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Title IX

PURPOSE AND REPORTING TO TITLE IX

It is the policy of both Title IX and Oklahoma Panhandle State University to prohibit discrimination because of age, race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veterans’ status or disability for equal employment and educational opportunities without merit.

Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination and therefor prohibited under Title IX. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. The following are examples of types of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment:

  • Inappropriate touching, patting, or pinching
  • Physical assault or coerced sexual activity
  • Demands or subtle pressure for sexual favors
  • Obscene phone calls, texts, email, or gestures

Any person (student, faculty, staff or visitor) who believes that discriminatory practices have been engaged in based upon gender may discuss these concerns and file informal or formal complaints of possible violations of Title IX with the Title IX Coordinator. A complaint should be filed as soon as possible, preferably within 180 calendar days of the incident. A complaint can be filed in person in the Student Union Building, Room 10.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

-- Legal Citation: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)

TITLE IX COORDINATOR

Duties and Responsibilities: The Title IX Coordinator oversees monitoring of University policy in relation to Title IX law developments; implementation of grievance procedures, including notification, investigation, and disposition of complaints; provision of educational materials and training for the campus community; conducting and/or coordinating investigations of complaints received pursuant to Title IX; ensuring a fair and neutral process for all parties; and monitoring all other aspects of the University's Title IX compliance. Please direct all Title IX questions or complaints to:
Photograph of Harris, Michael
Harris, Michael
Title: Dean of Student Affairs / Title IX Coordinator / Instructor of Business Administration
Office: SUB 10
Phone: 580.349.1362
Email: Email Web Form