Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Texas State Technical College West Texas policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities. Sexual harassment of students or employees, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. TSTC West Texas is committed to creating an environment free of harassment and discrimination.
TSTC West Texas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, disability, religion, genetic information, veteran status, or age in it programs and activities and provides equal access to applicants, employees and students.
Sexual harassment is conduct that is:
The following are examples of types of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment:
There are two types of sexual harassment:
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.
Either individual will assist a student or employee through the process. For an emergency, call 325-235-7400 to reach the TSTC West Texas Sweetwater Police Department or your local city police at 911.
Complaints Under Title IX
If you are a student who believes you have been sexually harasses or are the victim of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, sexual violence, or other sexual misconduct, by another college student, college employee, or third party, you may report such conduct or file a complaint under Title IX with the Title IX Coordinator or Investigator. Click here for the Title IX Complaint Form.
Student Investigation Process:
Students should be acquainted with all published procedures, policies, and/or rules of TSTC West Texas and the Code of Disciplinary and Judicial Procedures.
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 Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and HR.
TSTC West Texas 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 Campus Operating Procedure 225 (accessed through the employee portal).
*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 bases.
**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.