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Confidential Campus Survivor Advocates

An important resource for you is the Campus Survivor Advocate. The availability of an advocate allows survivors to seek confidential support if they have been harmed. The advocate can make changes in housing or classes, assist students with seeking accommodations including academic extensions or grades of incomplete if necessary, help students understand formal reporting options (Title IX and law enforcement) and support students through those processes if a student chooses to engage in them. 

A student has the right to file a criminal complaint and a Title IX complaint simultaneously. Tarleton's Title IX Coordinator will assist any victim with notifying local police if they so desire. The contacting of the police is not however require unless the victim is considered a minor in the State of Texas.

Inquiries or complaints about discrimination may also be directed to the United States Equal Opportunity Commission at 800-669-4000 or the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights at 214-661-9600.

Tarleton's Commitment

Tarleton State University 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. Tarleton encourages students, employees and visitors who believe they may have been subjected to sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual misconduct by university faculty, staff, students, visitors or contractors to report it immediately.

A Quick Note About Investigations

The U.S. Office of Civil Rights issued a Dear Colleague Letter in 2011 concerning a University's responsibilities under Title IX. Within this guidance it states that the University must get permission from the complainant to an allegation to continue with a Title IX investigation unless the actions are so severe that we must take action independent of their cooperation to protect the rest of the student population. Title IX Complaints which are closed at the request of the Complainant may be reopened at a later date by that individual.

Title IX Log Availability

To further show our commitment to informing our campus community, a Title IX log is maintained at the Risk Management & Compliance Office, located at Admin Annex 1, room 106. The log is available for the public to view during normal business hours. This log contains no identifying information but does disclose the number and types of complaints that have been received by the University. This log also shows the number of cases that are investigated and the outcomes of those investigations.