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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.

TSTC Harlingen makes every good faith effort to ensure compliance with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Campus SaVE Act.

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.

Sexual Assault:

Sexual Assault is also a form of gender descrimination.

It  is a term that is used to describe a broad range of unwanted sexual contact. Any type of sexual assault is illegal, and you may consider pressing charges.

Information from the Texas Penal Code can be found here.

Sexual assault:  Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact that happens against a person's will or without consent. This can include sexual assault, sexual abuse, or rape. These happen because the perpetrator wants to feel powerful and in control. These actions include any unwanted contact, including intercourse, touching, or any other sexual stimulation that is performed without consent or through the use or threat of force.

Sexual abuse: Sexual abuse is any type of sexual interaction between an adult and a minor, including sexual intercourse, touching, or contact.

Rape: Rape is any kind of sexual intercourse that is committed against a person's will or is committed with or by the threat of force. There are two types: date rape and stranger rape.

Date Rape: (aka "acquaintance rape") is a form of sexual assault involving unwanted sexual activities with someone the rape survivor knows. If a person says no and is still forced into having sex, then it's considered rape. Many times women or men who have been date raped do not view the assault as rape. Often times on a college campus, the survivor and the perpetrator will live near each other.

Communication is key to understanding another person's desires and concerns. Often, these needs are misinterpreted. Being clear about what you are and are not willing to do will help avoid any situations in which you don't want to find yourself.

Stranger rape: Stranger Rape is when a victim does not know the perpetrator.

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.

A lways ask for consent.

The bottom line is "yes" means yes and "no" means no!

Data and Statistics:

"In a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease control of 5,000 college students at over 100 colleges, 20% of women answered "yes" to the question "In your lifetime have you been forced to submit to sexual intercourse against your will?" Thus, one in five college women has been raped at some point in her lifetime." (One in Four)

One in Four has other college related statistics. For more information from the Bureau of Justice Statistics please click here.

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 reviewed to determine a preponderance of evidence.
6.    Sanctions are imposed if deemed appropriate.
7.    Notice of Outcome is provided to both parties.
8.    Review process is 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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