The Office of Title IX produces a yearly summary of the number of reports received from employees under Texas Education Code, Section 51.253(c).
In summary, 696 individual reports were received from SFA employees who reasonably believed they had information surrounding a potential violation of SFA Policy 2.13, Title IX. Of these reports, 447 were duplicates, wherein multiple university employees filed a report on the same incident, in accordance with the law.
These individual reports were then combined to make 249 unique cases including, but not limited to, reports of program inequity, sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and/or stalking.
Every report received by the Office of Title IX is assessed to determine if the alleged violation meets the definition by federal standards.
Referring to the second page, the following is a breakdown of the reason each unique case was closed.
- 45 unique cases were determined not to rise to a potential violation. This could include incidents where an employee completed the incorrect university form in an attempt to report to a different office, or an incident that, even if proven to be true, would not be a policy violation.
- 21 unique cases did not fall into the Office of Title IX’s jurisdiction as defined by federal regulation and were referred to on campus resources for support.
- In 25 unique cases, a Complainant could not be identified by either the reporting employee or the university, despite reasonable efforts.
- In 86 unique cases, an identified Complainant did not respond to any of at least three contact attempts by the Office of Title IX.
- In 43 unique cases, the Complainant, declined to participate in a formal process after hearing their options.
- In three unique cases, the Complaint chose to have their concerns addressed through supportive or administrative measures.
- 17 of the unique cases are under review, awaiting the Complainant’s decision on how, or if, they choose to move forward with university process.
- One unique case completed the informal resolution process; two unique cases were completing the informal resolution process.
- Lastly, six of these unique cases chose to move forward with a formal investigation.
Since the time of this report, one of the six aforementioned cases completed the live hearing process, which updated the disposition to “concluded with student disciplinary sanction.”
The university respects the wishes of Complainants and only moves forward on a complaint without participation from the party impacted if there is:
- Fear for campus safety,
- multiple reports against the same Respondent that, if found true, rose to the level of a SFA Policy 2.13, Title IX, violation, or
- if there was a power differential between the parties, such as between a student and an employee.
The Office of Title IX remains dedicated to pursuing an environment free of sex- and gender-based discrimination by stopping harassment, remedying its effects, and preventing its occurrence under the guidance of federal regulation and state law.
Those with questions regarding this report, their mandatory reporting responsibilities, or are in need of support can contact the Office of Title IX at 936.468.8292 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to speak directly with a team member.