Stephen F. Austin State University

Sexual Harassment

It is the policy of Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA), in accordance with federal and state law, to prohibit unlawful discrimination as outlined in the university's Discrimination Complaints policy (2.11) and the Sexual Misconduct policy (2.13). Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. SFA prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, citizenship and veteran status. Additionally, SFA prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and includes sexual assault as well harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

What is Sexual Harassment?

Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature including, but not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a person's student status, employment, or participation in university activities; such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it interferes with an individual's education, employment, or participation in university activities, or creates an objectively hostile environment; or such conduct is intentionally directed towards a specific individual and has the effect of unreasonably interfering with that individual's education, employment, or participation in university activities, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that includes:

a) Sexual violence, sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence and dating violence.
b) Physical conduct, depending on the totality of the circumstances present, including frequency and severity, including but not limited to unwelcome intentional touching or deliberate physical interference with or restriction of movement.
c) Verbal conduct not necessary to an argument for or against the substance of any political, religious, philosophical, ideological, or academic idea, including oral, written, or symbolic expression, including but not limited to:

More detailed information can be found below and on the Sexual Harassment Information Document.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual harassment and want more information on how to report go to the Report Sexual Misconduct page.

Sexual Harassment Information

Sexual harassment is described as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature even if carried out under the guise of humor. These actions constitute sexual harassment when:

Physical conduct that, depending on the totality of circumstances present, may constitute sexual harassment includes but is not limited to:

Verbal conduct, defined as oral, written or symbolic expressions (regardless of the method of communication) that, depending on the totality of circumstances present, may constitute sexual harassment, includes but is not limited to:

Reporting Sexual Harassment

A member of the university community who wishes to file a complaint regarding sexual harassment by an employee or student of the university may take one the following actions:

Guidelines for completing a written complaint and a sample template can be found at www.sfasu.edu/Lumberjacks-Care.

Since the university can only take corrective action when it becomes aware of problems, the university encourages individuals who believe that they have experienced sexual harassment to come forward with their complaint and seek assistance.

Reports of sexual assault and other crimes should be directed to the SFA police department, regardless of whether the matter also is being reported and investigated as sexual harassment. Those making a criminal complaint will be informed of their option to also make a sexual harassment complaint under the university's Discrimination Complaints/Sexual Harassment policy.

The university can most effectively investigate and respond to alleged sexual harassment if the complaint is made as promptly as possible after the alleged harassment occurs. Complaints must be made in writing and must be filed within 180 calendar days of the alleged violation.

Sexual Harassment by Third Parties

Although individuals who are not students or employees of the university are not subject to discipline under the university's internal processes, the university will take prompt, corrective action to eliminate sexual harassment and prevent its recurrence when the third party has been brought into contact with the member of the university community through a university program or activity.

If a university student believes that she or he has been sexually harassed in a university program or activity by an individual who is not a university employee or student, the student should report the alleged sexual harassment to the Title IX coordinator or the director of human resources.

If a university employee (including a student employee) believes that he or she has been sexually harassed within the scope of his or her employment activities by an individual who is not a university employee or student, the university employee should report the alleged sexual harassment to his or her supervisor, to the Title IX coordinator or to the director of human resources.

Options Outside the University for Resolution of Sexual Harassment

Students may file complaints under Title IX with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education.

Faculty and staff members may file complaints under Title IX with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education in certain circumstances, or under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Processing Reports

All reports of alleged sexual harassment are investigated under the oversight of the university's Title IX coordinator. The university will process all formal complaints of sexual harassment it receives, regardless of where the conduct allegedly occurred.[1] The Title IX coordinator also may determine that an investigation is warranted without a formal complaint if the university has sufficient notice that sexual harassment may have occurred or believes an investigation is warranted, considering the circumstances. [1] The university generally does not investigate allegations of harassment or discrimination that fall outside the jurisdiction limits of the Discrimination Complaints/Sexual Misconduct Policy. Nevertheless, the university will process all complaints of sexual harassment, regardless of where the conduct that is the basis for the complaint allegedly occurred, in order to evaluate whether there is a hostile environment on campus that would be contrary to the university's legal obligations.

The university generally does not investigate allegations of harassment or discrimination that fall outside the jurisdiction limits of the Discrimination Complaints/Sexual Misconduct Policy. Nevertheless, the university will process all complaints of sexual harassment, regardless of where the conduct that is the basis for the complaint allegedly occurred, in order to evaluate whether there is a hostile environment on campus that would be contrary to the university's legal obligations.

1. Investigation Timelines:

Timeframes for completion of each step of the investigation process are outlined in the Sexual Misconduct policy (2.13). The investigation of a complaint will be concluded as soon as possible after receipt of the written complaint. The complainant, respondent, and Title IX Coordinator should be provided updates on the progress of the investigation and issuance of the report. Case complexity varies, and the length of time needed will depend on case circumstances; in investigations exceeding 60 calendar days, a justification for the delay will be presented by the investigator to the Title IX Coordinator and the complainant and the respondent will be informed of any delay and an estimated date of completion.

2. Interim Measures:

The University may take interim measures it deems necessary during an investigation. Interim measures will be taken within the context of university policies and might include changes to class or housing assignments for students or work assignments for employees.

3. Complaint Investigation Oversight:

Complaints of alleged sexual harassment by a student will be initially investigated under the oversight of the university's Title IX coordinator. It will be the prerogative of the complainant to determine in what capacity he/she will participate, however, limited or no involvement by the complainant could impact the ultimate finding of responsibility.

Investigations

Each complaint of sexual harassment must be evaluated with reference to the pertinent circumstances. On occasion, a complaint may be resolved informally. Informal resolution efforts are voluntary, and either party may request that a formal investigation of the complaint be commenced at any time. Informal resolution is facilitated by the Title IX coordinator or designee and does not involve any requirement that the parties meet unless both parties request such a meeting and the Title IX coordinator determines such a meeting would be appropriate. Informal resolution, such as mediation, will not be used to resolve sexual violence complaints.

Complaints usually will result in investigations, including interviews and the review of evidence, such as electronic and written material, if any exists. Both the complainant and the alleged harasser will be notified of the outcome of the investigation. If it is determined that university policy has been violated, remedial action will be taken, including disciplinary action, when appropriate, to eliminate the harassment and prevent its recurrence.

Confidentiality - The review of sexual harassment complaints, including formal investigation, will be conducted confidentially to the extent permitted by law, except insofar as information needs to be disclosed so that the university may effectively investigate the matter and take any appropriate corrective action.

Retaliation - Individuals who complain about sexual harassment or who cooperate in the university's investigation and handling of sexual harassment reports or complaints shall not be subject to retaliation for complaining or cooperating, even if the university finds that no sexual harassment occurred. If a complainant or witness believes that she or he is being subjected to retaliation, she or he should promptly contact the Title IX coordinator.

Cooperation - Members of the university community are expected to cooperate in the university's investigations of alleged sexual harassment. If cooperation does not occur, the investigation will generally proceed based on the information available.

University Action - When necessary to meet its commitment to provide an environment free of unlawful harassment, the university may investigate alleged incidents of sexual harassment of which it becomes aware, even if no formal complaint has been filed or the individual(s) involved is unwilling to pursue a complaint or cooperate in an investigation.

False Complaints - Any member of the university community who knowingly files a false complaint of sexual harassment or who knowingly provides false information to or intentionally misleads university officials who are investigating or reviewing a complaint of alleged sexual harassment is subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge for employees and dismissal for students.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Title IX Coordinator is the SFA official with responsibility for coordinating the university's efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX and its implementing regulations, including the investigation of Title IX complaints.

Title IX Coordinators

Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Michael Walker

Rusk Building, Room 301
2108 Alumni Drive
P.O. Box 13074
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3074
TitleIX@sfasu.edu
(936) 468-8292
Fax: (936) 468-6638

The Title IX Coordinator is the SFA official with responsibility for coordinating the university's efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX and its implementing regulations, including the investigation of Title IX complaints.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students

Dr. Hollie Smith

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Suite 3.105 Baker Pattillo Student Center
P.O. Box 13066
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3066
TitleIXstudents@sfasu.edu
(936) 468-7249
Fax: (936) 468-7111

The university official listed above has been designated as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator and is responsible for Title IX compliance in matters involving students, including training, education communication, reporting and investigation of complaints.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty, Staff and Third-Parties

Loretta Doty

Director of Human Resources
Austin Building, Suite 201
P.O. Box 13039
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3039
TitleIXemployees@sfasu.edu
(936) 468-2304
Fax: (936) 468-1104

The university official listed above has been designated as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator and is responsible for Title IX compliance in matters involving employees and visitors, including training, education communication, reporting and investigation of complaints.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics

Loree McCary

Senior Woman Administrator, SFA Athletics
SFA Athletic Fieldhouse
P.O. Box 13010
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3010
TitleIXathletics@sfasu.edu
(936) 468-3751
Fax: (936) 468-4052

The university official listed above has been designated as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator and is responsible for Title IX compliance in matters involving student athletes, coaches and athletic administrators and staff, including training, education communication, reporting and investigation of complaints.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the SFA Charter School

Lysa Hagan

CEO/Principal
SFA Charter School, Room 101b
2428 Raguet Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
TitleIXcharter@sfasu.edu
(936) 468-5899
Fax: (936) 468-7015
The university official listed above has been designated as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator and is responsible for Title IX compliance in matters involving SFA Charter School students and employees, including training, education communication, reporting and investigation of complaints.