, TX, 78224
(210) 784-1330
Dr. Mirley Balasubramanya
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Central Academic Bldg., Room 348
One University Way
San Antonio, TX, 78224
(210) 784-2224
Ms. Janice A. Parten
Interim Human Resources Director
Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Bldg. 107
One University Way
San Antonio, TX, 78224
(210) 784-2061

Educational Information


Applicable System Regulation

System Policy 08.01, Civil Rights Protections and Compliance

System Regulation 08.01.01, Civil Rights Compliance

A&M-San Antonio Rules 08.01.01.O1, Civil Rights Protections and Compliance


What happens when I file a Title IX Compliant?

There is an administrative process to address complaints of discrimination based on sex, to protect victims, and to prevent reoccurrence. The details of the complaint are discussed between the victim or the reporting party and an initial interviewer. A course of action will ensue based on the information gathered during the interview.

Every victim, witness, or third party has the right to present his or her complaint and the right to an impartial investigation of that complaint. Further, individuals have the right to present witnesses and other evidence. The alleged victim and the alleged perpetrator, as well as any witnesses identified will be interviewed.

A decision will be rendered based on the preponderance of evidence on whether the complaint is or is not substantiated and what disciplinary action will be taken, if any. Both parties will be notified of action taken which affects the victim. While the finding cannot be appealed, any resulting disciplinary action can be appealed.

Counseling and other resources are available and will be offered to both the alleged victim and alleged perpetrator. In addition to your right to file a Title IX complaint, you have the right to file a complaint with local law enforcement if you believe a crime has occurred.