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Title IX
Office:
voice: 956.364.4301 (s)
voice: 956.364.4042 (e)

  Contact:
Edda Urrea (students)
voice: 956.364.4522
fax: 956.364.5146

Mary Prepejchal (employees)
voice: 956.364.4042
fax: 956.364.5102

  Mailing Address:
TSTC Harlingen
1902 Loop 499
Harlingen, TX 78550
  Location:
Edda: Student Development and Enrollment Management Department located in the Consolidated Student Services Bldg. EK

Mary: HOD Office located in the Service Support Center. 
  Office Hours:
M-F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat., Sun.: Closed

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Texas State Technical College Harlingen policy prohibits discrimination based upon gender in its educational programs and activities. TSTC Harlingen is committed to creating an environment free of harassment and discrimination.

Discrimination:

TSTC Harlingen does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to applicants, employees and students.  

Sexual harassment:

Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination and therefore prohibited under Title IX. “Sexual harassment is conduct that is

  1. Sexual in nature,
  2. Unwelcomed, and
  3. Denies or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from a school’s education program.” 

The following are examples of types of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment:

 -Inappropriate touching, patting, or pinching

 -Physical assault or coerced sexual activity

 -Obscene phone calls, texts, email, or gestures

 -Badgering someone for a date

 -repeatedly making inappropriate sexual comments or  unwanted sexual advances


There are two types of sexual harassment:

Quid Pro Quo – Latin meaning “This for that”. Meaning, if “you do something for me, I’ll do something for you”.  An example of quid pro quo is “when a teacher threatens to fail a student unless the student agrees to date the teacher”.

Hostile Work Environment – “Hostile environment harassment occurs when unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it affects a student's ability to participate in or benefit from an education program or activity, or creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment. A hostile environment can be created by a school employee, another student, or even someone visiting the school, such as a student or employee from another school.”  

Any person (student, faculty, staff, or guest) who believes they have been subjected to discriminatory practices based upon gender may discuss their concerns and/or file an informal or formal complaint of possible violations of Title IX with the following Title IX Coordinator and/or Investigator. Upon receipt of the complaint, a determination will be made as to which individual will ultimately review the report.

Incidents may be reported to:

Student Reports:    

Edda Urrea
Community Standards Director/Title IX Coordinator
Student Services Bldg.
TSTC Harlingen 1902 N. Loop 499
Harlingen, TX 78550
956.364.4522
edda.urrea@harlingen.tstc.edu

Employee Reports:

Mary Prepejchal
HOD Executive Director/Title IX Investigator
Service Support Center
TSTC Harlingen 1902 N. Loop 499
Harlingen, TX 78550
956.364.4041
mary.prepejchal@harlingen.tstc.edu

Either individual will assist a student or employee through the process. For an emergency, dial 956.364.4220 to reach the Texas State Technical Harlingen Police Department

TSTC Harlingen Sexual Harassment Policy.

Consent:

Consent is mutual, voluntary, talked about beforehand.

Consent is NOT assumed, silence, the absence of no, etc.

Consent for one thing is not consent for everything. Once given, it does not mean always.

Always ask for consent.

Complaints Under Title IX:

Students:

If you are a student who believes you have been or are the victim of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct, by another College student, you may report such conduct or file a complaint under Title IX with Title IX Coordinator. Click here for the Title IX Complaint Form

Student Investigation Process:

1.    Complainant files a report. 
2.    Review of the complaint is made.
3.    Investigation is initiated and if warranted a Notice of Investigation will be delivered to both parties.
4.    All involved parties are interviewed.
5.    Findings of the investigation are then presented to the Student Development Vice President to determine a preponderance of evidence and recommend a sanction if deemed necessary.
6.    Sanction will be imposed if deemed appropriate by the Student Development Vice President.
7.    Notice of Outcome will be provided to both parties.
8.    Review process will be provided to both parties.

Pursuing a law enforcement proceeding and Title IX grievance simultaneously is always an option.

Students should be acquainted with all published procedures, policies, and/or rules of TSTC Harlingen and the Student Code of Conduct for which students could be subjected to disciplinary action.


Employees:

If you are an employee who believes you have been subjected to discrimination under Title IX, including sexual harassment, or who wishes to file a complaint under Title IX, you can do so with the Human Resources Director.

Discipline, Dismissal, and Grievances of Contract and Faculty Employees SOS No.HR.2.4.2 - Sexual Harassment Complaints against First-Line Supervisors. 

For complaints involving a TSTC Police Officer, a written statement must also be submitted to the TSTC Police Department (Texas Penal Code Sec. 614.022).


Consensual Relationships:

TSTC Harlingen strongly discourages consensual relationships between instructors and students, subordinates and supervisors, and advisors and students as such relationships can “create conflicts of interest and/or appearances of impropriety that impair the integrity of academic and employment decisions”.

Employee Non-Fraternization Policy No:HR 4.40


*A good faith effort to complete an investigation within 60 calendar days will be made. Complex cases may take longer than the outlined time frame.

*Not participating in the investigative process may result in a determination being made based on the information gathered which could result in a limited resolution. Cases in which the complainant does not wish to be an active participant or who opts to have their name remain anonymous/confidential must be informed that their information may need to be shared on a need to know basis.











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