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How do I report Title IX issues?

Darren F. Keith is designated as Tarleton State University’s Title IX Coordinator. He is responsible for ensuring Tarleton State University complies with Title IX, including responding to and investigating all complaints of sex discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual violence).

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

Title IX Contacts
Complaints against Faculty or Staff, contact Complaints against Students, contact: Complaints regarding athletics, contact: Any complaint can be reported to the Title IX Coordinator:
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees
Ms. Angela Brown
AVP, Employee Services
Admin Annex 1, Room 105
(254) 968-9976
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
Dr. Mike Leese
Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Development
Administration Bldg., Room 221
(254) 968-9681
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Athletes
Mr. Justin Boyd
Compliance Office
Kinesiology Building, Room 111
(254) 968-9178
Title IX Coordinator
Mr. Darren F. Keith
Title IX and Clery Coordinator
Department of Risk Management and Compliance
Admin Annex 1, Room 112
(254) 968-9754

For those who would like to report confidentially, a student can contact a Campus Survivor Advocate or other Counselor in the Student Counseling Service at (254) 968-9044. A staff or faculty member can contact a counselor in the Employee Assistance Program at (254) 968-9754. 

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.  You may contact your Survivor Advocate at 254-968-9044.

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 required, 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 (800) 669-4000 or the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (214) 661-9600.

Reporting Criminal Incidents

If you are victim of sexual assault or sexual violence, or know someone who has been a victim of a sexual assault or sexual violence, you should contact one of the offices above, depending on who the complaint is against (faculty/staff, visitor or student).

When a crime is reported, both a Title IX investigation and criminal investigation may occur.

What happens when I file a Title IX Complaint?

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.

Following the investigation, a final decision is made by a designated university administrator.  This decision is based on the federally required preponderance of evidence standard.  In other words, the conduct process asks:  "is it morel likely than not that the respondent violated the university's Rule or Student Conduct Code?"

A decision will be rendered 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.

Related Laws and Guidance

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; 20 U.S.C., sections 1681-1688 (Link), 34 C.F.R. Part 106, Dear Colleague Letter April 4, 2011(Link), Dear Colleague Letter June 25, 2013(Link), Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) (Link), VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2013(Link), and the Not Alone Report(Link).